Friday, June 26, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Up In Smoke (Crossing The Line #2) by Tessa Bayley

Meet Ex- Navy Seal Connor in this unconventional romance!


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...

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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:

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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My Review:

This is definitely not your normal romance story. I was intrigued the moment I read the blurb and I am really glad that I managed to get my hands on an ARC. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. They are simply intriguing, complicated and entertaining. You will definitely find danger and action, together with notes of humor and hotness, and definitely a feel of romance and tenderness that will make you swoon.

Connor is a really interesting character. With his dark looks, amazing physique and mesmerizing green eyes, he will definitely melt your panties. But when you add to that the demons chasing him every moment of his life and the darkness lurking inside of him, he becomes simply delicious. But he is even better than that. He has an alpha side that will make you beg him to dominate you and a tender and romantic side that will for sure make you fall for him. But this tender and romantic side belongs to one single woman and that's Erin. She is simply his other half.

Erin is an intriguing character all on her own. Suffering through a nightmare as a child and teenager, she has scars that she doesn't believe could be healed. She erected walls around herself for protection and for keeping everyone at arms length. And that all worked until she met Conner. Somehow, he manages to break through and manages to help her heal little by little. Even though Erin's nightmares are still chasing her, Conner is the one who protects her and at the same time manages to set her free, to help her find her inner strength. The strength she needs to finally confront her demons and beat them.

In a few words, this was a really good book and also quite different from the normal romance story. I definitely enjoyed it and I loved the characters. I will be for sure diving into the rest of the books connected to this one. I am definitely interested to learn the other characters' stories. And I can't wait until the next book in the series to come out. I am definitely intrigued to read Austin and Polly's story :) I am pretty sure it will be a page turner. 


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