Review: His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey


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 O’Hanlon’s Pub 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?


While the sex in this book was scorching, the relationships were meh. I wasn’t overly in love with this story line, I don’t know if it was because I could find relate-able characteristics in Ruby or Troy or because I didn’t particularly care for Troy as a character, but it just didn’t do it for me. I found Troy’s anguish to fickle and him to be weepy one minute and trying to have sex the next. I guess my issue was there was no progression for his emotions and the ups and downs to him were giving me whip-lash. I didn’t really see any character growth with Ruby, I found her to be brazen and reckless and she was still that way at the end of the story and I just didn’t particularly care for her one-dimensional personality.

Now lets talk about the off-the charts sex scenes, they were hot enough to make me uncomfortable. I was glowing red with blush reading through them, to the point where I had to step away from my Kindle and take breaks while reading them because they were too steamy. I would have liked to have seen more of a slow burn to Troy and Ruby’s relationship instead of the insta-lust turned insta-love. I also kinda felt that things weren’t resolved at the end of the story. It was too fast and I was left with questions and didn’t feel like I had closure. I am glad I picked up the story but I don’t think I would read it again.


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One response to “Review: His Risk to Take by Tessa Bailey”

  1. Oooo, I read this one too and I didn’t love it. I thought it was okay but not TB’s best. I agree with your comments on Ruby and her character development. :/ But the series in general is awesome. 😀 Enjoy the rest of your TB binge-reading!

    Have a fantastic week, Lauren. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!