Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review ~ RISKING IT ALL by Tessa Bailey

Risking it All (Crossing the Line, #1)
by: Tessa Bailey
Series: Crossing the Line
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled

She’s gone rogue.

Seraphina Newsom isn't looking for vengeance…she wants justice. Three years ago, Sera's brother was ruthlessly gunned down by one of Brooklyn’s most dangerous mob kingpins. The investigation has stalled out, deemed “too dangerous” by the police commissioner. So to track down the evidence she needs to take down her brother’s killer, Sera turns in her hospital scrubs, joins the NYPD, and goes undercover. Unsanctioned. Alone.

He’ll live to keep her safe.

With his father behind bars, Bowen Driscol has reluctantly taken over his family’s sprawling South Brooklyn crime operation. New York's finest have other plans. By threatening the safety of his sister, they “convince” Bowen to extricate a rogue cop who’s in over her head. But when he meets Sera and feels that deep, damning shiver of desire course through him, Bowen knows there's only one way to keep her safe without blowing either of their covers…by claiming her as his own.

If there's one thing Tessa Bailey absolutely guarantees her reader every single time, it's a man to make certain parts of your body tremble/flutter/quiver/all-of-the-above-and-more.  They're alpha, they're dirty, they're protective and stubborn, but you can bet that pair of my panties that are burning in the corner, they will be paired with a lady who'll get under every layer of their skin and into their trousers in a way no other has managed.  And you can add their panties to that burning pile in the corner.

"We both know it's only a matter of time before I'm pounding the purity right out of you."

Whilst loosely linked to Tessa's Line of Duty series, her Crossing the Line series can be read alone (although why you would want to, I have no clue). Moving away from the alpha cop hero, we are treated to the alpha criminal, and Bowen Driscol is bad *ahem*; with his father serving time, he has stepped into his shoes.  And when the NYPD need help in protecting one of their own, his links to Ruby and Troy make him the ideal candidate and he reluctantly agrees. The cop? Seraphina Newsom, a good church-going officer on her own undercover mission.

"If I did fight for you, it would be the first time I've ever used my fists for something worthwhile."

What I loved about this (aside from the obvious), was Bowen's inner angst and vulnerabilities; having read as many Tessa Bailey books as I have (i.e all of them), you know the hero will have insecurities, but Bowen is in a different league to the others.  And with the circles he moves in, there were times when I was hoping to God nothing happened to him, whilst at the same time what he did went against what I believe is right.  Underneath is a complex man with a heart and this made Bowen special.  And Sera, she surprised me in some respects, but in others she didn't; she's strong, feisty, independent and hell-bent on doing the right thing, whilst engaging with the wrong thing.  And as their defences crumble, the emotion is revealed.

"You do something to me Sera.  You change me and once that happens...I need that feeling too much to hold back."

Risking It All is quite possibly my favourite Tessa Bailey novel to date and I'm pretty confident you will love it.  I can't wait to see where she takes the series next and see Connor's story unfold.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 5

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