Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey…ARC Review

Boiling Point releases this Monday!



Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all…

Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.

Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.

But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.


My review:

Boiling Point is the third book in author Tessa Bailey’s Crossing the Line series; a series I have loved since the first book.  Being a huge fan, I am always looking forward to my next Tessa fix and I can tell you that Austin and Polly rocked my world.  I loved this story something fierce!

Thrown together in the most unlikely of circumstances, computer hacker whiz Polly and con man extraordinaire Austin are two members of a rag-tag group of bad guys working on the side of good.  Both Polly and Austin are drawn to one another with a hidden, immense desire and pull neither one wants to let show.  Showing that desire is a weakness neither are willing to show.  Both have one hell of a past and, although neither one knows it yet, there’s a connecting thread that tethers them each other.  It’s also the thread that will threaten the intense connection they end up developing.

From beginning to end, Polly and Austin will have to navigate some emotional and choppy waters and will have to break down some almost impenetrable walls to give the relationship they’ve found a chance.  Will they be able to see the truth of their feelings in a world full of so many lies?

Just when you think Tessa has done it all, she pitches a curveball to the romance genre.  In giving Austin a submissive side, she has done just that with Boiling Point.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Austin has plenty of machismo and alpha in him.  He has been conning for so long and in order to somewhat ease his conscience, at times he needs his partners to inflict pain.  Pain he believes he has caused others.  Pain he wants to feel himself.  It’s his way of attempting to absolve him of his sins.  A con man with a heart, if you will.  And boy, did I love him for it.  He has so many layers to get through until we learn the heart of who he is and who better to peel back those layers than Polly? Polly is a strong, capable heroine and a match for Austin in so many ways.  She won’t settle for him going halfway and in her determination to see the real Austin we get to see their relationship blossom into something intense, emotional and hot as hell.  These two together burn up the pages like the burning of a sparkler on the Fourth of July.  Hot, intense, and burning bright, it is incredible to read.  But beyond that, the little admissions from each one of them as their defenses break down had me falling in love with these two and pulling for them to get a happy ending. And don’t even get me started on Austin and his stash of Polly’s tea *dreamy sigh*

Now, I won’t ruin anything for you but get ready for a bumpy ride and be prepared for some white-knuckled, wide-eyed reading. When things start to come together for the plan Polly and Austin are working on it gets intense! But don’t worry too much, Tessa gives another one of her movie worthy endings I was swooning over.   So.  Damn.  Good.

Of course, it was wonderful getting to see the rest of the Crossing the Line crew and I cannot wait for Henrik’s book!

Thank you, Tessa, for another kick ass story!



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About the author:

tessa bailey bioTessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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Website: http://www.tessabailey.com

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