Title: Officer Off Limits (Line of Duty, #3)
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Line of Duty
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 2013
His need to possess her is non-negotiable. Story Brooks’ fiancé just called off their wedding two weeks before the happy day. As if that isn’t bad enough, her semi-estranged father, an infamous NYPD hostage negotiator, has suffered a heart attack. Not wanting to examine her lack of emotion over the broken engagement, she hops on a plane to reconnect with her father before it’s too late. Playboy hostage negotiator Daniel Chase has never, not once, been refused by a woman, so when a debate over hospital snack foods with a delectable kindergarten teacher ends in flat-out rejection, he makes it his mission to seduce her. His only obstacle? She’s the daughter of his mentor who implicitly forbade Daniel from pursuing her. Despite her father’s warnings and Daniel’s troubled past, Daniel and Story can’t resist their intense attraction to one another. But when the reason for her fiancé’s abrupt wedding cancellation comes to light, can Story and Daniel’s already forbidden relationship survive.
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I don't think I've seen a more deserving redeeming (former ladies man) hero than Daniel Chase in a long time. Officer Off Limits is the story of Daniel Chase and Story Brooks (I absolutely love her name) and their "it-can-only-be-fate" relationship. He's the protégée of her estranged father and she's the kindergarten teacher who's lost sight of herself in the routine her life has become. Their first meeting can only be described as fate after Story flies across the country when she learns her estranged father has had a heart attack...right after she's dumped by her fiancée for a co-worker with a bob.
I loved absolutely everything about Daniel and Story. It was my first time reading a book in Tessa Bailey's Line of Duty series and I'm wondering how I missed the first two in the series. Not to worry though, they are currently downloaded to my kindle in my "read this next" category.
I'm not sure where to start without gushing all over myself. Tessa Bailey has outdone herself with the character of Daniel. Redeeming an acknowledged man who abhors any sort of commitment is a challenge and one that many authors struggle with, but not Tessa Bailey. Daniel quickly owns up to the fact that his past might be a dealbreaker for a woman like Story.
I also loved Daniel's wicked tongue and Story's quick wit. Despite the hot times between the two, there was also a wonderful story woven between Daniel's past and his relationship with Story's father Jack. We mostly see Jack in the hospital but his presence was well felt, especially when he was warning Daniel away from his daughter. There's a wonderfully plotted twist at the very end that I didn't see coming but I was happy with the way they worked through it.
I only wish the book could have been longer. I wasn't ready to let Daniel and Story go at the end but I hope that we get to see more of them in future "Line of Duty" books.
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Praise for Officer Off Limits:
“A super-sexy fan-yourself read, underpinned by humour and emotion that’ll blow you away. Tessa Bailey is defintely one to watch out for!”- Maya Blake, author of The Sinful Art of Revenge
Praise for the Line of Duty series:
“Scorching hot, and laugh out loud funny! You’ll want to read this book again and again.”- New York Times Bestselling Author Katee Robert
★★★★ stars. “Derek is rugged, tough, and so very naughty. How he talks to Ginger is guaranteed to thrill and she gives as good as she gets. The sexy banter between the couple is hot enough to singe the pages, but the emotions remain genuine and real. Derek gives Ginger so much more than incredibly hot sex, which makes his possessiveness tolerable because it’s based on emotional need, not ownership. He also cares a great deal about her younger sister, Willa, something that means the world to Ginger.
- RT Magazine
“This book has everything I want from a story: snark, sex, suspense, and more sex. But it’s not just alliteration that got my rocks off; it was how all of those things were put together into a book that was fun to read, well written, and easy to recommend. A must-read!”
- Smut Book Club