Tuesday, 26 January 2016

REVIEW: Boiling Point (Crossing the Line, Book 3) by Tessa Bailey


Book Title: Boiling Point
Author: Tessa Bailey
Release Date: 1/25/16
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Hot!)


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.


I will say that I was worried at first, but it ended up surprising me somehow, luckily…

For some reason, this has a different feel than my previous Tessa read. For a good portion of the book, I’m preoccupied with why that is; which then led me to think that it wasn’t a good sign bec it meant I wasn’t fully engaged. I felt like I was being pulled in and out of the story and I couldn’t figure out why, until it dawned on me, ok maybe this is just me, that there was a lot of narrative on this one. I found myself quite a bit inside the heads of both Polly and Austin. Then I got it! After that, I know Tessa will not disappoint me with where she will take me with her story.

The dynamics alone between Austin and Polly were quite interesting. It’s got elements of a D/s relationship but not in a way that I expected or in the usual environment that I’m familiar with in my romance reads. It happened more organically in their case, because of the time that they’re in, the feelings that they have at the moment, and the situation that they both found themselves in at the time. Austin had his reasons and so did Polly. The reversal as well of the D/s roles lent a different flavor, I thought.

Austin has a colorful past, did a lot of things wrong and as his time with Polly progressed, just wanted to right certain wrongs. Polly is also a product of her past, bent on getting back at the person responsible for the wrong things that came her family’s way. There’s of course the instant attraction but it did grow from that. The more they worked together, that attraction just went really explosive. Then it took a really emotional turn which was unexpected, to a degree. By the end, I’m just as enamored with Austin as Polly.

And seeing this is a romantic suspense, can’t forget that part of the story; the mission that propelled these 2 to work together leading to the sequence of events. Well played, Austin & Polly.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; as far as I’m concerned, Tessa is the queen of dirty talk! Hot damn!


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.

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