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Peek Inside Risking it All

Three years ago, Seraphina Newsom's brother was gunned down by a ruthless mob kingpin. In order to take down the killer, Sera has gone undercover unsanctioned. Alone. Her only protection lies with Bowen Driscol

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She’s gone rogue.

Seraphina Newsom isn’t looking for vengeance…she wants justice. Three years ago, Sera’s brother was ruthlessly gunned down by one of Brooklyn’s most dangerous mob kingpins. The investigation has stalled out, deemed “too dangerous” by the police commissioner. So to track down the evidence she needs to take down her brother’s killer, Sera turns in her hospital scrubs, joins the NYPD, and goes undercover. Unsanctioned. Alone.

He’ll live to keep her safe.

With his father behind bars, Bowen Driscol has reluctantly taken over his family’s sprawling South Brooklyn crime operation. New York’s finest have other plans. By threatening the safety of his sister, they “convince” Bowen to extricate a rogue cop who’s in over her head. But when he meets Sera and feels that deep, damning shiver of desire course through him, Bowen knows there’s only one way to keep her safe without blowing either of their covers…by claiming her as his own.



“ ...intense, erotic romance pairs brisk action with well-developed characters..” ―Kirkus Reviews

“No one writes hot, dirty-talking alpha heroes like Tessa Bailey!” ―Laura Kaye, NYT bestselling author of Hard to Come By

“Sexy, witty, and completely irresistible, Tessa Bailey's writing is addictive. I can't get enough! Her dirty-talking heroes keep me up all night and always bring me back for more.” ―Kelsie Leverich, NYT bestselling author of Lovers Restored

“The queen of the dirty-talking hero has done it again! Bowen will capture your heart and leave you panting for more.” ―Ramblings From This Chick

“Tessa Bailey's most intoxicating characters to date! Prepare to be swept away by this scorching, intense, and emotional series, because Risking It All for love is oh so worth it!” ―A Bookish Escape

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665655
Series: Crossing the Line, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 27, 2015
Page Count: 304
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: revenge

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 15, 2015

Quite possibly Tessa's dirtiest dirty talker to date.

I'm not sure your ovaries will survive Bowen, but what a way to go :)

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This was between a 3.5 and 4 star for read for me. But I'll go ahead and round up for Bowen and his filthy mouth!

"Ah, sweetheart, I don't fuck around with virgins."
"But I'll get down on my knees and eat that untouched pussy like a motherfucker."

Okay, I had two problems with this one... ...more

By Catarina January 29, 2015

4 Risky Stars.

Sera, a detective decides to go rogue (otherwise known as going undercover with no authorization) to revenge her brother’s death. And she is willing to get herself way into the criminal world of Brooklyn. Bowen, the heir to that world without ever having asked for it is contacted by NY ...more

By Alba and Her Secrets..♥ January 02, 2017

4.5 'Take it' Stars!

I can't get enough of Tessa Bailey's dirty heroes! Bowen is just.. YUM! My last read of 2016 was pretty great ;) I am SO ready for 2017!
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4.5 "King of All Dirty Talkers" Stars!

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Holy hotness, Batman! Bowen Driscoll is gonna light your panties Kindle on fire! I knew Tessa Bailey was the queen of dirty talking alpha heroes, but she's outdone herself here. Anywho, on to my review...

Serafina is a woman out for revenge...revenge for her ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts March 04, 2019

4 My Addiction to Tessa Bailey Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
I have an addiction to Tessa Bailey. She writes books which just hit all the pleasure points I have.
Do I like a plot, Yup.
Do I like a Manly Guy...not metro sexual, Yup.
Do I like it when said manly guy is confident in his manliness and everyone

By [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ January 30, 2015

4 stars

TB always delivers off the charts sexy time. I liked the whole storyline of an undercover cop and gang leader. Sera was kind of meh and it was kind of insta attraction but I guess it didn't bug me much this time because I enjoy TBs writing style and IT WAS SO HOT!!!

Recommend if you enjoy
T ...more

By Jeanne February 03, 2015

3.5 stars

I have to admit, I really did enjoy this one. Tessa Bailey is one of my top favorite authors for a reason!

The book wasn't perfect, I definitely think the virginal Catholic school girl type of heroine is played out. It wasn't especially believable that she was a New York City cop either. The ...more

By Elle February 28, 2015

super sexy romantic suspense, just the way I like it :) This hero is awesome! ...more

By Claire January 22, 2015

4.5 - "You Catholic girls and your filthy minds." Stars!

Tessa Bailey has a formula and it works. You cannot dispute that, and I wouldn’t want to. Her heroes are strong, alpha, dirty talking guys, who happily back up their words with knee trembling results.

”We both know it’s only a matter of time be ...more

By Alp August 19, 2015

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first started reading this book because I've never read any book by Tessa Bailey before. But it turned out to be my different reading experience. I fell in love with her writing style. The story grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me engaged right up ...more

By ~Stéphanie's Journal~ February 01, 2015

It's official! Tessa Bailey is now a new fav' author for me. From now on, I'll be directly one-clicking all books she will release in the future. Not that I had a doubt about it because after I read "His risk to take", I bought all her books and all I have to find is time to read them all.

Even if "R ...more

By Kelli C February 01, 2015

If you like a dirty talker...a filthy, sexy bad boy then you will LOVE Bowen!

With a hard life spent fighting his way to the top of the street crime world he is just a good man at heart that wants better but knows nothing else.

Tasked to work with the NYPD when an undercover beauty goes rogue he is u ...more

By Amanda January 30, 2015

4 'OTT' stars

This one has a serious case of insta-love. Bowen, the hero is so OTT and his possessiveness from day one is creeping me out. I nearly threw the towel with all his craziness over a woman he just meet. I have a feeling he will start making up babies name before the month ends.

However desp ...more

By Michelle January 27, 2015

ARC provided by publisher in exchange of honest review.

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Risking It All by Tessa Bailey was scorchingly hot and deliciously sexy!! Tessa Bailey never disappoints her readers when it comes to steam, passion, lust, desire, and sex but Tessa took it up a notch when she delivered one of ...more

By ✦❋Arianna✦❋ February 09, 2015



All Serafina wants is revenge, revenge for her brother’s murder. A detective, she decides to go undercover to get evidence, even if she doesn’t have authorization to do that. When opportunity arrives, she infiltrates herself into the life of the man who killed her brother. Bowen is the heir ...more

By CC July 07, 2017

Loved Bowen - although not what I expected from the earlier books. I also liked Sera. I love Tessa Bailey and thought this was an excellent continuation of this storyline. I had no idea how she was going to get them to a happy place in the end, but I liked how she did!

Safety gang (view spoiler) ...more

By Coco.V February 15, 2016

4.5 Stars -Hot damn this book was great!

When I’ve first been introduced to Bowen in His Risk to Take (Line of Duty #2), I found him an interesting character. Then, in Riskier Business (Sequel in the Crossing the Line series) I found him appealing and captivating and I really should have seen it com ...more

By Jo April 12, 2017

“Can’t you see this is the last thing keeping me decent? I don’t have a fucking shred of honor, except for this one thing. Leaving you untouched is all I’ve got left. All I can give you.” He shook her gently. “Do better than me.”

Being the heir of a criminal enterprise was not what Bow


By Maayan February 06, 2017

LOVED LOVED LOOOOOOOOOOOVED Bowen! Seriously, I LOVED Bowen! I really enjoyed the book <3 and now i want my own bowen ;) ...more

This book... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
The hero was just hot enough to hide some minors problems I had with the heroine.
But seriously Tessa Bailey must have a guy with a filthy mouth helping her. She delivers THE BEST DIRTY TALKERS!!! ...more

By Sarah January 28, 2015

I've been curious about Bowen ever since we first met him in His Risk to Take so of course I was excited to finally get my hands on his story. Tessa Bailey excels at writing dirty talking alpha heroes and Bowen is no exception to that, in fact I think he might just be her hottest one yet! What I lov ...more

By Yomi M. February 07, 2015

This sure was a steamy book and I certainly enjoyed but I can't say that I truly loved it. Also, I really liked Bowen but he came out as extremely intense, if he were my boyfriend I would probably slap him with a restraining order lol. ...more

By Vashti September 08, 2015

I am going to try and restrain myself and try not to overly gush about this book......who am I kidding? zI freaking loved this book,Tessa Bailey,you rocked this book! I loved everything about it and when the end was near,I wanted more of this smoking ,srxy couple.
What do you get when you mix a cute, ...more

Anyone who has ever read a Tessa Bailey book would tell you that there is nothing better if you want a HOT SEXY READ!

Hot Sexy Male Checked
Awesome Story Line Checked
Strong Female Checked
Off the charts chemistry Checked


Cannot wait for Connor's story

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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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