Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation with the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he'll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.
Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy's avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he's at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there's a connection between Ruby's shadowed past and a case Troy's working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?
An exciting prequel to the new Crossing the Line series!
Each book in the Crossing the Lines series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Prequel Novella: His Risk to Take
Book .5: Riskier Business
Book 1: Risking it All
Book 2: Up In Smoke
Book 3: Boiling Point
Book 4: Raw Redemption
Can you give more than five stars?!?
A book, and a series, that you cannot miss! My mantra with Tessa Bailey books is "Can you give more than 5 stars?" and that is more than true with her latest novella.
Tessa Bailey is a new author in the generally fun Entangled publishing line, but she stands out from the entire population of contemporary/erotic romance authors as a truly gifted storyteller. Bailey’s books are funny, at times laugh-out-loud so, but they also feature action/adventure, thrills and a dark angsty side that balances pleasure and pain for the reader perfectly. She has quickly taken root as my favorite author right now and I will buy anything she writes. This is rare praise from me.
This series and this installment are, in a word, phenomenal! His Risk to Take is a novella in Bailey's "Line of Duty" series. The real joy of this book are Troy and Ruby, our hero and heroine. Their interactions jump off the page. I always love the part in a romance where our leads first meet, and you cannot beat Troy and Ruby's intro. I re-read this section of the book three times before moving on – it was that fun!
Ruby is brassy, brave, vulnerable and funny while Troy is bold, intimidating and adorable at the same time. Troy is a recent transfer to the NYPD elite emergency services unit, running from a tragedy from his days on the force in Chicago that drives a lot of his actions in the book. He is dominant and intense but it never feels forced or trite. Ruby is strong and has had to make a go of it in an unorthodox way – as a pool hustler! This has exposed her to danger and shady folks most of her life. Troy is quiet and steady but is drawn to wild people he wants to protect from themselves – making Ruby an irresistible challenge for him.
The first part of this series was the full-length "Protecting What's His," which told the story of Lieutenant Derek Tyler and his hot southern love interest, Ginger. Troy Bennett is not mentioned in PWH but he was in Lieutenant Tyler's precinct in Chicago. He left after the tragic loss of his partner to try and start over in NYC as a detective. You don't have to read PWH to understand HRtT, but I recommend you do simply because it is also wonderful! It sets a tone of Bailey's style that makes this book even more enjoyable.
Bailey writes in the shifting perspective between hero and heroine. I always enjoy this approach, but she really excels at it. Each of her characters are well developed and distinct, including secondary characters, which is a rare feat for any book, especially a novella. Bailey’s men are yummily alpha and dominant, but in a human and real way. Their actions always feel natural, like these are gorgeous men you could really meet someday. The women are strong, hysterically funny and sensitive. They face challenges that are very relatable and make tough, very human choices in response.
An excellent aspect of of this novella is that it serves as a good transition to the NYPD series of stories and introduces our next two heroes, Daniel (suave and flirtatious hostage negotiator) and Brent (a funny and brawny "guy who likes to blow things up"). They are so delicious and their stores are guaranteed to be awesome.
***I won an ARC copy of this novella in exchange for this honest review.***
His Risk To Take
I have been reading ibooks on my iPad for over two years now. I have downloaded sever hundred books by hundreds of authors. This is the first book that downloaded backwards. Cannot be read.