Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Indecent Exposure by Tessa Bailey

Title: Indecent Exposure
Author: Tessa Bailey
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: The Academy #2
Main Characters: Jack and Katie
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Avon
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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?

My Review:
This book was so, so good. Jack...gah...Jack is one of the most broken heroes I think I've ever read. Reading his story is painful. Reading where he is at mentally is painful. Watching him go through this story is painful. But that's what makes this story so darn good. Because it's a romance novel and you know that redemption is coming. No one deserves to find his happy place more than Jack. 

So, this story...Katie is in the states for two weeks, teaching a special arms class at the NYC police academy. This time frame is her chance...her chance to break out of her glass box for the first time in her life. As a gold medalist, she's done nothing but train for years. She's ready to break out of her shell...to truly live for the first time ever. And the first night in the states, she meets Jack and is enchanted and fascinated by this gorgeous, flirt of a man. 

Jack is charming. He knows he's good in bed and figures that's his talent in life...to give women a good time in bed. The problem is...that's the ONLY thing Jack thinks he has to give in life. Jack has had an unusual upbringing that is absolutely heartbreaking and left deep, deep scars on his psyche. 

But everything is different with Katie. He feels with Katie, and that both terrifies him and gives him hope, something to hold onto. But he's a student at the police academy. She's an instructor. She's only here for a couple of weeks. And Jack is hiding huge secrets. This is never going to work out and it's eventually all going to come crashing down. 

I read this entire book with my heart in my throat. I wanted to sob for Jack. His pain on the page is palpable. I just wanted to wrap him up and take care of him. Katie has no idea what she's getting into, and even though she knows she shouldn't, she just keeps getting deeper and deeper. 

I loved them both as individual characters, but the two of them as a couple were phenomenal. They're healing, empowering, passion, and HOPE. Gah, this book was SO GOOD! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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