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Up in Smoke (Crossing the Line series) by [Bailey, Tessa]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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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, she enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes. Visit her at www.tessabailey.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select (23 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00P62VGQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 - ”Proceed with caution.” Stars

I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, and before writing my review I have made myself step back and take a little time to think about what I want to say.

Firstly I want to reiterate that normally I am a huge fan of Tessa’s books, no one quite matches her when it comes to strong, dominant, dirty-talking, alpha males… But in a way that is also the main problem that I had with Up in Smoke, because although Connor is all those things, there isn’t really anything that made him stand out from any of Tessa’s other strong, dominant, dirty-talking, alpha males.

The issues that Erin is dealing with are what should have given the book it’s originality, and at the beginning of the her and Connor’s story, I had high hopes of Tessa offering up an extremely emotive and thought provoking, but still sexy read, especially as this trope essentially took away one of the main strengths her male characters have in their efforts to ‘woo’ the women they are after. And in that vein it started well, but unfortunately it all fell to the wayside pretty quickly as soon as insta-everything took over and Erin decided she was horny…

”I’ll make you beg for my ......... hands on you…”
”You’re welcome to try.”

I know this is a work of fiction, and I am not expecting everything to be medically or mentally correct, but I feel that glossing over a pretty serious condition rather than exploring it didn’t do the book on the whole any favors, I was looking forward to it being a deeper and more emotional story for this couple, and in the beginning it was, but it was quickly lost in amongst Connor’s almost unreasonable over-protectiveness, and Erin’s quick recovery around him, after struggling for years previously.
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Tessa Bailey is one of my must-read authors. And, having loved Risking it All I had fairly high expectations for Up in Smoke

This is where my inner conflict starts because whilst I enjoyed it, I’m somewhat torn over Connor and Erin’s story.

As a seasoned reader of Tessa’s work, I know that when I pick up one of her books I’m going to be greeted with a man with a delightfully dirty mouth, a feisty lady driving him crazy and a substantial amount of mutual pleasure between said couple. She has a formula and it generally works and whilst Connor and Erin brought all the above by the bucket load, I can’t help but feel this overshadowed what could have been a winning story.

"Kiss me. Just...don't touch me, okay?"
"Jesus. You've got the wrong guy for that sweetheart."

Erin wasn’t the character I was expecting. With confidence, fight and fire (no pun intended even though the girl is a pyromaniac), she has a recognised psychological condition brought on by a traumatic life-event. Yet it felt underplayed; I know this isn’t real-life, but the speed and ease at which she overcame her fears was just a little too unbelievable and the deeper issue was drowned out amongst all the foreplay and sex. I never thought I would hear myself saying this, but it was simply too much and much of what I wanted to see from this story and this team of ex-cons seemed to dissipate amongst the passion.

"Look what you do to my body, Erin. It only wants to please yours. Tell me how I can do that. Tell me how to make you better, because I'm just as lost as you are."

But there's no denying Connor and Erin were good together, I just struggled to become invested in them.
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Ok, so when you get a whole lot of loving heaped on you in an instant you can either take it for what it is and go with the flow or you can rebel – I have chosen to go with the flow because Tessa Bailey is probably one of the few authors that I am willing to afford that luxury too.
When I read one of her books, I know hands down that I am going to get an alpha man that will do what he wants at his own pace and I am happy to go with that flow!
Because not only are her men alpha to the core, her women are no slouches either!
So Up in Smoke, what did I get this time, well everything that I have come to love and expect from Ms Bailey and for that I have nothing but thanks. I can completely forget the world around me while I am immersed in her stories and surely that is the reason why we all read – to escape from the real world.
Erin and Connor were both characters who were carrying baggage that would if allowed weigh down their relationship but did it?
Erin was a strong woman, she was so funny but she had lived through a hardship that she was still trying to come to terms with in some respects.
But I loved Connor, he didn’t pull his punches, he refused point blank to give one single inch, he was confident enough that when Erin needed time to herself he could see it for what it was and take a step to the side but he made sure that she knew that he wouldn’t settle for her being anywhere other than beside him and that whatever she or they had to face, he made sure that she knew in no uncertain terms they would face whatever was thrown at them and they would do it together!
I liked the book, whilst it may not have been my very favourite of the books that I have read by this author, it certainly fulfilled the brief, another hit to the repertoire
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