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Peek Inside Riskier Business

Former pool hustler Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble she has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy’s strict, spectacularly hard body. But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information she’d die to have. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this game might cost Ruby her life.

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One more game. And this time, there are no rules…

After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy’s strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession…

But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she’d die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can’t channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby’s heart…it might cost her life.


"I was so glad Tessa decided to revisit Troy and Ruby with Riskier Business. Not only was this a great setup to Risking It All, but it felt like one huge bonus for Troy and Ruby fans. It was a giant win all the way around. If you're a fan of her Line of Duty series, this is a must-read. If you're not a fan, you need to get on that. " - Kimberly Faye Reads

"Oh Ruby and I've missed you...Tessa kicks ass writing the wicked words coming out of this man's mouth...I want more of them, but now I am dying to read Bowen's book.I give Riskier Business 5 hearts!"- She Hearts Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751644
Series: Crossing the Line, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 5, 2015
Page Count: 140
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: forced proximity, opposites attract

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4 stars!

I'm not going to lie...I really only read this book because I was told I needed to before I read Risking it All!

And I didn't read Ruby and Troy's first book (which you don't have to).

But I must say, I quite liked this one.

It's no secret that Tessa Bailey is the Queen of the Dirty Talker.

A ...more

By Mo February 02, 2015

3.5 sexy stars.

Nice to revisit with Troy and Ruby.

"Christ. How long has it been since I've gone down on you.? Three days? Four? That's a fucking sin."

Troy sure did know who to talk dirty.

Broad chest, tapering narrow hips, a black path of hair disappearing into his pants."

I am really looking ...more

By Jeanne January 29, 2015

Dirty talking, straight up smut at its finest:)

"Go sit on the edge of the desk," he rasped. "Open your legs."

"Go on, baby. Tighten up and come again." He pressed their foreheads together, locking his gaze with hers. "As soon as you do, I'm going to sink all the way in, to the back of your p ...more

By Alba and Her Secrets..♥ December 30, 2016

4 'Until the End' Stars!

As you may know, Tessa Bailey is one of my go-to authors. She writes the best dirty heroes and Troy is no exception! It was great to catch up with him and Ruby!

Riskier Business is a great introduction to the Crossing the Line series and I can't wait to read Bowen's book (he d ...more

By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 15, 2015

4 Stars

Maybe I like trouble," she whispered.
"Well, you've definitely found it. My brand of trouble is so good it hurts. You want to hurt a little tonight, baby?"

Can Tessa write a dirty talker that I don't completely lust after? I mean, I ask you! And if she does, may I never see that day ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts June 28, 2019

4 Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Oh, Troy Bennett... He is a very special character Tessa Bailey introduced us to in his own book, His Risk to Take. He is an NYC cop with a past history and found love and a partner worth having in Ruby, a pool hustler turned busine


Somewhere in the world, Tessa Bailey is laughing maniacally over readers such as myself who've severely underestimated her sex writing powers. I was expecting to be gently pulled under (because for some reason, I considered myself a pro with smut scenes, silly me), and was instead thrown ...more

By S.M. February 08, 2015


Ms. Bailey knows how to give us hot, sexy men with demanding ways and dirty mouths. I enjoyed catching up with Troy and Ruby and loved getting reacquainted with Troy's potty mouth...

“Christ. How long has it been since I’ve gone down on you? Three days? Four? That’s a fuckin ...more

By ✦❋Arianna✦❋ February 09, 2015


Apparently, we met Troy and Ruby in “His Risk to Take”, book I haven’t read. Don't worry, you can read this installment without reading it.

“Riskier Business” take places months after “His Risk to Take” ended. Troy and Ruby’s relationship still is explosive. Troy is a cop and Ruby is an ex pool hust ...more

By Claire January 04, 2015

4 - "Until the end." Stars.

Another sterling read from the outstanding imagination Tessa Bailey. Troy and Ruby return in a bridging novella, taking them from the Line of Duty Series, and opening the new Crossing the Line Series.

This quick sexy read steps firmly into the romantic suspense genre, with ...more

By Michelle January 05, 2015

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange of honest review

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HOT...DIRTY...SEXY...STEAMY are the words that comes to my mind after I finished devouring Riskier Business by Tessa Bailey. When you want a dirty talking alpha hero, you know Tessa Bailey will not disappoint her reade ...more

By Victoria January 08, 2015

"You’re very confident.”

“Yeah. I am. Do you know why?” Troy pressed his hips close. She could feel his substantial erection, thick against her behind. “I have what makes you moan. What’s going to make those thighs open wide. I’ve got it right here and you’re fucking dying for it."

4.5 RATING- While ...more

By Vee January 05, 2015

I'm giving this five stars even if it's a novella. This book hit all the right buttons. After having some lackluster alpha males in my past reads, I finally get a dose of Troy Bennett. Hot, dirty-talker, jealous, badass and would do anything for his woman. Ruby is still not my favorite, but she was ...more

Review to come ...more

By Chitra *CJ* October 14, 2016

Such a fantabulously amazing continuation of Ruby and Troy's story, connecting it to Bowen and the start of the new series.
Their love scenes were hot as fuck- and their connection was heart stopping.
floved it!
Safe read
4/5 ...more

By Jos June 13, 2016

5 Still Hot n Sexy Stars!!!!

I HAD to skip ahead and read the rest of their story. Well, not really the rest, BUT I do hope to get a solid conclusion for this beautiful and sexy couple in the future:) You know, like a ring, babies , etc lololol

Troy and Ruby still set my heart, panties and kindle on f ...more

By Patty January 24, 2016

**3.5 Stars** ...more

By Mandy January 05, 2015



Welcome to Quote-tastic Monday meme hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.
I've come to the conclusion that whatever Tessa Bailey writes, I will love.

Troy tried to pull her close, but she evaded him.

"Answer me.  Will you insist on treating me like I'm breakable even if it means losin


By Fable March 02, 2017

Nice to revisit Ruby and Troy and watch them solidify their relationship while facing a huge curveball thrown Ruby's way. Ruby has some hangups and does some boneheaded things in the name of protecting Troy, but it didn't bug me too much because she knew her limitations and didn't turn into the drea ...more

By Avril January 27, 2015

Fuck Me! This shit is too damn good. Where Bowen at? I'm off to get intimately acquainted with that dirty talking sumbitch. ...more

By Nancy January 26, 2015

Rating: 3.5/5

Review coming soon! ...more

By Kim January 02, 2015

Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

I suppose it's not really fair to call Troy and Ruby my favorite of Tessa's couples because I seriously love every single one of her pairings, but if I was forced to rank the couples, these two would definitely be high on my list. I was ridiculousl ...more

By Maria Rose April 03, 2016

This sequel to His Risk To Take (and the prequel novella to the Crossing the Line series) gives us a glimpse into Ruby and Troy's life and the challenges they still face as a new couple. Ruby's father is back in town with an offer Ruby can't refuse, despite knowing that neither Troy nor her friend B ...more

By Coco.V February 15, 2016

3.5 Stars - Riskier Business is the enjoyable sequel of the Crossing the Line series and we are back following NYPD detective Troy Bennett and Ruby’s story we met in the Line of Duty series. They are still two strong-willed people and stubborn hotheads. Together they are hotter than ever and I loved ...more

By Kim January 30, 2016

For a novella this packed a lot of story. There is some dirty talk, true love, angst and I twist I didn't see coming.

We met Troy and Ruby in a previous series - that I had read, but honestly forgot the characters or their story, so you can definitely read this without knowing the back story. This is ...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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