Up in Smoke
Connor Bannon is supposed to be dead. Dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs, he's spent the last two years working as a street enforcer in Brooklyn for his cousin's crime ring. Through a twist of fate, he's now in Chicago, working undercover to bust criminals. But when a cute little arsonist joins the team—all combat boots, tiny j ...more
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This one was my favorite book in the series so far. And one of the reasons is Connor, the male character. My Gawd, he was something else.. We met Connor in the previous book in the series when he was on the wrong side of the law working as a street enforcer. He's also an ex-Seal who was dishonorably discharged two years ago. Now he’s in Chicago working undercover with other criminals helping the ‘good guys’ busting criminals.
When he meets Erin he’s drawn to her like a moth to a flame. ...more
You might escape everywhere else, but you can't escape this. Me. I'm where you LIVE.
I've said it before and I'll say it again; Tessa Bailey books are my ovary happy place. They're pure guilty pleasure, dirty-talking-alpha-overload, awesome entertainment goodness. I'll never get enough of her stories or her dirty talking heroes. Ever. Each book offers something unique while still delivering the signature dirty talk punch straight to the ovaries. I absolutely love it!
Ever since we first ...more
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, and before writing my review I have made myself step back and take a little time to think about what I want to say.
Firstly I want to reiterate that normally I am a huge fan of Tessa’s books, no one quite matches her when it comes to strong, dominant, dirty-talking, alpha males… But in a way that is also the main problem that I had with Up in Smoke, because although Connor is all those things, there isn’t really anything ...more
I am going to get to the point; Tessa Bailey knows how to put an over the top Alpha together with a complex, destroyed but feisty woman and make it work. She creates an environment where the premise is similar to the Dirty Dozen but more like The 6 Pack with Attitude. All of this motley crew are the best at what they do...and our favorite Bailey man, Derek(Dirty Talker)Tyler from Protecting What's His, is in charge of them. They either get with his program or ...more
What the hell just happened here?
My mind is confused, my body is confused...
I like Tessa Bailey's dirty talkers. Who wouldn't right?
She writes the best sweet talkers I've ever had the pleasure to read so I was really counting on her ability to create the cheekiest and bold heroines that get the alpha man crazy. This combo usually means the banter will be both playful and sexy, upping the sexual tension ever so high with the promise of fuckhot sex scenes, Tessa B ...more
Tessa Bailey is very gifted when it comes to create the perfect dirty talker. I haven't read all her books but I can already tell I'm in love with her hot alpha dirty talker male.
They are my weakness and this author knows how to please me.
Up in smoke is a stand alone book but if you want to know more about Connor, I suggest you read Risking it all. You will know where he is coming from and you will have a better grasp on the different interactions.
Connor, ex-SEAL, ex-crimin ...more
Tessa Bailey...need I say more!! Yes, I am a BIG BIG FAN of Tessa Bailey. She is one of those authors who is my on one-click must list. After reading Risking It All, I knew I had to get my hands on UP IN SMOKE since I couldn't wait for Connor Bannon's story. And once again, Tessa Bailey heated up my kindle with her dirty-talking alpha male who has a heart of gold.
"Tell me you'll spread your legs for it someday, Erin ...more
Connor Bannon and Erin O'Dea are given the option of prison, or joining a special undercover team in Chicago to use their skills for good. Connor is a former SEAL which is where he gets his skill set. Erin, however, get's hers in a more illegal way and is a known escape artist, oh and an arsonist. Meeting on their first day on the team they both are instantly drawn together and the chemistry sparks.
The blurb for this story instantly caught my attention and I just had to read it. I didn' ...more
Third person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone.
True to Bailey fashion, this book is a scorch-fest of dominant heroes and likable heroines. A bit of suspense thrown in for good measure, considering they're part of a rag-tag group of criminals who have been selected for an undercover police team. (Bowen and Sera from book 1 are included in the group.)
These two, Connor and Erin, didn't like each other at first sight. Mutual ...more
I know that in her books I won't have stupid OW/OM drama, no sex with others, not feeling like hero loved someone before and h is is second choice.
Never that, but always a great love story that ...more
If ever I had doubts in the past that Tessa can write smoking dirty-talkin alpha, they’re all gone now! Seriously! *giggles*
Sweet momma, Up in Smoke INDEED! Literally and figuratively…
Erin is quite a unique h with her past and condition that developed because of her past. Connor has his own baggage to bring in to this unique relationship. But oh boy, did he know how to handle Erin or what! And in the most scrumptious way that a ...more
Because he knew with irrevocable certainty that he would give Erin whatever she needed, whenever she needed it. He’d help her battle her demons any way he could.
God help them both if his own demons came out to play.
I’ve been intrigued by Connor Bannon since the first book, wondering how he went from being a navy seal to working for his vicious criminal cousin. I loved how protective he was over women, and that everything he’s done has been because of his need to look after his mother, and tha...more
Up in Smoke was slowly on the upswing in winning me over. It was the second half of the novel that really solidified this one for me. I liked Connor, but I was slower to warm to Erin; at first, I just couldn't see the appeal Connor saw ...more
This is a tough one for me to rate. Parts of it were 5 star for me for sure, BUT some things about this book dimmed my enthusiasm.
-- Connor!!!! He is one seriously yummy hero!!!! He is super protective, possessive, understanding, generous and loving. He was fantastic!
--the chemistry between ALL of the characters. I loved the scenes when the whole team got together. They were hysterical. The banter was great.
--Derek and Bowen and seeing their usual protectiveness/possessiveness ...more
I like this series. The men are SO ridiculous over the top. It's fun (to me):)
This was instant everything and I really liked their relationship. But I just did not connect to Erin. Loved Connor. But Erin brought this down for the first half of the book. After that she got better, but it was not a 5 star read for me.
This is part of an interconnected series and would be more enjoyable if the reader started with the first book; however, I believe it CAN be read as a standalone.
Set up: Connor and Erin (love the name!) are pretty much blackmailed by the Chicago PD to join an undercover team that is full of criminals in order to catch other criminals. In most cases it’s either join this team or go to jail (the circu ...more
I'm going to make this short and sweet.
Can't get enough of Tessa Bailey's heroes. Conner !! He was just the perfect combination of filthy talking alpha male and sweet caring man. I loved the story , the connection between Conner and Erin was really believable even if it was instant , liked all the new characters and loved seeing Derek again. I can't wait for the next one ;)
This is where my inner conflict starts because whilst I enjoyed it, I’m somewhat torn over Connor and Erin’s story.
As a seasoned reader of Tessa’s work, I know that when I pick up one of her books I’m going to be greeted with a man with a delightfully dirty mouth, a feisty lady driving him crazy and a substantial amount of mutual pleasure between said couple. She has a form ...more
All the major feels in this story of what happens when a claustrophobic pyromaniac meets an ex navy seal, both with a jealous possessive streak..and sparks fly LITERALLY.
One is averse to touch, and the other is used to controlling everything.
How they fall for each other with a single look, respect each others' fears and boundaries, have super duper hot sex and slay demons forms the story.
This book had both relationship and boyfriend goals.
Erin has had a tragic past, and how ...more
This was different. With Tessa Bailey I know there will be a lot of "insta" stuff going on so that doesn't bother me. Was this story believable, not really. BUT, it was entertaining and hot. Hot's a given since Mrs. Bailey is THE Queen of Dirty Talk. There was an actual story going on other than the romance but it was kind of unimportant. I was surprised they actually wrapped up that story-line given little screen time given to it. Overall, a hot read and good addition to the series.