Tuesday 30 June 2015

Up In Smoke by Tessa Bailey Blog Tour ~ #giveaway #bookreview #excerpt

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Meet Ex- Navy Seal Connor in UP IN SMOKE!
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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...

Excerpt #1
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.”

About the Author:
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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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Signed copies of Risking it All & Up in Smoke
$100 Amazon Gift Card (2 Winners)

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Entangled, Author and TRSOR Promotions via NetGalley
Genre: Adult Erotic Contemporary
Part 2 in an ongoing series

My Up in Smoke Review ... 

 The series is a spin off from the Line of Duty series.  Actually its a spin off from His Risk to Take from within that series.  This series begins with a prequel as a jump off to this series with Ruby, Troy and Bowen.  Then book one is about Bowen and Sera.  These two books is what is truly setting the stage for this series.  Where a group of criminals is set up to help the Chicago PD fight crime.  Under the order of Derek Tyler from Protecting What's His.

This little criminal group is quite the band of misfits.  We first meet Connor in Risking it All.  We know that he has a story behind him but we aren't quite sure what it is.  In Up in Smoke we get to see what makes Connor tick at the same time watch love at first site happen with two unlikely people. 

Erin's a wild card.  She's hot and cold with so much energy.  But that is a front for what truly lurks beneath the surface.  Connor right away feels protective of her and understands more about why Bowen's so crazy when it comes to Sera.  

Connor likes control, where as Erin fears any restraint or lack of control.  How are these two going to find a happy medium?

Erin has her reasons for why she can't be touched but there is something about Connor that makes her feel safe.  This group may have started on the wrong end of the law but their pasts are making them very valuable assets.

Connor's strength and control are what Erin needs to feel right again.  While at the same time Erin is what helps soothe Connor's demons.

This book had suspense, dirty talking men, love at first sight, intrigue and lots of heart.  Great couple. Great story.  Great Book. Great Author.  Great series.  I can't wait for more from this series and Tessa Bailey.

4 Romance and Suspense Thumbs up!

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