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?
Story (the heroine)
Angela: Can I just say upfront that I hated the name Story? I did. It’s supposed to be cute and original and while I’m usually all for that, the name Story didn’t work for me in a story. That being said, I liked Story as a character. She starts out a little naive and unsure of herself, which was completely understandable after breaking it off with a cheater, but soon becomes a sexy risk taker who is all about exploring her sexuality.
Sophia: I agree about the name. It was very distracting and just didn’t work. At first I thought, oh what a cute name. But having that word pop up in places where it didn’t make sense really threw me off. I couldn’t get my head around it being a name. Some might have the same reaction when we mention Story in this review.
For me, Story started out as a fun, cute character. I felt bad for her and her circumstances with the breakup of her engagement and her father’s illness. But, her reaction to something later in the story lost me. We’ll talk about that later.
Angela: I love Tessa Bailey’s dirty mouthed, alpha cops. Love them. Daniel started off as the typical Tessa Bailey smooth talker, but it soon became apparent that he was emotionally vulnerable and was the one who needed to be saved. Daniel’s skills as a hostage negotiator developed early when he is thrown into a hostage situation while living in a foster home. Scenes from this event still haunt him, even giving him nightmares as an adult. He used one night stands and jumping from woman to woman to have physical intimacy without actually getting close to anyone. With Story he discovers that he immediately wants more than just some hot sex in a stairwell.
Sophia: I think of all the characters in this story, Daniel was my favorite. His vulnerability, loyalty, and dirty-talking skills made him very likable.
Sophia: I really liked the insta-attraction in this story. It made sense to me. Daniel is a player and he finds Story very attractive and wants her. Story has just been dumped, Daniel is hot and he wants her lol. The fact that they have crazy chemistry and made it work. Later Daniel shows even more vulnerability when he finds himself having feelings for Story and doesn’t want to be her rebound guy.
Angela: While I’m all for instant attraction in my romance, I’m not a big fan of instant love. The attraction between Daniel and Story worked for me as far as two people who meet and seem drawn to each other. I could even understand Story’s need to throw herself into being with a man who found her so sexy after being dumped by her fiance for another woman. Daniel and Story move pretty quickly from attraction to Daniel wanting to make their relationship into “more”. In fact he pushes Story pretty hard for this, even removing himself from her presence in order to try and drive her into agreeing to stay for the summer.
The Dirty Talking/Sex
Angela: Wow, there was quite a bit of dirty hotness going on. Car sexy times, stairwell sexy times, phone sexy times and the filthy talk… yikes.
“Do you feel that, gorgeous? I keep my cock hot and hard for you. Only you. Any time you want it, you just crawl right onto my lap and take what you need.”
Sophia: The car sex was pretty good and I laughed out loud at Daniel’s belief that car sex had to happen from now on for the sake of the team. lol.
Angela: Okay. This part did not work for me at all. In fact the entire ending didn’t work for me. Daniel and Story sneak around for almost the entire book under the assumption that Story’s father, who is also Daniel’s mentor, won’t want them to be together because of Daniel’s womanizing past and Story’s just having come out of a broken engagement.
What they find instead is that they’ve been manipulated by the very man who they feared would be upset by their relationship.
When the exact manipulation is revealed and how her fiance was involved in it I was a little put off, by Story’s father’s actions and also her douchebag ex’s reasoning. What jerks. This whole conflict seemed to come out of left field and had the feeling that it was inserted to rush the conclusion along while bringing Daniel and Story together finally.
I could have done without it. I would have much rather had these two work their issues out and come together in a more natural, believable way. There is also a weird hostage scene at the end that had me scratching my head over what it added to the overall storyline.
Sophia: I have to agree with you. This story sort of crashed and burned for me with the conflict and the hostage situation. I enjoyed Story’s father until the end where we find out there has been deceit and some really awful manipulation.
What he did would be really hard to forgive and therefore I was disappointed in Story’s reaction to it all.
I really enjoyed Daniel and Story’s romance but the conflict at the end could have been left out as far as I’m concerned. It didn’t ruin the story for me but it put a damper on it.
To Sum Up
Angela: While I liked both the main protagonists and loved the dirty talk and sexy times I didn’t enjoy Officer Off Limits as much as the previous two books in this series. It didn’t flow well and the ending had a feeling of being rushed. Still a fun read with lots of hot sex. Final Grade: C+
Sophia: Not my favorite book in the series but as with the other books in this series, I enjoyed the hot steamy romance. I didn’t care for the end and and I was disappointed with all involved in that messy conflict. Final Grade: C
“Oh, no. You wanted to be turned around and fucked like a bad girl. Now you’ll say the bad words that go along with it. Tell me what you want.”
“Fuck me deep,” she cried.
He drove into her with a deeply satisfied growl. “Very good. Now you get more.”
“You think this is easy for me?” He sounded angry. “Knowing what I know about you?”
“What are you talking about? You don’t know anything about me.” Her back came up against the door. Bracing his hands above her head, he leaned down and spoke harshly against her ear.
“Don’t I, gorgeous? I know you like a lot of tongue when you kiss. I know you hold your breath just before you come. I know your beautiful ass fits into my hands perfectly. I can still feel it there.” Story shivered, her legs weakening underneath her. Yearning, hot and desperate, pulsed between her legs as memories of the previous afternoon broke free to run wild in her mind. Knowing he could so easily determine and satisfy her needs with devastating efficiency only heightened her desire for him.