Up in Smoke
Crossing The Line
Release Date: 6/23/2015
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…
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From Up in Smoke by Tessa Bailey:
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.”
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
Up in Smoke is the second full-length book in Tessa Bailey’s Crossing the Line series with Entangled Select and it features ex-Navy Seal Connor Bannon and fire addict and arsonist, Erin O’Dea.
Erin O’Dea is one seriously troubled woman. Even her issues have issues, and yet, I found myself liking her despite the confusion she caused me. She’s a fascinating, intriguing character, and one I was desperate to know more about because I wanted to know who she is at her core. What makes her tick. What makes her so afraid. She’s such a unique character, and even as crazy as I found her at times, the psychology enthusiast in me wanted to know the particulars about her, the whys.
From the start, readers are aware that Erin is attracted to fire and when she first meets Connor, he’s like one big, fast-building, explosive flame to her. She pushes him, testing his reactions and his control, but he lets her call the shots, and he quiets the crazy in her head. He’s every bit the man she needs right now, just as she’s every bit the woman that Connor needs.
This story was so interesting to me! The characters are just so distinct and real, almost larger than life. They light up the page and and make every kernel of information about them a necessity to readers. Erin and Connor are two characters unlike any other I’ve ever read, and their relationship is as unique to them as they are to themselves and each other. I seriously loved them both, and I loved the journey they took in this book. They fought for every single romantic step they built together, and each obstacle they faced fit who they are as individuals so well. This story flowed, and it completely, thoroughly entertained.
If you’ve never read Tessa Bailey’s work before, you need to read Up in Smoke. The way she draws her characters is an amazing thing to witness, and her stories, like her heroes and heroines, are always unforgettable. And hot. Extremely, mind-meltingly hot.
Meet Ex- Navy Seal Connor in this unconventional romance!
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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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