In Review: Boiling Point (Crossing the Line #3) by Tessa Bailey

Posted January 29, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 4 Comments

In Review: Boiling Point (Crossing the Line #3) by Tessa BaileyBoiling Point by Tessa Bailey
Series: Crossing the Line #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 25, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Select
Format: eARC, 352 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all…

Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.

Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.

But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.


in review my thoughts

You know when you pick up a Tessa Bailey book that you’re in for a smoking hot ride. The men are going to talk dirty and have eyes only for their lady. They might push the boundaries a bit, but there’s no denying they’re all about the woman in their life. Boiling Point was a little different. Now, Austin is ALL MAN and he’s definitely an alpha… but it’s Polly who is in control here. I had some slight reservations about a more submissive male because that’s not something I typically enjoy in my books, but Tessa proved me wrong. And when it was all said and done, I realized “submissive” definitely isn’t the word to use for Austin. Tessa’s men are all about giving their women what they want and, in this case, it was Austin giving up (some of his) control to allow Polly to drive the situations because it was what she craved. Unsurprisingly, it was smoking hot.

Sex was definitely a driving factor in this book and that might be off-putting to some. It wasn’t for me. I felt like there was still a lot of story here that didn’t revolve around sex. From the minute I picked the book up, I was totally wrapped up in Austin and Polly’s story. Despite a fairly antagonistic start to things, their chemistry was wicked. The sexual tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. I knew when it reached the, ahem, boiling point, it would be ridiculously hot. And I was right. Tessa’s hottest book yet? Quite possibly. Sexy times were one thing, but what I loved most here was how good Austin and Polly were for each other. He gave her the safety to embrace her desires. She gave him peace… and her. They shared a deep trust that was really interesting to me considering he’s a con man and she’s a hacker. To say I loved these two together would be a HUGE understatement.

I’m loving Tessa’s Crossing the Line series. The characters are unique and I’ve loved each of their stories. I like how they’re overcoming their pasts and finding love in the process. The suspense is top notch, but not overwhelming. The romance, of course, is equal parts steamy as hell and romantic. I love the relationships the characters have formed with each other – for better or for worse. The banter is spot on. I love seeing this group interact with each other and it’s great catching up with old favorites from the series with each new book. All that said, I can’t wait for Henrik’s book. It should be a doozy.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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“You know those days when other prisoners would get paroled? Everyone else has to stand in the yard and watch them get loaded onto the bus… on their way to freedom.”
“Yeah, I remember those days.”
“That’s how Austin looks at you. Like maybe you are the freedom and he’s still stuck in the prison yard.”

“All yours. You’ve been its cruel keeper for months.” He tilted his hips, presenting himself to her in a way that should have been crude, but on Austin, it was all animal grace. “At any time at all, you could have demanded me. Sent me to my knees to lick you off with one word. Grabbed my cock through my pants in front of everyone and told them who it belonged to.” His eyelids drooped as if the scenario was an aphrodisiac. “Please yourself with me, Polly. My boy. My cock. Own it all.”

“There is a rare instance where I’m not 100 percent sure of what I’m doing. It might even be the first time in my life. I only know that when I think of you mistreating me, then making up for it rather vigorously, my cock gets stiff in a way that demands we fuck until our bodies give out. Is it still unclear what I’m asking?

“You understand how it works yet, Polly? You tell me what your body needs… and I make it happen.”


About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


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4 responses to “In Review: Boiling Point (Crossing the Line #3) by Tessa Bailey

  1. I’m happy you loved this one so much Kim! It definitely was different seeing one of Tessa’s males being ‘submissive’, but I wouldn’t call him that really. He still very much had that strong, dominating personality I associate with Tessa’s men. I am really excited for Henrik’s book! I can’t wait to meet this girl!