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Peek Inside His Risk to Take

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation for being fearless until his partner was killed in a raid. Getting involved with reckless, stubbornly independent Ruby Elliott is his biggest fear, but when he discovers a connection between the beautiful pool hustler’s shadowed past and the case he’s working, Troy must fight to keep her in his arms.

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The greater the risk, the hotter the reward…

Homicide cop Troy Bennett had a reputation on the Chicago PD for being fearless and in control—until the night his daredevil partner is killed during a raid. From that moment on, he swears he’ll never again be responsible for the loss of a loved one. To escape his demons, Troy transfers to the NYPD, bringing him up close and personal with Ruby Elliott, a beautiful, street-savvy pool hustler.

Reckless and stubbornly independent, Ruby embodies everything Troy’s avoiding, but when she walks into the pub he’s at with his new coworkers and blows his carefully laid plans to hell, Troy knows he has to have her—risks be damned. But there’s a connection between Ruby’s shadowed past and a case Troy’s working involving a notorious Brooklyn felon, throwing her safety into jeopardy. Confronted with his biggest fear, will Troy push Ruby away to keep her safe or fight to keep her in his arms where she belongs?

Previously released as a Brazen in May 2013. This is a transition novella for the Crossing the Line series.



"With its combo of danger and delicious sex. . . . I have a new favorite author." ---Cari Quinn

"This book is like a delicious chocolate cake. It sweeps away all your problems and lets you escape into a wonderful place with wonderful people. It's the perfect escape on a rainy Sunday afternoon." --Susanne, Goodreads

"Tessa Bailey is quickly becoming an author that I will be keeping my eye on, she writes just the type of hero that I like to see in my romance books with female characters that I can relate to. Keep the awesomeness coming Ms Bailey!!" --Jill, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661787
Series: Line of Duty, Book 2
Release Date: May 13, 2013
Page Count: 162
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: forced proximity, opposites attract

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By Christy March 04, 2015

4 hustler stars!

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After my second Tessa Bailey book, I have decided she's a new go to author for me when I’m looking for an easy, sexy romance. Listening to this second book in her Line of Duty series was just as good as the first. And it was even hotter. All because of one dirty talking cop… Troy ...more


So, being the idiot that I am, I totally read this novella in the wrong order. I read it's sequel first, so being introduced to these characters when I'd already met them in the sequel felt kinda strange. But, that was totally on me and my rating doesn't reflect that strangeness.

Troy Benn ...more

By Catarina June 28, 2013

This second book of Line of Duty tells us the story of Troy and Ruby.
Troy is a detective; Ruby is a pool hustler to pay the bills. (Yes, hustler, you’ve read it right!)
And after a very strange one-night-stand they can’t seem to stay away from each other, when Troy finds that she is in danger, he w ...more

First, let's meet Troy Bennet!

Troy is a NYC Detective with controlling and possessive tendencies and a filthy, dirty-talkin' mouth.

But Prince Charming disappeared as soon as they made it to the bedroom.
He'd tried once or twice in the past to be the guy who whispered sweet nothings into a gir

By Susanne May 05, 2015

Another hit by Tessa Bailey! 5 blazing stars!

"So, blue eyes. Why don't you stop staring and buy me a drink? I don't want to dehydrate before you work up the nerve."
"Ask nicely, and I'll think about it."
Say hello to Ruby and Troy! They have blazing chemistry. This book is around 150 pages. It i ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts August 06, 2020

4 Dirty Talking... Wall Slamming Stars...
* * * * Spoiler Free
I read this and for some reason, I cannot figure out why I didn't review it...Duh... Had everything I love.

I am here to alert you if you love hunky men... who say the naughtiest things...and then follow up on them... against the wall...T

You know you're being hustled when the heroine pulls a pool stick out of her yoga bag! And the good part about it is that you like it and that's exactly what hooked Troy.

Troy as in, hot, sexy, tortured police detective from Chicago, who's here in New York for a fresh start. While he seems very easy ...more

By Jill May 09, 2013

Two out of two for Tessa Bailey!!
For such a short story His Risk to Take packs a punch with great characters, who have a great banter and a steamy sizzling connection.
Troy a ex Chicago cop has moved towns after the death of his partner. He runs into Ruby as she is hustling some money out of someone ...more

By Crystal~BIG book addict~ June 08, 2013

Troy, a hot, dirty talking detective

Ruby, a sexy pool hustler

These two together are so hot. Troy and his dirty mouth, yummy! All he wants to do is keep her out of trouble and safe. All she wants to do is help him to keep him safe. Can they figure it out and still be together? You will have to f ...more

By ♥Trish♥ May 27, 2013

Tessa Bailey has to be one of my favorite authors. She has this talent of pairing uber hot alpha males with equally strong females flawlessly. They don't seem to "fight" each other. they just work and work well together.

Ruby is a pool hustler, Troy a detective. Unfortunately, he is after one of Ruby ...more

By Olga therebelreader November 30, 2017

In short:
Hero 5/5 | Heroine 4/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Style 4/5 | Steam 4/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Suspense 4/5 | Darkness 1/5 | Humor 3/5 | Secondary Characters 4/5 | Drama-Conflict 4/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 4/5 | Pacing Steady | Action 4/5 ...more

By Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~ May 13, 2013

Yum. Fun, fast, hot. That's about a you need to know. Tessa Bailey delivers on what I now see as her signature dirty-talking alpha male meets spunky independent girl story. I enjoyed every word.

Despite the fact that this was a novella, it wasn't a totally surface story, you got to know a bit of back ...more

By ~Stéphanie's Journal~ January 20, 2015



When reading this book, prepare for one hell of a ride! You can choose
- Have your boyfriend, husband, a man or a sextoy near you!
- A cold shower
Because one thing is sure, Troy Benett won't leave you indifferent!!

It's my first book from Tessa Bailey and I didn't know her me ...more

By Pam May 24, 2013

4 stars ***Review completed on 05.23.2013

A cop and a pool hustler; what are the odds??? Apparently it doesn’t matter if they turn you on beyond reason.

“Next time you bend over a table, I’m going to wrap all that hair around my fist and pull your head back. I want to watch your eyes gla

By Mo May 15, 2013

I was about 30% into this when I realised that this was the same author who wrote Protecting What's His. I absolutely loved that book and knew I would be in for a treat with this one also. I was not mistaken. Loved it. Sassy heroine, tough hero. Hot sex, good banter between them. Hot sex – did I men ...more

3.75 STARS

Ok it took me 2 days to read this book because LIFE just got in my way. But this is a VERY short book. But I loved it. I loved Troy and loved Ruby. (I'm sure I could have read this in a few hours)

Just wished it was a bit longer. Feel there was much more to be told.

Look forward to the t ...more

By Geri Reads May 17, 2013

Another scorching hot read from Tessa Bailey. Whew! This is one hot book. Steam rolled off the pages and never lets up until the very end. The chemistry between Troy and Ruby are off the charts. My only complain about this one is it was too short. I wanted more! :DD ...more

Why so short? Seriously?

A fast paced, hot, sexy read with headstrong pool hustler and a VERY bossy detective... Yum.. and YUM!


By DKristin May 29, 2013

I give this one 3.5 stars. Troy was so hot. I liked their banter and again I say hottest scene with a pool stick. Ever. So this one definitely gets a thumbs up from me. ...more

By Paula May 13, 2013

Troy Bennett is a homicide detective who just transferred jobs from Chicago PD to the New York PD. He needed a change after losing his partner in a raid that went terribly wrong. Feeling responsible and guilty for his partner’s death, he’s determined to never let someone he cares about get hurt or d ...more

By Cari April 21, 2013

I adored Protecting What's His and was lucky enough to get to read an early copy of His Risk to Take, which I enjoyed just as much. So. Freaking. Hot! Tessa Bailey's one of my new favorite authors and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. ...more

By Gemma May 11, 2013


ARC provided by NetGallery for an honest review

I loved this book. It is such a good story for such a short read and is a lot more realistic than the previous book. It all takes place over a week however the connection felt completely natural. There is an instant chemistry and the two have e ...more

By Kim March 12, 2015

4 Dirty Talking Stars!

Ladies, there's a new dirty mouth in the house - Troy! Tessa Bailey is on a r-o-l-l with her men in this series!

Meet Ruby: she was raised on the wrong side of the tracks and knows how to hustle at a game of pool. She wants to change for the better but continues to hustle to pay ...more

By ~Dawn~TUG November 03, 2013

4 Where The Hell Have I Been Stars

Book two down and two more to so lucky! So this book was hot and started off with a bang..if being honest I didn't connect with Troy and Ruby as much as I did Derek and Ginger but loved the book anyways..

Troy is reeling from the guilt of losing his partner i ...more

By Heather May 12, 2013

Ruby is a born and bred hustler. Her father is a career con man. She was raised on the rough streets of NYC. Ruby seemed destined to follow in her father's footsteps, but she had something more in mind.

Troy Bennett is a homicide detective who transferred to the NYPD from Chicago. He needed a change ...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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