Friday, May 10, 2013

Review of Tessa Bailey's Line of Duty Series (So far..)

Line of Duty Series: Book 1

Blurb: She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

Review: So I totally grabbed this book because one of my review buddies (Nina over at Nina's Literary Escape) recommended this one. And I'll admit I learned something new about myself (I'll get to that later.) But I have to say, the first few chapters really grabbed me and had me laughing out loud. Especially when the heroine, Ginger, and her little sister, Willa, enlightened our hero, Derek, about the identity of the statue they carried everywhere. 

Now for a little self-discovery time.. Who knew dirty talk could be oh so hot? The first instance of it in the book had my eyebrows raising, then I reread the passage again and thought, "Oh.. well..yep, that'll do it!" After that, I fell in fictional love with Derek and his dirty-mouthed ways. And now we have another possessive, growly, alpha male to add to the "list". I even liked the dominance thing he had going on in the bedroom, and I don't mean whips, chains and ticklers either. 

Ginger was actually a sassy heroine I could easily sympathize with, and I really loved her character. She and Derek were perfect together. Each interaction between the pair is scorching.

All in all, I thought this was a short, hot read that I have already reread twice. I've even gone so far as to buy a copy for a friend, who called an hour later to tell me that I should have given her a warning before she started reading it at work. Ha! Yep, I know. I'm an awesome friend.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Line of Duty Series: Book 2
Blurb: The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into O’Hanlon’s Pub and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?

Review: I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the author for this second book in the series. And it's a good thing too since I was eager to get my hands on it.

So I'll start off by saying, I'm sold on this series. Now, I'll anxiously await the next release, which I think is in July. His Risk to Take was another hot read and a good follow up to Protecting What's His. And it's safe to say that I don't believe I'll ever see a pool cue in quite the same way again.

While there may be similarities between this novella and the first (dominant, dirty talking hero, spitfire of a woman who makes a few poor decisions), I still really enjoyed this one. It's a quick, steamy well-written read. What's not to like?

In my opinion, if you're looking for fast, hot reads with possessive, alpha men who are dominant in the bedroom, look no further. With that said, I'm now eager to get my hands on book three.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

Be sure to visit Tessa at: Website

***And as a treat, I'll offer one random commenter who leaves me their email address a digital copy of the first book in the series, Protecting What's His. Good luck!***  


  1. I love your reviews!! I was smiling the whole time reading them. Thanks for the mention as well, hon. I'm so happy that you liked it as well as your friend *high fives*

    I just preordered His Risk to Take & I can't wait to read it. Definitely bumping it up to the top of my TBR pile when it gets delivered to my kindle! :D

  2. LOL! I loved your review, especially the part about discovering how hot dirty talk can be :D I wasn't sure about this book when I first came across it, but since Nina loved it, and now YOU, well, I'm sold on it. Hmmm ... I'll have to recommend some DTHs to you in the future.

  3. LOLOLOL!!! Awesome book review. Total honesty meets dirty mouth. Now I've got to read this myself.

  4. OoOOoo yes I love dirty talk too! And I know what you mean. LOL the first time I had a hero did that I so did a double read and yep a "well, yeah, that'd do it!" ::snort:: I didn't read your review of His Risk to Take b/c I just finished it last night and haven't written up my review but I really enjoyed your review of book one! I'm so going back now to read it!!

    herding cats & burning soup

  5. Books sound pretty hot. Great reviews.

  6. I love your reviews!

    I was sold on book one when I read:
    And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

    How hot is that?!

    Another book to add to my growing wishlist. :)

  7. Okay, just bought it. Can hardly wait to start reading it.

  8. Wow! I can't WAIT to read these books! I love that cover, too ; )
    I wonder what kind of events or people inspired the author while writing these books!?
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  9. Ha, I'm tickled you guys liked the reviews. :D Sorry I was away this weekend or I would have chimed in sooner. I <3 you all! :D