Friday, March 20, 2015

Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful #1) by Tessa Bailey: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


College drop-out, Roxy Cumberland, moved to New York with dreams of becoming an actress, but her dwindling bank account is quickly putting the kibosh on that fantasy. To make some quick cash, she signs up to perform singing telegrams. Her first customer is a gorgeous, cocky Manhattan trust-funder if she ever laid eyes on one. And what could be more humiliating than singing an ode to his junk, courtesy of his last one night stand? Maybe the fact that she’s dressed in a giant, pink bunny costume...

After a night out to celebrate winning his last case, lawyer Louis McNally II isn’t prepared for the pounding in his head or the rabbit serenading him from the front door. But the sassy wit and sexy voice of the girl behind the mask intrigues him, and one look at her stunning face—followed by a mind-blowing kiss against his doorjamb—leaves Louis wanting more.

Roxy doesn’t need a spoiled rich boy who’s had everything in life handed to him on a Tiffany platter. But there’s more to Louis than his sexy surface and he’s determined to make Roxy see it...even if it means chasing her all over NYC.

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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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Review by Yvette:

To say I’m obsessed with Tessa Bailey’s writing would be a serious understatement. The author has an incredible gift for making me fall in love with each couple she creates to the point where I’m convinced I have a new favorite, only to change my mind with the next release. That’s certainly the case with Chase Me, the first book in her new series, Broke and Beautiful series, which pairs up protagonists, Roxy Cumberland and Louis McNally. From the moment Roxy appears in a pink bunny suit in the doorway of a hungover and unkempt but exceedingly handsome guy, I knew that this hilarious meet cute would be a promising sign of things to come.

For Tessa Bailey’s first romantic comedy, she knocked Chase Me out of the park. This is very much a character-driven narrative that is successful thanks to the instant chemistry between Roxy and Louis. A twenty-one-year-old struggling actress and a well-to-do lawyer may not seem to have much in common at first glance, but, from the get-go, their connection is evident, with a witty and flirtatious kind of banter that ensured there was a smile permanently fixed on my face. Both Louis and Roxy are unapologetically forward without a discernible filter between their brain and their mouth – a fact that quickly elevates an innuendo-laden conversation to a primal and uncontainable physical manifestation of their desires.

From rugged, sexy law enforcement heroes to dominant Alpha males with a taste for kink, the author has a long line of swoon-worthy, dirty-talking male protagonists and her latest addition – a self-assured playboy lawyer – is quite possibly my favorite of the bunch. Louis’s appeal is more quiet and unassuming, what with his ability to transform from buttoned-up to out-of-control faster than you can say bunny suit. I craved the moments when his calm and cool fa├žade gave way to acting out the fantasies thought up in the recesses of his vivid imagination. Louis has a bit of a hero complex, which is an admirable trait in most cases, but it's one that butts heads with Roxy's fierce independent streak. Like Louis, Roxy is confident and determined – necessary qualities for surviving in the cutthroat show business. She's a complex character, conversely vulnerable and steely, exuding a hands-off attitude while still managing to be extremely likable. These two couldn’t be more aptly matched, although there are plenty of obstacles along the way to keep this from being a smooth road to Happily Ever After.

I was pleasantly surprised by how fun and relaxed the narrative was (for the most part), which was a bit of a deviation from the author’s racier, more intense cop hero adult romances. That’s not to say Chase Me doesn’t pack an emotional punch or that’s it not more than sufficiently steamy (because it is). Chase Me is consistently entertaining and unbelievably sensual, with a laugh-out-loud style of humor aided by the characters’ ability to not take themselves too seriously. It’s the type of book you can read no matter what mood you’re in because it has a little bit of everything: comedy, angst, captivating characters and a steamy romance. Not only is it an amazing book, but it’s also the perfect introduction to the Broke and Beautiful series, seamlessly introducing Louis and Roxy’s friends who will be making appearances in upcoming books. Chase Me fed my adoration for interconnected series as does the knowledge that I won’t have to wait long for Ben and Honey’s book.

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

Rating: 5 Stars

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