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Risking It All

Crossing the Line, Book 1
Narrated by: Jill Redfield
Series: Crossing the Line, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

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.

Each book in the Crossing the Lines series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:

Prequel Novella: His Risk to Take

Book .5: Riskier Business

Book 1: Risking it All

Book 2: Up In Smoke

Book 3: Boiling Point

Book 4: Raw Redemption

©2014 Tessa Bailey (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. This edition is made possible under a license arrangement with Entangled Publishing, Inc.

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  • Diana DC
  • 07-06-17

Risking It All

This is erotica with a side of underdeveloped suspense, which is fine if that's what I'm expecting but disappointing when I meant to buy plot-driven romantic suspense. Tessa Bailey has a talent for witty and smart h/h banter. Sadly, these two characters are humorless drama llamas and unable to talk about much except their throbbing parts.

I'm looking forward to the day when balance between story and sex scenes is restored. Too much of the book devoted to sex is boring. There, I said it.

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  • Julie Capurro
  • 21-06-18

LOVED IT!

This is the first book I’ve listened to from Tessa Bailey and I loved it! It made me laugh, cry, and HOT!All while I was on the edge of my seat. I love Jill Redfields narration. She does a great job bringing the characters to life and she draws you in to a whole different world. I’m hoping book 2 is just as good if not better.

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  • Tracy T
  • 25-09-17

This should be listed in the Erotica genre.

WOW this could have been a better story. But it was not, and it was dedicated to insta lust and sex. There was about 15% story and 85% sex. Annoying! Way to ruin a story. However, besides the extreme sex the story line was a bit ridiculous to boot.

I didn't care for Bowen or Serafina too much. The story line and plot was just too much idiocy. Save your time and money. There was not much dialogue and what there was of it made you want to gag. Someone says something then 10 pages of inner thoughts later the other person responds. UGH!

As for the narration it was great Jill Fedfield aka Sophie Eastlake was great. She did a great job on the men's voices and reads with emotion. That was the only thing that kept me listening because this was a real struggle to get through.

I cannot recommend this book at all. Sorry Tessa Bailey.

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  • V from Kansas
  • 23-07-19

Outstanding narration, story was sadly predictable!

Jill Redfield has always been one of my favorite narrators. She is one the only female narrators that can actually portray a believable, Alpha-Male voice. In addition, she did a great Brooklyn accent; just spot on!

Unfortunately, it was obvious, from the start, who the ultimate corrupt cop was, so that took the anticipation away from the book, for me. In addition, the author used the one kind of angst that is so overdone and drives me crazy; misunderstanding between the Hero and Heroine because they don’t take the time to communicate. It is sooo trite and it annoys the crap out of me.

I enjoyed getting a update on Ruby and her love.(from the previous book) The story was as sexy as all Tessa Bailey’s books are. I love it but it is very Crass and if overt sex scenes bother you, choose a different author.

Although this definitely wasn’t one of my all time favorite books, with the exception of a few things, I found the book to be entertaining. With that being said, I’m glad that this book was included in the Romance/Escape package cause I didn’t like the book enough to spend one of my precious credits on.
-V from Kansas

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  • 13-07-19

excellent story and performance!

loved it! narrator was fantastic, storyline was fast paced and the best part, all of it was believable! love it when an author tells a tale that hits hard and is a interesting story get it, you won't be disappointed

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  • Susan Koopman
  • 24-06-19

Risking it All

You just can't go wrong with a book written by Tessa Bailey! This had all the dirty talking and passion you know Tessa delivers. And the audio could make you blush if you're in mixed company while listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-18

Exceptional Listen!

The negative reviews delayed my starting this one, but I’m so glad I decided to randomly play it on a whim. I regret waiting so long. Outstanding performance by the narrator, fast-paced story, sexy characters and drama... this one has it all. Don’t be put off by a few bad reviews. This is one of the better novels of this genre. I hardly pressed pause on this late night listen. It’s that good.

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  • DW
  • 01-07-17

Great storyline, realistic characters & narration!

Would you listen to Risking It All again? Why?

No need to relisten, actually... but it was an enjoyable book!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Risking It All?

the surprise ending.

What about Jill Redfield’s performance did you like?

Jill pulled off a male Brooklyn tough guy character with ease... she's so awesome. She has the enviable ability to bring a good book to life, and making it an even better book overall!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes... I did want to! Now, to find the author's other books.....

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  • Denise
  • 12-09-18

loved

I actually got a little teary eyed with this story! Plus, I'm a sucker for a Dom with an accent!

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  • Melissa
  • 04-04-18

Narration

I really like Tessa’s books, but
I hated hearing this book narrated. I do not want to hear any book narrated in third person as if I’m in kindergarten. I wasted $20 because I didn’t last an hour.