Risking It All

Tessa Bailey
Risking It All
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Release Date
January 2015
Book 1 of Crossing the Line
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother's death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she's not sure she'll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can't know he's on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 19, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
142 people found the following review helpful
HO-LEE CRAP is this a fantastic freakin' book! RISKING IT ALL is a MUST READ for anyone who wants a real bad guy book boyfriend to tame. Let me tell you that Bowen is absolutely that man for me!!!

Seraphina Newsom is an enigma. With a nursing degree and fresh new job as a police officer, she strikes out undercover on her own to try and find evidence to put her brother's murderer, Trevor Hogan, behind bars, despite her uncle's (the police commissioner) fury. She doesn't expect an assassination attempt that puts her in close proximity to Hogan's crew, and she certainly doesn't expect rival gang leader Bowen Driscol to enter her life and completely change everything.

Bowen is a second generation thug who is reluctantly in charge of his father's Brooklyn operation now that dear old dad is in prison. He definitely isn't into the police bribing him to find some woman and pull her out of Hogan's clutches, but things start to look up when he sets eyes on Sera. While Bowen doesn't understand his initial visceral reaction to Sera, he's head over ass for her within minutes of meeting her.

Just as Bowen's existence revolves around the struggle of good versus evil, his Sera also represents two distinctly different personas: tough as nails cop and blushing virgin. And Bowen is captivated by all facets of her. He's determined to keep her, and he'll stomp on anyone who gets in his way of making that a reality. But both of them are hiding some damaging secrets, secrets that could threaten the strangely wildly sensual bliss they've found together. When push comes to shove, is the trust between them enough to keep them together?

WOW WOW WOW! RISKING IT ALL is the first full-length offering in the Crossing The Line series by Ms. Bailey. I'm in LOVE with the feel of this book; it's dark and gritty, and the hero is anything but typical. Heir to South Brooklyn's criminal enterprise, thug and all around bad guy (not to be confused with the typical slutty playboy bad boy) Bowen is absolutely not the kind of dude a nice Catholic girl should be involved with, especially one who's a cop! But Sera herself was this insane contradiction--an introverted virgin but fierce warrior with a caring, nurturing heart who sees the good in people where others wouldn't.

HOWEVER, Bowen IS the type of guy that could probably make most women squeeze their thighs a little tighter. He's a total badass street fighting gangbanger, but he's completely protective of the women in his life. His adoration of Sera borders on obsession, but in the hottest, most decadently wicked ways. Their dirty talk, their inability to keep their hands off of each other, their incredibly crazy hot yummy chemistry had me panting and booking the next flight to NYC. The sex scenes were seriously hot, raunchy, raw, wicked and nasty yet sweet and loving. I couldn't. get. enough!!

I especially appreciated the fact that Bowen would do anything to "keep" Sera. He didn't come up with this bogus "I'm no good for you, you're better off without me" BS that so many book boyfriends do. Instead he did what he had to do to make her a permanent fixture in his dirty, damaged life. Add this unique character to the fabulous storyline and the edge of your seat threat of danger and RISKING IT ALL easily makes the top 10 of my all-time favorite books. I will be eagerly devouring more books by Ms. Bailey ASAP!
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