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Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation with 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 the pub he's at with his new coworkers 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?

An exciting prequel to the new Crossing the Line series!

Each book in the Crossing the Lines series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Prequel Novella: His Risk to Take
Book .5: Riskier Business
Book 1: Risking it All
Book 2: Up In Smoke
Book 3: Boiling Point
Book 4: Raw Redemption

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1169 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 114 Seiten
  • Verlag: Entangled: Select Suspense (13. Mai 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00CK51JT4
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HASH(0xa09b6990) von 5 Sternen Wow. Such a Hot Read! 14. Mai 2013
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Since this is a novella, I didn't expect as much excitement and character depth that I would want to see in a full length novel. Boy, was that a silly expectation. I'm actually surprised at the amount of excitement that was crammed into this story. I don't think the author wasted a single scene - everything had it's purpose to further the story and the character's development.

Now, I'm normally not into extended sex scenes, or an abundance of sex scenes, which this novella has both. Wow! I'm embarassed to say how freakin' hot these sex scenes are! I nearly had to jump my husband. =P Normally when a book has too much sex, I find the rest of the story lacking - as if hot sex can make a mediocre plot a good one. This novella was definitely an exception to this. Lots of hot moments, but a great storyline.

I absolutely adored the way this ended!! I really want to spoil it, but I will not. Let me just say, the ending is such a cute one. If you're lookin' for a hot story, this one's for you!

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HASH(0xa90d4b34) von 5 Sternen Another Winner from Tessa Bailey! 15. Mai 2013
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Tessa Bailey has done it again! Ladies meet your new favorite dirty talkin' hero, Troy; he is to die for plus he grovels too ;)

I absolutely Ms. Bailey's debut, Protecting What's His: Line of Duty (Entangled: Brazen) and when His Risk to Take came out, I couldn't get my hands on it fast enough.

I didn't like this story. No. I loved it. Thrown into this super smexy read was humor, danger, suspense, and of course hot sex with dirty talk! Troy possessed all the traits of a true alpha: sexy, strong, over-protective, loving, and caring. Of course, his dirty mouth definitely added more to his appeal. As for Ruby, I loved her. As a heroine, she was strong and had a backbone who didn't take anyone's BS. Most of all, I loved that she was a pool hustler. I mean, how many of these heroines do we get in romance novels? She was kick ass that's all I have to say.

While this story was definitely high on steam and romance (which I LOVED), what I also loved about His Risk to Take was the emotions that the author brought out in this story. I was laughing one moment and then on the verge of tears in the next. I love it when an author can get me involved emotionally with a story & Tessa Bailey didn't fail to do that.

His Risk to Take was a completely sexy and well-written story that I couldn't put down. This story pretty much sealed the deal for me. She is on my auto-buy list now. I will read anything that Tessa Bailey puts out!

So, go on and buy His Risk to Take. I strongly believe you won't regret it. Read it, savor it, and love it because I sure did :)
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HASH(0xa07ff528) von 5 Sternen Hottest Book In The BRAZEN Line up!! 13. Mai 2013
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Borrowing a line from Forrest Gump, "Brazen is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get". Every time I open a Brazen/Entangled book I know two things: #1 it's gonna be hot and #2 it's gonna be HOTT!! His Risk To Take may have been the hottest I have read from the Brazen line so far.

It's about a detective, Troy Bennett who has just transferred from Chicago to a new precinct in New York after the death of his partner Grant. Troy has blamed himself for months following Grant's death and he promises himself he won't put anyone else in danger. That changes the night he goes for a drink at a local bar with his buddies and sees Ruby for the first time. At first he thinks she is just a young naive woman who stumbled into the wrong bar but she soon shows him she is anything but when she hustles a guy at a game of pool. Troy watches her the entire time she's playing and when the hustled guy gets upset he steps in to protect her.

Ruby doesn't need any one's protection. She grew up watching her father hustle and was taught the ways of the game at an early age. Following in his footsteps when she got older she relied on only herself. When she meets Troy she doesn't immediately recognize him as a cop and chides herself for the blunder. She's unable to resist his sex appeal and ends up back at his place for a night of hot UN sex. She doesn't want to want Troy but his Alpha male behaviour presents a challenge she can't resist. Neither of them expect a relationship to form , or to develop feelings outside of sexual attraction but when they do an unexpected complication arises in the form of a dangerous man Ruby is familiar with that Troy is sent to investigate. When Troy realizes his job has inadvertently put Ruby in danger he chooses her safety over their budding romance and vows to stay away from her. Neither of them can stay away for long and when Ruby tries to help out in the investigation she ends up in a dangerous situation that Troy might not be able to save her from.

I have to be honest, I think this may be my favorite book in the Brazen line. I loved everything about it, the hero, the heroine, the hot sex and the dramatic elements. It was so well done and I fell head over heels for this book couple. I am usually not one of those book readers who reads and pictures it as a movie, but this one made me see it as a movie the more I read into the story.

Starting with Troy. *Fans Self* I am not a big Alpha Male fan because I don't like for a man to tell me what to do. Women's Lib and all that jazz. But if Troy demanded I bend over and lick my own a** I would totally do it! I can't even explain the hotness his character brought because I am still a melted puddle of lust. He was sexy, confident and demanding without apology. Everything he said to Ruby made me a tingly mess of WHOREmones! It's not just the fact that he's damaged from his partner's death but his personality is the clincher. He knows he is demanding in bed and wants to find someone who can handle his rough lovin'. But besides his hot body and sexual appetite he was chivalrous. He was willing to put his feelings aside to step away from Ruby and protect her! That's what made him such a great character for me.

Ruby was a great female character I could see myself in the most out of all the book heroines I have read through. Like Ruby I don't let a man tell me what to do and I live by my own rules, damn what anyone else thinks. I loved that Ruby hustled stupid guys out of their money. She was a total bad a** Beyotch! She showed up with her big boobs and hot body and they were struck stupid, until it was time to pay! HA! I loved that! At first you think Ruby is just a wayward crook, living on the outside of the law but once Troy opens her up we find out she actually has a dream she is trying to fulfill. She has a hidden vulnerability behind her tough exterior when it comes to the people she cares about that I loved seeing. She was stubborn sometimes and I could absolutely relate. We both are headstrong women who can take care of ourselves. But it was nice to see her finally let Troy take care of her.

Moving on to the heat! Seriously people this shizz was HOT! Ruby being a sexy raven haired beauty with green eyes and Troy being a tall, sexy cop with blue eyes is enough to get your motor going but when they get going you almost need a fist sized tampon to catch the moisture, or at the very least squat over an oil change pan while reading. All the steamy scenes were done so well and one particular scene involved a pool stick in the right place! HELLO! Most erotic contemporary romance books with several love scenes are hot at first then you're like "Yeah that's nice" and you get used to it. NOT WITH THIS ONE! Every steamy scene is highly erotic and felt like the first time reading a naughty scene. The hotness doesn't disappoint AT ALL!

What I loved the most was how they helped each other get through something difficult each were dealing with. Troy was dealing with the loss of his partner and Ruby helped him open up and take a chance and Troy helped Ruby see that she could keep her Independence and still be in a relationship. They were fun and flirty once they got out of their own ways. There were several endearing moments between them and the supporting characters that balanced out the heat nicely. The overall story was intense and exciting which just added to the romance aspect. This being book 2 in a series I am definitely going to go buy the first one and catch up because I always end up reading the second book first! I highly, HIGHLY recommend this one if you need an exciting story filled with hot sex and an even hotter alpha male! The author did a fantastic job of delivering great characters with heart and personality that make you feel like they could be people you may know in real life. Needless to say His Risk To Take is no risk at all because I know you will fall for this book as easily as I did!
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HASH(0xa07ff21c) von 5 Sternen Line of Duty book 2 16. Mai 2013
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Troy is a Homicide Detective who has just transferred from Chicago to the NYPD for a fresh start after his partner was killed during a raid that went wrong. He first meets professional pool hustler Ruby at a bar and although she is the last person he should get involved with there is something about her that he finds irresistible. Ruby grew up around the criminal underground but is working hard to put her past behind her and build a future for herself. Past experience has told her that the only person she can rely on is herself so it isn't easy for her to put her trust in Troy, especially when her past catches up with them thanks to a case that he is currently working on. Can Troy keep Ruby safe without risking both his case and his career?

I enjoyed the first book in Tessa Bailey's Line of Duty series (Protecting What's His) so I've been looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel His Risk to Take. This author is certainly proving that she has a knack for writing sexy, alpha heroes who are incredibly dominant, possessive and love talking dirty both in and out of the bedroom. If you thought that Derek was a dirty talker in the first book you've not seen anything yet and you're absolutely going to LOVE Troy in this one! As much as I liked Derek I did feel there were times when he crossed the line and took his behaviour a little too far so I was pleased to see that wasn't the case with Troy. I have to say I fell for Troy big time, he had just the right amount of arrogance and I loved the way he took what he wanted and didn't make any apologies for who he was. As alpha has he was I was pleased that even when he wanted to protect Ruby he accepted her wishes and let her deal with things in her own way.

I liked Ruby for her sassy attitude and her independence, I also had to admire the way she was trying to make something of herself and walk away from the life she had been brought up in. She is a caring woman who has never had many friends or people that she can rely on which makes her very protective to the few that she has let into her inner circle. There was one point where she did something so stupid I almost wanted to strangle her but I could see why she made the choices she did even if I didn't agree with them. This is a fairly short story (around 160 pages) so the relationship between Ruby and Troy does develop fairly quickly but that didn't reduce my enjoyment and I loved reading about their passionate affair.

I did have one issue with the time line though, certain events didn't quite add up (I can't say more without giving spoilers) and that pulled me out of the story a little but apart from that His Risk to Take was a fun and sexy read. If you love dirty talk then this is a series you won't want to miss and I'm looking forward to reading more from Tessa Bailey in the future!
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HASH(0xa07ff894) von 5 Sternen Review for His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey 14. Juli 2015
Von Alyssa - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey
Book Two of the Line of Duty series
Publisher: Brazen
Publication Date: May 13, 2013
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Copy bought from Amazon

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

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?

What I Liked:

I'm a little confused by the covers, titles, imprints, and publication dates of different editions of this novel... I've seen it published in 2013 and 2015, by Entangled: Brazen and Entangled: Select, there is this blue-green cover and a grey-pink cover, and one title is this one (His Risk to Take) and another, Riskier Business. I imagine the story is exactly the same, but just be aware of this if you decide to search for the book for more information or to buy it.

Ruby is a professional pool player/hustler, who grew up in pool rooms, trying to earn money. One night, she's doing her thing, hustling guys out of their money at the pool table, when Troy Bennett walks into the bar and into her life. He is dominating, controlling, and undeniably attractive - Ruby can't resist him, and he can't resist her. But as he learns her connection to a criminal, Troy lives his greatest fear again - will he be able to keep Ruby out of danger?

This one took me a while to read and finish, but I finally did! Brazen never really lets me down - three stars is the lowest I've rated a Brazen novel. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to adult contemporary romance - no love triangle, no threesomes, no kids during the story, and we're pretty much good! Pretty much. This one was a decent Brazen novel, though I didn't love it (as is evident by the rating).

I really like Troy - there is something about men in uniform that I absolutely love. Clearly Ruby thought so too. Troy has a bit of a controlling hero complex, and he is always trying to keep Ruby safe. Easier said than done. Nevertheless, he is a good guy with a good heart and a difficult past in the police force. I liked Troy a lot. Not to mention he is a hottie - he can arrest me any day! *nudges*

See my thoughts on Ruby below. I didn't quite like her, though I like her and Troy together. Speaking of the romance - I think I liked the romance. There is a tug-of-war going on, in which Ruby is super freaking independent and doesn't want Troy "fighting her battles", but then there is Troy who is both trying to do his job and trying to protect his lady friend. I think I liked the dynamics of their relationship - they are fire and ice, and are good for each other, in a twisted way.

The criminal story is an engaging one, a good way to tie in the romance. Ruby used to work with the man that Troy is trying to arrest. Which is why Troy is trying to keep Ruby out of everything - to protect her from someone who knows about her, especially now that she has a connection to a cop. This storyline is predictable, but I liked it.

Overall, I think I enjoyed the story, ad the romance - but I had difficulties with the female protagonist. Read on!

What I Did Not Like:

Like I said, I had trouble with Ruby. She has an independent streak the size of Montana - which is fine, I think. It's great for women to be independent and own it. But in her case, she wants to keep her pride going and ignore what a cop is telling her - to stay out of an investigation. At that point, Ruby is just being a dumba**, and not a "smart", "independent" woman. I have little respect for her because of her idiotic decisions, all in the name of "I can take care of myself" or "I'm independent" or "I don't need a man to tell me what to do". Honey, it's not about a man trying to boss you around. It's about keeping you safe from a dangerous criminal that you are connected to via your father's past.

Le sigh. I didn't like Ruby. She needs to tone down the attitude, the rebelling-against-authority thing, the trust issues. Troy grovels, but she is the one with trust issues, the one that pushes him away. I don't think this is fair at all. I get it, everyone loves feminism these days (don't get me wrong, I'm all for equal rights and treatment of women), but there's feminism and then there's common sense.

But still, I liked her role in the romance. Troy and Ruby are a hot pair together!

Would I Recommend It:

I don't think I would necessarily recommend this one, especially if you think you'll have trouble connecting with Ruby, like I did. Tessa Bailey rarely steers me wrong, and I will read just about anything she writes with high hopes of enjoying everything. And I liked this one! Just didn't *love* it. Not liking the female protagonist is kind of a deal breaker! I could recommend a ton of other Brazen novels though, like Even the Score by Kate Meader or Down for the Count by Christine Bell!


3 stars. Good, but not fabulous. I'll still be reading any/all of Tessa Bailey's books. And of course, being the Brazen addict hoarder that I am, I will be on the lookout for new Brazen books!
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