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Peek Inside Protecting What's Theirs

There’s nothing Lt. Derek Tyler would rather do than remind Ginger thoroughly and exquisitely that she belongs to him. But when trouble hits the streets of Chicago—the kind of trouble the old-school boys call a “widow-maker” —Derek’s forced to shut her out. Little does he know, he stands to lose far more than he knows, unless he takes the law—and Ginger—into his own hands one last time...

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Possession is nine-tenths of the law. And she belongs to him.

Ginger Peet has never regretted leaving Nashville with her sister and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton. Now she’s settled in Chicago with Lieutenant Derek Tyler, spending her nights pressed against every inch of his hard, dominating, and panty-meltingly-hot body.

And there’s nowhere Derek would rather be than reminding Ginger—thoroughly and exquisitely—that she belongs to him. But then trouble hits the streets of Chicago. The kind of bust the old-school boys call a “widow-maker.” To keep Ginger safe, Derek’s forced to shut her out and keep himself away from her luscious body, or risk losing her forever.

But Ginger has just been presented with some, er, unexpected news. And right now, it’s best she keeps that news to herself. Because Derek stands to lose far more than he knows, until he takes the law—and Ginger—into his own hands one last time…

Previously released as part of the Lovers Unmasked anthology. Now available individually!


"4.75 stars. I'll be reading the rest of this series from Tessa Bailey through the summer. I can't wait for more alpha-male deliciousness." -- Ana's Attic Book Blog

"In this little novella we get to see a little more of Ginger, and Derek and I for one am glad. I needed more of them. At the end of the first book I thought I would like to see a little more into their future. This book gave me that. Drama, Steam, big secrets, and a big HEA!" --Jessica's Over the Top Book Obsessions, Goodreads

"Loved this.. Angst can work so well when you know you can trust the author implicitly to keep the characters loyal. Tessa does alphas like no other." --Nichole, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665402
Series: Line of Duty, Book 1.5
Release Date: Mar 31, 2014
Page Count: 74
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Jessica's May 25, 2017

5 Sweet little treat Stars

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“You do what I tell you, Ginger. Or no tongue between your legs.”

In this little novella we get to see a little more of Ginger, and Derek and I for one am glad. I needed more of them. At the end of the first book I thought I would like to see a little more into their fu ...more

This wonderful, short novella gives us an update on what's going on with Ginger and Derek from the first book in the series, Protecting What's His.

I really like this couple and was thrilled that TB decided to write more of their story even if it's really short. Also, while I'm not caught up with the ...more

Loved this.. Angst can work so well when you know you can trust the author implicitly to keep the characters loyal. Tessa does alphas like no other. Derek will always be a favorite of mine. ...more

By Anja June 29, 2015


By Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read** September 12, 2017

***4 Stars***

"Sometimes I look at you...and I can't breathe around these feelings."

An emotional and sexy cherry on top of Derek and Ginger's HEA! I loved this and gobbled it right up!

"How can you not know by now? I wouldn't make it a fucking day without you. I don't remember a ti

By S.M. November 30, 2014

This was a short, sweet, steamy read.

Perfect follow up for Ginger and Derek with just the right amount of angst, longing, love and sex. I'd also forgotten just how Alpha Derek was - lordy, lordy that boy had me wanting him bad!!


By Chantal ❤️ June 28, 2016

Ok really Dolly??? No God no but I guess it makes sense for them. They are so crazy together. It was cute and sweet.
However, What I did not understand is why he needed to keep his job from her? That was not cool at all. He was just so cold, how could she not worry about their relationship. It made ...more

By enqi ☁️✨ March 18, 2017

Before I write this review, I have a confession to make: I read this at 3am in the morning and when I fell asleep, I promptly had an... intense dream about a hot classmate of mine. Clearly the effect of reading romance - and erotica, on top of that - before bed. The dream itself wasn't erotic or e ...more

By « Court (Take the Read) » June 06, 2018

What a fantastic accompanying book to the first in this series. I love Derek and Ginger so much. An alpha, over-protective Lieutenant and an independent southern girl -- they're different but mesh really well. And let's not forget how HOT the first book was. It definitely carries over into this nove ...more

By ♡Tonya♡ September 26, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella.  It was a great addition to a great story.   That being said,  I was disappointed in the lack of epilogue.   It was a HFN ending.

It would have been 5 stars if there was an epilogue. ...more

By Barbara➰ March 02, 2016

OMG! I love these two but emotions were ripped to shreds there for a little while. ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts August 06, 2020

4.5 Continuing Steamy Follow-Up Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Freee
Lucky readers get more of Derek, Ginger, and her sister. At the end of Protecting What's His, our little family was at the new stage, starting to jive together. Ms. Bailey must have understood these characters deserved more.

In this quick

By Laura March 13, 2016

Ya sé que lo prometí, pero la carne es débil. Ginger y Derek, Derek y Ginger. Me encanta esta pareja, la inseguridad de Ginger la entiendo totalmente y Derek se puso en plan legal así que love love por todos lados. ...more

By Cheesecake April 12, 2017

More of Ginger and Derek.
I loved this! I loved their first book and this is a wee bit of decadent chocolate desert HEA. The author dances with hurting our feelings by maligning one MC or the other. But she does it masterfully.
Derek and Ginger's relationship has been created with trust through a pro ...more

By Stephanie March 02, 2020

This couple is so cute. I didn't know they had little novella after I finished their main novel and it was a great surprise. I wish more series had little scenes like this to look back at your favorite characters. I hope there are more little moments of them scattered in the rest of the series. ...more

By Mariam September 25, 2020

4.75 stars... This was a so lovly novella, I just, really loved it ...more

By Ivy April 25, 2015

Derek is planning to a big bust of some mobsters. The kind that’s called a widowmaker. So he decides to pull back some from Ginger to protect her. Um, yeah, ok. And of course Ginger finds out that she’s bringing a little Tyler into the world. But really, this is about their hot sex.

The Bottom Line

It ...more

By Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer* February 11, 2015

I had totally forgot how much I missed Dereck and his filthy mouth. I loved getting a little extra from him and Ginger, of course I always love to see tough guys reactions to that news, but love the big arrival too. Maybe another shorty?? Lol. Perfect short in between. ...more

By Anas Attic July 09, 2014

Line of Duty Tessa Bailey

Protecting What's Theirs by Tessa Bailey
Erotic Romance, Novella to follow Protecting What's His.

“I’ll never be cured of my jealousy. Not now. Not in fifty years.” He gripped Ginger’s hips, worried her ear with his teeth. “And don’t pretend for a second that you don’t love it.”

Protecting ...more

By bibliophile ⭐️ January 06, 2020

”Sometimes I look at you and I can’t breathe around these feelings.”

Protecting What’s Theirs is a quick update or more like an extended epilogue to Protecting What’s His. This novella gave us an update on what’s going on with Derek and Ginger and how are they as a couple. And dang! They ...more

By Jos June 13, 2016

5 Oh so Sweet n Sexy Stars

I am in total and complete love with this couple. Derek and Ginger are up at the top of my all time favorite sexy couples, EVER!!!!! I DEVOURED their novella. I thought I could have waited to read it until later on tonight BUT oh no, I just couldn't. Told hubby and my son.. ...more

By Janey March 27, 2014

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..

Continuing on with this great series, Derek & Ginger face the reality of their lives. Full on steam with an uncertainty of their future together provides a great read.

Love this author & look forward *rubbing hands together* to t ...more

By Elodie August 31, 2016

"Sometimes I look at you... and I can't breathe around these feelings."

"How can you not know by now ? I wouldn't make it a fucking day without you. I don't remember a time before you. It's all a blur right up until the minute you walked in."

Oh Derek... you really have a way with words !


By Chitra *CJ* July 25, 2016

So I had really really adored "Protecting what's his" and the only thing missing was an epilogue and I finally realized this was it and it was AMAZING!!
It had all my favorite elements
1. Couple insanely in love
2. Angst
3. Grovels
(view spoiler)
I adored it from starting to end! Totally safe!
5/5 ...more

By Deserie June 14, 2015

Ok so I loved it!!Yes he should of told her and not left her in dark for a week but damn I can't stay mad at him! I love this couple :)My only negative is why did it have to end lol I want more!!I want to see them get married and find out what they are having !!! Please tell me the baby is not named ...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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