13 May '13

A Nix Review – His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey (5 Stars…a must read!)

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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?

I pimped the first book in this series to everyone who would possibly listen and I approached this one with much. However, I never expected to love it like the first. Nothing could be hotter than the first one, right? WRONG!! First, dear readers let me advise you of the things I discovered whilst reading this book…
  • 1.       Don’t read it in public. It’s too hot, you will become uncomfortable with everything.
  • 2.       Expect to look at police officers more closely to see if they are ridiculously good-looking
  • 3.       You may look at Pool Cues differently

I could wax lyrical about the characters but I’m not going to. They were both fantastically written as separate entities, with enough angst and baggage to make sure the path of true love does not run smoothly, but where this book stands out is in the chemistry that is created between the two characters. This author excels at creating scenes explicit enough to make your blood pressure rise, but with enough character development that the scenes develop the relationship being created. I fricking loved this book.
The chemistry in the book started building from the second they lay eyes on each other.

“So, blue eyes. Why don’t you stop staring and buy me a drink? I don’t want to dehydrate before you work up the nerve.”

I loved the sexual tension flowing under the banter of their first meeting, loved that he didn’t sleep with her on the first meeting and just adored the way he flipped from dream boyfriend to dream lover in the flip of a kindle button. Once they start the sexual side of their relationship, they just got dirtier and dirtier.

 “I’m going to take you to my bed and pleasure the fuck out of you. But the panties stay on. It’s nonnegotiable.”

There wasn’t a scene between them that didn’t titillate and arouse; it was ridiculous how hot this book was. The added drama of the danger that she was in gave the later scenes an added sense of desperation that only added to the sexual tension between them… am I raving?? Sod it. I won’t lie to you readers; this book is positively filthy and I absolutely LOVED IT. I also loved that the author seemed to want to make a statement about everyone’s kink being different and equally acceptable.
I didn’t think that Tessa Bailey could surpass the first in the series but I am very happy to report I am wrong; I think this one is better. This book is so hot I had to put it down several times to catch my breath and, let’s be honest, for a woman who reads as much sex as I do I can honestly say that it takes a pretty raunchy book to do that.  I loved the chemistry, I loved the characters and I loved the sex, pool cue related shenanigans included (I have to add a “sex-with-pool-cue” shelf on GR now J). If you need a book to get you in the mood, read this. It’s a sure thing.

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