by Tessa Bailey
Crossing the Line #4
Publication Date: June 13, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Entangled: Select Suspense
Disgraced cop Henrik Vance is having a shit year. Banished to a derelict undercover squad, he’s been tasked with hunting down the daughter of Chicago’s most dangerous criminal. His obsession with saving the beautiful girl destroyed his career. And this time, it might cost his life.
Ailish O’Kelly doesn’t need a hero. She’ll save herself from her father’s violent criminal dynasty, thank you very much. Unfortunately, the sexy as sin cop who crashes her hideout isn’t hearing reason—especially not after the kiss that becomes much more.
His boss wants her as an informant. Ailish wants Henrik to keep whispering filthy things against her skin. But she knows too well the evil they’re up against, and when it comes down to protecting the man who owns her body and soul, she only has one choice…
Henrik’s sigh blew her hair back like a stiff gust of wind. “While I’m with you, Ailish, I’m working. There are lines I can’t cross.”
Even knowing it was a little evil, nothing could suppress the pop of excitement in her belly. She was alone with a man—a gorgeous man—who wanted her. But had to keep his hands off. It was a tease’s paradise, and they were both screwed. Or not screwed, depending on your point of view. “We can’t sleep together.”
“No.” He dropped his needful gaze to her breasts again. “We can’t.”
She executed her best nonchalant shoulder shrug. “Oh.”
“You’re smiling again.”
Ailish couldn’t stifle her chuckle. Man oh man, she really liked this big ol’ man, and they’d only just met. He deserved a fair warning about what he was getting himself into. “Henrik, you should probably put as much distance between you and me as possible. I really like that you want me. And I probably won’t be able to help trying to keep it that way.” She drew a lazy circle on his abdomen with her index finger, watching in awe as the ridged muscle shuddered under her touch. “For instance, I’d love to tell you I’m wearing cheap white panties and you can see clear through them in the right light.”
His body did this kind of heave, right at Ailish, flattening her backside against the sink. Their mouths were suddenly so close, she could feel his hot puffs of breath on her lips, feel his chest lifting and falling where it met her breasts. “I don’t like hearing that you’ve talked to other men that way.”
“I haven’t,” she whispered. “I don’t. I usually just—”
“I do not want to know.”
Henrik made a subtle move, just a downward roll of his hips that dragged his erection over the crotch of her leggings. But it wasn’t really subtle at all because he stopped right over her clit and nudged forward. She nearly jumped out of her skin, it was so unexpected, her body’s deluge of need so extreme. “H’oh boy.”
His mouth sifted through the hair covering her ear. “Tease me as much as you want. Just don’t try to send me packing again. Are we clear?”
“I told you I don’t like being ordered around.”
He rasped the stubble of his jaw against her neck. “You’d love the way I do it.”
OKAY, so as a cop, Henrik Vance did a very bad thing. A very illegal thing. And now he’s part of an undercover squad who take on the real tough cases of Chicago (if you watch ANY television at all, this premise should sound real familiar. And it is because of this show that I jumped on this book without hesitation.) I love the concept of a squad made up of really good cops/investigators that maybe slipped in the past for the better good. Because sometimes, life is not black and white. It’s actually mostly gray. And this team of individuals are the gray. Anyhoooo, I digress lol back to the book.
So it’s a year later and Vince is up against the very same woman he saved and lost his job over, Mafia princess Ailish O’Kelly. This time, he has to save her from not only her father’s violent world, but also from herself. She thinks she can out-run, out-smart and even turn her back on her father’s world all on her own with the help of no one. Seriously, HA! lol This is the Mafia world. No one is safe, blood or otherwise!
I gotta tell you, even jumping in at this point in the series without reading back was no hardship. This really can be read as a standalone, but I will definitely be going back to read the rest of the team very soon. The story was engaging and exciting and it keeps you turning the pages. The events themselves may have had some predictability to them but this was far from predictable. Henrik and Ailish made it unique. They had real chemistry and they were relatable (in that world, of course). Even the suspense was unpredictable. The story really keeps you on your toes!
If you’ve never read Tessa Bailey start with this book or any other, but start. I regret not doing so until now but I WILL remedy that soon!
Copy provided for blog tour review
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DON’T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SIZZLING CROSSING THE LINE SERIES….
RISKIER BUSINESS (Crossing the Line, #0.5)
RISKING IT ALL (Crossing the Line, #1)
UP IN SMOKE (Crossing the Line, #2)
BOILING POINT (Crossing the Line, #3)
ABOUT TESSA BAILEY
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 Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-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.