Friday, July 1, 2016

Raw Redemption (Crossing the Line #4) by Tessa Bailey: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Disgraced cop Henrik Vance is having a shit year. Banished to a derelict undercover squad, he’s been tasked with hunting down the daughter of Chicago’s most dangerous criminal. His obsession with saving the beautiful girl destroyed his career. And this time, it might cost his life.

Ailish O’Kelly doesn’t need a hero. She’ll save herself from her father’s violent criminal dynasty, thank you very much. Unfortunately, the sexy as sin cop who crashes her hideout isn’t hearing reason—especially not after the kiss that becomes much more.

His boss wants her as an informant. Ailish wants Henrik to keep whispering filthy things against her skin. But she knows too well the evil they’re up against, and when it comes down to protecting the man who owns her body and soul, she only has one choice…

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Henrik’s sigh blew her hair back like a stiff gust of wind. “While I’m with you, Ailish, I’m working. There are lines I can’t cross.”

Even knowing it was a little evil, nothing could suppress the pop of excitement in her belly. She was alone with a man—a gorgeous man—who wanted her. But had to keep his hands off. It was a tease’s paradise, and they were both screwed. Or not screwed, depending on your point of view. “We can’t sleep together.”

“No.” He dropped his needful gaze to her breasts again. “We can’t.”

She executed her best nonchalant shoulder shrug. “Oh.”

“You’re smiling again.”

Ailish couldn’t stifle her chuckle. Man oh man, she really liked this big ol’ man, and they’d only just met. He deserved a fair warning about what he was getting himself into. “Henrik, you should probably put as much distance between you and me as possible. I really like that you want me. And I probably won’t be able to help trying to keep it that way.” She drew a lazy circle on his abdomen with her index finger, watching in awe as the ridged muscle shuddered under her touch. “For instance, I’d love to tell you I’m wearing cheap white panties and you can see clear through them in the right light.”

His body did this kind of heave, right at Ailish, flattening her backside against the sink. Their mouths were suddenly so close, she could feel his hot puffs of breath on her lips, feel his chest lifting and falling where it met her breasts. “I don’t like hearing that you’ve talked to other men that way.”

“I haven’t,” she whispered. “I don’t. I usually just—”

“I do not want to know.”

Henrik made a subtle move, just a downward roll of his hips that dragged his erection over the crotch of her leggings. But it wasn’t really subtle at all because he stopped right over her clit and nudged forward. She nearly jumped out of her skin, it was so unexpected, her body’s deluge of need so extreme. “H’oh boy.”

His mouth sifted through the hair covering her ear. “Tease me as much as you want. Just don’t try to send me packing again. Are we clear?”

“I told you I don’t like being ordered around.”

He rasped the stubble of his jaw against her neck. “You’d love the way I do it.”

About the Author:

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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Review by Yvette:

You know what I love about Tessa Bailey? Everything. Her writing is engaging, her characters are unique, her romantic pairings are epic, and her love scenes are off-the-charts steamy. I have a particular fondness for her entire Crossing the Line series thanks to its motley crew of anti-heroes/heroines but I have to say that the final installment, Raw Redemption, claimed its spot as my new favorite of the series (sorry Bowen). Raw Redemption is a story with high stakes, pulse-pounding suspense, a blush-inducing romance, and a storyline so riveting, you'll be loath to set down your Kindle for even the briefest moment. For all of the aforementioned reasons and more, Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey is a 5 Star, absolute must-read.

One of the reasons why Tessa Bailey is one of my go-to authors is her penchant for creating dirty-talking Alpha males with a secret romantic side. It’s therefore appropriate that Henrik Vance is a large part of why I’m head-over-heels in love with Raw Redemption. What’s not to love about a guy who’s completely devoted to his woman, even if the woman in question hasn’t gotten the memo that she is, in fact, his woman? Henrik is gruff and intimidating, no-nonsense and domineering, emitting an ever-present air of danger. Even so, he’s putty in the hands of Ailish O’Kelly, the woman who’s not only indirectly responsible for him losing his job as a homicide detective, but who’s also the key to closing his new squad’s most recent case.

As the daughter of one of Chicago’s biggest crime bosses, Ailish is a fascinating study of contradictions. I expected her to be hardened and tough and, while she is a strong, badass female, she also has a certain lightheartedness about her, using her quick wit and her humor to make the best of her situation. Henrik views her as someone fragile and in need of protecting, yet she’s also amazingly resilient and independent. Hers isn't a world of black and white, right and wrong, and it’s this struggle she has within herself that I empathized with. For both Ailish and Henrik, this is a story about redemption and second chances, and it’s only with each other that each can find the fresh start they both desperately want.

Raw Redemption not only has one of the author's dirtiest-talking Alpha males in Henrik and one of the author’s most emotionally-compelling heroines in Ailish, but it's hands-down one of her most jaw-droppingly erotic books to date. If you've read even one of her other books, you know that's saying something. Ailish’s predilection for using her feminine wiles to tempt the opposite sex is the source of the ever-present undercurrent of sexual tension simmering between her and Henrik. And boy is that some potent sexual tension. When Ailish unwittingly meets her match in Henrik, the two engage in a battle of wills, teasing and taunting each other as they indulge in their deepest, darkest fantasies. Did I mention this book is erotic? Raw Redemption should come with a warning for potential readers: will cause raised brows and flushed cheeks.

Swoon-worthy romance: check. Action-packed narrative: check. Special appearances from our favorite ex-cons-turned-crime-solvers: check. With a swoon-worthy romance and a suspense-filled storyline and an ending that neatly wraps up all the remaining loose ends, Raw Redemption is an unforgettable final installment in the Crossing the Line series. Raw Redemption is a captivating read from start to finish and I couldn't have hoped for a more fitting ending.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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