Title: His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: May 13, 2013
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
One Line: This series and author has easily become one of my favorites with an excellent plot and a scorching romance.
About the Book: The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…
Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on 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 O’Hanlon’s Pub 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?
Tessa has done it again with His Risk to Take. This series is easily becoming a favorite of mine and I love her ability to create such intriguing characters and such an intense plot. If you’re in need of an outstanding romance novel, look no further than Tessa Bailey and her Line of Duty series. I devoured this book in one sitting and I was definitely left wanting more at the end.
Troy is every bit the alpha male, and he doesn’t hide it, especially when it comes intimacy. He is a cop who had to deal with the death of his partner and still holds that bad memory close to his heart. I loved how loyal and caring he is. He’s also insanely protective, and that plays out in hilarious ways considering Ruby isn’t used to having anyone look out for her. Add that to his sexiness and you’ve got an irresistible guy right there. Troy and Ruby’s chemistry sizzled from the very beginning and I loved their banter. Their personalities mixed very well and I liked how he could see and give her what she needed in and outside the bedroom. Troy definitely knows how to make you respect him as a competent police officer and he sure knows how to make you weak in the knees with his dirty words and tactics. I’ll never look at pool the same way again!
Ruby is a strong-willed, independent woman with quite a few skills up her sleeves. I really liked Ruby. She had a crappy dad who was basically a hustler and that’s how she grew up, but it definitely didn’t turn her into a despicable character. I liked that Ruby still had goals and aspirations in life. She was determined to break free from her mold and make something with her life. She deals with some shady people and that’s how she ultimately gets mixed up with Troy. What I like about this series is how Tessa ultimately puts the girl in danger, needing the guy to step in and save their life, but not in a weak, “damsel in distress” way. Ruby holds her own until the very end, just like Ginger in Protecting What’s His. These women are confident and capable women who just happen to have strong, alpha males in their lives who would do anything to protect them.
Overall, I have no complaints about His Risk to Take, except that I wish it was longer! I seriously can’t get enough of Tessa’s writing,, her irresistible characters, and outstanding plot lines. You’ve got action, danger, romance, intrigue – all the makings of a great story. Tessa Bailey has definitely made it into the “auto-buy” category to me and I’m waiting at the edge of my seat for her next sexy novel.