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Riskier Business (Crossing the Line) by [Bailey, Tessa]
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After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy's strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession...

But then her father returns with an offer she can't refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she'd die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can't channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby's heart…it might cost her life.

Each book in the Crossing the Lines series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Prequel Novella: His Risk to Take
Book .5: Riskier Business
Book 1: Risking it All
Book 2: Up In Smoke
Book 3: Boiling Point
Book 4: Raw Redemption

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select Suspense (Jan. 5 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QQT7822
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.75 stars--RISKIER BUSINESS is the first installment and novella in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary, adult Crossing the Line erotic romance series-a spin off from her Line of Duty series. This is former pool hustler Ruby Elliott and NYPD detective Troy Bennett’s continuing storyline. We were first introduced to Ruby and Troy in HIS RISK TO TAKE (Line of Duty #2) by Tessa Bailey (May 2013).

Told from third person point of view RISKIER BUSINESS finds Ruby Elliott on the receiving end of an offer she cannot refuse. One final hustle, at her father’s demand, and Ruby will gain some very important information that she has been searching for all of her life. Troy knows that whatever is being offered is not as important as saving the woman that he loves, and he sets out to uncover the truth about what it is Ruby’s father is offering for one last game. While Troy is determined to protect Ruby, our heroine continues to place everyone at risk when she puts her wants above ahead of everything else.

The relationship between Ruby and Troy has already been established. Ruby is a former pool hustler who has recently made good with a successful business venture of her own. Troy is a detective whose love for Ruby is beyond measure and he is willing to risk his own life to protect the woman that he loves. The bedroom scenes are erotic, hot and adventurous. Troy continues to talk dirty whenever sex is involved.

The supporting and secondary characters include Ruby’s best friends and confidants, her receptionist Mya, as well as a few of Troy’s fellow officers. We are introduced to Ruby’s over protective, best friend Bowen Driscol, whose storyline is next. The world building pushes the line between right and wrong where most of the players are not quite following the rules.
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Another winner. Tessa Bailey's Crossing the Line series is out of this world. Incredibly hot, riveting, touching. Perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Tessa Bailey, but this one wasn't my favorite of hers. Troy and Ruby were okay, Bowen stole the show though! Jan. 5 2015
By Casey M. Britton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Review for Ramblings From This Chick. ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com

Riskier Business is the prequel to Tessa Bailey's new Crossing the Line series. This novella features Troy and Ruby from her Line of Duty series, though this novella can be read as a standalone. You do not need to have read His Risk To Take to understand this book, but I would recommend it to fully know the backstory for Troy and Ruby.

Ruby Elliott gave up a life of pool hustling and has been living with her cop boyfriend Troy Bennett. But when her father comes around offering a deal of information on her mother that left years before in exchange for her playing a game, she can't help but agree though she knows there is something he isn't telling her. Troy wants her nowhere near that world again, but when Ruby agrees he starts to feel his control slipping and soon Ruby and Troy are no longer on solid ground. Can Troy keep Ruby safe and keep their relationship intact, or will Ruby risk losing her heart and her life?

Fans of Ruby and Troy will enjoy getting more of these two, and the chemistry between them is stronger than ever. But there was a lot of drama in this story and I really felt that while it had heat, it wasn't quite at the level I have come to expect from Tessa Bailey. I did think that this story did a good job of filling in the reader on more of Ruby's history, and I loved that it set up Bowen's story for her next book, Risking It All. I absolutely love Bowen, so it did a great job of putting together some of the puzzle that was Ruby and Bowen's friendship. Since I read Risking It All first, I felt like this story really explained their history. I would definitely recommend reading this before Risking It All, but it isn't necessary. Though I love Ruby and Troy, I think that this story was good but wasn't one of my favorites. I think that what kept me from loving it was that the drama and action going on around Ruby and Troy was the focus, when I wanted them to be the focus. They kind of did their own thing in this story when I wanted them to lean on each other more for support. I still love Tessa Bailey and her dirty talking heroes, and Troy is still one of my favorites. But this novella just wasn't what I had been expecting from her.

**Complimentary Copy Provided by Entangled Publishing**
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 irresistable, naughty, intense, passionate, unputdownable, dirty talking stars! Jan. 5 2015
By Michelina (Mikki @A Bookish Escape) - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a HUGE Tessa Bailey fan. There is not a week that goes by that I don't talk about her books. My Tessa Bailey fangirl mode has been ON since May 2013 when I met Ruby Elliott and Troy Bennett for the very first time. His Risk to Take was an unforgettable reading escape that I have reread numerous amount of times. When I read His Risk to Take, which is a novella, I wanted to know more about Ruby and Troy. I felt like their story was far from over. When I heard that they were getting another book, I was happy dancing like there was no tomorrow! This couple has a piece of my heart and I was so happy to reunite with them and the Line of Duty crew.

Riskier Business is the first book in Tessa Bailey's new series, Crossing the Line. I don't want to spoil His Risk to Take so I will keep this review pretty simple so that you can indulge in Ruby and Troy's passionate and intense love story with both His Risk to Take and Riskier Business. The one thing I will tell you about Riskier Business it's that Ruby and Troy's relationship is put to the test when Ruby's dad comes back to cause trouble. That man is a real jerk! Just thinking about what he made Ruby go through when she was young makes my blood boil!!

What I liked about Riskier Business is that even if I got an early ARC of Risking It All, which is Bowen's book, I did not feel like I read it out of order. Yes, I did find out a little secret in Risking It All that was revealed in Riskier Business, but it did not take anything away from my reading experience of Riskier Business. On the contrary, I was even more anxious to get to that part so I could see what really happened. Secrets have been kept and once they are out everything will change in Ruby's life. The one thing she will never lose is the love that Troy has for her. Oh, mama! That man knows how to talk to his woman and the way he protects and takes care of her.... Gah!!!! I felt all kinds of different emotions when I read this book. I even cried at the end of it. I absolutely did not want it to end!

You can't go wrong with a book written by Tessa Bailey. Her stories are captivating, her characters are addictive and the sensuality in each of her steamy scenes will leave you breathless and keep that fan ON because it will get HOT! Her dirty talkers club is growing each and every time a new hero appears in a new book. These men will melt the panties right off of you with their naughty mouth. Don't even get me started with the ladies! They are all confident, independent and they know exactly how to drive those dirty talkers absolutely crazy!

Tessa Bailey's characters are more than just characters to me. When my life is getting out of control and I need an escape, I turn to these characters to lift up my mood and make me smile again. If you have not read any of Tessa's books you are seriously missing out! They are freakin' phenomenal!! Each couple will steal a piece of your heart and will leave you wanting more!

Next up in this new series is Risking It All.

Oh.my.God

This book is ABSOLUTELY INTOXICATING! Sera and Bowen are one EPIC couple and their chemistry.... Whoaaaaa! It's scorching hot! I highly recommend all of Tessa's books. They are the PERFECT reading escape!

I give, Riskier Business, by Tessa Bailey 5 irresistable, naughty, intense, passionate, unputdownable, dirty talking stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.75 stars-fine line between right and wrong Jan. 9 2015
By Sandy S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
3.75 stars--RISKIER BUSINESS is the first installment and novella in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary, adult Crossing the Line erotic romance series-a spin off from her Line of Duty series. This is former pool hustler Ruby Elliott and NYPD detective Troy Bennett’s continuing storyline. We were first introduced to Ruby and Troy in HIS RISK TO TAKE (Line of Duty #2) by Tessa Bailey (May 2013).

Told from third person point of view RISKIER BUSINESS finds Ruby Elliott on the receiving end of an offer she cannot refuse. One final hustle, at her father’s demand, and Ruby will gain some very important information that she has been searching for all of her life. Troy knows that whatever is being offered is not as important as saving the woman that he loves, and he sets out to uncover the truth about what it is Ruby’s father is offering for one last game. While Troy is determined to protect Ruby, our heroine continues to place everyone at risk when she puts her wants above ahead of everything else.

The relationship between Ruby and Troy has already been established. Ruby is a former pool hustler who has recently made good with a successful business venture of her own. Troy is a detective whose love for Ruby is beyond measure and he is willing to risk his own life to protect the woman that he loves. The bedroom scenes are erotic, hot and adventurous. Troy continues to talk dirty whenever sex is involved.

The supporting and secondary characters include Ruby’s best friends and confidants, her receptionist Mya, as well as a few of Troy’s fellow officers. We are introduced to Ruby’s over protective, best friend Bowen Driscol, whose storyline is next. The world building pushes the line between right and wrong where most of the players are not quite following the rules.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 The start of a great new series Stars Jan. 5 2015
By Dirty Girl Romance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"Maybe I like trouble," she whispered.
"Well, you've definitely found it. My brand of trouble is so good it hurts. You want to hurt a little tonight, baby?"

Can Tessa write a dirty talker that I don't completely lust after? I mean, I ask you! And if she does, may I never see that day. Besides, I don't even think it's possible. The woman has the midas touch for the dirty. Every hero she creates is not only hot, but they also stand out from each other. In a sea of formulaic writing, Tessa manages something very rare. She has a working formula of sexy romance with lots of dirty talk, but no one character of hers sounds the same. And let me just tell you that this connoisseur of dirty talking heroes loves the heck out of that!

We first met Troy and Ruby in His Risk to Take, and before you dive into this book I'd strongly advise that you read that one first. While Tessa gives you plenty of background on their relationship that you could technically read this as a standalone, I think you'd appreciate the relationship between these two more having read their first book.

Riskier Business marks the beginning of Tessa's new Crossing the Line series and it's sure to be an amazing one. Trust me, I would know since I was incredibly lucky to be able to read Risking it All (Bowen's book) early. Having read that, I can tell you that ANY unanswered questions you may have at the end of this book, will definitely be answered in the next one. So if you plan on Reading Risking it All then DEFINITELY read this one first. There's key plot developments that take place here that may throw you for a loop if you don't read Riskier Business first. Now that we have that out of the way with, let's get to the review.

Riskier Business takes places months after His Risk To Take ended. Ruby and Troy are still settling into their relationship and the volatile way they first got together. But now that Ruby's pool hustling ways are behind her, they can focus on finding their middle ground. But all that gets shaken up the second Ruby's deadbeat and criminal father comes back with an offer that she can't pass up; she plays one more game of pool and the stakes are the highest she's ever had. She'll be playing her uncle that just may have the location of her mother, a mother she hasn't seen since she first walked out on her when she was a child.

Troy is adamantly against Ruby risking herself for anything and knows that he will do anything, absolutely anything to protect her...even if it means that he may lose her trust in the process. The only thing that stays a constant in their relationship is their undeniable chemistry. That's as strong as ever.

This was a quick, sexy, and fast-paced read and I absolutely loved it. None of the drama felt fabricated or too much. It actually made sense that it would happen the way it did considering Ruby's past. Something like that doesn't just go away the second she starts dating a straight and narrow cop. I also loved the jealous and possessive streak that Tory had in this one. But then again, I tend to go for that sort of thing.

While it may feel like you're going to be left with an unresolved situation at the end, it WILL be resolved in the next book in the series. But if you're worried about a HEA, fret not, you'll definitely get one here. In spades.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruby & Troy are Hotter than Ever! Loved it! Jan. 5 2015
By The Lusty Literate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
4 Stars | White-Hot Steam

Every time I finish one of Tessa Bailey’s novels, I instantly miss its unforgettable lovers, whose intense, passionate and enviable lives I’d just inhabited. So when I discovered that she was releasing another novella in her sensational Line of Duty series while launching a sparkling new series at the same time, I might have squealed and jumped up and down a little. OK, a whole lot. And let me tell you, RISKIER BUSINESS does not disappoint! Fast-paced, deliciously torrid and filled with explosive plot twists and turns, this fabulous contemporary romance manages to arouse, captivate, charm and surprise page after thrilling page!

I loved Ruby and Troy in HIS RISK TO TAKE (Line of Duty #2), but after reading RISKIER BUSINESS, oh my goodness, I LOVED them. No, WORSHIPPED them! Tessa Bailey took every single bit of what I adored about this indelible couple—their fierce connection, their all-consuming love and their overpowering, exquisite and combustible attraction–and she multiplied it exponentially! The dizzying result is one blazing hot novella that left me ravenous and begging for more!

A radiant addition to an established and successful series, RISKIER BUSINESS is a divine gift to fans of Tessa Bailey and her sinfully sexy romances. If you’re new to Tessa Bailey and her unparalleled writing, RISKIER BUSINESS is a perfect (and inexpensive—only $0.99!) introduction to your next series addiction, the Crossing The Line Series. Not only will you cherish Ruby and Troy, but after meeting dark and delectable Bowen, you’ll be counting down the days until January 27th, 2015, when his story, RISKING IT ALL, releases!

Bottom Line: Read This Book!

Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.