Friday, September 8, 2017

4 stars-- Disorderly Conduct (Academy #1) by Tessa Bailey

Goodness. Police recruits. A whole herd of charming, cocky police recruits heating up the streets of New York. Yes, please! lol Bailey's won me over with the Academy series. I actually started with book two then came back to Disorderly Conduct. And the crazy mess that's Charlie and Ever. And was fun.

The Gist: Horny lust filled eyes meet across a bar one night and BAM! naked bits are rejoicing! Ever and Charlie are two peas in a pod. They want to get all kinds of filthy together but skip the commitment and any attachments-- that's how they were raised after all. Until one day things change and Ever realizes she wants a happy ever after with someone and cuts commitment-phobe Charlie loose. Something he's not on board with. Not on board with at all. He just needs to find a way to prove to her dating other men? Terrible idea.

"Ever, I won't push again. I won't even bring up how... compatible we are. In bed. Or in the hallway. Or on the counter. Or--"

"I get the picture."

His eyes crinkled at the corners. "But if you ask for it, cutie?" He licks his lips, so they're wet when they graze my ear. "If you say, fuck me, Charlie, I will drop whatever I'm doing. I will get between those legs if I have to kill, steal, or sacrifice to get there. And you'll be a sweating, moaning, crying tangle of sex in the sheets by the time it's over. I know you don't doubt me, because I've done it. I've done it." he steps back and winks at me. "Three words. I just needed you to know."

"Consider me warned."
I enjoyed Charlie and Ever's dance. They're both incredibly driven-- he's a police recruit in training, she's launching a catering business. They were pretty easy to like. And, goodness, scorching hot together. They had no problems what so ever when it comes to naked shenanigans. Sweet Mary. They sure did not. Liked to push the edge in a delicious way. They had a dynamic chemistry that just flowed between them. Passionate and just a force when together. Well, when they'd stop resisting that is. And resist they did. Whew!

There were a lot of light hearted moments of dating sabotage when Ever tried to cut him loose and went on a dating spree. Some sweet moments and a lot of it was pretty dang funny, too.

I did have one issue pop up-- which nearly docked half a point-- one of the things Charlie did was real fucking shady and caused damage to a restaurant. He  knew it was wrong, did it any ways, and then...nothing was done to right that wrong. It was out of character and just jerky and something I had a hard time getting past because it likely cost the restaurant thousands and a huge headache.

In the end, though, despite that issue, I was won back over and gave it a four star. A pretty impressive feat, right? But... there was some Grade A groveling that happened towards the end after Charlie flubbed things up with Ever and holy heck it was some awesome groveling. Some of the best groveling I've seen. And left me going okay're worth it.

Overall, Disorderly Conduct was shiver-worthy. Sexy, passionate and just make-you-sigh good. Bring on the next recruit!

Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t believe his luck when the gorgeous blonde he meets in a bar murmurs those magic words: “Nothing serious, ’kay?” Mind-blowing, no-strings sex with Ever Carmichael—it’s the holy grail of hookups for a guy who’s too busy following in his law enforcement family’s footsteps to think about getting serious. Charlie’s all about casual…that is, until Ever calls it quits and his world tilts on its axis.

Ever knows that when you control the relationship game, you can’t get played. But for the first time, she wants more than short-term satisfaction. Step one: end her fling with commitment-phobic Charlie. Step two: sacrifice herself to the ruthless NYC dating scene. Yet everywhere she turns, there’s Charlie, being his ridiculously charming self. No online match or blind date compares to the criminally hot cop-in-training, but they’re over. Aren’t they?

If love is a four-letter-word, why does the idea of Ever seeing someone else tie Charlie up in knots? Now he’s desperate to win her back…and a little date sabotage never hurt anyone, right?

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