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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

5* #Review #Giveaway Up in Smoke by @mstessabailey @RSofRomance

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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...

Review- 5 Stars 
This was my first Tessa Baily book, and she’s definitely made a new fan. Up in Smoke is fast moving, sexy as hell, with action, sarcasm, and mystery. The plot was a lot like the TV show Breakout Kings, but I think Tessa handled it much better. IF the show had been based on this book, I’d have been addicted.
            Connor and Erin have both been recruited (or blackmailed…depending on how you look at it) to use their unique criminal talents while working with a Chicago Detective. These two could not be more different if they tried.
            Connor is fighting violent demons inside himself, used to using extreme control and planning in every facet of his life in order to keep them at bay. When he meets Erin, his carefully constructed plans are blown to smithereens. He is instantly addicted to her, he wants her, needs to protect her, and is determined to give her everything. Unfortunately, she is completely unpredictable, and can’t stand to be confined or controlled.
            Connor is the ultimate alpha, and from the characters in this book, it’s clear this author knows how to write her alphas. He is possessive, protective, controlling in the bedroom, but determined to give his woman her freedom, anything that will make her happy. He bends in ways I don’t think he ever thought he could in order to help her find peace, safety, and happiness. He has such a sweet side when it comes to Erin and his mother, it just makes him all the more swoon-worthy.
            Erin is hilarious. Her sarcasm and wit had me laughing out loud a time or two. However, most of the time, it’s to avoid facing her problems or appearing weak to others. Understandable considering she was helpless against an evil man for so much of her life. Now, she is saddled with phobias that keep her isolated and alone, always on the run. But, just as she soothes Connor’s inner demons, he gives her a sense of safety and helps her to believe that she can overcome her issues.
            These two absolutely explode with chemistry. There was all kinds of fire leaping off the pages when these two got together. And oh, Connor’s dirty mouth, I need some ice water just to mention it to you. It is unbelievably hot.
            The group dynamic is really interesting and at times, quite fun. Their banter is pretty amusing and they kept the story interesting from all angles. I’m very intrigued to read the next book, which I’m assuming is about Austin and Polly.
            This book hopped right onto my re-read list. And, I’ll be adding more Tessa Baily to my TBR!

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.”

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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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