Release Day Post and Reviews: Riskier Business: Tessa Bailey

Riskier Business 
(Crossing the Line 0.5, Line of Duty #5.5)
Tessa Bailey 
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Expected January 5, 2015

One more game. And this time, there are no rules…

After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy's strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession...

But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she’d die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can’t channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby’s heart…it might cost her life.

I fell for Troy and Ruby in His Risk to Take and was excited to see that they were getting a new novella. This novella is a transition to the new Crossing the Line series.

From day one their relationship had never been anything less than exciting. Explosive. Often volatile. Could one expect anything less between a stubborn pool hustler and an NYPD detective who thrived on exercising control?

Former pool hustler Ruby Elliott and NYPD Detective Troy Bennett are now happy in their fairly new relationship. They have scorching hot chemistry and a deep connection and have been through some serious situations together. Ruby is finally learning to trust and enjoying the positive changes in her life. 

But now an old threat could ruin it all. Ruby's father is back in town and has a proposition for her. And he knows just how to manipulate her...he always has.

Troy is dirty talking, sexy, jealous and completely alpha. He is intense, passionate, and totally obsessed with fulfilling all of Ruby's needs. On the outside he is this tough cop, but I loved seeing his vulnerability too. Ruby is definitely his Achilles' heel. Troy is all about control, and being out of it drives him crazy. And his strong need  to protect Ruby cannot be subdued. He is a man on a mission. He has to allow Ruby to make some of her own decisions, but also has to keep their relationship intact and keep her safe. But it is a precarious situation with high stakes.

"If it comes down to a choice between your safety, your life, and keeping you as my girlfriend. I'd keep you safe every time. I'm sorry. It's how I'm built, Ruby."

Ruby is just finding her own way with a new business and building a trusting relationship. She is strong-willed, stubborn, impulsive, and tends to end up in risky situations. 

Her penchant for trouble and unwillingness to see disasters in her path were traits he'd had to accept in order to keep her. 

Together their trust is tested. They always react strongly and sometimes it gets out of control. Their passion and need is all consuming and so is their need to protect each other. 

There are hidden agendas, secrets, suspense, and danger. They are all swept back into an unpredictable dangerous world where trusting people can get you killed and no one is truly safe. And Troy and Ruby are both so stubborn and volatile that dealing with it all could tear down the relationship and trust they worked so hard to build. There are plot twists and surprises that kept it even more interesting. 

This is a fast paced novella told in both points of view. It is steamy, suspenseful, dramatic, and emotional. It brings back his cop friends and their significant others Brent and Hayden, Daniel and Story, and Matt and Lucy. And more importantly we get to reconnect with Ruby's long time best friend Bowen. His life has changed some since we last saw him in His Risk to Take and he will be the subject of the next book Risking it All. We got a little taste of what he is dealing with in this one. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Riskier Business is a great re-introduction to Ruby, Troy, and Bowen before diving into Risking it All. While I hadn’t thought Ruby and Troy had more to deal with, this story proved me wrong. 

Ruby is pulled back into the gray area she lived in for so long by a few quick words from her father -- words that left her feeling like she had no choice but to do what he wanted. But Troy's reaction was far different, because this was a situation he couldn't control, and his control is his stability.

From start to finish this was a fun quick read. There were some surprise revelations, and Ruby and Troy were forced to challenge their relationship once again. I wasn’t looking for a few of the twists, but once they happened I couldn’t see the story going any way but the way it did.

I loved the bridge that this story creates between the cop focused original series, and the new Crossing the Line series that looks like it will be balancing the line between criminal and law enforcement. Risking It All is waiting for me on my ereader, and I can’t wait to dive in for more Bowen.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Troy and Ruby's first book is part of the Line of Duty Series. The Crossing the Line Series is a spin off and Riskier Business transitions the two series. 

His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2)
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

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?

Risking It all  (Crossing the Line #1)
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Expected January 27, 2014

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process. 
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Expected June 23, 2015

Connor Bannon is supposed to be dead. Dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs when his past exploded in his face, he's spent the last two years working as a street enforcer in Brooklyn, New York, for his cousin's crime ring. But thanks to a twist of fate, he's been given a fresh start in Chicago, going undercover to bust criminals. Just like himself.

Erin "she's getting away" O'Dea knows two things. She hates authority. And...nope, that's it. She hates authority. When this beautiful escape artist is forced to operate on the other side of the law, her fear of being confined and controlled roars to the surface. The last thing she expects is Connor, a man who becomes her adversary on sight, to soothe her when she needs it most.

When danger threatens their team from every side, Connor and Erin are thrust into a perilous situation that places one of them in the line of fire. They're forced to admit their feelings, feelings that run true and deep. But will it be too late?

Tessa Bailey 

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Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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