My rating: 3 of 5 stars
His Risk to Take was my first jump into the Brazen Collection and I wasn’t disappointed. If you’re looking for something quick and hot, definitely check this one out. Despite the length of this book, I was able to learn enough about the characters to become invested in what happened with them.
Troy Bennett has recently transferred to New York City after his partner was killed in a raid in Chicago. It is clear from the beginning the Troy is someone who likes to be in charge and especially in the bedroom (or the bar, or anywhere else for that matter). While hanging out with some members of his team in celebration of making it through his first week, Troy meets Ruby. The immediate connection they have and the banter was perfect.
I loved Ruby. She is tough and a survivor but also loyal and cares about those who make an effort to see past her defenses. Clearly her first meeting with Troy has thrown her a bit but she is willing to take a chance on him and show him who she really is, not just who everyone thinks she is. She has a plan for her future and when she tells Troy more about it, it only serves to make him more impressed with who she is.
There is definitely angst and drama and yes, due to the length of the novel, the relationship happens quickly but I didn’t mind it. The larger story includes an inadvertent connection between Ruby and the case that Troy is working which creates some tension. Mostly because of who these characters are – Ruby wants to help Troy and Troy wants to keep her as far away from it as possible to protect her.
If you love a strong, alpha male type who can talk dirty with the best of them, this may be the next one for you. I will definitely be checking out more books in this collection and will recommend this to anyone who is looking for something hot.
First – I have to say that I haven’t yet read book 1 in this Line of Duty Series, but I thought I’d just jump right into book 2, His Risk to Take.
Troy Bennett recently arrived in NY from Chicago where he was a detective. His transfer came after the loss of his partner and friend. He blames himself for it and swears that he won’t loose anyone like that again. Then he meets Ruby.
Ruby is a hustler. She plays pool for money and just happens to have a past with one of the city’s most wanted men.
Troy and Ruby’s connection is instantaneous and hot. And Troy isn’t just an Alpha in his public life… he’s also one in his private life.
For me… Troy toed the line of being a bit TOO bossy. I didn’t hate it, but a couple of times my hackles rose. But I loved that he tried to reign in the strong-willed Ruby and the way she gives in to him… Lucky girl.
What did I love?
That chemistry I mentioned above.
Troy’s dirty mouth.
What didn’t I love?
I felt the story was incredibly rushed.
I didn’t really connect to the characters. I didn’t feel like we learned enough about them.
At times I was on the fence with Troy’s bossy ways.
As I’ve said before, I really really like the Brazen line from Entangled, and you almost can’t go wrong by picking anything. Is this a favorite… nah, but I liked it enough to want to go back and read the first one. Which I will very soon! Definitely pick this up if you’re looking for a fast, hot read.
Thanks to Entangled and Netgalley for the advance copy for an honest review.