Wednesday, May 29, 2013

His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2) by Tessa Bailey

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?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Oh my, um...yes...ladies...we have a dirty talker. *thud* This was my first from Bailey and dayum if all her men are like this I am so. on. board! 
"What changed your mind?"

"Does it matter?"

"Yes." He leaned in and nipped the underside of her jaw. "It damn well matters."

Heat pooled between her legs, stealing even more of her breath. She couldn't think of anything but the truth. "Maybe I just decided to live in the moment." 

Troy pulled back to study her, scrutinizing her expression. Base hunger clouding his features, he shook his head once. "No."

"What do you mean 'no'?"

Using his teeth, he scraped a path up the side of her neck. "I mean, when I sink my cock between those insane thighs, I need to know you're not going to regret it afterward." He dropped his hand to the underside of her panties, where he palmed her roughly. "I need you right there with me, loving every second of me riding you. Knowing I'm going to do it all over again within the hour."

She bit back a moan as he applied pressure right where she needed it. "You're turning me down? It doesn't feel like it."

"I'm not capable of turning you down." he said on a pained laugh, gaze devouring her breasts. "I'm going to take you to my bed and pleasure the fuck out of you. But the panties stay on. It's non-negotiable."

I absolutely loved these two...the cop and the pool hustler. What a fun combo to throw together and damn me the chemistry between these two was phenomenal. They're really both great characters too. Nicely developed, sexy, a little troubled from their pasts, fiery and will just make you smile. It's really hard not to be completely smitten with these two.

Things go pretty much at freaking break neck speed after Ruby and Troy meet but amazingly they didn't feel like they'd just met which made it totally work for me. And whew. Things get steamy! And a little dirty and a whole lot naughty. And it's amazing. There's a fab scene with a pool table that. Well. It was creative and will make you look at a pool stick in an entirely different way. Trust me. 

Along with the hot and heavy romance there's a nice little bit of suspense in the storyline as well with Troy's job and him hunting a criminal down that sort of turns out to be connected to Ruby. It added a nice layer to the story which I enjoyed. It also cause Ruby to have a bit of that too stupid to live syndrome (what kept this from being a 5 star) but other than that it was a great addition to the story. 

His Risk To Take really cranked all my buttons and had me panting for more. If you're looking for a quick, fun and sexy read that has some delicious bits of naughty happening... this is it. I'll definitely be going back and checking out book one in the series. I've heard the hero in that one's a bit of a dirty talker too... *swoon*

Because he just screams... I'm a dirty talker...

We've got 1 ecopy of His Risk to Take up for grabs today thanks to Entangled! Woot!
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Do you like dirty talking heroes? Have a favorite?
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