Blog tour + ARC Review : Up in Smoke by Tessa Bailey

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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 jean shorts, and hot-pink hair-Connor's notorious iron control slips.

Erin "she's getting away" O'Dea knows two things.
She hates authority. And... Nope, that's it.
When she's forced to operate on the "right" side of the law, her fear of being confined and controlled blazes to the surface. The last thing she expects is a control freak like Connor to soothe her when she needs it most. Worse, something behind the sexy ex-soldier's eyes ignites a dangerous inferno of desire.
One that invites Erin to play with fire.
And one that could get them both killed...

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Meet Ex- Navy Seal Connor in UP IN SMOKE!
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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-criminal has been transferred in Chicago to join a particular group of ex-criminals just like him under Derek's watch (you remember the guy from Protecting what's his? Yep the very same ;) )
All have different skills that can help in a particular investigation case.
As soon as he sets his eyes on Erin, sexual tension is OFF the chart.
Erin is a smart, sassy, fierce but mostly she is shielding herself against everyone.


Connor's interest is picked by this woman who seems hostile to attention, but also attracted by him.

Erin specialty is to know how to escape. She is in a room and she knows how many steps she has until the next exit.
The pull she is feeling for Connor scares her. She is willing to share more than she never has and it's so disturbing for someone used to escape.
But things can never be easy with an aversion for touch. Erin is terrified to let it go. As for Connor, self-restrain is not something he is used to. Usually he is the one who controls, who tell what to do and how to do it. With Erin, all he knows will have to wait.

Up in smoke seduced me completely because the subject was interesting. I was wondering all along how it was possible to combine Tessa Bailey usual sexiness and of the chart sexual scenes with no touching. The tension between both our MC is so damn good!

Connor was such a sublime man. He fights against all his instincts because he knows Erin is worth it. I've loved everything from the moment they met until the end. With an underlying threat against Erin, Connor was overly protective and focused.

Up in smoke is a story full of passion. Trust is probably the most important element for both Connor and Erin.
Their hard limits will be shattered, what's important and what matters will be redefined.

“You gave me a place to feel safe. You made me feel safe. I just wanted to pass that feeling on to someone"


I have a special mention for this book because my attention was picked with Austin. I'm sensing something VERY emotional about him. My heart already aches for the young and handsome con. Please Tessa Bailey, tell me we won't have too long to wait for his book

As if her thoughts had made him appear, Connor strode into the courthouse. Her pulse started beating double time, her stomach muscles tightening. Good Lord, the man was a fucking panty dropper. She’d only been away from him for a few hours and it felt like years since she’d experienced his presence. In jeans and a fitted gray T-shirt that molded to his muscles like her hands itched to do, he personified confidence and authority. Hot, rugged male. His gaze connected with hers immediately and darkened. She thought back to that morning when he’d dressed in the early morning light, his abs flexing as he pulled the shirt over his head. His erection barely contained by his boxers. She’d never been one to beg for anything, but she’d been seconds from offering him her mouth. Pleading for the privilege of sucking him off.
Conner shook his head at her with a sexy half smile on his face, as if he could read her thoughts across the room. He stopped at the metal detector and walked through after the security guard beckoned him forward. When the woman grabbed her wand and instructed him to raise his hands in the air, something ugly reared its head deep inside her. The detector hadn’t even beeped. There was no reason for the personal service. When the woman smiled at Connor and ran a hand down her ponytail, Erin propelled herself forward, boots echoing on the polished marble.
Erin hissed as she drew even with the guard. “If you’re done feeling up my boyfriend, I’d love a turn. We were in a rush this morning.”
The guard dropped the wand, letting it dangle near her thigh. “Did you just hiss at me?”
Erin hissed again.
“Okay.” Connor stepped between them, winking down at her. “We should go. Don’t want to keep the clerk waiting.”
Appreciation spread in her belly like honey. He hadn’t chided her for her behavior or apologized to the woman on her behalf. Instead he’d given the impression they were on their way to get married, appeasing her jealousy in one fell swoop. “That’s right.” She sauntered toward the elevator. “There’s vows to be exchanged. Rings to put on fingers. Shit like that.”
She glanced behind her to find Connor staring at her ass as she walked, so she put a little swing in her hips and savored his groan. Damn. She’d definitely never had this much fun at a courthouse.
A moment later, she and Connor stepped into an empty elevator. She hit the button for the top floor even though the clerk was on the first, and leaned back against the wall, looking up at him through her eyelashes. “How was your morning, baby? Was it worth leaving me in bed, all hot and bothered for you?”
“Fuck no, it wasn’t.” He crooked a big finger at her. “Climb on up here.”

About the Author
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Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.​Thank you for being a part of it.

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