Title: Officer Off Limits (Line of Duty #3) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: June 10, 2013
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
One Line: A lot more hilarious than her previous books, but just as amazing and engrossing.
About the Book: His need to possess her is non-negotiable.
Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late.
Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her.
Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive?
Romance Readers of the world! Tessa Bailey has done it yet again! Can we all say THREEPEAT?! Seriously, this lady knows what she’s doing! She pulled you in with Protecting What’s His, teased your taste buds with His Risk to Take, and now, with Officer Off Limits, she has truly set the tone for any and all other romance novels out there. I specifically find myself measuring all Brazen books with hers, as Tessa’s is basically the Gold Standard. With off-the-charts sexy ass guys, kickass female leads, and wickedly clever and intriguing plots, you really can’t go wrong with a Tessa Bailey book.
Story is as clever, witty, and strong as they come, as with all of Tessa’s female protagonists so far. Although I couldn’t really get on board with her name, I still really liked her. She holds it together despite the fact that her fiance just dumped her and her father has basically been nonexistent in her life. I also enjoyed her inner monologues and those times when she’d talk to herself after the fact, which is surprising because I usually find inner monologues irritating, boring, and drawn out; which was so not the case here! She’s also awkward at times, but in a cute and funny way that made me love her even more. I also loved the banter between Story and Daniel. It was funny and witty and steamy at times and it really drew me in and connected me to the characters as a couple with chemistry. Story went toe-to-toe with Daniel and I couldn’t help but revel in it; it was that awesome.
Daniel. What can I say about him except, the guy sure doesn’t hold anything back when he tries to get something, or rather, someone he wants. There was seriously one scene in the book involving karoake that had me ROFLMAO because it was too freaking hilarious. I even reread that scene a couple of times and still ended up laughing, it was so funny. There were plenty more hilarious scenes throughout the book, but that one took the prize. Besides that though, Daniel is definitely a sexy, swoonworthy guy. He sure knows how to turn you on and make you beg for it. I also really liked learning about Daniel’s past, which was pretty traumatic. He’s such a good guy and you can’t help but feel for him after what he went through. I loved that he could be so caring and sensitive one minute, then damn right sexy and “gotta have you right now” the next minute.
What I got right off the bat was that this was a lot more humorous than her previous books, which was more than fine for me. I also felt like there wasn’t as much action and danger as in her previous books, but it was still just as interesting and Tessa still brought her A Game when it came to creating an entertaining and intriguing plot. While I feel like Derek and Ginger are still my favorite couple of hers, Daniel and Story are awesome, too. Hell, Troy and Ruby are just as amazing. Ugh, I can’t choose! They’re all so great! And she’s not even done! I seriously don’t know where in Tessa’s mind she pulls all these swoonworthy, super sexy males from, but I say, keep ’em coming!