I’ve read and enjoyed all the books in the Line of Duty series by Tessa Bailey. I won’t lie, her dirty-talking heroes get me every time. I think Asking For Trouble is my favorite of the series so far though.
Hayden and Brent find themselves in each others company quite often since their BFF’s are in love with each other. Hayden’s BFF is Story and Brent’s is Daniel from Officer Off Limits. Hayden is an uptown girl who plans charity events. Brent is a blue-collar guy who blows stuff up for a living. Uptown girl, blue-collar guy. Now we’re talking.
Asking For Trouble is an enemies to lovers story; a trope I am not particularly fond of. Excessive bickering and fighting between characters usually grates on me and if it’s between the hero and heroine, I find it usually takes away from the romance. I never say never in romance though, and I have read stories where the animosity between characters can build up the romantic and sexual tension.
There is a fine line between tension-filled banter and straight out obnoxious fighting. I liked that Hayden and Brent discover their explosive chemistry early on. They can’t keep their hands off each other but they don’t melt into a gooey, lovey relation right away either. There is sarcasm, but it’s witty and funny and their dueling dialogue really worked for me.
While there is some underlying heat between Hayden and Brent, Hayden is repelled by Brent’s abrasiveness. Brent is straight up attracted to Hayden but seems to hold the fact that she comes from money against her and he likes to taunt her.
What exactly is your idea of showing me, duchess?” He smirked. “Silk sheets, candlelight…the gentle strains of Kenny G. I’d love to see how the other half fucks.”
Hayden decides to call his bluff and invites Brent back to her place not really thinking either one of them would go through with it. Both are headstrong and wildly attracted to each other and they burn up the pages.
Eventually they find that there is more than insatiable physical attraction between them and they are both more than what they have shown each other. Brent find out Hayden is more than a high brow party planner. She dedicates her time to running a charity she started herself. Brent works two jobs to provide for his sister and to pay her tuition to college. He’s proud, he provides and earns his own way.
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The journey to from adversaries to falling in love is full of smoking hot sex, sharp-tongued banter and a lot of tension-laced humor. Unfortunately I was so busy highlighting the dirty stuff, I didn’t highlight a lot of the really funny stuff. Sorry, I guess I have to do a re-read. Poor me.
Brent tells it like is:
“You’re testing my patience here, duchess,” he growled. “If you have any doubt about my ability to fuck the ever-loving sarcasm right out of you, I’ll be more than happy to clear it.”
And he’s just so dirty:
“I’m going to fuck you until your ears rings. I’m going to bite you hard. Mark you. Ruin you.”
And he’s funny:
Unmanly tears threatened once more as he watched her beautifully shaped ass disappear from view.
I’ll never forget you, ass. Don’t forget to write.
Now we come to the conflict. Hayden’s parents are in a bit of a financial bind and they need a HUGE, and I mean huge favor from Hayden to bail them out. Hayden’s mother is evil. She does really awful things and expects huge sacrifices from Hayden. Because of a sense of duty and special affection for her father, Hayden may sacrifice everything for her family.
This conflict both worked and didn’t work for me. On one hand, it was a little over the top and unbelievable. I had a few, “yeah, right” moments. But, it lead to a really great, dramatic and romantic ending so I gave the overly-evil-mom thing a pass because I LOVED the ending.
If you’re already a fan of this series, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this book. There’s plenty of heat, romance and dirty talking. If you haven’t read this series yet, feel free to jump in here. While there are characters from the series who make cameos, this book can be read as a stand alone. Since this is my favorite from the series, I don’t have a problem saying go ahead and start here then go back and read the rest.
“Woman, if it means getting your clothes off, I’d agree to change my name to Florence right now.”
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