Review: His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey


His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2) by Tessa Bailey
Entangled: Ever After (May 13, 2013)

Rating: B
Heat: Hot


The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into O’Hanlon’s Pub and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?


Troy Bennett is a homicide detective who just transferred jobs from Chicago PD to the New York PD. He needed a change after losing his partner in a raid that went terribly wrong. Feeling responsible and guilty for his partner’s death, he’s determined to never let someone he cares about get hurt or die on his watch again.

While hanging out in a bar one night with fellow NYPD officers celebrating his first week on the job, in walks a stunning woman who immediately captures his attention. Especially when the sexy woman walks up to the bar and boldly says, “So, blue eyes. Why don’t you stop staring and buy me a drink? I don’t want to dehydrate before you work up the nerve.” Bam. Hooked and lined. Troy was caught. He wanted her, even if he can tell from that very moment this woman is trouble with a capital T.

Ruby Elliot is a savvy pool hustler. Her father taught her everything there is to know about gambling and hustling. This unconventional and dangerous lifestyle is all she’s ever known, but now she’s trying to change her life by going to school. But, for now, she needs to hustle to pay for her schooling and bills - which is why she is in the bar that night. Working her magic, she whips some guys ass at a game of pool, who then becomes angry when he figures out he's just been hustled... by a girl. Luckily, Troy was there to step in before things got out of control.

Troy is a very sexy, strong, domineering hero knows what he wants and takes what he wants. He also knows he needs to stay away from the pain in the ass, sexy as hell woman that lives recklessly, who will break all his rules. But now that he’s become smitten with the bold beauty, he’s finding it hard to keep his distance.

And vice-versa. Ruby is highly attracted to this controlling, bossy man. Ruby is not used to letting anyone take care of her. She’s always done things on her terms, her own way. Until Ruby meets Troy - who took control in and out of the bedroom and she suddenly realizes how much she liked it. Ruby likes the feeling that Troy is there to take care of her and protect her. Ruby may come across as a tough chick, but there is more to this woman once the layers are revealed. She’s compassionate and protective and stubborn as hell.

Troy and Ruby aren’t cut from the same cloth. Ruby comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Troy is the law. But their attraction towards one another is strong and undeniable. And when they find out there is a connection between them with a case Troy is working on, getting involved with each other becomes a bigger risk than they both ever imagined. Where she’s willing to risk everything to protect him, he’s willing to keep her safe, even if it means losing her. These two opposites having such incredible chemistry from the moment they meet and find that sometimes it’s just worth taking the risk on someone you care about.

I’m a living, breathing female so, of course, I love a domineering and dirty talking man in the bedroom. And Troy, definitely dominates.

“You might get away with running that smart mouth to other people. But you won’t get away with it here. If you continue to challenge me with every word out of your mouth, I will fuck you repeatedly until you learn to play nice.”

Smoking. Hot. Who doesn’t love a dirty talking sexy alpha? This is one hot and spicy couple between the sheets. And because I have a dirty mind, I wouldn't have minded a scene with them using Troy’s cuffs. *wink*

This story isn't very long but it's jam packed with a lot of awesome. In His Risk toTake you gives you suspense, heat and steam, passion, angst, drama, and a wickedly sexy alpha hero. This story can be read as a stand-alone. Since I didn’t read the first book, I didn’t feel like missed anything. However, I do plan to read Protecting What’s His soon since I’ve heard great things about it. And I’m most definitely keeping my eye out for the next Line of Duty book. There is nothing better than a naughty, dirty talking, bossy cop!


About the Author

Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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