Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway: Up in Smoke by Tessa Bailey

Title: Up in Smoke
Series: Crossing the Line #2
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: June 23, 2015
Review Source: eArc
Never start a fire you can't control...

Connor Bannon is supposed to be dead. Dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs, he's spent the last two years working as a street enforcer in Brooklyn for his cousin's crime ring. Through a twist of fate, he's now in Chicago, working undercover to bust criminals. But when a cute little arsonist joins the team-all combat boots, tiny jean shorts, and hot-pink hair-Connor's notorious iron control slips.

Erin "she's getting away" O'Dea knows two things. She hates authority. And... Nope, that's it. When she's forced to operate on the "right" side of the law, her fear of being confined and controlled blazes to the surface. The last thing she expects is a control freak like Connor to soothe her when she needs it most. Worse, something behind the sexy ex-soldier's eyes ignites a dangerous inferno of desire. One that invites Erin to play with fire. And one that could get them both killed...

 Wow, if you want a hot read then this is the book for you! The angst had me reeling and wanting more. This was a first read for me of Tessa Bailey's and holy cow it honestly wont be my last. The story was never boring and quite amazingly entertaining. You really wont want to put this puppy down!

Connor was dishonorably discharged from the US Navy and with that he turned to the streets. This poor guy has been through so much in his life. My heart still hurts at the thought of someone having to live the way he has had to endure. Thankfully he was caught and offered a better life. A life in helping the police instead of against. But once a SEAL always a SEAL, this is why he is so valuable to the police. Never thinking he would fall in love, he attends his first meeting at his new "job" and falls head over heals.

Erin has a lot in her past that also has made my heart break into pieces. She was quite the criminal herself. For one she is a pyromaniac. She also can escape from anywhere she needs to. This is why she is so valuable to the police.

These two have major issues that hold them back. Connor is a control freak and Erin doesn't like to be confined, in any way. There must always be an escape route carefully in place. Will the fact that these two are drawn to each other enough to overcome their major setbacks?

My goodness, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. When Connor and Erin really start to open up to each other you feel as if you are in the middle of it all. I honestly couldn't put this book down. I've had some rough days at work while reading this. No sleep but damn this story was worth every second. 


As if her thoughts had made him appear, Connor strode into the courthouse. Her pulse started beating double time, her stomach muscles tightening. Good Lord, the man was a fucking panty dropper. She’d only been away from him for a few hours and it felt like years since she’d experienced his presence. In jeans and a fitted gray T-shirt that molded to his muscles like her hands itched to do, he personified confidence and authority. Hot, rugged male. His gaze connected with hers immediately and darkened. She thought back to that morning when he’d dressed in the early morning light, his abs flexing as he pulled the shirt over his head. His erection barely contained by his boxers. She’d never been one to beg for anything, but she’d been seconds from offering him her mouth. Pleading for the privilege of sucking him off. Conner shook his head at her with a sexy half smile on his face, as if he could read her thoughts across the room. He stopped at the metal detector and walked through after the security guard beckoned him forward. When the woman grabbed her wand and instructed him to raise his hands in the air, something ugly reared its head deep inside her. The detector hadn’t even beeped. There was no reason for the personal service. When the woman smiled at Connor and ran a hand down her ponytail, Erin propelled herself forward, boots echoing on the polished marble.Erin hissed as she drew even with the guard. “If you’re done feeling up my boyfriend, I’d love a turn. We were in a rush this morning.”The guard dropped the wand, letting it dangle near her thigh. “Did you just hiss at me?”Erin hissed again.“Okay.” Connor stepped between them, winking down at her. “We should go. Don’t want to keep the clerk waiting.”Appreciation spread in her belly like honey. He hadn’t chided her for her behavior or apologized to the woman on her behalf. Instead he’d given the impression they were on their way to get married, appeasing her jealousy in one fell swoop. “That’s right.” She sauntered toward the elevator. “There’s vows to be exchanged. Rings to put on fingers. Shit like that.”She glanced behind her to find Connor staring at her ass as she walked, so she put a little swing in her hips and savored his groan. Damn. She’d definitely never had this much fun at a courthouse.A moment later, she and Connor stepped into an empty elevator. She hit the button for the top floor even though the clerk was on the first, and leaned back against the wall, looking up at him through her eyelashes. “How was your morning, baby? Was it worth leaving me in bed, all hot and bothered for you?”“Fuck no, it wasn’t.” He crooked a big finger at her. “Climb on up here.”

Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here. 

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.​Thank you for being a part of it.


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