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Peek Inside Asking for Trouble

Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can’t stand each other. Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden’s non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a night of mind-blowing sex. Hayden has a secret, though. To protect her wealthy family, she’ll have to forget the dirty-talking cop, but Brent has no intention of being forgotten.

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The fighting was just foreplay…

Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can’t stand each other. She plans exclusive parties for her rich family’s charities. He’s a rough and tumble cop who rigs explosives for a living. Could two people be any less suited for conversation? They think not and prefer to keep it that way.

Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden’s non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a scintillating night of mind-blowing sex. And it won’t be the last, as far as Brent’s concerned.

Hayden has a secret, though. Her father’s company is relying on a merger to save them from financial ruin, and only Hayden’s marriage to the CEO’s wealthy son can secure the deal. If she’s to protect her family, she’ll have to forget Brent. And he has no intention of being forgotten.

Line of Duty novels and Novellas from author Tessa Bailey:

First novel: Protecting What’s His

Novella: His Risk To Take

Second novel: Officer Off Limits

Novella: Protecting What’s Theirs

Third novel: Asking For Trouble

Forth novel: Staking His Claim


5 stars "...this is the best in the series so far." ~Fiction Vixen

Recommended read: "Bring out the oven mitts to read the fan-your-face hotness." ~USA Today

5 stars "Tessa Bailey, you win all the awards for hottest, sexiest romance in a LONG TIME. Asking for Trouble is by far Tessa Bailey's best work yet..." ~The Book Cellar

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663521
Series: Line of Duty, Book 4
Release Date: Nov 25, 2013
Page Count: 279
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: enemies to lovers, forced proximity

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By Jessica's May 25, 2017

4 There is a thin line between love and hate Stars


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“Something tells me a man like you can’t hold out long enough to make it past the entryway. Just wham-bam, let me get back to playing Grand Theft Auto, ma’am.” “I prefer Halo,”

Ok so rating this one was hard for me. It wasn't a bad rea ...more

By • Lisa • November 27, 2013



To say I was a little excited to receive this book to read would be a gross understatement. Tessa Bailey hit the nail right on the Brazen quality head when she started this series and the books have continued on to be the best in quickie romance heaven. Flirty, sexy and outright ro ...more

By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ November 26, 2013

4.5 Deliciously Dirty Talking Stars

“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 up.”

No one, and I mean no one can write a dirty talker quite like Tessa Bailey. The woman is the queen of dirty talk and I bow down to ...more

By Jamie November 26, 2013

5 Scorching Panty Melting Stars! LOVED IT!!


Tessa Bailey is an "auto buy" for me...ever since the first book in this series, Protecting What's His, I've been hooked! As much as I've loved each book, this one is my favorite so far and the main ...more

By Alba and Her Secrets..♥ November 12, 2016

4.5 'Beaches' Stars!

It's been quite some time since I read my last Brazen book and if you don't know it.. Tessa Bailey is kind of the queen of the hottest Brazen stories and dirty talking heroes. She definitely did not disappoint with Asking for Trouble.

I love this series so much I don't know exactl ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts August 06, 2020

4 Hot, Smoldering, Steamy, Whispering Stars
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Assumption… we live every day making them… we learn this practice while we are young; from parents, teachers, and from our life experience. We see people and think in a moment we know all about them like a product that has been marketed

By Jen December 01, 2013


I could start this review off by saying what a fine piece of literature Asking for Trouble is. How it hits all the right notes and manages to be both sexy and heartfelt at the same time. And how I really believed by the end of the story that it felt like I knew both ...more

review to come.

ARC kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more

4--Wind Beneath My Wings--Stars!!!

Well that was...

Damn delicious!

I love a good enemies to lovers story. The whole love/hate thing.

This one hovered right on the cusp of taking it too far. Both Hayden and Brent's internal musings of how they weren't compatible and could never work could've been annoy ...more

By Duchess Nicole February 10, 2014

My intention going into this series was to have a few books lined up to break up my more intense reads whenever I needed a break. Turns out, I've nom nom nommed this series like a preggo woman noms ice cream. Four books in four days so far, and I'm moving straight on to the next. They're fun, they'r ...more

By Catarina February 25, 2014

4 Troubled Stars

These books bring us the clash of opposite worlds. Hayden is a rich girl, used to having the best life can give her. Brent is a cop juggling two jobs and struggling to support his nephews and sister.
They come from completely different upbringings and despite their awful sexual tens ...more

Wow!!!I love it REVIEW TO COME!!!


ARC kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more

By Olga therebelreader November 29, 2017

Well-written erotica, guaranteed to get you turning the pages quickly before they catch fire!
This book has excellent writing that pulls you into the story, a plotline and pacing that keeps you turning the pages as fast as you can, and characterizations that bring strong emotional reactions, of all ...more

By Anja July 13, 2015

“I’m going to kill you,”
she whispered.

He sat up once more, wrapped her hair around his fist and growled.
“Fuck me, instead.”

HOLY MOLY! This series is almost too hot to handle**phew**
Tessa're the queen of "HAWTNESS".


By Lucinda - I JUST LOVE TO READ November 26, 2013

4.5 stars

This is DEF my fav book by Tessa Bailey!

I loved loved loved Brent!!! Cannot wait for more books by this author!


ONE MONTH!!!!!!!!!! Whoop whoop! So excited. I love Tessa!


By ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️ August 07, 2020

4 stars

I ve always thought innocent fights and banter are the best foreplay for an explosive encounter.
Brent and Hayden are bickering and challenging eachother for a while now and their best friends are get married so they have to spend some time together. what possible can happen?

Brent is the expl ...more

By Ang (Sizzling Pages) May 04, 2015

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Brent Mason is tall, dark, handsome, witty, sarcastic, sexy, and a proud member of New York’s finest. He also wears a size 15 shoe - and you know ...more

By Mandi November 26, 2013

“I’m going to kill you,” she whispered.

He sat up once more, wrapped her hair around his fist and growled. “Fuck me instead.”

Dare I say Tessa Bailey is the Queen of the Dirty Talking Hero? Yes, yes I dare! I really enjoyed this one. Brent Mason is an explosive expert (*good shivers*) or as he says “b ...more

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One thing is for sure- Tessa Bailey can write a seriously hot love story. The sexual tension in this one was off the charts! Add a dirty talker! Ovary combustion!

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  If he winks at me one more time, I'm going to introduce his nuts to my size s

By Precious ✨ September 02, 2020

"I'm going to ask you some questions now. The answer to all of them is my name."


That's it. That's the review.

Oh and Brent is hilarious. Like screaming and cackling in public hilarious. & he's a gush ball to overcome the caveman tendencies. All his "Hayden's" too, I love a good teddy bear. Hayden's ...more

By Snow January 29, 2019

Ahem...the heat is on!'s on...

Enemies to big time

She's rich...

He's a cop, an explosive expert, and a mechanic...

She's an uptown girl...

And he's a backsteet guy...

And their best friends are in a relationship which puts them on the spot...a lot

When their verbal bickering an ...more

By « Court (Take the Read) » June 02, 2018

Re-read 6/1/2018

Dual-POV, HAE.

Once again, start to finish I was hooked on this story. Said it before, but one more time doesn't hurt: Tessa Bailey writes damn. good. smut.

Asking for Trouble is the story of Brent and Hayden. On paper, they're very different from one another, physically not so much. H ...more

By Heather November 25, 2013

He growled low in his throat. "If you pretend even for a second that you're not staying in my room tonight, there's going to be trouble in Atlantic City."

"Oooh. I like trouble."

Tessa Bailey, you did it again. You delivered a fast paced, sexy talking, steamy sex fest worthy of a standin


By Kara December 13, 2013

I love the banter between Brent & his duchess. The back and forth one liners were incredible.
Easy. Quick. Enjoyable book! ...more

By Sarah June 23, 2017

23/6 - OMG!!!!!! This was possibly even hotter than Officer off Limits and I just loved it!!!!! I gave that 5 stars and wrote a gushing review in April last year, but Brent and Hayden might have topped Daniel and Story in the competition for who can dirty-talk the best. I loved Brent and Hayden's ba ...more

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Tessa Bailey

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Tessa Bailey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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