BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Up in Smoke by Tessa Bailey + Giveaway!

26 June 2015

Up in Smoke (Crossing the Line #2)
by Tessa Bailey
Published by Entangled: Select on June 23rd, 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Suspense
Format: eARC (352 pages)
Source: Publisher via TRSOR Promotions

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…

As I've claimed in my previous review of a New Adult Tessa Bailey novel (which I, unfortunately, did not fancy at all); she does write fantastic erotic romances, and creates the sexiest characters ever, and as much as I loved her Line of Duty series, the sexy ex-convicts in this spin off series are taking over the men in uniform.

Connor Bannon, already introduced in the previous book Risking it All, as an ex-Navy SEAL and the street muscle for his criminal cousin, is now part of a squad team of savvy ex-convicts which includes Erin O'Dea, a pyromaniac with a knack for escaping, as influenced by her claustrophobia.

And my gosh, add up Connor Bannon to the newest additions of Bailey's alpha male heroes, because this man is one heck of a dirty talker. Let's not forget "broody and intense". Meanwhile, just like any Bailey heroine, Erin is a feisty little firecracker, with a little extra tidbit of having the fascination to set things on fire.

Up in Smoke is absolutely chart topping hot! Connor and Erin literally set this book up in smoke with the intense and frenzied sexual chemistry going on between the two, the very moment they laid eyes on each other. Despite the instalust (which I didn't like much, as I prefer the whole inhibited sexual tension and the chase), [Connor and Erin] still sizzled with every turn of a page.

Let's not forget the thrilling action and suspense as the whole squad work together to get the bad guys behind bars. Although it appeared as if there was a little too much going on, it was still exciting to read, especially since it includes the other characters from the previous books of the series and some new additions too.

Up in Smoke can be read as a standalone novel, although, I recommend reading the rest of the books first for the best results (hah!) and the full experience. If you're a major fan of erotic romances and you haven't picked up a Tessa Bailey novel yet, then what are you waiting for?! Fast paced, intense novel with dirty talking heroes and kickass heroines, this series might just be your next favorite.

*I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever





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. 


Join the giveaway for the chance to win signed copies of Risking it All & Up in Smoke and a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Two (2) winners will be picked! Good luck!