Series: The Academy #2
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Is there a problem, Officer?
Jack Garrett isn’t a police officer yet, but there’s already an emergency. His new firearms instructor—the one who just dropped every jaw in the academy gym—is the same sexy Irish stranger Jack locked lips with last night. The Olympic gold medalist and expert markswoman is now officially off-limits, but Jack’s never cared much for rules . . .
Katie McCoy’s been cooped up in a shooting range for too long. A wild love affair is just what she needs to let loose, though she never imagined it would be with her smokin’ hot trainee. She cannot get involved with Jack—but a quick fling? Perfect. Falling hard for a charismatic recruit with an equal amount of sex appeal and secrets? Bloody stupid.
Jack’s charmed the pants off plenty of women (literally), yet few have ever looked beyond his perfect surface. Until Katie. He’ll do anything to keep her in his life . . . except tell her about his past. But a tiny lie of omission never hurt anyone, right?
5 ‘Soothe, fix, heal, love’ Stars
Sweet. Baby. Jesus… Not just five starts, but ALL THE STARS!!!
Indecent Exposure, this Tessa Bailey’s masterpiece, managed to shred my heart to pieces and put it back together, making it whole and glow with Jack and Katie’s story!
Everyone that follows me, knows that manwhores – even if reformed – are one of my least favorite tropes, so I have to confess I was a bit wary going into this one. I know, I know, I should have know that our Queen of Dirty Talkers would never let me down.
But the alcohol makes it a shit ton easier to say yes. Yes to the girl, yes to what my body wants right now, but will regret later.
Well, I’m the first to admit and cajole myself for my own mistake, because ladies and gentleman, Jack Garret is EVERYTHING!!!
There was do denying his physical – PERFECT COVER REPRESENTATION, BTW! – and charismatic, irresistible attributes, but he couldn’t be any different than what I expect. Tessa Bailey gave in this male character, such a complex, endearing and realistic persona, that I can honestly say Jack Garrett stole my heart, right along with Katie’s.
It seems an awful gluttony of five-star qualities on a single person. God should have spread them around His other creations a bit.
As soon as this completely unrealistic, possibly CGI creature stops trying to knock me into a coma with his physical charms, I’ll be off to the races.
Due to events of her past and her upbringing – I’ll try to do this as spoiler free as possible – , Katie McCoy has lived a secluded lifestyle, so this international police exchange to NYC is just the first step of true freedom she has in a very long time, if not ever. What she hadn’t anticipated was Jack, in all his pirate smiling glory, crossing paths with her!
Every day of my life has been scheduled and executed without fail.
This man is not on my agenda.
If I’m not mistaken, Jack is the Big Bad Wolf and I’m Little Red Riding Hood.
The attraction is instant, and knocks them both of balance, but it’s Katie resistance to his charms, and his reaction to her as whole that intrigues Jack, and he finds himself following her and wanting even more of the ‘sexy and cute-as-a-button’ redhead. So much more.
“One kiss.” He takes a step forwards, his big chest rising and falling. “I know I’m pushing it, Snaps. But I’m dying over here.”
“See, this is no big deal to you. Because you’re the Big Bad Wolf.”
“I’m what?” His laugh is full and aching. “
Ah, Katie. Is that just because I want to eat you so bad?”
And so it starts this epic TB and one that will be forever one my favorite ‘best book boyfriend’.
I . . . love claiming Katie. Or being claimed by her. I’m not sure which is better.
Jack is such a tormented soul hiding behind a cocky, oversexualized persona, with a life full of sex and alcohol, his only coping mechanism to deal with the pain and hurt ever present in his days. Again, I’m not revealing more, because you need to discover all that is this man as you go along the story, so that you enjoy all the magnificence and beauty of Tessa Bailey’s perfectly weaved background.
I’m not broken with Katie. When we’re together, I’m grounded in the moment.
There’s something special inside this man. I feel it all over. He needs to feel it, too.
Dear Lord, they really clenched my heart with their interactions, and their unveilings. Not only Jack was beyond amazing, but Katie was just as brilliantly written. He was all that Jack wouldn’t even dare to hope for or dream. I loved that the main conflict was set earlier than usual in the book, since it just made me believe and react even more to whole scene, that had me literally sobbing and suffering with the both of them. They were just so Perfectly Imperfect and REAL!!!
Katie knew. She sees me. She’s inside me, under me, around me. And it’s still not enough.
I want inside of her, too. So deep she can’t dig me out.
Jack’s love and devotion – I would even say, worshipping – for Katie was so otherworldly perfect and dreamy, that translated in the most incredible quotes and thoughts. Seriously, it was almost impossible to choose (and you can see by the generous shortened amount I added to this, lol) from all heart touching moments and words of adoration.
Of course, like every TB hero, Jack Garret not only made me constantly swoon and sigh, cry and sob, but also the man was a silver tongue devil with a deliciusly filthy mouth that was created to combust panties everywhere. Tessa Bailey really is unparalleled in the dirty talking department!
“I seem to recall you were the one begging,” she says breathily.
My balls squeeze like they’re in a vise. “If you like begging, I’ll give it to you, honey,” I rasp. “I’ll wear out the knees on every pair of jeans in my closet . . . begging.”
Speaking of holy Sundays, I’m pretty sure Katie’s ass up in the air is what heaven looks like. Her trembling thighs are the pearly gates and I’m just a sinner, begging Saint Peter to get inside.
Tessa Bailey indeed knocked it out of the park with Indecent Exposure! I have now a new TB fav in this book, and a new TB fav H, best book boyfriend in Jack Garrett – sorry, Will, I still adore you, but I just can’t resist a broken hero. Amazing and enthralling story writing, brilliant and complex characters, and a dynamic plot that just keeps you hooked from the very first line. Now, with all the teasing from this two first books, I can’t wait to see how it will all go down with Danika and Lieutenant ‘ColdHearted’ Burns! Tessa Bailey really is a Queen. Not only of Dirty Talkers, but a overall Queen of Romance! All the Stars to ALL the feels!
“Thank you, mouth.” “You’re thanking my mouth?” She breathes, her eyes glazed over, head falling back.
I hum low in my throat, leaning forwards to lick a path up the side of her neck. “Your lips open so you can breathe, right? I’m thanking them for helping my girl breathe.”
“Whenever I picture you, I think of the day we met. You’re walking away, telling me it’s going to take a long time to forget my eyes.”
My heart wrenches sideways. “It would have taken a long time after five minutes, Katie,” I rasp. “Now it would take forever. Maybe longer.”
ARC kindly provided by the author via Avon / Harper Collins for an honest review
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DISTURBING HIS PEACE (The Academy #3)
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 eight 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.