Monday, January 29, 2018

Indecent Exposure (The Academy #2) by Tessa Bailey: ARC Review


Is there a problem, Officer?

Jack Garrett isn’t a police officer yet, but there’s already an emergency. His new firearms instructor—the one who just dropped every jaw in the academy gym—is the same sexy Irish stranger Jack locked lips with last night. The Olympic gold medalist and expert markswoman is now officially off-limits, but Jack’s never cared much for rules . . .

Katie McCoy’s been cooped up in a shooting range for too long. A wild love affair is just what she needs to let loose, though she never imagined it would be with her smokin’ hot trainee. She cannot get involved with Jack—but a quick fling? Perfect. Falling hard for a charismatic recruit with an equal amount of sex appeal and secrets? Bloody stupid.

Jack’s charmed the pants off plenty of women (literally), yet few have ever looked beyond his perfect surface. Until Katie. He’ll do anything to keep her in his life . . . except tell her about his past. But a tiny lie of omission never hurt anyone, right?

Releases: January 30, 2018

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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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Yvette's Review:

I love Tessa Bailey and I’m OBSESSED with Indecent Exposure. I’m just going to get that off my chest. *phew* I adored this book so much, I read it twice – once to be able to enjoy and savor the story, and a second time to take notes for my review. Unsurprisingly, it was amazing both times, thanks in large part to Jack Garrett. Going in to this book, I was dying to get to know more about Jack, the roguish bad boy officer-in-training at the Police Academy. Charlie’s womanizing roommate left a lasting impression in Disorderly Conduct and has stolen the show (along with my heart) in Indecent Exposure. With a narrative that’s as complex and riveting as its male protagonist, a heroine that’s fierce and fun-loving, and a romance that’s the textbook definition of swoon-worthy, Indecent Exposure is another unforgettable love story by Tessa Bailey.

Tessa Bailey and cop romances are an incomparable pairing. This author has created a number of noteworthy uniformed heroes, but I have to say that she’s outdone herself with Jack Garrett. There are many words that could be used to describe Jack – charming, confident, seductive, incorrigible, and damaged, to name a few – but none of them would come close to scratching the surface of his character. The man is so complicated that his baggage has baggage but, to the outside world, he’s high-spirited and carefree, spending his days as a reluctant Academy recruit, and his nights drowning in booze and women. When Jack approaches Katie McCoy outside of a bar, he’s immediately attractive to the redheaded Irish spitfire, but she’s nothing like the other girls who occupy his bed for one night. It’s only the next day after the two share an earth-shattering, spark-filled kiss that a wrench is thrown in their would-be romantic connection.

Coming to New York for two weeks as a special instructor at the Police Academy gives Katie McCoy a chance to get a break from her stifling, monotonous everyday life and tackle a to-do list of activities that’ll bring some fun and excitement into her life. She’s a woman with a plan, except that plan didn’t include a crush on her handsome pupil. Their potent chemistry and untamable attraction makes it difficult for Jack and Katie to keep their interactions strictly professional, especially when Katie’s to-do list includes gaining sexual experience via a wild fling and Jack is more than happy to lend his expertise. It’s when they start breaking down each other’s barriers, emotionally and physically, that their relationship evolves from playful, easy-going, and jaw-droppingly erotic, to heartbreakingly beautiful, hopelessly romantic, and unexpectedly sweet.

With Indecent Exposure, Tessa Bailey takes the stereotypes of the virgin and the playboy and turns them on their axis, interjecting heart and soul into the backstories of its hero and heroine. These characters will make you laugh, make you smile, make you swoon, and make you fall in love. They’ll devastate you, overwhelm your emotions, break your heart into a dozen pieces, and put it back together. Their story is raw and messy but it’s also filled with hope and healing. I’ve read and loved all of Tessa Bailey’s books but Indecent Exposure is easily one of my top favorites by this author.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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