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Monday, June 29, 2015

Blog Tour/Review ♥ Up In Smoke by Tessa Bailey ♥ #giveaway $100 GC

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Meet Ex- Navy Seal Connor in UP IN SMOKE!
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Never start a fire you can't control...
Connor Bannon is supposed to be dead. Dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs, he's spent the last two years working as a street enforcer in Brooklyn for his cousin's crime ring. Through a twist of fate, he's now in Chicago, working undercover to bust criminals. But when a cute little arsonist joins the team-all combat boots, tiny jean shorts, and hot-pink hair-Connor's notorious iron control slips.
Erin "she's getting away" O'Dea knows two things. She hates authority. And... Nope, that's it. When she's forced to operate on the "right" side of the law, her fear of being confined and controlled blazes to the surface. The last thing she expects is a control freak like Connor to soothe her when she needs it most. Worse, something behind the sexy ex-soldier's eyes ignites a dangerous inferno of desire. One that invites Erin to play with fire. And one that could get them both killed...


A Review by Wendy

4 Wish List Fulfilled Stars 
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I am going to get to the point; Tessa Bailey knows how to put an over the top Alpha together with a complex, destroyed but feisty woman and make it work. She creates an environment where the premise is similar to the Dirty Dozen but more like The 6 Pack with Attitude. All of this motley crew are the best at what they do...and our favorite Bailey man, Derek(Dirty Talker)Tyler from Protecting What's His, is in charge of them. They either get with his program or they are back into prison. Period.

Each of our characters have either been on the wrong side of the law, been manipulated by it or hurt by what it has done to them. In this second installment of the series Crossing the Line we have Connor, our hunky hot ex Seal/enforcer. He carries the trauma of all the horrors from war plus the pressure of his mom's medical needs...which forced him to revert back into enforcing for his crime family connections. This is his way out... a way to protect his mom...and possibly break free. This man saw abuse as a child; it impacted his need to protect... to care for others and it is his driving well as ah hmmm very strong sex drive...

Which leads me to Erin... she is a bundle of all sorts of mixed messages. She comes across as this tough, take no prisoners punk gal... but at the same time purposely does this cray cray thing to drive guys away. She has this need to play with matches and make sure she has an escape route planned out before she sits in a room.

Of course, these two knock heads right away... Connor needing to control Everything... it is his way of staying sane... and Erin, pushing all of his buttons. But in the process, revealing more than she ever imagined.

Right away, Connor's Cock Switch has been has been activated... Thoughts of Erin riding him, bending over, tied etc. are part of what he is thinking... And Erin didn't help the situation by wearing cut off shorts so tiny, the scrap of fabric hardly hides the goods when she dramatically puts her long, lanky legs up on the conference table and crosses them. It was deliberate and caused exactly the reaction she had expected...what she did not expect was her reaction to this man...

She felt something...something unusual...she actually felt. Period.

It is important to note...I knew this was coming, had no problem with it and was ready, willing and able to accept it.

The chemistry is off the charts for these two- Connor has seen past the charade Erin fronted - He senses there is something troubling her beyond the game of "She is cray cray, lights fires and escapes out of prisons." He sees the frighten woman and learns she cannot bear being touched or being in a room without a window or escape.  We learn why and understand; as a child Erin was tortured by her stepfather after her mom's death. There is so much which is told and the bottom line is a very smart child was twisted into what she is as a woman now. Her intelligence and will is what has held her together and it is remarkable.

Connor and Erin are part of the team which throws them together. The book has a valid plot which I will not go into. What I will tell you is it works as most Bailey plots do and keeps you engaged. There are other characters to learn about and you will become interested in their stories...enough to look forward to the upcoming installments.

What I would be remiss in not sharing is the quirks of Connor. Over all I really liked him- BUT he Really, Really was over the top... just a warning...He has a wonderful heart and is totally smitten with Erin- he will do whatever is necessary to put her at ease or look out for her...
The two of them have sexually chemistry which is off the charts...

And yes, in case you were wondering....Connor is a huge dirty talker...and Erin is inventive, too. The scenes of them getting off but not even touching caused my kindle to short out...The dialogue coming from Connor... just saying... please before I die... can I hear it in person directed to me. The actual scenes of them together...are for any one's bookmark.

The only thing to remember is Connor is Alpha to the 10th degree and just accept it as part of the package.

I guess I didn't keep it as short as planned...but you all know I am a talker....

This is a successful series for Bailey; it works to her strengths and we benefit. She has given us a female hacker, Polly and a con/disguise artist extraordinaire, Austin. We already know his book is next and I cannot wait. I do advise reading the first installments of this series to enjoy all the layers of these characters.

Riskier Business
Risking it All

Hmmmm, my hidden wish list:
Strong, masculine, (no metro sexual, please), extreme dirty-talker who sees who he wants and then goes about getting it. Oh, and has the goods...knows how to use them, too.
He may have some, er...issues, like a confused past, but is now cleaning up his act...

Let's have him meet or better with an equally intense and charged woman... one who is driven in her career, willing to do whatever to become the best and have her packaged in a body with a sexy mind that won't quit.
And please, pretty please,
Bring in the original DT...the Main Man, Derek-Dirty-Talker-with-Capitals-Tyler from the book which was my first DT...
Protecting What's His...

Tessa Bailey, you must have found my hidden list.
I don't care how or when or even why...
All I know is I am ready to read my Guilty Pleasure, any book by you.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


As if her thoughts had made him appear, Connor strode into the courthouse. Her pulse started beating double time, her stomach muscles tightening. Good Lord, the man was a fucking panty dropper. She’d only been away from him for a few hours and it felt like years since she’d experienced his presence. In jeans and a fitted gray T-shirt that molded to his muscles like her hands itched to do, he personified confidence and authority. Hot, rugged male. His gaze connected with hers immediately and darkened. She thought back to that morning when he’d dressed in the early morning light, his abs flexing as he pulled the shirt over his head. His erection barely contained by his boxers. She’d never been one to beg for anything, but she’d been seconds from offering him her mouth. Pleading for the privilege of sucking him off.
Conner shook his head at her with a sexy half smile on his face, as if he could read her thoughts across the room. He stopped at the metal detector and walked through after the security guard beckoned him forward. When the woman grabbed her wand and instructed him to raise his hands in the air, something ugly reared its head deep inside her. The detector hadn’t even beeped. There was no reason for the personal service. When the woman smiled at Connor and ran a hand down her ponytail, Erin propelled herself forward, boots echoing on the polished marble.
Erin hissed as she drew even with the guard. “If you’re done feeling up my boyfriend, I’d love a turn. We were in a rush this morning.”
The guard dropped the wand, letting it dangle near her thigh. “Did you just hiss at me?”
Erin hissed again.
“Okay.” Connor stepped between them, winking down at her. “We should go. Don’t want to keep the clerk waiting.”
Appreciation spread in her belly like honey. He hadn’t chided her for her behavior or apologized to the woman on her behalf. Instead he’d given the impression they were on their way to get married, appeasing her jealousy in one fell swoop. “That’s right.” She sauntered toward the elevator. “There’s vows to be exchanged. Rings to put on fingers. Shit like that.”
She glanced behind her to find Connor staring at her ass as she walked, so she put a little swing in her hips and savored his groan. Damn. She’d definitely never had this much fun at a courthouse.
A moment later, she and Connor stepped into an empty elevator. She hit the button for the top floor even though the clerk was on the first, and leaned back against the wall, looking up at him through her eyelashes. “How was your morning, baby? Was it worth leaving me in bed, all hot and bothered for you?”
“Fuck no, it wasn’t.” He crooked a big finger at her. “Climb on up here.”

About the Author:

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Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.Thank you for being a part of it.

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