TOP REC & BOOK REVIEW: Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey

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The Academy Book One

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You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…

Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t believe his luck when the gorgeous blonde he meets in a bar murmurs those magic words: “Nothing serious, ’kay?” Mind-blowing, no-strings sex with Ever Carmichael—it’s the holy grail of hookups for a guy who’s too busy following in his law enforcement family’s footsteps to think about getting serious. Charlie’s all about casual…that is, until Ever calls it quits and his world tilts on its axis.

Ever knows that when you control the relationship game, you can’t get played. But for the first time, she wants more than short-term satisfaction. Step one: end her fling with commitment-phobic Charlie. Step two: sacrifice herself to the ruthless NYC dating scene. Yet everywhere she turns, there’s Charlie, being his ridiculously charming self. No online match or blind date compares to the criminally hot cop-in-training, but they’re over. Aren’t they?

If love is a four-letter-word, why does the idea of Ever seeing someone else tie Charlie up in knots?  Now he’s desperate to win her back…and a little date sabotage never hurt anyone, right?



With the rare ability to create novels with both scorching hotness and incredible emotion, Disorderly Conduct further proved that Tessa Bailey can find that perfect balance. The ease with which it was to fall into these characters, be enthralled by their mannerisms, and what made them tick, was made possible only because of how vivid and stark they each were written.

Charlie and Ever were palpable and evocative, freshly painted and formed with each turn of the page. Their wild chemistry was fiery and combustible, leaving me with a constant state of swarming butterflies running rampant in my belly as the sexual tension escalated, further proving my long-ago thought that Bailey can take sex and dirty words farther than any would ever expect it to go. Words and characters can be sexy, but what makes hers so effective and moving is the sheer amount of deep-rooted emotions that go into every thought and action and characterization. The gutted feeling of need that sprang up between the two was so beyond tangible that there aren’t words to describe it.

While these two characters navigated the unease of feelings and unbroken ground, there was a slow introduction into the psyche and hang-ups to both Charlie, his devotion to the force, and Ever, her deceptive upbringing, allowing us to see into them as the story progressed rather than showing all of the cards upfront–and that, to me, is the brilliance of a Bailey novel. Each multi-faceted character of hers continues to surprise and affect the reader as the layers of the story peel back and unfold. And the unexpected humor that was splashed into this story gave such humility and depth to every aspect, making it oh-so-fun.

Disorderly Conduct was a fantastic, sexually-charged love story that captured an electric connection between two unique characters with ease. In exploring the true wants and needs of each character, leaving behind the projections of others or what’s expected, Bailey perfectly brought to life two characters that leapt from the pages from the very beginning. The reread-ability and the joy felt while reading this novel made this a must-read story and the new, hands-down, favorite novel of this author. (Also, probably the best meet-cute in the history of meet-cutes). This series started with a bang and I’m beyond anxious to experience the rest of it.



The Academy Book Two

Release Date: January 30, 2018

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tessa bailey bio

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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