Raw Redemption by Tessa Bailey

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 21st June 2016
Raw Redemption by Tessa BaileyRaw Redemption by Tessa Bailey
Series: Crossing the Line #4
Published by Entangled: Select Suspense on June 13th 2016
Pages: 304
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two-stars

Disgraced cop Henrik Vance is having a shit year. Banished to a derelict undercover squad, he’s been tasked with hunting down the daughter of Chicago’s most dangerous criminal. His obsession with saving the beautiful girl destroyed his career. And this time, it might cost his life.
Ailish O’Kelly doesn’t need a hero. She’ll save herself from her father’s violent criminal dynasty, thank you very much. Unfortunately, the sexy as sin cop who crashes her hideout isn’t hearing reason—especially not after the kiss that becomes much more.
His boss wants her as an informant. Ailish wants Henrik to keep whispering filthy things against her skin. But she knows too well the evil they’re up against, and when it comes down to protecting the man who owns her body and soul, she only has one choice...

I think I’ve only just been able to pin down what exactly bothers me about Tessa Bailey’s books of late that have rubbed me raw the wrong way: it is her penchant for over-exaggeration which is, oddly enough, in part due to her clever ability to write in a way that pushes the envelope straight out of the pocket. The case for instant lust and inexplicable actions done in the name of men thinking with their dicks, I think the dirty talk is starting to bore me as well simply because the sheer extravagance of language catapults every steamy sex scene into the realm of unbelievable rather than hot.

And yet, I go back for more each time, hoping for a plausible story that will rend my composure apart, bring out my deepest sympathies for the H/hr – because Bailey can do that if she wishes to – only to get disappointed every time.

That being said, Henrik and Ailish are still one of the ‘better’ characters in this series and that isn’t saying very much about the rest of those who have bypassed the grey areas and slipped into questionable ones here. Anti-heroes they may all be, but I’m yet to be convinced that they are even heroes in their own books.

two-stars

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