Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review & Giveaway of UP IN SMOKE by Tessa Bailey

Meet Ex- Navy Seal Connor in UP IN SMOKE!



Never start a fire you can't control...

Connor Bannon is supposed to be dead.  Dishonorable 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-pint 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...


I seriously don't know how she does it, but alas she has done it again.  Tessa Bailey has written a book with such strong characters and story line that I couldn't put it down.  We met Connor in the first book in this series, Risking It All, but we finally get a better look at him in this one.  At first glance you think he is a bit too rough, too domineering, but once you get inside his head; you will seriously never want to leave.

Both Connor and Erin are recruited to be on a secret task force to bring down criminals.  Who better to help bring down the bad guys then other criminals who know all the secrets.  As soon as Connor sets eyes on Erin, he is done for.  In that first brief encounter, he knows he is screwed.  His desire for Erin is all consuming and he will stop at nothing to have her.

When Erin walks into the conference room to meet her new "partners", the last thing she expects is the drool worthy man sitting across from her to knock her off her axis.  In order get them on an even playing field, she decides to have a little fun.  However, when she sets her mouth on his, the last thing she can think of is staying away.

Throughout the whole book, Connor does everything he can to help Erin overcome her demons while keeping his at bay.  He knows his desires could scare her away, so he has to learn to lock them up if he wants to have her. The longer they are together, the hotter the flames of desire get.  Just when you think Erin may be ready for the next set in their relationship, her past comes back to take it all away.

Will Erin finally be able to overcome her past?  Can Connor prove to Erin that she is everything he could ever want?  Will they both survive the storm that is heading their way?  In order to find out, you have to read this flaming hot read!!  

I absolutely adored Connor and Erin.  I loved Connor's filthy mouth, but I think the thing I loved the most was the fact he sacrificed what he wanted/needed in order to be with Erin.  Erin was such a strong person who had to push past all her fears in order to have a life.  They truly were the perfect couple.  She quieted his demons and he helped to show her the light.  There is so much I want to say about this one, but I better stop while I am ahead.  No spoilers here!!  I will say that I HIGHLY recommend you pick up your copy today.  I PROMISE you will not be disappointed!  

Excerpt #1 
     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:

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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