Today I'm excited to be participating in the Blog Tour for Tessa Bailey's newest release: His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2). This tour is hosted by Entangled Publishing. Thank you for allowing us to participate! Be sure to scroll down for a chance to win an e-Copy.
His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2) by Tessa Bailey
Expected Publication Date: May 13th 2013 by Entangled Publishing-Brazen
About the book: 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?
Oh boy, did this story get me hot and bothered!! I wasn’t expecting this to be such a scorcher!! If you want a SMOKING HOT read with a dominant, possessive, and bossy man, look no further! His Risk to Take will push all your buttons!
Troy had just moved to New York from Chicago after losing his partner on the force, Grant, in a sting gone bad. He’s crushed every time he thinks of Grant, and the family he left behind. Troy feels responsible. While out a at bar with his new police buddies he can’t stop thinking about the tragedy until a black-haired, green-eyed beauty walks in, and proceeds to hustle some sucker at pool. He can’t take his eyes off her body as she executes an expert game. Troy steps in to save her when the sore loser looks like he’s about to get violent. Things heat up between these two after that rather quickly:
“After watching the show you just put on, I have a lot of things in mind.” One hand left the bar to brush her hip. Ruby couldn’t stop herself from backing up, bringing her body flush against his. Troy hummed in satisfaction at her boldness. “Next time you bend over a table, I’m going to wrap all that hair around my fist and pull your head back. I want to watch your eyes as I ---- you into oblivion.”
But Ruby doesn’t plan on losing her head. She’s even more reluctant when she finds out Troy is a cop. However, Troy isn’t about to take any brush off from Ruby, and if she thinks so, she has another thing coming! Her heart secretly soars at his persistence. But when Troy finds out that Ruby is connected to a dangerous case he’s working on, he’s not sure being involved with him won’t get her killed. He’s torn between letting her go to keep her safe, or locking her away in his protective custody. (I know which I vote for!)
Ms. Bailey definitely has a talent for writing a prime Alpha-male!! Troy wasn’t the flowers and hearts sort of guy, but his protective and caring side more than made up for it. I loved his dirty mouth and bossy ways. And a man in uniform, who can resist?!! Definitely not me!
Ruby was a great character as well. She’s not one to wallow in self-pity. Even though she came from a shady background she is trying to pull herself out of that lifestyle, and has managed to secure a promising future on her own. When she figures out how much she cares about Troy, she’s willing to put her safety on the line to make sure he’s okay.
If you’re a fan of Kristen Ashley’s type of Alpha-male (maybe a little less caveman than KA’s), I would definitely pick this up because you are in for a treat! I breezed through this story and found myself sorry when I got to the last page. I highly recommend Ms. Bailey’s addictive, fun and spicy writing! This is the second in the Line of Duty series, but it’s not necessary to pick up the first to enjoy this. I didn’t read it before picking this up, and it was not an issue. Although, after finishing this I quickly picked up Protecting What’s His and I’m currently 21% in and LOVING it! Brandie loved reviewed it on the blog back in April. You can read her review here.
A copy was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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