Riskier Business by Tessa Bailey
Series: Line of Duty #5.5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Select
Format: eARC, 140 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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One more game. And this time, there are no rules…
After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy's strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession...
But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she’d die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can’t channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby’s heart…it might cost her life.
I suppose it’s not really fair to call Troy and Ruby my favorite of Tessa’s couples because I seriously love every single one of her pairings, but if I was forced to rank the couples, these two would definitely be high on my list. I was ridiculously excited to learn they would be getting a follow-up novella… even if I did read the books a bit out of order. I had the chance to read an early copy of Risking It All and I jumped at the chance to read that one before I knew this one was coming. But, no matter. They were both incredible stories. This one just focused a little more clearly on Troy and Ruby.
Riskier Business had everything that makes Tessa’s books so special. If you’ve read His Risk to Take, you know Troy and Ruby can steam up the pages. (Hello! Pool cue anyone? I swear, I’ve sold copies of this book to no fewer than 6 other people solely after freaking out over that scene. And all those readers? HUGE Tessa fans now.) I fully expected this book to be smoking hot and I wasn’t disappointed. But the other thing that it delivers is GINORMOUS amounts of feels. That took me a little bit by surprise. I’ve always connected to Tessa’s couples, but I think this is the first time I got legitimately emotional over one of her books. All the feels? They were felt. I may have even shed a tear or two.
At 140 pages, Riskier Business is pretty much the perfect length novella. There was no time wasted here before jumping into the action – in or out of the bedroom. (The first chapter is HOT!) The goings-on in this book weren’t exactly a surprise, but there were a couple twists I didn’t really see coming. This book holds one more test for Troy and Ruby, and it also holds some pretty big answers. The action and suspense had me on the edge of my seat as I waited to see how everything would turn out for them.
I was so glad Tessa decided to revisit Troy and Ruby with Riskier Business. Not only was this a great setup to Risking It All, but it felt like one huge bonus for Troy and Ruby fans. It was a giant win all the way around. If you’re a fan of her Line of Duty series, this is a must-read. If you’re not a fan, you need to get on that.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.