Review: His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey


His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey (Line of Duty #2)
May 13, 2013
Erotic Contemporary
Entangled Publishing

Reviewed by Mandi

After reading and enjoying Protecting What’s His, I was eager to try another book from this author. Tessa Bailey gives us another dirty talking hero in this novella, although the suspense didn’t work quite as well for me.

After losing his partner on the job, homicide detective Troy Bennett transfers out of Chicago to start working for the NYPD. Troy is at a bar when he first meets Ruby. She is a pool hustler, who saunters in with her yoga mat, finds a victim, and pops out her pool stick. These two not only have quick sexual tension together, but Troy starts to work on a case and it involves a man from Ruby’s past.

From here, they have lots of hot and dirty sex. Tessa Bailey has a knack for writing edgy, dirty talk. Troy seemed to be a little more alpha than her first hero, and more cold. Not that that is a bad thing, but I felt the sex scenes were more just sex and less emotion. But with Troy talking like this….it’s all good.

Roughly, he took her hands and placed them over his erection, molding her fingers into a tight grip around it. Her eyelids drooped slightly, and she bit her lip.

“It’s been ready for you since Saturday morning. It’s going to take me hours of fucking that tight little body of yours to satisfy it. I hope you know what you’re in for.”

Or this…

“I’ve been impatient to fuck you for days. If you keep taunting me, I’ll have no choice but to assume you want it as rough and dirty as I can give it. And baby?” He nipped her ear. “I saw the way your back arched and your thighs squeezed together when you heard my voice behind you. I know how bad you want it.”

Oh my.

This is novella length and I think the suspense part of the book suffered because of that. I needed more time that part of the story to unfold. Ruby wants to keep Troy safe, Troy wants to keep Ruby safe and I didn’t love how things played out at the end. But with two books out now, and two dirty talking heroes, I’m definitely keeping my eye on this author.

Rating: C+

Recent Reviews:
Fiction Vixen – B
Dear Author – C+
The Book Pushers – B-

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  1. Mzcue says

    I admit that I’m having trouble with this one myself. I feel like I’m having to take the author’s word for it that there’s a basis for the attraction between the two main characters. It didn’t seem to emerge from the story, at least for me. The first book have received such good reviews that I may still go back and try it, though.

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