Protecting What's His: Line of Duty Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.
The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds - $50,000 to be exact - could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...
Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain - Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.
And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 04, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #58,133 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#34,388 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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The Good, The Bad and Everything In Between
-The three firsts are hotter than Hades: The first meet, the first kiss and the first sexual encounter. Those are must be sizzling with chemistry for it to work for me. I needn’t have worried because Ms. Bailey brought the heat and fairly burned the house down. Derek and Ginger’s chemistry fairly leaped off the page. Their banter is excellent throughout the story and really showcased their chemistry. Ms. Bailey did a fine job in really painting the physical connection between them in such luscious strokes that I was captivated by them. But I’m not gonna lie, Derek was the star for me….
-Derek is a hot, dirty talkin’ man: Jeezus, Derek is an alpha hero just shy of caveman, but oh so appealing. His protectiveness, his possessiveness definitely tripped my switch and he was the star of this story, without a doubt. His slightly kinky side (mostly dominance, no real whips and chains here), was a huge turnon for me...I mean Ginger. Yeah, Ginger, and I completely understood why. The way he could crowd her in, and make her sweat. Lordy.
He is incredibly possessive in a way that would get my hackles up in real life. But in my romance novel? He turns me into Oliver Twist, begging for more.
-Felt badly for Ginger and Willa: Ginger’s a sassy, sexy heroine and I loved that she gave it right back to Derek. Her backstory with her mother was sad and tragic. There's angst here, mostly from Ginger, and I could understand her concern about opening herself up to a relationship...up to a point. Which brings me to...
-Ginger’s TSTL moment - oy vey: The final obstacle, the big climax, just about made me roll my eyes out of my head. It was...not bright and took this down from just shy of a five star read. For someone who was trying to make a fresh start, her decision was just ill-planned and didn’t make any kind of sense.
The Bottom Line (4.75 stars)
I really liked this and that is definitely due to Derek, that sweet, dirty talkin’ man. I’m glad I read this and I’m eager to read the rest of this series if there’s any more heroes like this.
Great first line: "To steal or not to steal, that was the question."
Ginger Peet is in her young twenties but has to function as an older adult in terms of caring for her teenage sister Willa. Why is she saddled with this responsibility? Her mother is a drug addict involved with some scary dudes in Tennessee. When Ginger's mother passes out drunk next to her purse full of $50,000, Ginger pauses. Should she take the money and run, to try to give her sister a better life?
Derek Tyler is a 30-year-old police lieutenant in Chicago. He takes his job quite seriously but still has room in his life for humor, as evidenced by his amused curiosity for the two young women moving in across the hall from his apartment. Their life-size Dolly Parton mannequin piques his interest the most. But Ginger's soft Southern drawl, sass, long legs, and cowboy boots are what hold his attention. He can sense these girls have something to hide.
Ginger is equally intrigued.
"Well, dang. They'd gone and moved in right across the hall from a cop. A hot cop, if you liked the whole uptight, sexually repressed vibe he had going on. Personally, she didn't care for the belligerence on his freshly shaven face or the way he stripped her bare in one sweep of his dark green eyes."
Yeah, right, Ginger.
Ginger's sad backstory and her strong will in fighting against heavy odds really got to me, and I had a lump in my throat for much of her story. It made her relationships all the more meaningful and poignant.
I have a thing for men in uniform and Derek fits the bill as a swoon-worthy hero. He's an Alpha that doesn't turn me off with his boorish ways, maybe because Ginger clearly loves and needs what he gives to her. The brief spanking scene is actually hot in this.
Ginger's relationship with her sister Willa is endearing. Willa couldn't ask for a better mother figure.
"Ginger glanced over her shoulder, smiling at Willa's black Misfits T-shirt and ripped stockings. Somehow Willa managed to pull off the look. "How'd the first day of school go? Did you refrain from setting the place on fire?"
"Just barely. I'm choosing my moment."
"Well. Don't forget your lighter fluid or it won't take."
Of course the sisters won't get away with stealing that amount of money. When the past comes a-calling, can Derek help save them?
Recommended for lovers of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.
Top reviews from other countries
The good and the bad:
The bad news is this book is pretty pants. The good news is it's one of Tessa Bailey's older books - her more recent ones are vastly better. I highly recommend "Disturbing His Peace".
So, first up, the "hero" is called Derek. Maybe Derek is a sexy name in America but I think many women in the UK would agree that it is decidedly unappealing.
Derek, a Lieutenant in Chicago, is emotionally unstable and an absolute loose cannon. If anyone so much as looks at his neighbour and the object of his lust, Ginger Peet, he has visions of violence against them. And sometimes, he DOES lash out in violent fits of rage.
While there is a backstory to Ginger which explains a bit about her character, there is nothing to explain why Derek is such a lunatic. I had zero empathy for him and pretty much didn't like him at all.
I also could not buy into his relationship with Ginger Peet. Not once do they have a meaningful relationship and yet within the space of a couple of weeks, they are in love!
This book is so unrealistic that it's annoying. For example, Derek is so possessive of Ginger that he gives his entire murder investigation team the night off to go to the bar where she works, so the male customers won't bother her! In another scene (again at the bar) he beats the living daylights out of a customer and never faces repercussions!
This book was massively disappointing and I will not be reading anymore of Bailey's older stuff.
Derek Tyler, a Chicago homicide Lieutenant oozes appeal on every level; he is intense, sexy, witty, jealous and a tad possessive. Life revolves around his work, until Ginger Peet and her teenage sister Willa move into his apartment block after fleeing their home for a fresh start away from their mother. The opening chapter didn't really do Ginger or Willa many favours as they came across as immature and potty-mouthed, however it quickly became apparent that this wasn't the case and Ginger became a strong, sassy, feisty lady with a sarcastic streak and I liked both her and Willa, who provided many of the light humorous moments with her honest snippy remarks.
Their clashes made me smile, their passion and sexcapades were simply sizzling and I found myself quickly rooting for them to find their HEA; he truly managed to make me swoon. Needless to say this is a book that I can happily recommend, I shall certainly read it again and I hope that we see more from the Chicago Homicide Dept., Derek, Ginger & Willa in the future.
I decided to try this because I finished the Hot & Hammered series yesterday and quite enjoyed it but this book was no where near the same level for me. and I probably won't bother with the rest of the series.