Series: Crossing The Line #1
Published by Entangled on January 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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NYPD detective Seraphina Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.
Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.
Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there’s the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that’s incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen’s past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they’re to get out alive, he’ll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn’t blow the whole operation in the process.
The moment this book synced into my Kindle, I dropped everything and read it from cover to cover. By the time I was done, it was past 10pm and I was all over the place with the worst case of book hangover. As I write this, I’m still not over the story. Risking It All was so worth the wait that each page resounded with amazing characters, action, and so much feels.
Risking It All plunges readers into the world of Bowen Driscol (who was first introduced in the Line of Duty series, His Risk to Take, and subsequently in Riskier Business), heir to the sprawling South Brooklyn crime operation. He takes on an unlikely responsibility of protecting undercover cop Seraphina Newsom while at the same time dealing with his attraction to her.
Bailey introduced the conflict early on and emphasized the high stakes involved for the characters’ individual plans to succeed. I certainly got pumped reading the first few chapters, especially when Sera and Bowen first met. Bowen moved and talked with so much swag that it got me following his every movement in the story. The characters and their dialogues were so engaging that I was laughing out loud, swearing to myself, and cheering them on as if I was there in the story.
As mentioned in my review of Riskier Business, Bailey’s flawed characters bring so much life to the story. Sera and Bowen’s feelings of “not being good enough” and the need to keep each other safe were just some of the things I swooned over (major feels galore). Speaking of Sera and Bowen, the chemistry between the two was just off the charts! If you’re expecting steamy, prepare to go up in flames because Bowen is one hell of a dirty talker. The sex scenes turned up the heat like no one’s business.
Suffice to say Risking It All took me on an amazing, swoon-worthy journey with the sexiest anti-hero in my reading experience. And it doesn’t end there—Bailey mentioned that this will not be the last time readers will see Bowen (and I presume Sera as well). I’m hoping there will be a few short stories featuring the two, not to mention that book #2 of Crossing The Line series will be out in June! I have a feeling the next one will be just as exciting.