UP IN SMOKE (Crossing the Line, #2) by Tessa Bailey Blog Tour: Excerpt, Reni's Review, + Giveaway!

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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...

up in smoke.jpgConnor 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...

       Up in Smoke was my introduction to all things Tessa Bailey. While it’s the second book in the Crossing the Line series, it can most definitely be read as a standalone. And this is coming from a woman who didn’t read the first, so you know it’s legit.  I can’t say I’m complaining about how I was introduced to this popular author – hot as hell sex scenes, an ex-navy SEAL, a mentally abused sassy heroine, and one bat shit crazy step-father make for a really entertaining read.

       Erin O’Dea can’t stand to be touched. She suffered through some pretty horrific things while growing up, at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust.

       Connor Bannon is an ex-Navy SEAL – dishonorably discharged. He served his country well, until he didn’t…

       Both Erin and Connor have been given a second chance. They’re now part of a task force of misfits, intent on bringing down a corrupt politician and his band of corrupt helpers, including a man who took the fall for said corrupt politician, who landed himself in jail until his escape. The last thing Erin and Connor expected was to find one another.

“She tucked her head into the crook of his shoulder, nuzzling his neck in a way that somehow healed a broken part of him.”

       Tessa has just the right blend of storyline and sex. It may seem funny that I’ve started out by pointing that fact out, but you have no idea how often I’ve wanted to put a book down because the story was taken over by copious amounts of nonessential sex. Believe me, it happens. I didn’t have that feeling at all during Up in Smoke. In fact, I wanted to know where the story would go, what would happen, how the hero and heroine would save one another.

       That’s another thing that I loved: Erin wasn’t a push over. She was strong, sassy, and ready to take whatever the world threw at her, as long as it didn’t physically touch her. I love a woman who can stand on her own two feet. One that isn’t afraid to stand up to a man and hold her ground, especially when the man is big, bold, and 100% alpha.

She had given herself to him, and he wouldn’t take that responsibility lightly. Because he belonged to her, too.

       I’m glad I had the opportunity to finally pick up one of Tessa Bailey’s books, and to be honest, I think I’ll go back and read the first book in this series, Risking It All. I like the way Tessa writes and find myself wondering how Seraphia and Bowen came to be. Regardless, I think this is definitely a book that needs to be added to your TBR list. 


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.”


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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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