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Line of Duty series by Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen) Feb 2013 – Feb 2014
Number of books: 5
*Definitely for mature readers.
- Protecting What’s His – 3.5 stars
- His Risk to Take – 3.5 stars
- Officer Off Limits – 4 stars
- Asking for Trouble – 4 stars
- Staking His Claim – 3 stars
So hot dang, this series. I read this on a recommendation and also because I really wanted to read a book called Officer off Limits (heehee), and next thing I knew, I read all 5 books. A couple words to sum this series up: Oh my.
Basically what you need to know is that Tessa Bailey is very good at writing dirty talking alpha cops and badass sassy heroines. And they’re often hilarious.
A note: Books one and two have a bit more suspense in the story, while the last three books are definitely more romance focused.
My favourite book of the series would be the first one I read with Officer off Limits! I love the banter and dynamic between super-playboy Daniel and sassy Story. It’s a bit of a hate-to-love, or rather “forbidden” romance when Story’s dad (aka. Daniel’s boss and mentor) warns him off (but you can’t deny the type of chemistry, ha).
“Are you alone?”
Another flicker in her eyes. “Why? Are you planning on abducting me from the hospital and force feeding me peanut butter crackers, but withholding milk?”
Asking for Trouble was definitely up there too with a great hate-to-love/opposites attract dynamic between wisecracking Brent and socialite Hayden. It’s smoking hot, their tension. There’s also puns. And the ending was a big thumbs up!
Brent had too many questions, so he started with the most pressing. “Do you milk the cow?”
“Yes.” Her face softened slightly. “Once. My hands were too cold. Bessie was udderly pissed.”
I was hoping to enjoy Staking His Claim a little more with the best friend’s little sister trope, (and I still enjoyed it) but I didn’t quite click with the silent, broody Matt, but the cheerful Lucy was cute.
Protecting What’s His and His Risk to Take had similar vibes what with the alpha cops (Derek and Troy) meeting their matches in law-breakin’ (but big-hearted) Ginger and Ruby. Like I mentioned, both story had a little more suspense and drama (including bad guys wanting their money and the mob). I particularly liked the neighbour romance trope with Derek and Ginger (which was set in Chicago versus the other 4 book set in New York).
Date. The most offensive four-letter word in the English language. It wasn’t a coincidence that it rhymed with hate. It also rhymed with late and irate, the former of which described Derek’s current state.
“Nice one,” Ginger congratulate herself under her breath.
Overall, definitely a fun and steamy series.
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