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Peek Inside Up in Smoke

One of six people hand-picked for a new undercover squad, dishonorably discharged Navy SEAL Connor Bannon lives and breathes control. But the moment escape artist Erin O'Dea walks in the room, his notorious iron control slips. Erin has her reasons for being part of this team, none of which include a love of authority. But something behind the sexy ex-soldier's eyes ignites a dangerous inferno of desire. One that invites Erin to play with fire. And one that could get them both killed...

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Never start a fire you can’t control…

Connor Bannon is supposed to be dead. Dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs, he’s spent the last two years working as a street enforcer in Brooklyn for his cousin’s crime ring. Through a twist of fate, he’s now in Chicago, working undercover to bust criminals. But when a cute little arsonist joins the team-all combat boots, tiny jean shorts, and hot-pink hair-Connor’s notorious iron control slips.

Erin “she’s getting away” O’Dea knows two things. She hates authority. And… Nope, that’s it. When she’s forced to operate on the “right” side of the law, her fear of being confined and controlled blazes to the surface. The last thing she expects is a control freak like Connor to soothe her when she needs it most. Worse, something behind the sexy ex-soldier’s eyes ignites a dangerous inferno of desire. One that invites Erin to play with fire. And one that could get them both killed…


"4.5 Stars! I LOVED this book! Totally a different spin on romantic suspense, this book was quick, witty, full of action, and filled with tons of steam." - Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

"I give, Up in Smoke, by Tessa Bailey, 4 Sexy Kindred Spirits, Mending and Making Each Other Whole Filled Stars!!! " - A Bookish Escape

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750142
Series: Crossing the Line, Book 2
Release Date: Jun 23, 2015
Page Count: 352
Imprint: amara next
Genre: military/men in uniform, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: bait and switch, forced proximity

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By ✦❋Arianna✦❋ June 25, 2015

4 Stars!!


This one was my favorite book in the series so far. And one of the reasons is Connor, the male character. My Gawd, he was something else.. We met Connor in the previous book in the series when he was on the wrong side of the law working as a street enforcer. He's also an ex-Seal who was dis ...more

By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 15, 2015

4 Stars

You might escape everywhere else, but you can't escape this. Me. I'm where you LIVE.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; Tessa Bailey books are my ovary happy place. They're pure guilty pleasure, dirty-talking-alpha-overload, awesome entertainment goodness. I'll never get en ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts June 26, 2015

4 Wish List Fulfilled Stars * * * *
I am going to get to the point; Tessa Bailey knows how to put an over the top Alpha together with a complex, destroyed but feisty woman and make it work. She creates an environment where the premise is similar to the Dirty Dozen but more like The 6 Pack with Attitu ...more

By ~Stéphanie's Journal~ June 23, 2015


Tessa Bailey is very gifted when it comes to create the perfect dirty talker. I haven't read all her books but I can already tell I'm in love with her hot alpha dirty talker male.
They are my weakness and this author knows how to please me.


Up in smoke is a stand alone book but i ...more

By Michelle June 22, 2015

ARC provided by publisher provided in exchange for an honest review

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Tessa Bailey...need I say more!! Yes, I am a BIG BIG FAN of Tessa Bailey. She is one of those authors who is my on one-click must list. After reading Risking It All, I knew I had to get my hands on UP IN SMOKE since I co ...more

By Bj June 25, 2015

5 "The Dom & Untouched Sub" Stars! Holy smokes! My Kindle nearly self-combusted with the unprecedented levels of dirty talk! I never would have thought it possible, but Tessa Bailey found a way to make a haphephobic heroine (a heroine who has a fear of being touched) and a dominant hero, come togeth ...more

By Sabrina June 29, 2015

3.5 Stars

Connor Bannon and Erin O'Dea are given the option of prison, or joining a special undercover team in Chicago to use their skills for good. Connor is a former SEAL which is where he gets his skill set. Erin, however, get's hers in a more illegal way and is a known escape artist, oh and an ar ...more

By « Court (Take the Read) » November 03, 2018

Re-read 5/6/18 - I missed the OTT obsession between Connor and Erin.

Third person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone.

True to Bailey fashion, this book is a scorch-fest of dominant heroes and likable heroines. A bit of suspense thrown in for good measure, considering they're part of a rag-tag g ...more

*Complimentary ARC received from author/publisher via blog tour*

4.5 ★

If ever I had doubts in the past that Tessa can write smoking dirty-talkin alpha, they’re all gone now! Seriously! *giggles*

Sweet momma, Up in Smoke INDEED! Literally and figuratively…

Erin is quite a unique h with her past and cond ...more




By Jo May 09, 2017

Because he knew with irrevocable certainty that he would give Erin whatever she needed, whenever she needed it. He’d help her battle her demons any way he could.
God help them both if his own demons came out to play.

I’ve been intrigued by Connor Bannon since the first book, wondering how he went


By Erica June 21, 2015

I have been so intrigued about this one since finishing Bowen and Sera's story, because hello? We're back in Chicago and Derek and Ginger are making some appearances! Yahoo. And Connor totally won me over in the last book, so I was excited to see his story as well.

Up in Smoke was slowly on the upswi ...more

By Mandi June 18, 2015

This one needs a bit of a disclosure - it has a VERY alpha/controlling/possessive did I mention controlling? Hero. I think some will be turned off by him. I took him more as a fantasy hero - and paid attention to the dirty talk and I was good ;)

I like this series. The men are SO ridiculous over the ...more

By CC July 09, 2017

I think Connor might have surpassed Derek as the hottest Tessa Bailey dirty talking hero.

This was instant everything and I really liked their relationship. But I just did not connect to Erin. Loved Connor. But Erin brought this down for the first half of the book. After that she got better, but it ...more

By Erin April 28, 2016

4.5 stars! I would like to apply to be a part of these awesome misfits... please & thank you.

This is part of an interconnected series and would be more enjoyable if the reader started with the first book; however, I believe it CAN be read as a standalone.

Set up: Connor and Erin (love the name!) are ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

Continuing the Crossing The Line series, this smoking hot addition (easily read as a standalone) features Erin and Connor, two new recruits in the Chicago PDs undercover group of not so squeaky clean people who are making a go of it on the right side of the law. Connor comes from a military and orga ...more

By Chitra *CJ* February 04, 2017

AH! Another beauty!!
All the major feels in this story of what happens when a claustrophobic pyromaniac meets an ex navy seal, both with a jealous possessive streak..and sparks fly LITERALLY.
One is averse to touch, and the other is used to controlling everything.
How they fall for each other with a si ...more

By EgyptDiva June 25, 2015

4.5 stars

I'm going to make this short and sweet.

Can't get enough of Tessa Bailey's heroes. Conner !! He was just the perfect combination of filthy talking alpha male and sweet caring man. I loved the story , the connection between Conner and Erin was really believable even if it was instant , lik ...more

By Whitney July 28, 2015

4 stars

This was different. With Tessa Bailey I know there will be a lot of "insta" stuff going on so that doesn't bother me. Was this story believable, not really. BUT, it was entertaining and hot. Hot's a given since Mrs. Bailey is THE Queen of Dirty Talk. There was an actual story going on other t ...more

By ~Steph K~ June 25, 2015

Wow! - Connor was the BEST kind of dirty talker EVER!!! ...more

By Rachel April 13, 2015

I wish I could give this book a million stars it's so unbelievably good. Connor.....sigh.

I have to start with saying that this book should come complete with a spare set of panties, because it’s a hot one. Really hot!!!

That said, Tessa Bailey brings us book two of the Crossing the Line series and i ...more

4 Romance and Suspense Stars!

The series is a spin off from the Line of Duty series. Actually its a spin off from His Risk to Take from within that series. This series begins with a prequel as a jump off to this series with Ruby, Troy and Bowen. Then book one is about Bowen and Sera. These two books ...more

By Chelsea November 09, 2017

Tessa Bailey writes the best dirty talking heroes.

So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Connor, the hero of Up in Smoke, has a way with words. Here’s the deal though: He needs those words to make his relationship with the heroine Erin work. You read that right: His dirty talk helps to brin ...more

By Tori July 14, 2015

Bailey serves up some of the best alpha heroes and Connor Bannon maybe her most alpha to date. Controlling and dominant, his need to always be in control is tested by a fiery woman who will to do whatever it takes to make sure her freedom is never taken away. The sparks soon become a raging inferno ...more

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Tessa Bailey

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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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