May 13 2013 1:30pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s His Risk to Take (May 13, 2013)

His Risk to Take by Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey
His Risk to Take
Entangled / May 13, 2013 / $1.99 digital

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation with the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he’s at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?

Troy Bennett, from Tessa Bailey’s His Risk to Take, is a cop with a very special talent. He is an alpha hero who takes protectiveness to a new level, especially once he meets Ruby Elliot, a pool hustler with a dubious past. But what is Troy’s special talent? When things heat up in the bedroom, Troy’s mouth goes into overdrive, talking—making Troy one of the dirtiest talking heroes I’ve run across in my years of reading romance.

Before Troy even meets Ruby, he admits that while he might be a gentleman, “… Prince Charming disappeared as soon as they made it to the bedroom. He’d tried once or twice in the past to be the guy who whispered sweet nothings into a girl’s ear when she came, but he’d never been able to keep up the façade.” I admit that this made me quite keen to learn more about the tough can self-possessed hero. After all, I had high hopes for Troy’s bedroom persona after reading Tessa Bailey’s first book, Protecting What’s His, because of its hero’s way with words.

When Ruby and Troy meet, Ruby thinks to let him buy her a drink. However, Troy is not terribly keen on letting control over any situation go. His response is “Ask nicely, and I’ll think about it." This leads to some banter—and eventually Troy does buy her that drink. But he isn’t up for kissing because “next time you bend over a table, I’m going to wrap all that hair around my fist and pull your head back. I want to watch your eyes glaze over when I fuck you into oblivion.” I might’ve gone to get a cold drink at this point.

While Ruby is a bit wary of Troy’s aggressive courting tactics, she can attest to the fact that he lives up to his own hype.  Sure, he’s very demanding and can be tough to take at times. For example, when Ruby pushes him by being bratty, he replies “You might get away with running that smart mouth to other people. But you won’t get away with it here. If you continue to challenge me with every word out of your mouth, I will fuck you repeatedly until you learn to play nice.” Oddly, this threat worked well as it came across much more like foreplay than coercion.

Troy is also confident about his prowess. He tells Ruby that while they won’t have intercourse on their first night together, “even with your panties on, it’ll still be the best sex of your life.” He proceeds to support that claim, all the while keeping things hot and heavy with lots of serious dirty talk. He gets Ruby to beg for more, but makes them both wait for it.

Troy never lets up. He has some gems. There is the time he says “I’m going to put you on your knees, Ruby. You’re going to hate how much you love it.” One of my favorites is this one: “Do you have any idea how much it turns me one, knowing something of mine has been cradling your sweet pussy all day long?” Troy is no sweet talker, but he certainly knows how to use his words to arouse. If there were an award for Dirtiest Talking Hero, I’d definitely nominate Troy Bennett.

Do you like heroes who talk dirty? Do you have any to recommend?

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Jennifer Porter, a mild-mannered librarian by day, runs the review site Romance Novel News and is a compulsive romance reader. She has a tendency to live tweet her craziest reads as @JenniferRNN.

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Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
I came across this book recently and you totally just sold me on it! I'll be adding yet another book to my TBR pile.
3. JenniferPorter
I heartily recommend this one! It is a great read. Because it is a category length book, it can also be read in one sitting.
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
@JenniferPorter: You definitely have me now! I've found that my attention span just isn't there the last few weeks for anything full-length so I'm definitely getting this ;)
Marcia M.
5. Marcia M.
I luuuuuv this kind of hero! I have to admit, one of the hottest heroes I've read recently was this really, really shy and uptight guy who would just let it fly once things were well on the way: Brandon, from Restraint, by Charlotte Stein.
But I'll definitely read this one!
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