Tessa Bailey returns to the blog today with the second title in The Academy series, a contemporary romance title that focuses on 3 police cadets (and friends) for the NYPD. Please read on for my review of
Far more complex and layered with issues, dreams, obstacles than I expected, the emotion of this story took me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Jack is a cadet, living with his best friends Charlie, Danika and Vodka. See, Jack uses the alcohol and women (oh a parade of women) to escape the voices in his head, the imagery, the guilt and shame. He also doesn’t really want to be a cop, it’s just something that will provide a paycheck and pension, and help keep his mother safe and away from her former profession. Jack is one of those arrogant but clever, thoughtful and thoughtless people who shouldn’t be so damn attractive – but he’s also good looking and surprisingly aware of boundaries (for others) and chivalrous even as he leaves in the middle of the night with no intention of calling… ever.
Katie is an Olympic Gold medalist, in New York for two weeks and planning to cram in all the enjoyment and life she’d missed – when not there to do her job. A fascination with old mob murders are the start of her introduction to Jack – who keeps her safe, teases and flirts, yet walks away after securing a ‘date’ to meet at a fountain where she will reenact the opening scene from Friends. Imagine the surprise when Katie is the instructor for specialized training at the academy – with one cadet to move on to an elite unit. Surprise, delight, horror, embarrassment and even desire are warring within her: and her determination to remain professional (and not sully her career ) have decided the issue. The flirtation and diversion that Jack provides are out of bounds and won’t continue.
But – this is romance, albeit more laden with issues (Pullman carloads of issues), a 2 week time limit and the problem of Jack. Yes, Jack. He’s a problem – or rather the pieces he’s hiding from Katie are the problem. He’s a natural with a rifle – and should be the hands-down frontrunner for Katie’s recommendation to the elite unit. But, he drinks – and that drinking and off-handed approach to his training has not gone unnoticed by the others in the class or his superiors. Then we have Katie, in town for two weeks, uncertain about her attraction to Jack and some niggles that she doesn’t know the whole story. But, every question results in some answers, a peek deeper into the pain and shame he feels, even as he seems to grow taller and more secure with her belief in him. Chemistry – that’s not a problem – they have that in spades. But it’s the unsaid, the unknown, and the unhealthy ways Jack uses to mask it all.
Bailey takes a man struggling with his past issues and guilt, remorse and self-loathing: just coasting through life because he’s not worth the trouble, or worth people investing in him and making him worth the efforts of Katie to understand and start him healing. He’s got a smidge of little boy lost in him: it’s Katie that brings him light and a possible path – but her worries for him could be all-consuming, and she’s not sure that yet another obligation to her time or heart are possible. Surprisingly deep and emotional, with the clear correlation of Jack’s issues being both a stopping point and a chance for redemption and renewal, along with his determination to ‘give back’ to Katie and help her achieve dreams – the story moves from revelation to steam to revelations, again and again. His friends Charlie and Danika are large players in the story – wanting to help him, seeing the changes because of Katie, yet tired of the same lather, rinse, repeat that seem to be his pattern, they are supportive but oh so tired of his selfish behaviors and unwillingness or half-baked attempts to change. Oh there is dirty talk and raw emotions, a huge revelation (that isn’t a surprise as Bailey neatly and masterfully integrated hints and clues in before the reveal) and plenty of second-guessing, missteps and make-ups. Surprised by both the depth and the poignancy of the tale, this is a favorite as issues are presented honestly, graphically and sympathetically: allowing a path to recovery and hope to shine through.
Title: Indecent Exposure
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Elements, New Adult - Coming of Age
Published by: Avon
Published on: 30 January, 2018
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Is there a problem, Officer?
Jack Garrett isn’t a police officer yet, but there’s already an emergency. His new firearms instructor—the one who just dropped every jaw in the academy gym—is the same sexy Irish stranger Jack locked lips with last night. The Olympic gold medalist and expert markswoman is now officially off-limits, but Jack’s never cared much for rules . . .
Katie McCoy’s been cooped up in a shooting range for too long. A wild love affair is just what she needs to let loose, though she never imagined it would be with her smokin’ hot trainee. She cannot get involved with Jack—but a quick fling? Perfect. Falling hard for a charismatic recruit with an equal amount of sex appeal and secrets? Bloody stupid.
Jack’s charmed the pants off plenty of women (literally), yet few have ever looked beyond his perfect surface. Until Katie. He’ll do anything to keep her in his life . . . except tell her about his past. But a tiny lie of omission never hurt anyone,right?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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