Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Spotlight & Giveaway : Riskier Business (Crossing the Line, #0.5) by Tessa Bailey

Riskier Business
Crossing the Line, #0.5
by Tessa Bailey

Release Date:
January 5th, 2015



eARC received in exchange of honest review


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.

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Crossing the Line Series on Goodreads

His Risk to Take 
(Ruby and Troy-Line of Duty Series)

Lindy's Thoughts:

Steamy, erotic, fiery...  What a rush!  Troy and Ruby are one H-O-T couple!  These two cannot get enough of each other.  Troy is an alpha male who needs to be in control at all times.  Ruby loves this take charge, dirty talker, but only when his control stays in the bedroom.  These two lovers have a complex history.  Troy is a cop, and Ruby use to be a hustler.  Her father taught her the con from early on, in order to survive.  However, now Ruby wants a fresh life with the man of her dreams.  She custom designs and sells pool cues for a living with her good friend and business partner, Mya,

Things in Ruby and Troy's life couldn't be better, until her dad returns to town.  He wants Ruby to hustle her uncle in a game of pool.  If she wins, she will get information on where the mother that abandoned her currently resides.  Ruby takes the deal, and Troy is furious!  This is the cause for turmoil in their relationship.  Troy is worried about Ruby's safety.  Whereas, Ruby needs to know about her mother.

Troy and Ruby's relationship heats up!  Danger, suspense, and anticipation emanate from every page, as the time to the pool match draws near.  Bowen, a mob boss and Ruby's best friend tries to protect her, right along with Troy.  Unfortunately, Troy and Bowen don't get along, and this causes even more conflict in Ruby's relationship with Troy.

I found Bowen's character mysterious, dangerous, sexy, and unbelievably appealing.  His loyalty towards Ruby made him attractive.  I can't wait to read Bowen's story, which is next in this series!!!

My Rating:

I give, Riskier Business, by Tessa Bailey 4 Erotic, Dirty, Dangerous, and Addictive Stars!  Ms. Bailey sure knows how to write sensual, intimate, and passionate love scenes!!!  This was one very sexy page-turner!!!

Mikki's Review:

I am a HUGE Tessa Bailey fan. There is not a week that goes by that I don't talk about her books. My Tessa Bailey fangirl mode has been ON since May 2013 when I met Ruby Elliott and Troy Bennett for the very first time. His Risk to Take was an unforgettable reading escape that I have reread numerous amount of times. When I read His Risk to Take, which is a novella, I wanted to know more about Ruby and Troy. I felt like their story was far from over. When I heard that they were getting another book, I was happy dancing like there was no tomorrow! This couple has a piece of my heart and I was so happy to reunite with them and the Line of Duty crew.

Riskier Business is the first book in Tessa Bailey's new series, Crossing the Line. I don't want to spoil His Risk to Take so I will keep this review pretty simple so that you can indulge in Ruby and Troy's passionate and intense love story with both His Risk to Take and Riskier Business. The one thing I will tell you about Riskier Business it's that Ruby and Troy's relationship is put to the test when Ruby's dad comes back to cause trouble. That man is a real jerk! Just thinking about what he made Ruby go through when she was young makes my blood boil!! 

What I liked about Riskier Business is that even if I got an early ARC of Risking It All, which is Bowen's book, I did not feel like I read it out of order. Yes, I did find out a little secret in Risking It All that was revealed in Riskier Business, but it did not take anything away from my reading experience of Riskier Business. On the contrary, I was even more anxious to get to that part so I could see what really happened. Secrets have been kept and once they are out everything will change in Ruby's life. The one thing she will never lose is the love that Troy has for her. Oh, mama! That man knows how to talk to his woman and the way he protects and takes care of her.... Gah!!!! I felt all kinds of different emotions when I read this book. I even cried at the end of it. I absolutely did not want it to end! 

You can't go wrong with a book written by Tessa Bailey. Her stories are captivating, her characters are addictive and the sensuality in each of her steamy scenes will leave you breathless and keep that fan ON because it will get HOT! Her dirty talkers club is growing each and every time a new hero appears in a new book. These men will melt the panties right off of you with their naughty mouth. Don't even get me started with the ladies! They are all confident, independent and they know exactly how to drive those dirty talkers absolutely crazy!

Tessa Bailey's characters are more than just characters to me. When my life is getting out of control and I need an escape, I turn to these characters to lift up my mood and make me smile again. If you have not read any of Tessa's books you are seriously missing out! They are freakin' phenomenal!! Each couple will steal a piece of your heart and will leave you wanting more!

Next up in this new series is Risking It All.

This book is ABSOLUTELY INTOXICATING! Sera and Bowen are one EPIC couple and their chemistry.... Whoaaaaa! It's scorching hot! I highly recommend all of Tessa's books. They are the PERFECT reading escape!


I give, Riskier Business, by Tessa Bailey 5 irresistable, naughty, intense, passionate, unputdownable, dirty talking stars! 


~ 2 ebooks of 
Riskier Business by Tessa Bailey ~

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.

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