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Up in Smoke

(Crossing the Line #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,047 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Never start a fire you can’t control…

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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Entangled: Select
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Sage Totally, but the others are super good so defs worth a look.

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Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!


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.
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4 Stars

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
Claire Robinson
3 - ”Proceed with caution.” Stars

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
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tessa Bailey Fans, Brazen, Dirty Talkers
4 Wish List Fulfilled Stars * * * *
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
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
⭐⭐ 2 STARS ⭐⭐


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
~ Stéphanie ~ Tied up in Romance ~

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
dnf @ 60%

Insta-hard on, insta-lust, insta-love. Tessa Bailey definitely delivered on the smutty good times as always, I just felt like she forgot to build-up or develop their romance before it happened. I just didn't care enough to finish it.

ARC provided by publisher provided in exchange for an honest review

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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
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2015, 5-stars
5 "The Dom & Untouched Sub" Stars! Holy smokes! My Kindle nearly self-combusted with the unprecedented levels of dirty talk! I never would have thought it possible, but Tessa Bailey found a way to make a haphephobic heroine (a heroine who has a fear of being touched) and a dominant hero, come together to form one of the most erotic couples ever. Somehow not being able to touch the heroine, and having to earn her confidence and the right to touch her, just made every single word and action ju ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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'
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Re-read 5/6/18 - I missed the OTT obsession between Connor and Erin.

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
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Tessa Bailey, truly I can do no wrong with her books. I loved every single book she wrote, except her ''Broke and Beautiful'' series, but I just think that series didn't speak to me because heroes there are nothing like her usual alpha males. But she is auto-buy to me and one of my favorite authors.

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
Elle the ClosetRomanceReader aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*Complimentary ARC received from author/publisher via blog tour*

4.5 ★

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
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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

Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been so intrigued about this one since finishing Bowen and Sera's story, because hello? We're back in Chicago and Derek and Ginger are making some appearances! Yahoo. And Connor totally won me over in the last book, so I was excited to see his story as well.

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
4 stars!

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.

The Good:
-- 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
Mandi Schreiner
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This one needs a bit of a disclosure - it has a VERY alpha/controlling/possessive did I mention controlling? Hero. I think some will be turned off by him. I took him more as a fantasy hero - and paid attention to the dirty talk and I was good ;)

I like this series. The men are SO ridiculous over the top. It's fun (to me):)

Review coming
Nicole P
Another intense and gripping book by Tessa Bailey. Connor Bannon has been given another chance to live. He moves to Chicago to join a group of ragtag criminals, who now work for the Chicago PD. His Navy SEAL training not only honed his skills but made him one intense and intimidating force. Not that it affected Erin O'Dea, the heroine of this story. She came across as cavalier and used humor to deflect but she met her match in Connor. Their first encounter was electrifying. As usual, Tessa Baile ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Connor might have surpassed Derek as the hottest Tessa Bailey dirty talking hero.

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.

4.5 stars! I would like to apply to be a part of these awesome misfits... please & thank you.

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
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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 ;)
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 2.75/5

Review coming soon!
Maria Rose
Continuing the Crossing The Line series, this smoking hot addition (easily read as a standalone) features Erin and Connor, two new recruits in the Chicago PDs undercover group of not so squeaky clean people who are making a go of it on the right side of the law. Connor comes from a military and organized crime background. Erin is an arsonist (for reasons we soon come to comprehend) and an expert at escaping confined spaces. She's also got a phobia of being touched. When Connor and Erin find that ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Tessa Bailey is one of my must-read authors. And, having loved Risking it All I had fairly high expectations for Up in Smoke

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
Wow, I'm not sure how this book ended up on the fast train to crazy town, but it did. I did like the meeting between Erin and Connor, but the more we got to know Erin I realized she was bat shit crazy. She did manage to make me laugh with how she "worked" Connor and his frustration with dealing with her. It didn't take me long to realize that in his own way Connor was crazy too. I did like how patient that Connor was in his dealings with Erin, by doing this it made her realize she was safe with ...more
Chitra *CJ*
AH! Another beauty!!
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
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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.
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Bailey serves up some of the best alpha heroes and Connor Bannon maybe her most alpha to date. Controlling and dominant, his need to always be in control is tested by a fiery woman who will to do whatever it takes to make sure her freedom is never taken away. The sparks soon become a raging inferno as these two snipe, swipe, and dirty talk each other into a romance that burns both their souls.
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