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NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed. Bowen Dri NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed. Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life. Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.


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NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed. Bowen Dri NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed. Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life. Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.

30 review for Risking it All

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    Quite possibly Tessa's dirtiest dirty talker to date. I'm not sure your ovaries will survive Bowen, but what a way to go :) Review to come closer to release date... For more reviews visit Quite possibly Tessa's dirtiest dirty talker to date. I'm not sure your ovaries will survive Bowen, but what a way to go :) Review to come closer to release date... For more reviews visit

  2. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    This was between a 3.5 and 4 star for read for me. But I'll go ahead and round up for Bowen and his filthy mouth! "Ah, sweetheart, I don't fuck around with virgins." "But I'll get down on my knees and eat that untouched pussy like a motherfucker." Okay, I had two problems with this one.... (1) the INSTA-LOVE Literally this book spans over a week tops. It started as insta-lust when Bowen saw a picture of Sera and quickly became insta-love. and (2) Virgin Sera I definitely could have done w This was between a 3.5 and 4 star for read for me. But I'll go ahead and round up for Bowen and his filthy mouth! "Ah, sweetheart, I don't fuck around with virgins." "But I'll get down on my knees and eat that untouched pussy like a motherfucker." Okay, I had two problems with this one.... (1) the INSTA-LOVE Literally this book spans over a week tops. It started as insta-lust when Bowen saw a picture of Sera and quickly became insta-love. and (2) Virgin Sera I definitely could have done without Sera being a virgin. Rarely can that be pulled off in books. Those two issues aside, this was a pretty good read. There was a bit of suspense with the whole under-cover cop/gang leader storyline. Very little drama and plenty of steam! If you're a fan of Tessa Bailey, I'd definitely recommend this one!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Catarina

    4 Risky Stars. Sera, a detective decides to go rogue (otherwise known as going undercover with no authorization) to revenge her brother’s death. And she is willing to get herself way into the criminal world of Brooklyn. Bowen, the heir to that world without ever having asked for it is contacted by NYPD to keep an eye on her. So when their worlds collide, they realize that there’s something to be said about a relationship between a detective and a criminal boss. Sera can’t know that Bowen’s in in 4 Risky Stars. Sera, a detective decides to go rogue (otherwise known as going undercover with no authorization) to revenge her brother’s death. And she is willing to get herself way into the criminal world of Brooklyn. Bowen, the heir to that world without ever having asked for it is contacted by NYPD to keep an eye on her. So when their worlds collide, they realize that there’s something to be said about a relationship between a detective and a criminal boss. Sera can’t know that Bowen’s in in fact helping her, Bowen can’t tell her that he’s more than a criminal. But when lies and secrets beginning to be unravel… they are risking a hell of a crash. And neither of them knows if will make it out alive. When I want to read a book with hot badass alpha-males, kickass heroines and with enough action to keep me entertained, Tessa Bailey’s books are always a great bet. Add the dirty talker quality and ladies, you have yourself a winner. This was no exception to the formula, (despite this guy being technically in the wrong side of the law), and it was exactly what Tessa’s got us used to and with her signature engaging writing style. I loved it! Rating: 4 Stars. Characters Development: Bowen was your sexy, dangerous and broody badass alpha-male. In other words, impossible not to love. Sera was great, she was sassy, and strong and didn’t let anybody stomp over her. She was pretty good! It was pretty nice to see more of the previous characters! Steam: Hot. Sensible Subjects: (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Love Triangle: (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] Cheating: (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    4.5 'Take it' Stars! I can't get enough of Tessa Bailey's dirty heroes! Bowen is just.. YUM! My last read of 2016 was pretty great ;) I am SO ready for 2017! 4.5 'Take it' Stars! I can't get enough of Tessa Bailey's dirty heroes! Bowen is just.. YUM! My last read of 2016 was pretty great ;) I am SO ready for 2017!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

    4.5 "King of All Dirty Talkers" Stars! Holy hotness, Batman! Bowen Driscoll is gonna light your panties Kindle on fire! I knew Tessa Bailey was the queen of dirty talking alpha heroes, but she's outdone herself here. Anywho, on to my review... Serafina is a woman out for revenge...revenge for her brother's murder. Previously a nurse, she changed her career to law enforcement to go undercover seeking the proof to put the mafia thug that killed him behind bars. Until she suddenly goes off the gr 4.5 "King of All Dirty Talkers" Stars! Holy hotness, Batman! Bowen Driscoll is gonna light your panties Kindle on fire! I knew Tessa Bailey was the queen of dirty talking alpha heroes, but she's outdone herself here. Anywho, on to my review... Serafina is a woman out for revenge...revenge for her brother's murder. Previously a nurse, she changed her career to law enforcement to go undercover seeking the proof to put the mafia thug that killed him behind bars. Until she suddenly goes off the grid. Bowen Driscoll is the head of a notorious crime family. Thrown into this role when his father gets incarcerated, he plays the part of ruthless crime lord, even though it goes against everything he stands for. He hates this part of himself but has no way out... until the police approach him to find a cop that's gone missing. He's used to the street ways and can find her...protect her. Get her home where she belongs. ******************************************************* I'm not a huge fan of insta-love but, fortunately, at least this starts out with insta-lust. The love follows quite a bit later...like 48 hours, maybe? But I digress. This book sizzled. The chemistry between these two characters was scorching! Unfortunately for Bowen, he promises himself her will not go there with this sweet (view spoiler)[virgin (hide spoiler)] he's being contracted to protect. Even if it kills him.... But they can play, right? One issue I had with this book is the lack of character introduction where Sera is concerned. As we read along, we find out she's been raised in an all-girl Catholic boarding school. What confused me is how Bowen knew (view spoiler)[ she was a virgin? I mean, right from the get go he's commenting how he's not taking her virgin body. How does he know this? It came up within his inner monologue. A lot. Because the guy had a serious case of blue balls because of it. He would do other stuff but refused to pop her cherry. Apparently she deserved better. (hide spoiler)] . There were several instances where she also started reciting the Our Father's or Hail Mary's and it just didn't fit for me in the story line. I guess if we got more background to her being raised so devout Catholic but it wasn't really explained early on. This book is a bit different from most of Tessa Bailey's other reads in that he's a bit of an anti-hero. Bowen is not entirely good. He wants to be but life is forcing him to go in the other direction. Can this sweet Seraphina, who brings out the alpha protective instinct within Bowen, finally be what it takes to break him away from the life of crime he was thrown into? Read it and find out... Favorite Dirty Talking Quotes- "Ah, sweetheart, I don’t fuck around with (view spoiler)[virgins.” (hide spoiler)] His head dipped, teeth closing around her ear and tugging. “But I’ll get down on my knees and eat that (view spoiler)[untouched (hide spoiler)] pussy like a motherfucker.” "You could take me to Mass every day for the rest of my life and I’d still be the kind of guy who would finger you in the back row." "It has to be this way, Sera. Otherwise you’ll end up with your ankles behind my neck, screaming while I pound you. And that’s just how it’ll start. When I feel myself coming, I’d hold it back. I’d flip you onto your hands and knees and start all over.” (...)"On second thought, maybe you’d like that. Catholic girls spend a lot of time kneeling already, don’t they?” ***One little addendum...call me a picky beech but the above quotes scream hot alpha dirty talking antihero, right? Well, why, oh why, did he have to choose "Ladybug" as his endearment for Sera? WHY? It totally blew it for me... "Babe" would've sufficed. Anywho...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4 My Addiction to Tessa Bailey Stars * * * * Spoiler Free I have an addiction to Tessa Bailey. She writes books which just hit all the pleasure points I have. Do I like a plot, Yup. Do I like a Manly Guy...not metro sexual, Yup. Do I like it when said manly guy is confident in his manliness and everyone knows it, Yup. And do I like a Dirty Talker... not cheesy but just one who knows exactly what to say at exactly the right time to cause my brain to react in just the right way...Damn Straight, Yup. And 4 My Addiction to Tessa Bailey Stars * * * * Spoiler Free I have an addiction to Tessa Bailey. She writes books which just hit all the pleasure points I have. Do I like a plot, Yup. Do I like a Manly Guy...not metro sexual, Yup. Do I like it when said manly guy is confident in his manliness and everyone knows it, Yup. And do I like a Dirty Talker... not cheesy but just one who knows exactly what to say at exactly the right time to cause my brain to react in just the right way...Damn Straight, Yup. And then on top of all this yummy goodness.... do you want to have a heroine who can hold her own with this sexual magnet, yes, please. I have to live through someone in order to get that expert dirty talking...He can't do it in a vacuum... So, I know when I read Tessa Bailey she will give me three-dimensional characters mostly involved in an intricate plot...and this one was involving criminals, cops, undercover activity, and secrets. She brought in past characters from other books but we didn't need to have read them to understand this book. This also was the first book of a new series which led to the need for more... more set up, more intensity and more layering. Most of the time it was fine...but there were a few periods when I could have done with less... Because I wanted more Bowen. He is a very complex character; locked into a world, not of his choosing...his father made those choices. He has his relationship of his half-sister, Ruby, at stake...she means everything to him. This puts him in a position where he has to be something alien...He has to look out for an undercover cop who has gone rogue on her own...and once he sees this picture of this woman... so fresh, seemingly pure and innocent...he just knows he will figure out a way to protect her. The object of this interest is Seraphia Newsom. She was a nurse, her brother was a cop and then while on the job, he was murdered by the North Brooklyn Crime boss Hogan. Seraphia left nursing; became a cop with the only goal of bringing down Hogan. She has gotten herself inside and there is a ledger with all the evidence she needs to bring this scum down. She just needs to figure out when to nab it and the hell get out. Bowen Driscol is now the head of the South Brooklyn Crime family; he doesn't wish to be...but it is what it is. This leads him to be able to interact with Hogan as they have a deal pending. At the bar where Seraphia is "working as Sera", Bowen makes himself known, visually tags Sera and the story takes off from there. Bailey sets all of this up with very steamy interaction between these two...the build up is insane.... they are frothing at the mouth in how much each of them wants each other...and so is the reader...This part of the story works full blast. There were a lot of moving parts. It is important to pay attention to all of them. I did see a key player and I knew exactly what was about to happen, however, it did not deter. The only downside for me was a bit of the pacing in the last quarter or so of the book. This addiction to these types of stories is not a bad thing in my book. I am fortunate because Ms. Bailey has created the next book and it will be equally as good for it takes place in Chicago.... and one of the characters we get to have another taste of is... The original Dirty Talker himself, the fantastic Derek Tyler! Yes, my man from Protecting What's His (Line of Duty #1) will be in the next book...not the main character but any amount of him is delicious and oh so fulfilling. I can breathe easier...I know my next fix is not far away. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  7. 4 out of 5

    [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥

    4 stars TB always delivers off the charts sexy time. I liked the whole storyline of an undercover cop and gang leader. Sera was kind of meh and it was kind of insta attraction but I guess it didn't bug me much this time because I enjoy TBs writing style and IT WAS SO HOT!!! Recommend if you enjoy Tessa Bailey books Smut Dirty talking hero A bit of suspense 4 stars TB always delivers off the charts sexy time. I liked the whole storyline of an undercover cop and gang leader. Sera was kind of meh and it was kind of insta attraction but I guess it didn't bug me much this time because I enjoy TBs writing style and IT WAS SO HOT!!! Recommend if you enjoy Tessa Bailey books Smut Dirty talking hero A bit of suspense

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elle Kennedy

    super sexy romantic suspense, just the way I like it :) This hero is awesome!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    3.5 stars I have to admit, I really did enjoy this one. Tessa Bailey is one of my top favorite authors for a reason! The book wasn't perfect, I definitely think the virginal Catholic school girl type of heroine is played out. It wasn't especially believable that she was a New York City cop either. The story line had lots of holes in it, imo. The thing with Tessa Bailey though is that she is able to distract me with her hot, possessive alpha men to the point where I don't even care. She mesmerizes 3.5 stars I have to admit, I really did enjoy this one. Tessa Bailey is one of my top favorite authors for a reason! The book wasn't perfect, I definitely think the virginal Catholic school girl type of heroine is played out. It wasn't especially believable that she was a New York City cop either. The story line had lots of holes in it, imo. The thing with Tessa Bailey though is that she is able to distract me with her hot, possessive alpha men to the point where I don't even care. She mesmerizes me from the beginning, and Bowen was a 5 star, dirty talkin' hottie, He says things like this, "It has to be this way, Sera. Otherwise you'll end up with your ankles behind my neck, screaming while I pound you." His teeth sank into his bottom lip. " And that's just how it'll start. When I feel myself coming, I'd hold it back. I'd flip you on your hands and knees and start all over." He ran his hands up her rib cage to grasp her breasts. "On second thought, maybe you'd like that. Catholic girls spend a lot of time kneeling already, don't they?" Then I'm like, If your wondering if I'm continuing with the series, the answer is a big hell yes. I'm pretty excited about Connor!! :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denisa

    1.5 DNFed not because it was a bad read, but because it was so very boring! The characters were a bit annoying and the female MC was an idiot. Oh, and let's not forget about Bowen! He's got that typical personality, he's the person who gets handed an empire but he doesn't like it. He's a bad guy who's actually good. He has to kill people but he feels sorry for it. So yes, the good little virgin meets the big bad killer with a golden heart and they fall in love. Nope, it's not the kind of story I w 1.5 DNFed not because it was a bad read, but because it was so very boring! The characters were a bit annoying and the female MC was an idiot. Oh, and let's not forget about Bowen! He's got that typical personality, he's the person who gets handed an empire but he doesn't like it. He's a bad guy who's actually good. He has to kill people but he feels sorry for it. So yes, the good little virgin meets the big bad killer with a golden heart and they fall in love. Nope, it's not the kind of story I want to read. Too typical, too boring, too many idiots and definitely way too long.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    4.5 - "You Catholic girls and your filthy minds." Stars! Tessa Bailey has a formula and it works. You cannot dispute that, and I wouldn’t want to. Her heroes are strong, alpha, dirty talking guys, who happily back up their words with knee trembling results. ”We both know it’s only a matter of time before I’m pounding the purity right out of you.” Her heroines are on-the-surface confident, spunky and take-no-shit from the men pursuing them. The storyline may change, but the people involved generall 4.5 - "You Catholic girls and your filthy minds." Stars! Tessa Bailey has a formula and it works. You cannot dispute that, and I wouldn’t want to. Her heroes are strong, alpha, dirty talking guys, who happily back up their words with knee trembling results. ”We both know it’s only a matter of time before I’m pounding the purity right out of you.” Her heroines are on-the-surface confident, spunky and take-no-shit from the men pursuing them. The storyline may change, but the people involved generally have the basic characteristics every-time. I think this is in part (along with her frigging awesome writing skills) the reason her books work, you know what you are getting, and you get given it good and hard, sometimes fast but always fully satisfied at the end. ”Fighting was in his blood. He did it often and he did it well. Bowen Driscol is not an unknown name to Bailey aficionados, the guy appears heavily in His Risk to Take and Riskier Business as someone who is extremely important to Ruby Elliott. But this is Bowen’s book, you get Bowen’s story in all its dirty talking, hard fighting, and unashamedly sexy Technicolor glory! His Bible had been a notebook filled with debts. Sera Newsom is out for revenge, because of that emotions have somewhat clouded her judgment, when it comes to investigating the man who potentially had a hand in killing her brother. She is undercover, and finds herself in a position that ultimately puts her life on the line, if her real identity is discovered. Bowen adds to the danger, but in a completely different, and totally unexplored way for Sera. The romance and suspense flow along at a really steady clip in Risking in All. Sera and Bowen’s coming together, the building of the relationship between them, and the breaking down of the barriers they both have around their hearts and emotions offers the reader an exciting and really emotive read. Bowen is a complex character, and Tessa went a step further with this book in relation to the Alpha-Male she delivered up for the reader’s enjoyment. I think Risking it All is possibly one of Tessa’s finest books to date. But to be fair all of her books are seriously good so it would be difficult to pick an out an out favorite if put on the spot. You won’t regret reading this one, you will fall in love with Bowen and you will love the direction in which the series is being taken! ”I’m fucked for life over you.” ARC generously provided by Entangled, it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    I had high hopes for this one but it sort of ended on a fizzle and not a bang. I can usually suspend the disbelief while reading books but this one was a bit too much to take. Bowen, holding hands in church ... having such strong feeling for her straight away. I mean, this was supposed to be a tough guy! Not saying the tough guys can't fall hard but it wasn't working for me. The heroine came across as a bit immature. What age was she supposed to be? She had been a nurse and then cop so she must a I had high hopes for this one but it sort of ended on a fizzle and not a bang. I can usually suspend the disbelief while reading books but this one was a bit too much to take. Bowen, holding hands in church ... having such strong feeling for her straight away. I mean, this was supposed to be a tough guy! Not saying the tough guys can't fall hard but it wasn't working for me. The heroine came across as a bit immature. What age was she supposed to be? She had been a nurse and then cop so she must at least have been in her mid to late twenties. Sex scenes were hot enough I suppose. But if I pay almost 7 bucks for a book I need it to be a bit better than this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alp

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first started reading this book because I've never read any book by Tessa Bailey before. But it turned out to be my different reading experience. I fell in love with her writing style. The story grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me engaged right up until the end. And the sex scenes were so damn hot, I had to fan myself! LOL The hero, Bowen, was a complex character. He was the heir to South Brooklyn criminal operation. He became the leader when hi I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first started reading this book because I've never read any book by Tessa Bailey before. But it turned out to be my different reading experience. I fell in love with her writing style. The story grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me engaged right up until the end. And the sex scenes were so damn hot, I had to fan myself! LOL The hero, Bowen, was a complex character. He was the heir to South Brooklyn criminal operation. He became the leader when his father was sent to prison, yet he was unhappy with this position. The author created such a swoon-worthy alpha hero! I always have a soft spot for the heroes with a protective streak and Bowen was very protective, possessive, and devoted to the heroine. What a complete package this guy! I couldn't have asked for more! Sera was an undercover cop who tried to find out the truth about her brother's death. When Bowen was sent to protect her, they were immediately attracted to each other. The sexual tension between them was so strong, so much so that I wondered how they could manage to keep their hands off each other. The intense situations, especially when Bowen was set up to be killed at the dock, kept me on the edge of my seat! There were just a few things that bothered me. It was far too easy for Sera to find and steal the ledger, and there were no surveillance cameras in the building!? That seemed a bit unreal and impossible. Overall, it was a pleasure to read this book. There was a well-balanced mix of romance, suspense, and drama, that all capped off with a blissfully happy ending!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelli C

    If you like a dirty talker...a filthy, sexy bad boy then you will LOVE Bowen! With a hard life spent fighting his way to the top of the street crime world he is just a good man at heart that wants better but knows nothing else. Tasked to work with the NYPD when an undercover beauty goes rogue he is unprepared for the changes he is about to experience. He is rocked by a sassy yet sweet catholic girl who has landed herself in the middle of a deadly game. Sera is looking to avenge her cop brother's d If you like a dirty talker...a filthy, sexy bad boy then you will LOVE Bowen! With a hard life spent fighting his way to the top of the street crime world he is just a good man at heart that wants better but knows nothing else. Tasked to work with the NYPD when an undercover beauty goes rogue he is unprepared for the changes he is about to experience. He is rocked by a sassy yet sweet catholic girl who has landed herself in the middle of a deadly game. Sera is looking to avenge her cop brother's death but her attempts to get close to his killer has her captive in a world of crime. When she comes face to face with the notorious Bowen she has immediate interest that is half fear half desire. Good thing for her he seems to feel the same way! So quite predictable in the good girl vs bad boy kinda way. But let me say...there would be no better way to be corrupted than by Bowen! Wowza! This read is Tessa Bailey hot. It is chalk full of passionate please, dirty pushy intimacy and full throttle alpha appeal. My only gripe would be the naive Sera! This undercover cop...well she had some learning to do! Quite soft and unbelievable to be the law. Smart? yes...but just did not feel like the right fit for a cop...well at least not til the end! Overall though...I'm a fan! I know exactly what I'll get with this author. I like her heat. I like the push pull of the contrasting characters. I especially like the sense of urgency and danger with this new series! I for one and really looking forward to Connor' s tale !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    4 'OTT' stars This one has a serious case of insta-love. Bowen, the hero is so OTT and his possessiveness from day one is creeping me out. I nearly threw the towel with all his craziness over a woman he just meet. I have a feeling he will start making up babies name before the month ends. However despite how much I want to roll my eyes at some of the cliche and dramatic moments, this book is freaking addictive. There isn't a lull moment in the plot. I'm sure the panty melting sex scene is one of t 4 'OTT' stars This one has a serious case of insta-love. Bowen, the hero is so OTT and his possessiveness from day one is creeping me out. I nearly threw the towel with all his craziness over a woman he just meet. I have a feeling he will start making up babies name before the month ends. However despite how much I want to roll my eyes at some of the cliche and dramatic moments, this book is freaking addictive. There isn't a lull moment in the plot. I'm sure the panty melting sex scene is one of the major draw. Holy goodness. Bowen's dirty talking is to die for. Deep down he is a good guy that show so much vulnerability. And before long, I even love his brand of crazy over the top passionate love.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ~Stéphanie's Journal~

    It's official! Tessa Bailey is now a new fav' author for me. From now on, I'll be directly one-clicking all books she will release in the future. Not that I had a doubt about it because after I read "His risk to take", I bought all her books and all I have to find is time to read them all. Even if "Risking it all" is a stand-alone, I suggest you to read "His risk to take" and "Riskier business". You meet Bowen Driscrol several times in them and you get to know him a little better before fully div It's official! Tessa Bailey is now a new fav' author for me. From now on, I'll be directly one-clicking all books she will release in the future. Not that I had a doubt about it because after I read "His risk to take", I bought all her books and all I have to find is time to read them all. Even if "Risking it all" is a stand-alone, I suggest you to read "His risk to take" and "Riskier business". You meet Bowen Driscrol several times in them and you get to know him a little better before fully diving in this one. Seraphina Newsom is someone determined, and also a little reckless. Without warning anybody, she decide to go undercover to discover the truth and get evidences about the death of her brother. She knows the criminal who did it and when she sees an opportunity to enter his world, she takes it. What she never expect was to meet another criminal, Bowen Driscol. Bowen is in charge of a district in Brooklyn since his father has been arrested. Not that he wanted the position, but what else could he do? Moreover he feels a little guilty about it because he somehow helped a little. But things are about to change the day the police is going to make a deal with him. Because how is he supposed to resist once he saw the look of a young innocent girl who weaks in him protective feelings. From the start, their attractation is strong. The sexual tension kept growing and growing! Sera doesn't really know what to do, she's a virgin after all! And Bown is catch off-guard between his desire for her and what he knows about her. "The physical attraction he felt with her couldn't be faked, but the idea of her using it against him made him undeniably angry. I have to admit I was surprised that Sera had no experience. I wondered how the author was going to manage to spice things up and at the same time make sure that everything happens without being forced. After all, all her men are demanding, sexual and she is also know for her sex scenes, right? I should have know better! It was schorching hot. During the first half of the book, the "non-sex" scenes were what I love the most! There are so many things to discover about Bowen that I couldn't put the book down. The moments between both our Mc are moments of revelations, of truth (most of the time) and I've learnt so much. Bowen has a good heart and doens't really want to stay stuck where he's in life. He wants something better and since Sera appeared in his life, he starts to hope. "You are my home, Sera. The only one I've ever had. I want to be yours, too. Let me Sera spent her life doing what she's been told. She is sick and tired to be passive. She wants to make her own choice and her choice... it's Bowen! If you loved books that get under you skin with a possessive yet protective man and with just the dirty talk you need, with all the hotness in bed. And if you are looking for an heroine who doesn't make it easy, who's strong but can let it go when in the arms of someone she can trust ---> READ THIS BOOK! I guarantee you you will continually ask for more and that at the end, you will have a smile on your face. Tessa Bailey, thank you for writing book just like I love them with men like I want. You're the best in your genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by publisher in exchange of honest review. [image error] Risking It All by Tessa Bailey was scorchingly hot and deliciously sexy!! Tessa Bailey never disappoints her readers when it comes to steam, passion, lust, desire, and sex but Tessa took it up a notch when she delivered one of the most dirty-talking alpha hero that I absolutely loved. Ladies, I must warn you not only will your kindles be heating up because Ms. Bailey will leave you panting and begging for more Bowen Drisco ARC provided by publisher in exchange of honest review. [image error] Risking It All by Tessa Bailey was scorchingly hot and deliciously sexy!! Tessa Bailey never disappoints her readers when it comes to steam, passion, lust, desire, and sex but Tessa took it up a notch when she delivered one of the most dirty-talking alpha hero that I absolutely loved. Ladies, I must warn you not only will your kindles be heating up because Ms. Bailey will leave you panting and begging for more Bowen Driscol. The only prayer and name you will be reciting is Bowen because hearts will be swooning and panties will be melting because this dirty talking alpha hero has ruined me. Risking It All is hands down my favorite Tessa Bailey book so far and it needs to come with a WARNING LABEL that reads panty-melting HOT!!! Seraphina Newsom is a hot young NYPD detective who goes undercover trying to gain evidence on her brother’s killer. Once she has infiltrated herself into the life of the man responsible for her brother’s death, there is no turning back now. She will go at all cost to get the evidence to bring justice for her brother. But what Sera doesn’t know is that Bowen Driscol, another well known heir to a criminal enterprise, is blackmailed by the NYPD to help Sera. Soon Bowen finds himself attracted to this virgin detective. He is drawn to her like a moth to a flame and the same goes for Sera. Bowen brings out this new sexual side of Sera that has been dormant. She wants him to bring out this newfound pleasure that he can only deliver. Bowen Driscol ruined Sera for any other man and the same can be said for him as well. When these two are together, sparks of passion and heat are bursting into flames. Sera and Bowen’s relationship was pure fire. The sexual chemistry and attraction was so palpable that you could feel the love, passion, and bond that was emanating off of them. Each touch, words exchanged and look was so raw and full of emotion. Honestly, Ms. Bailey delivered a story that was sexy, touching and beautiful. Bowen Driscol will capture your hearts and have you yearning for more. Risking it All was the perfect blend of steam, love, romance, and suspense. All I have to say is, Risking It All is a must read and I can’t wait for Connor’s story. Tessa Bailey [image error] Review can also be found on Four Chicks Flipping Pages: http://fourchicksflippingpages.weebly...

  18. 5 out of 5

    ✦❋Arianna✦❋

    3.5 STARS All Serafina wants is revenge, revenge for her brother’s murder. A detective, she decides to go undercover to get evidence, even if she doesn’t have authorization to do that. When opportunity arrives, she infiltrates herself into the life of the man who killed her brother. Bowen is the heir to a crimes enterprise. He never wanted this “job”, but with his father behind bars, he thinks he doesn’t have any option. When NYPD blackmails him he has to become the good guy. He has to find the l 3.5 STARS All Serafina wants is revenge, revenge for her brother’s murder. A detective, she decides to go undercover to get evidence, even if she doesn’t have authorization to do that. When opportunity arrives, she infiltrates herself into the life of the man who killed her brother. Bowen is the heir to a crimes enterprise. He never wanted this “job”, but with his father behind bars, he thinks he doesn’t have any option. When NYPD blackmails him he has to become the good guy. He has to find the location of an undercover cop, Serafina. When Serafina and Bowen meet, they are immediately attracted to each other. Bowen wants Sera, he wants to protect her from anyone and anything. I liked this installment, but I have to admit, it wasn’t my fav Tessa Bailey’s book. I loved Bowen. He’s fantastic and I loved his filthy mouth. If you love a dirty talker I’m pretty sure you will love Bowen. Sera was a little annoying to me at times. She’s naïve, childish, but most of the time she is pretty great. What I didn’t like it’s the fact she is a virgin. I’m not a fan of virgins, since all of them talk and act the same and are very annoying. What I really enjoyed was the intense, scorching hoy chemistry between Sera and Bowen. The sex scenes are pretty great too. The drama is low and there’s a bit of suspense that makes everything more interesting. Overall, a great read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    CC

    Loved Bowen - although not what I expected from the earlier books. I also liked Sera. I love Tessa Bailey and thought this was an excellent continuation of this storyline. I had no idea how she was going to get them to a happy place in the end, but I liked how she did! Safety gang (view spoiler)[ h is a virgin H was not portrayed as a manwhore, but I am sure he certainly had himself plenty in the past (hide spoiler)] Loved Bowen - although not what I expected from the earlier books. I also liked Sera. I love Tessa Bailey and thought this was an excellent continuation of this storyline. I had no idea how she was going to get them to a happy place in the end, but I liked how she did! Safety gang (view spoiler)[ h is a virgin H was not portrayed as a manwhore, but I am sure he certainly had himself plenty in the past (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

    4.5 Stars -Hot damn this book was great! When I’ve first been introduced to Bowen in His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2), I found him an interesting character. Then, in Riskier Business (Sequel in the Crossing the Line series) I found him appealing and captivating and I really should have seen it coming. Sexy? Challenging? Powerful? Trouble? Check, check, check and check! After reading his story I was definitely captivated. I love both Seraphina and Bowen equally. They are two amazing and lovable 4.5 Stars -Hot damn this book was great! When I’ve first been introduced to Bowen in His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2), I found him an interesting character. Then, in Riskier Business (Sequel in the Crossing the Line series) I found him appealing and captivating and I really should have seen it coming. Sexy? Challenging? Powerful? Trouble? Check, check, check and check! After reading his story I was definitely captivated. I love both Seraphina and Bowen equally. They are two amazing and lovable characters driven by the same determination; to save each other. The scenes between them are without a doubt crazy hot, so incredibly arousing. Like seriously scorching HOT! And dirty-talking alpha Bowen…Oh my! The BJ scene is one the hottest I ever read. Sera is a rookie cop and the police commissioner’s niece. She wants to avenge her brother's murder and decides to go undercover. She wants to find the key evidence to put away the North Brooklyn crime boss Trevor Hogan, the man who had gunned her brother down. Bowen was raised by a violent father in a world of illegal activities, a world of felony. He has a low distorted opinion of himself and thinks that he’s unworthy of love. But he was so wrong. I loved him from the very beginning and at some point my heart was bleeding for him. Bowen is just a victim of his circumstances and doesn’t belong in this world. He is a damaged complication of a man whose world Sera could never live in. At every turn, Sera is making Bowen question his sanity as he makes a valiant attempt to fight against his strong feelings towards her, closing himself off to this emotion knowing they are from two different worlds, two different realities and how much danger existed around him. They didn't want to fall but their bodies and hearts hadn’t gotten the memo. The heart has its reasons that the reason ignores… Could Sera save him or were they doomed to part ways as enemies once this ended? Could they negate the deceptions or change who they were? Tessa Bailey nailed it once more with this intense and passionate love story that will own your heart.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    “Can’t you see this is the last thing keeping me decent? I don’t have a fucking shred of honor, except for this one thing. Leaving you untouched is all I’ve got left. All I can give you.” He shook her gently. “Do better than me.” Being the heir of a criminal enterprise was not what Bowen Driscol wanted, but he never had a choice. When his father was imprisoned, running the family enterprise fell on his shoulders. And when the NYPD blackmails him into helping one of their undercover “Can’t you see this is the last thing keeping me decent? I don’t have a fucking shred of honor, except for this one thing. Leaving you untouched is all I’ve got left. All I can give you.” He shook her gently. “Do better than me.” Being the heir of a criminal enterprise was not what Bowen Driscol wanted, but he never had a choice. When his father was imprisoned, running the family enterprise fell on his shoulders. And when the NYPD blackmails him into helping one of their undercover cops, he finds it hard to refuse especially after seeing the photo of this undercover cop. Bowen knows exactly what kind of danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe has become his number one goal. The other is keeping his hands off of her, which is proving to be an impossible task. Never has he felt such an intense desire and need for another person. But he knows that he isn’t good enough for her, that because of her brother and her job, all she sees is his bad side and he’s not even allowed to tell her that he’s on her side. It figured that the first man she’d felt a physical pull toward would show up while she was undercover. Seraphine Newson used to be a nurse until her brother was murdered. Now as an NYPD detective Sera will do whatever she has to avenge his death, to bring his murderer to justice. Going undercover was the logical choice, although doing it alone was her only choice. But when she overhears something she shouldn’t, her time becomes suddenly very short, and Sera knows she needs to find the evidence before her time runs out. Catching the attention of the dangerous Bowen wasn’t what she needed and despite knowing that he’s bad news, Sera is finding it hard to resist him, to ignore the need to fix him. He could learn. He could learn to be someone else, do something else, if it meant keeping her. He’d do anything. Can Bowen risk showing Sera the real him, the man beneath his violent reputation and criminal legacy, and hope that she won’t run in the end, and that the operation doesn’t explode in their faces? Her mouth, her taste, her voice. All things he couldn’t be without anymore. Necessities. I love an anti-hero and Bowen is definitely now one of my favorites. He was so broken that it made my heart hurt and I just wanted to make him better. I ADORED everything about him. How he’s good but also a bit bad. His past and his legacy has shaped him into the man he was and with every criminal and violent task he’s forced to take, he loses a little more of his goodness. I loved how Sera brought that good side of him to the forefront, how nothing mattered more to him than protecting her. His absolute need of her, how badly he wanted to keep her, how intensely and obsessively he loved her and how possessive he was over her was so damn sexy. He is the perfect dirty-talking alpha! The practical part of her screamed bad news, but her heart only sped faster. After her investigation ended, could she walk away from him? Even thinking the words made her entire body rebel, hurting head to toe. I liked Sera but she paled in comparison to Bowen. Also her reluctance to see a future with him, to see past his criminal label made me like her a little less, even though I knew it was smart of her to be cautious it still made me angry that she just couldn’t accept and love him like he was from the beginning because to me he was just so freaking wonderful. I did love how she made it up to him in the end, how prepared she was to fight for him and how she always wanted to make him feel better. “I love you. So fucking much I’m not sure I have room for it all.” She let her head fall back against his shoulder, incredible relief making her movements languid. “Make room. I’m not going anywhere.” The romance was so passionate and intense. I loved that Bowen was so intensely attracted to Sera right from the first moment he saw her and that she had such a hard time keeping her distance from him. The way he pursued her was so awesome and how he tried to protect her, even from himself. And the sexy times were SO fucking hot!!! Holy hell, this author knows how to write steamy sex scenes and with Bowen’s awesome dirty talk my kindle was sizzling!! I really liked the plot and the suspense of Sera trying to find the missing evidence without being caught and all the secrets that were revealed at the end. I also liked one of the secondary characters very much, and with the way things ended I can’t wait to read the next book. “I don’t know how to explain it. I want to walk beside you everywhere and absorb anything bad, so it won’t touch you. Won’t change you, make you like me.” I’m such a huge fan of this author’s writing. Her heroes are always such perfect dirty-talking alphas, and the romance so sexy and hot and this was another amazing book by her. My only complaint was that I would have liked an epilogue with a HEA ending instead of the HFN we got, but hopefully that will be fixed in the next book. This book is a definite must read for all romance fans.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maayan

    LOVED LOVED LOOOOOOOOOOOVED Bowen! Seriously, I LOVED Bowen! I really enjoyed the book <3 And now I want my own Bowen ;)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniella

    (2.75 stars, but as a personal rule, I round down to 2.) I'm a big fan of dirty talkers. I, myself, like using profanities; they seem to convey my feelings much better than normal words. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Tessa Bailey. Hailed as the "Queen of Dirty Talkers", she has a pretty solid following and a great track record. A lot of my friends love her. But unfortunately, I did not. Far from it. I tried to like this book, but I had so many issues with the plot and the char (2.75 stars, but as a personal rule, I round down to 2.) I'm a big fan of dirty talkers. I, myself, like using profanities; they seem to convey my feelings much better than normal words. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Tessa Bailey. Hailed as the "Queen of Dirty Talkers", she has a pretty solid following and a great track record. A lot of my friends love her. But unfortunately, I did not. Far from it. I tried to like this book, but I had so many issues with the plot and the characters that I just couldn't give it any rating above 2 stars. It didn't feel right. My main issue is that the heroine had the critical thinking skills of a boiled potato. She was supposedly an Emergency Room nurse-turned-detective, yet she was very stupid, transparent, gullible, impulsive and emotional—qualities that would surely get you killed if you were an undercover detective. Having [distant] relatives in the law enforcement field, I felt insulted at seeing someone like her characterised as a detective. Truth be told, Sera would have been raped and killed by Chapter Three if any of this happened in reality. 1. She decided to go undercover without her superior's knowledge. This, in itself, was a big dumb-ass move, because she, herself, admitted that Hogan was a cold-blooded, notorious, and extremely influential killer—he supposedly controlled the criminal operations in South Brooklyn. If you were really a sensible person, you'd know that you'd need back-up and reinforcements to execute such a plan. That's only common sensical, for fuck's sake. Going undercover as a rogue detective is a freaking suicide mission. No rational person would do that. Okay, so I'm pretty sure you're all, "But she wants revenge for her brother! She's overwrought with grief. It's normal to want to do something about her brother's death. What's wrong with that?" Well, isn't that an indication that she was too controlled by emotions to be making rational decisions ? This, again, merely supports my claim that she was too emotional to be a convincing cop. The rational thing to do would have been to formulate a plan to get Hogan's ledger, fiercely lobby for it, and wait for someone more qualified to go undercover and carry it out. Not only would that be more efficient, it would have been the most effective way of doing things. The success rate would have been higher, damn it. Instead, she went and took a leap of faith. I can almost hear her say, "This might get me killed. Oh, well, here goes nothing!" 2. For someone undercover, she did a fucking bad job at convincing people about her role. She was supposed to be a waitress at a small diner, but she didn't act and speak like one. This was actually mentioned by Hogan in Chapter One: “Fix him?” She gave a disbelieving laugh. “He needs doctors…a hospital. I’m a waitress.” “Yeah? You don’t talk like no waitress.” “You want to hear the specials or something?” Add that to the fact that she nearly blew her cover by exhibiting her ER nursing skills in front of the whole diner. What waitress would know how to carefully administer first aid to a gunshot wound? If this happened in real life, Hogan would have questioned that. If he really was the bad-ass crime lord that he was established to be, he would have instinctively known that she was lying about being a simple waitress. She exhibited far too much knowledge about medicine, on top of talking intelligently, to be someone she claimed to be. She apparently did such a bad job waitressing, even Bowen had to comment on it: “Are you saying I’m not a good waitress?” she evaded. “No. I’m saying you’re a terrible one.” Plus, having a code name so similar to your real one? Um, seriously, girl. Grow a brain, please. You see, detectives are trained to act out their roles—some even have to learn how to be fluent at certain accents, or develop certain skills. It's basic training. Also, code names are a big deal to them; they don't just pick out whatever pseudonym they fancied. And this is why I'm so annoyed—you'd think the writer researched about this first. Or maybe she had, but failed to integrate this bit of knowledge into her characterisation. Either way, this oversight pissed me off big time. It made everything feel stupid. 3. Sera was inconsistent with her religious tendencies. You see, she would always cross herself after saying something bad, and refused to utter the word "hate". LOLWTF. But she apparently didn't have any problem listening to Bowen curse like a drunken sailor on leave. And she didn't have any reservations about him fucking her senseless, or giving him blowjobs. LOL. Another thing that didn't sit well with me was Sera and Bowen's relationship. They were too dramatic to be convincing. It reminded me of the badly dubbed Latin TV shows that my Mom loves so much, where the major issues could have been resolved with a nice, long talk between the characters. I was particularly annoyed when(view spoiler)[, after Bowen and Sera first had sex, Bowen had to storm off like an angsty motherfucker, and got himself drunk. The next day, Sera ran away from Bowen's house—despite the threat to her life WTF. Everything culminated in a very melodramatic scene where Sera pointed a gun at Bowen, forcing him to reveal everything to her. (hide spoiler)] Seriously, WTF. Also, as deliciously dirty as Bowen was, he was too obsessive. To be honest, he was borderline psycho. "What were you thinking about? That day at the beach, looking at those shirtless motherfuckers?” “I…nothing. I don’t know.” “Nothing?” Bowen knew his jealousy was irrational. It didn’t matter. Every emotion amplified itself where she was concerned. “Were you hoping they’d try to get under your hiked-up uniform skirt? Were you hoping they’d do this?” He pushed his middle finger past her entrance, both of them groaning in the enclosed space of the photo booth. “Answer me.” “No. I promise.” He pumped his finger in and out slowly. “You wouldn’t lie to me, would you, Sera?” Frantically, she shook her head. “Who’s the only one who gets under your skirt?” “You. Just you.” Oh, boy. First and foremost, let me tell you one thing: I love possessive heroes. I love it when the guy gets all jealous. But this was over-doing it, man. Who does Bowen think he is, Big Brother? The Thought Police? This felt like a scene straight out of 1984 than a romance novel. There's a difference between possessive and obsessive. There are boundaries you just can't cross without treating the person like shit, trampling all over his or her autonomy. I admit, though, I'm more lenient to this in Historical Romance novels. This is because they're set in times when women were seen as possessions. I'm not saying that alone makes obsessive behaviour okay, but what I'm saying is that it makes sense for characters to act like that if they do. But for novels set in modern times? Not so much. Not if the writer wants to be representative of what's truly going on in the world right now. Moreover, I just hated how Bowen put Sera on a pedestal. He acted as though she was the female version of the Messiah, coming down to Earth to save mankind from their sins. Please excuse me while I puke. What saved this from being a 1-star are the extremely hot sex scenes. That's it. Overall, this was okay. If you want a steamy read, go ahead. But if you're like me who prefers a well-thought out story with a convincing romance, then steer clear of this.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaila

    2.5/5 stars I'm not sure if it was just me, but I struggled through this book. I was expecting a light, easy romance that I could fly through, but I had to slog my way through the whole second half of this book. I did like the first half a lot more, but it was never anything too special. I do admit that some of the more romantic or steamy scenes caught my attention, but nothing else really did it for me. I'm just majorly disappointed right now, I was really looking forward to this one. [image 2.5/5 stars I'm not sure if it was just me, but I struggled through this book. I was expecting a light, easy romance that I could fly through, but I had to slog my way through the whole second half of this book. I did like the first half a lot more, but it was never anything too special. I do admit that some of the more romantic or steamy scenes caught my attention, but nothing else really did it for me. I'm just majorly disappointed right now, I was really looking forward to this one. [image error] Serephia Newsom is a detective, but she'll surely lose her job after this rogue mission of hers. It seemed that everyone else has given up on bringing her dead brother justice, but she has not. Instead, Seraphia has decided to go undercover to infiltrate a crime gang in order to find evidence that will prove these men guilty. But the further she delves into this underground world of crime, the harder it is to find a way out. Now, Seraphia has a real risk of getting herself not only discovered but killed. After his father was sent to jail, Bowen Driscol was expected to lead the criminal empire that he is heir to. He has been to the police station countless times, but this time he is taken in for no apparent reason and practically blackmailed. The NYPD blackmail him into keeping an eye on a young undercover cop. But when Bowen comes face to face with Serephia, he knows that hit won't be that simple. Not only is she in for a helluva lot of trouble, but he can't seem to keep his hands off her. Now, his mission seems to be more than just to keep an eye on her, because he would do anything to protect her. But, he also hasn't told her that he knows her undercover status, or that he's working with the very police department that she is trying to defy. “Who do you think you are?” His gaze dropped to her lips. “I’m the guy who’s going to kiss you tonight.” I was just really underwhelmed with how this book turned out. I was expecting something it to be more angsty, swoon worthy or even interesting. To be honest, I have no idea what was really happening in this book because the overall plot line was just so uninteresting, I really didn't care about any of the gangs or crime stuff. To be hones, I didn't care much for the romance stuff either, but I'll get to that later. I'm not sure why exactly, but I really had to push myself to finish this book. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I just don't think I connected to the writing at all, so it was just really hard to get into. The storyline seemed all over the place, characters were underdeveloped, plots were poorly explained and the book just didn't seem to tie together. This made it a rather unpleasant read. I was also not really buying into the romance, like at all. I admit, there were some moments when Bowen would melt the ice that had grown around my heart, but for the most part I wasn't liking this pair. First of all, it was way too insta-love like and unbelievable. They saw each other once and then just started dating like bumbling fools because they had never felt so horny in their lives. I'm just not buying it. There was no reason for there to be such a strong connection between the two and there was also no build up whatsoever. We were constantly told of the connection that these two had, but I never felt it. I also think that Bowen was a rather unoriginal hero, there were so many times when I just thought about reading his exact character before. Their relationship was just obnoxiously mediocre. There was nothing overly offensive about this book, it just wasn't what I was hoping for. I wanted a quick, romantic and maybe even funny read. Instead, I spent a lot of time trying to forge myself to continue the book and a lot less time actually enjoying the story. This is my first book by this author, but I still reckon I might like her other books, so I'm pretty sure I'll give her another time. I'm also in a massive reading slump at the moment, which is another reason why I probably couldn't get invested in the story. Hopefully my next book by her is more enjoyable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    This book... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The hero was just hot enough to hide some minors problems I had with the heroine. But seriously Tessa Bailey must have a guy with a filthy mouth helping her. She delivers THE BEST DIRTY TALKERS!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've been curious about Bowen ever since we first met him in His Risk to Take so of course I was excited to finally get my hands on his story. Tessa Bailey excels at writing dirty talking alpha heroes and Bowen is no exception to that, in fact I think he might just be her hottest one yet! What I love most about him is how complicated he is. Bowen would be the first person to tell you he's not a good man, in fact, he was raised to be as bad as they come. His father used to be the boss of the crim I've been curious about Bowen ever since we first met him in His Risk to Take so of course I was excited to finally get my hands on his story. Tessa Bailey excels at writing dirty talking alpha heroes and Bowen is no exception to that, in fact I think he might just be her hottest one yet! What I love most about him is how complicated he is. Bowen would be the first person to tell you he's not a good man, in fact, he was raised to be as bad as they come. His father used to be the boss of the criminal underworld in South Boston and ever since he was sent to prison Bowen has taken over his role. Bowen has done a lot of terrible things but he's living a life he never asked for an doesn't really want and as much as he has that dark side he also has a good side to him too. He's always been very protective of his younger sister Ruby, to the point where he has now pushed her away from him to keep her safe, and he has his own code of honour that he sticks to. When undercover cop Sera gets in too deep police officers use Bowen's connection to Ruby and Troy to put pressure on him to go to her rescue. The last thing Bown needs is the added complication of a rookie cop but he can't leave her alone and unprotected so reluctantly agrees to play bodyguard. Sera couldn't be more different to Bowen, she's a good girl who initially trained as a nurse but changed her career path after her police officer brother was murdered. All Sera wants is to put her brother's murderer behind bars but even though they know who was behind Colin's death the police haven't been able to prove it. Sera isn't willing to leave things at that though so she takes it upon herself to go undercover to find the proof she needs to get Hogan locked up for good. I ended up having mixed feelings about Sera, in some ways I really liked her but there were times when I found her incredibly frustrating. I could completely understand her need to get revenge but I struggled to believe that she'd had any kind of police training. I think I would have found it more realistic if she'd just quit her job as a nurse and gone in completely unprepared - that's certainly how she acted. Overall I was able to forgive her naivety though and I did love the slow build relationship between her and Bowen. Risking it All is one of Tessa Bailey's hottest books yet and the fact that it was longer than most of her other stories really allowed readers the chance to connect with both of the characters. The way things ended have left me very excited to continue reading this series and I'm already hoping that Connor's story will be up next. If you love Tessa's Line of Duty series I have a feeling you're going to enjoy this one even more!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yomi M.

    This sure was a steamy book and I certainly enjoyed but I can't say that I truly loved it. Also, I really liked Bowen but he came out as extremely intense, if he were my boyfriend I would probably slap him with a restraining order lol. This sure was a steamy book and I certainly enjoyed but I can't say that I truly loved it. Also, I really liked Bowen but he came out as extremely intense, if he were my boyfriend I would probably slap him with a restraining order lol.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vashti

    I am going to try and restrain myself and try not to overly gush about this book......who am I kidding? zI freaking loved this book,Tessa Bailey,you rocked this book! I loved everything about it and when the end was near,I wanted more of this smoking ,srxy couple. What do you get when you mix a cute,virgin,Catholic undercover policewoman who used to be a nurse and you add to the mix a uber sexy mob boss who has to provide your protection without your knowledge.One hot smoking book,that's what you I am going to try and restrain myself and try not to overly gush about this book......who am I kidding? zI freaking loved this book,Tessa Bailey,you rocked this book! I loved everything about it and when the end was near,I wanted more of this smoking ,srxy couple. What do you get when you mix a cute,virgin,Catholic undercover policewoman who used to be a nurse and you add to the mix a uber sexy mob boss who has to provide your protection without your knowledge.One hot smoking book,that's what you get.And to top it off,your hero is a sexy,dirty talker who once he sees his heroine,the caveman is let loose.,Hello crazy in love,jealous ,possessive,and protective is in full swing baby! Sera and Bowen may yet be my fav couple along with Derek and Ginger.I loved the frentic intensity that is Bowen and Sera was his perfect match. I loved the Brooklyn setting as I was raised there and the setting and places mentioned brought back so many memories for me.I can picture the Italian resturants,the old neighborhoods,getting a slice and coke,and the cannoli's,nothing beats a Brooklyn cannoli!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’

    Anyone who has ever read a Tessa Bailey book would tell you that there is nothing better if you want a HOT SEXY READ! Hot Sexy Male Checked Awesome Story Line Checked Strong Female Checked Off the charts chemistry Checked Ending PERFECT Cannot wait for Connor's story Anyone who has ever read a Tessa Bailey book would tell you that there is nothing better if you want a HOT SEXY READ! Hot Sexy Male Checked Awesome Story Line Checked Strong Female Checked Off the charts chemistry Checked Ending PERFECT Cannot wait for Connor's story

  30. 4 out of 5

    Court

    Reread 7/28/18 Third person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone. I have got to stop reading Tessa Bailey books if I plan on getting anything done today. Will I take my own advice? Probably not. Now that I've read the first in this series, I'll most likely keep going. It's just so damn good. Bowen is the new head of one of NYC's mafia families, not that he wanted the title. Most of the things he's done in his life, no matter how bloody, have in a sick way been to live up to his father's expect Reread 7/28/18 Third person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone. I have got to stop reading Tessa Bailey books if I plan on getting anything done today. Will I take my own advice? Probably not. Now that I've read the first in this series, I'll most likely keep going. It's just so damn good. Bowen is the new head of one of NYC's mafia families, not that he wanted the title. Most of the things he's done in his life, no matter how bloody, have in a sick way been to live up to his father's expectations. His whole life has revolved around the family, but it doesn't lessen the guilt. He actually looks forward to the day where he either dies or gets locked up. So he puts on a cool face when NYPD carts him in, but it's not for what he thinks. They make him an offer: get one of their undercover cops out from where she's been investigating because she's gone radio-silent, without letting her know why he's there, and they'll let him go. Reluctant to cooperate with the police because it goes against everything he's ever stood for, he agrees only when he sees a picture of the woman. She intrigues him because she looks innocent, and by his estimation, way over her head on her current mission. Seraphia is undercover for one reason only: to find incriminating dirt on the man who murdered her brother. Of course, she knows she's in over her head because not only has her target noticed her and brought her back to his club, but also because she's doing this off the NYPD clock. Masquerading as a waitress, she notices one night a devilishly handsome man staring at her. Despite her aloofness, he's determined to get close to her. "You're smiling." Her fingers flew up to trace her mouth. She was smiling. "Uh-oh." "Yeah. Uh-oh." His thumb brushed her cheek. "I get that a lot." When she learns his name, and knows off the bat that he's a notorious criminal, it should be enough to resist him but for some reason she can't. Her target puts her under the care of Bowen while he's out of town, and if you think that tensions skyrocket while she stays with him, you'd be completely correct. Despite the blood on his hands, Bowen wants to do right by Sera. Even though every part of him just wants to hold onto her and never let go. "What sound would you make the first time I sink in, Sera? Would you scream for me or your God?" There are so many different nuances to Bowen, it had my head spinning. In true Bailey fashion, he was a hero you could love without question. His intentions are good, and he's trying to be a better person. For Sera. And it was so lovely. Angst, suspense, scorching-hot sex. All across the board, this was a winner for me. 'Til next time cuties ;)

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