Although Up in Smoke got me hooked from line one, the OTT caveman act and insta-love & lust made it hard for me to care more and enjoy this story…
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 teamall combat boots, tiny jean shorts, and hotpink hairConnor’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 exsoldier’s eyes ignites a dangerous inferno of desire.
One that invites Erin to play with fire.
And one that could get them both killed.
Author : Tessa Bailey
Title : Up in Smoke
Series : Crossing the Line #2
Publisher : Entangled
Pages : 352
Release date : June 23, 2015
Genre : Erotica, Contemporary.
What the hell just happened here?
My mind is confused, my body is confused…
I like Tessa Bailey’s dirty talkers. Who wouldn’t right?
She writes the best sweet talkers I’ve ever had the pleasure to read so I was really counting on her ability to create the cheekiest and bold heroines that get the alpha man crazy. This combo usually means the banter will be both playful and sexy, upping the sexual tension ever so high with the promise of fuckhot sex scenes, Tessa Bailey’style.
Using blackmail as leverage, Captain Derek Tyler recruits a skilled felon team of 6 to help his police department.
I really want to highlight the fact that the character’s development as of the beginning of the book really hooked me.
I loved Erin’s character. Appearing tough with a lot of mouth to her and a crazy act to confuse people and hide her weaknesses. She appeared to be a really complex character with interesting depth.
Connor as well, was an interesting character. Reformed Seals, also fighting his own demons, he has no idea at first why he should make of Erin except that he’s obviously attracted to her.
Let’s not forget about Mr Bannon rather impressive… assets.
I thought I was in for a 5 stars entertaining and sexy romance. The opening scene where Connor Bannon and Erin O’Deamet got me all fired up about this crazy heroine and this all too serious former military man. Instant chemistry and attraction really forebode to some really good time.
Unfortunately this quickly escalated to be one of the most OTT case of insta-love I’ve ever read. The heroine obviously hiding her pain and damages under a not ordinary amount of sass, held onto Connor something fierce, triggering his alpha male instinct to protect and serve his woman.
Yes. As simple as that. And yes this instantly.
Why the hero felt the urge to protect and help a probably certified woman he literally just met? I have no idea.
I know, I know, erotica romance here, the alpha male protects what’s his…
The “playful” banter only got entertaining for a while before getting old and repetitive…
The sub-plot was completely lost on me as this story held some consequent amount of sex… So, hum yeah, guilty here, I truly enjoyed the crazy sex everywhere but I was hoping for something… more?
I can’t even say that I enjoyed the dirty talk, it felt really monotonous and thrown in just for the heck of it. It was just… off.
Now, if you are looking for something simple and sexy and really fast paced, you might have your next read right here. Only just don’t expect anything that makes sense because good sex and OTT caveman act is pretty much what you’ll get here.
I just personally wished this story held more substance than just the happenstance of great sex.
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.