Review: Risking it All by Tessa Bailey

risking it allReviewed by Carrie

Tessa Bailey is back with her dirty talking alpha heroes! This time she pulls in several characters from previous books (Ruby and Troy from His Risk to Take and Derek from Protecting What’s His) and pushes this first book in a new series into a really interesting direction.

Seraphina Newsome is on a mission. The ER nurse turned cop is attempting to avenge her brother’s death by going undercover as a bar waitress for a crime lord in order to obtain incriminating evidence in the form of a ledger. Sera, as a rookie cop, has the deck stacked against her going into the unsanctioned operation with no support, but she just can’t let the man who killed her brother get off so easy. [Read more…]

Review: Owned by Fate by Tessa Bailey

owned by fateReviewed by Carrie

Readers, you are going to have to take this review with a grain of salt.  See, I knew after reading the blurb that this book wouldn’t be for me, but I love Tessa Bailey’s work and I was hoping that she would bring a fresh take to this tired story.  I was wrong and I have learned my lesson – this trope just isn’t for me.

Caroline Preston is desperate to help her family’s financial magazine keep from going under.  She’s so desperate she agrees with her brother’s harebrained idea to write a lifestyle piece for the magazine on New York’s exclusive BDSM club.  What does BDSM have to do with a financial magazine, you ask? Apparently, the wealthy are just going to these clubs in droves after the release of the book that-shall-not-be-named. [Read more…]

Review: Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey

baiting the maid of honorReviewed by Carrie

If you’ve been reading my reviews, you know how much I love Tessa Bailey’s writing (especially her dirty talking heroes).  As soon as I saw Bailey’s name come up as one of the authors involved, I requested the whole series.  I am sooo glad I did because she does not disappoint.  This is the second book in the Wedding Dare series.  The stories seem to run concurrently and are interwoven, but I think it would be fine as a standalone. [Read more…]

Review: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

unfixableReviewed by Carrie

Bailey’s foray into the New Adult sub-genre begins as a spin-off from her wildly popular novel, Protecting What’s His.  I was super excited to see what direction the author would take – would it be super tame or would the hero still be deliciously dirty-talking?  It turned out to be a little of both.

For a brief moment, Willa Peet made the mistake of believing that she could be normal.  Her sister, Ginger, pulled her out the hell hole they grew up in with their prostitute mother and moved them to Chicago to give Willa a chance at life.  Willa started to believe in normal when she met Evan at school.  [Read more…]

Review: Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey

staking his claimReviewed by Carrie

Lucy Mason finally feels free.  After the last two grueling years of finishing her master’s degree, Lucy is ready to cut loose and even has a list of things to do when she gets back home to New York.  Her brother, Brent, is busy with his wedding plans so he sends his police force buddy, Matt Donovan, to pick her up from college.  When Lucy realizes that the luscious hunk in the coffee shop is the guy her brother sent, she formulates a plan to get her some.  Knowing that Matt would never hook up with his best friend’s little sister, Lucy pretends to be her friend and roommate, Sasha. [Read more…]

Review: Asking for Trouble

asking for troubleReviewed by Carrie

I love Tessa Bailey’s dirty talking heroes.  They’re all straight laced cops but put the woman they want in front of them. They morph in to cavemen with the filthiest mouths; and I mean that in the very best of ways.  The last book in this series had an unexpected tenderness, so I was excited to see where Bailey would take the enemies to lovers trope in this book.

Though each book in the series can be read as a stand alone, readers were first introduced to Brent and Hayden in the previous book, Officer off Limits, as the best friends of the main characters, Daniel & Story.  Hayden Winstead is delighted that her BFF has found the man of her dreams.  She doesn’t even mind hanging out with Daniel’s cop buddies if only it didn’t include one idiotic immature man who has made it his life’s goal to aggravate her. [Read more…]

Review: Officer Off Limits

Reviewed by Carrie

Tessa Bailey is becoming an auto-buy author for me. She writes such deliciously dirty talking alpha heroes that just make me sigh. This is the third book in the Line of Duty series and though loosely connected, each can be read as a stand alone.

Hot on the heels of a broken engagement, kindergarten teacher Story Brooks dashes across the country to be at the bedside of her estranged father, a New York cop. In the hospital she runs into her father’s protégé, Daniel Chase, and sparks fly. The only hitch in the plan is that dear old Dad forbids Daniel from hooking up with his daughter. This lasts all of a hot second and by the time Daniel takes Story home, he has her pinned up against a wall. She decides to use him for fun while she’s in town and as a way to get back on her feet after a long disappointing relationship, but both of them get much more than they bargained for.

Story is a cheeky girl who appears self-confident despite lingering insecurities from her ex and abandonment issues with her father. She is in a bit of an emotional block while coming to terms with the fact that she basically wasted the last 2 years on a guy that she really didn’t connect with and feeling like a failure. I liked that she stood up for herself and didn’t wallow.

Daniel was the one who threw me for a loop. I had expected a straight up cop hero but got a heart aching tortured hero – my favorite! Daniel grew up shuffling between foster homes, drifting without someone to give a crap about him until he joined the police force and was taken under the wing of Jack Brooks, Story’s father. Daniel matures in police work, but sticks to his womanizing ways because he doesn’t know how to care; he wasn’t ever taught. When Story tells Daniel she loves him and he says that’s the first time anyone had ever told him that, I wanted to rip my heart out and serve it on a platter to him. He just slowly unravels as this sensitive man underneath who survived a horrible childhood and ultimately just wants to belong to someone.

The sex between these two is insanely hot and all the dirty talk had me fanning myself. Besides the sex and romance, I loved all the banter in this book – Story and Daniel, Daniel and his boys, Story and her friend, Hayden. It really kicks up the fun and gives the main characters more depth. There is a slight twist to the story at about the 80% mark that was unexpected and felt a little unnecessary but that was really the only blemish on the book.

I really recommend this book for an unexpectedly sweet and sexy story! I can’t wait for the next one!

Rating: A-

*ARC Provided by Entangled

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Officer Off Limits
by Tessa Bailey
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Publisher: Entangled

Series Reading Order: Line of Duty

This is the reading order for the Line of Duty series by Tessa Bailey:tessa

*Denotes short story/ novella