Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review : Risking it All (Crossing the Line, #1) by Tessa Bailey

Risking it All
Crossing the Line, #1
by Tessa Bailey

Release Date:
January 27th, 2015





eARC received in exchange for honest review


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.

Purchase links for Risking it All:

Crossing the Line Series on Goodreads

 Our Review of Riskier Business HERE

Lindy's Thoughts:

It's official, Bowen Driscol has ruined me for other book boyfriends!  Can there possibly be a sexier, more seductive, alluring leading male?  I tell you what, Ms. Bailey nailed the perfect romance, when she wrote, Risking It All.  My head was stuck in this book, and I didn't want this story to ever end!  Every moment between Bowen and Sera was breathtaking.  The passionate love scenes were sigh worthy, the magnetic chemistry palpable, and the plot had me on the edge of my seat!  All of these qualities made for an unbelievably addictive and downright sensual read!

Bowen Driscol is a very complex character.  He inherited a life of crime from his father.  He believes himself to be evil, but with the love and loyalty that he has shown his half sister, Ruby, in the previous book, we as readers know that there are two sides to Bowen.  One side is dark, dangerous, and unpredictable, while the other side is protective, loyal to those he loves, and in need of saving him from himself.

Seraphina "Sera" Newsom comes from a long line of law enforcement officers.  Her older brother died in the line of duty at the hands of a powerful crime lord.  She has decided to go undercover without permission, in order to gain justice for her brother by bringing down the man who took his life so easily.

Bowen is blackmailed by the NYPD to protect and watch out for Sera, so that she can get what she needs without getting killed.  However, he is not allowed to divulge the information that he knows who she really is, and that he is tasked with protecting her.

When Bowen and Sera saw each other for the first time, sparks flew, and the sexual tension between them continued to grow, until it turned in to something more.  These two made for one of the sexiest couples I have ever read about in a romance novel.  Ms. Bailey has a special way with words.  She completely brought, Risking It All, to life for me!  I loved every moment of it, and I know that other romance fans out there are in for one very exciting reading treat!

My Rating:

I give, Risking It All, by Tessa Bailey, 5 Tantalizing Inferno, Erotic Seduction, Corrupt, Dramatic, Suspense Filled Stars!  

My Favorite Quote:

"You're my home, Sera.  The only one I've ever had.  I want to be yours, too.  Let me."  (eARC, Loc. 3007)


Mikki's Review:

Tessa Bailey’s naughty vault has once again opened to bring you two of her most intoxicating characters to date! Sera and Bowen will consume your every thought! Their love story will linger with you for hours after you have read the last page. Prepare to be swept away by Tessa Bailey’s new scorching, intense and emotional series. Because Risking it All for love is Oh, so worth it! 

Ex-nurse turned cop falls for the heir to a criminal empire? Yes, please! Bring it ON!! Seraphina Newsom has revenge on her mind when she goes undercover to find her brother’s murderer. What she didn’t expect was for Bowen Driscol to enter her life. Seraphina knows she should stay away from him, but one taste of the best kind of trouble sets her body on fire. From the moment they meet their chemistry is undeniable. Bowen knows he can’t get close to Seraphina. He has a job to do and falling for the sweet virgin undercover cop is the last thing on his itinerary, but the more time he spends with Seraphina, the more she makes him feel things he’s never felt before. Will they risk it all for love? 

From the moment Bowen Driscol was introduced in His Risk to Take, I was captivated by him. When Tessa Bailey announced that he was getting his own book, I was ecstatic! I know without a doubt that any book that Tessa Bailey writes has my undivided attention the moment it lands in my hands. The world literally stops when I sit down to read one of her books! Bowen is hands down my favorite alpha male from Tessa Bailey. Don’t get me wrong, all of Tessa’s dirty talkers have a piece of my heart, but Bowen?!?!?! Sweet Jesus! He would talk and I would be like ---> Ba Bammmm! Tingle effect ON!!! He’s all kinds of naughty deliciousness! 

If you have ever read a Tessa Bailey book you know that the heat level of her steamy scenes is scorching! I needed a fan while reading her previous book, but for Risking it All …. Holy Hotness, baby! Forget about the fan!!! You need multiple cold showers to cool down! Bowen is a top-notch dirty talker! Let’s not forget about his Ladybug… She knows exactly what to say to get under his skin. These two are freakin’ hot together! 

I could not have asked for more! Tessa Bailey has once again exceeded all of my expecations! Her writting style is EXQUISITE! She always knows how to mix things up to keep us at the edge of our seats. What I love about Tessa’s stories is that it always starts with lust at first sight. The heat factor is always ON from the moment the main characters meet, but the way they slowly fall in love is what gets me every single time! Their love stories are all-consuming and simply unforgettable! Let’s not forget about when she brings back characters from the previous books. That always puts a big smile on my face! That is an awesome gift for the fans. We always want to know what our favorite characters are up to. In Risking it All we get to reunite with a few characters that are pretty freakin' awesome!

I crossed the line, and I can't get enough! The first two installments of the Crossing the Line Series have been PHENOMENAL!!! I can’t wait to read about Connor in Up in Smoke. I really liked him in Risking it All.

My Rating:

I give, Risking it All, by Tessa Bailey 5 steamy, page-turning, exceptional, BoVinci-loves-Ladybug forever stars!

Book Trailer:

About the Author:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. 

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. 

She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


  1. Great review! I like the quote and trailer. :)

  2. Awesome Review I love love love Tessa Bailey books that I have to finished the last two books of A Line Of Duty series I have of hers soon when I mean soon I mean like I am started it this Friday because of your wonderful review I have to get my Tessa Bailey fix lol. Thanks for your awesome reviews!


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