Hot Damn! Crossing the Line Series by Tessa Bailey [Audiobook Review]

Posted May 18, 2018 by Zeee in Reviews, Skinny Reviews0 Comments

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Hot damn, the Crossing the Line series was awesome overall! I actually binge-listened this series (not in order, mind you) and it was good. Overall, I gave this series 4/5 hearts, but each individual book has a rating range of 3-4 hearts.

The Crossing the Line series has a 60-40 balance between suspense and romance, where romance gets the largest chunk of each of the books. This is exactly what I love! I do wish there was more action in the books, though. Also, I love the all the female heroes are unique in their own way, kick-ass and have baggage! It’s refreshing since it’s usually the heroes who have all the angsty backstory (I’m also not saying the men don’t have their own baggage).

This is also Tessa Bailey’s earlier works and you can tell that writing quality has improved immensely in her recent books. The men are still alpha dirty talkers and holy ef, I absolutely dig them! Didn’t know it was my kink, but now, it is!

The series is read by Jill Redfield except for the first book which is read by Alice Chapman. Both are okay narrators, but they aren’t my favorites. Jill Redfield does an awesome job with the different accents but her “orgasm” voice is just too high pitched bordering annoying?

Let me just warn you that all the characters in this series REALLY DO CROSS the line because if this happened in real life, they would probably not be aiding the cops (but then again, what do I know).

This is my skinny reviews for each of the books in this series!

 

Hot Damn! Crossing the Line Series by Tessa Bailey [Audiobook Review]

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Title: Riskier Business, His Risk to Take
Written by Tessa Bailey
Read by Alice Chapman
Series: Crossing the Line #0.5, Line of Duty #2
Published by Tantor Audio
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: four-flames

Challenges: 2018 Beat the Backlist, 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge

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.

My Thoughts

Riskier Business is a sort of prequel for the other books, but it’s actually the second book in the Line of Duty series, titled His Risk to Take. This is Ruby and Troy’s story and it’s actually a novella! Full disclosure, I read Riskier Business LAST and it didn’t ruin my enjoyment to this book. Bowen is the only character introduced here.

But just because it’s a novella doesn’t mean it lacks in story! This book does a great way of introducing the hero in Risking it All (Crossing the Line #2), and I actually empathize with him more.

True to her brand, Tessa Bailey writes another awesome alpha paired with a sassy heroine! Ruby and Troy’s relationship does start with lust at first sight, but ultimately how the two get together was satisfying.

 

Hot Damn! Crossing the Line Series by Tessa Bailey [Audiobook Review]

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Title: Risking It All
Written by Tessa Bailey
Read by Jill Redfield
Series: Crossing the Line #1
Published by Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: four-half-flames

Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge, 2018 Beat the Backlist, 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge

She's gone rogue.

Seraphina Newsom isn't looking for vengeance…she wants justice. Three years ago, Sera's brother was ruthlessly gunned down by one of Brooklyn's most dangerous mob kingpins. The investigation has stalled out, deemed "too dangerous" by the police commissioner. So to track down the evidence she needs to take down her brother's killer, Sera turns in her hospital scrubs, joins the NYPD, and goes undercover. Unsanctioned. Alone.

He'll live to keep her safe.

With his father behind bars, Bowen Driscol has reluctantly taken over his family's sprawling South Brooklyn crime operation. New York's finest have other plans. By threatening the safety of his sister, they "convince" Bowen to extricate a rogue cop who's in over her head. But when he meets Sera and feels that deep, damning shiver of desire course through him, Bowen knows there's only one way to keep her safe without blowing either of their covers…by claiming her as his own.

My Thoughts

Risking it All is one of my favorites in this series. Best of all, we get to spend more time with Bowen! Blackmailed by the NYPD, Bowen agrees to rescue an undercover cop, get rid of the evidence she finds, and get away scot-free. What he doesn’t count on is Sera, the gorgeous and innocent undercover cop!

I loved that Tessa Bailey chose Bowen as the first antihero in this series! I love getting to know more about his backstory because I could see how he was with Ruby in Riskier Business.

I wasn’t expecting who the villain turned out to be in this series. There was a lot of drama, though because Sera finds out two shocking things about her family.

Did I mention the sexytimes yet? WOW! NSFW and this audio had my ears burning!

The only complaint I have with Risking it All is that I think I missed something in the series. Maybe I needed to read the Line of Duty series? Only because View Spoiler » This is what I thought I missed something.

 

Hot Damn! Crossing the Line Series by Tessa Bailey [Audiobook Review]
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Title: Up in Smoke
Written by Tessa Bailey
Read by Jill Redfield
Series: Crossing the Line,
Published by Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: four-half-flames

Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge, 2018 Beat the Backlist, 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge

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...

My Thoughts

Up in Smoke officially introduces all the other antiheroes in this series! WOW! That opening scene with Connor and Erin was smoking! Also, the chemistry with this two is off the charts!

Up in Smoke also introduces us to TWO antiheroes – Connor an ex-Navy SEAL, dishonorably discharged, and Erin, an ex-convict. Erin’s backstory is a painful one, though. Erin doesn’t want to be touched at all, but Connor was the person who could overcome her fears – and she does have plenty of fears and PTSD.

This book actually starts Tessa Bailey’s steamier romances because WOW does it get really steamy!

Another thing I loved about Up in Smoke is that our heroine, Erin is one kick-ass female! She is absolutely amazing and I loved how she lowered her guard to let Connor in.

There is a little bit of trigger warning here due to Erin’s PTSD, with recollections of what happened to her when she was younger.

 

Hot Damn! Crossing the Line Series by Tessa Bailey [Audiobook Review]
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Title: Boiling Point
Written by Tessa Bailey
Read by Jill Redfield
Series: Crossing the Line #3
Published by Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: four-half-flames

Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge, 2018 Beat the Backlist, 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge

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.

My Thoughts

Boiling Point is my favorite in the series and OMG! I absolutely love Polly and Austin! Polly is a hacker, who is also an ex-con and is on a path of revenge! She wants to ruin the con artist who ruined her dad’s and her life. And who does she end up falling for but another con artist as well?

In Up in Smoke, we meet Austin in one of his disguises! He is a con man who uses his charm to get women to do his bidding. But what is surprising is that he is the sub in this relationship! Yes, there is a bit of a dom-sub relationship between Polly and Austin, with Polly taking the lead! Oh, and did I mention that Austin is British?

I personally love Boiling Point because I think there is more plot and more character development as compared to Tessa Bailey’s earlier books.

My only complaint with Boiling Point is that the defeat of the villain was too abrupt and felt too quick. I wanted more action, but unfortunately, there wasn’t.

 

Hot Damn! Crossing the Line Series by Tessa Bailey [Audiobook Review]

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Title: Raw Redemption
Written by Tessa Bailey
Read by Jill Redfield
Series: Crossing the Line #4
Published by Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: August 22, 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Romance Package
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: four-half-flames

Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge, 2018 Beat the Backlist, 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge

Disgraced cop Henrik Vance is having a shit year. Banished to a derelict undercover squad, he’s been tasked with hunting down the daughter of Chicago’s most dangerous criminal. His obsession with saving the beautiful girl destroyed his career. And this time, it might cost his life.

Ailish O’Kelly doesn’t need a hero. She’ll save herself from her father’s violent criminal dynasty, thank you very much. Unfortunately, the sexy as sin cop who crashes her hideout isn’t hearing reason—especially not after the kiss that becomes much more.

His boss wants her as an informant. Ailish wants Henrik to keep whispering filthy things against her skin. But she knows too well the evil they’re up against, and when it comes down to protecting the man who owns her body and soul, she only has one choice....

My Thoughts

Raw Redemption is the last book in this series and it does wrap-up the end of the series really well. This is another case, unrelated to the previous books but since the team is now paired off, I assume the series is over.

Our heroine, Ailish is on the run from her father, mob boss. Henrick, who we meet in Boiling Point is a disgraced cop, trying to regain his badge. Unfortunately, he has an uncontrollable attraction to the person and witness he is protecting – Ailish.

I think Raw Redemption is the one with the most suspense. But again, the end felt rushed and was just too perfect. It would have been better to have Ailin and Henrick get caught and suffered a little bit, you know?

 

Let's Discuss

Do you love romances with antiheroes? Which ones are your favorite?

Aren’t Tessa Bailey’s books SUPER HOT? Can you recommend any of her books that I should read next?


About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove 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 and 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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