Sunday, January 28, 2018

Early Review of Indecent Exposure (The Academy #2) by Tessa Bailey

TitleIndecent Exposure: The Academy
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Academy (Book 2)
Format: Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (January 30, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0062467107
ISBN-13: 978-0062467102
Author's Website: 
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jack Garrett has one of the biggest egos you'll ever see. He thinks he's god's gift to woman. While some of it is well founded--he's gorgeous, will treat a woman right (for the one night he's with them), and a sweet talker--he's got his flaws. His main one is he doesn't do relationships. When a cute redhead with an Irish accent and a long standing fascination with organized crime doesn't instantly succumb to his charms, he becomes intrigued.

Katie McCoy is a straight laced, Catholic raised, Olympic gold medalist in the air rifle competition, and more proficient with fire arms than just about anyone else around. She's part of the Garda Emergency Response Unit, the elite Police Tactical Unit of the Garda Siochana, the national police force of Ireland. She's come to New York as part of the International Police Exchange Program and is looking forward to two weeks of freedom. For the past four years she's trained relentlessly for the Olympics under the thumb of her father. She's looking forward to finally living a little. She has a list of what she wants to do over the next two weeks and Jack is not on her agenda. When she finds out that he's going to be under her tutelage, along with the rest of his unit, for the next two weeks she feels a torrid love affair with this infuriatingly handsome man would be way too complicated. But maybe, just maybe it'd be worth it?
This is the second book in The Academy series and it can be read as standalone.You may, however, wish to read the first book because I believe it captured the friendship dynamic between Jack, Danika, and Charlie a little better. I'm having so much fun reading about this trio and watching them fall one by one. Charlie and Jack are a little rough around the edges but they're all heart. I look forward to reading more about Danika in the next book and Charlie's brother, lieutenant Burns.

My first impression of Jack was that he was way too cocky. As he opens up and reveals some of his inner demons, however, we learn there's more to this man than just another pretty face. He just doesn't know it. Katie inspires him to look deep inside himself and figure out what he wants out of life. No ones ever expected much out of he so he never expected much of himself. Katie, however, sees something no one but his friends have, and encourages him to become the man she knows he's capable of being. I rather liked that about her.

Katie turned out to be not quite what I first expected. While I figured she was smart and strong, she was tougher than I would have given her credit for when we're first introduced to her. Jack's reaction to the thought of her sporting fire arms had me laughing. The boy's got it bad at the beginning of this book, and I could just imagine the goofy grin lighting up his face as he thought about her. Katie is by no means a push over and refuses to settle. Jack has to come up to snuff because she'll accept nothing less. It's the way she was raised.

I couldn't help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. I liked how the author via Katie made Jack face up to his problem and get help. I also loved how Katie inspired him to be all that he could be. The two made a cute couple and I loved how the story didn't have that cookie cutter feel about it, and I found it surprisingly refreshing. Jack didn't win me over at the beginning but by the end, I simply adored him. On the Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a SHOWER rating--a cold shower is necessary (need I say more?). Some books should come with a warning--make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order. 

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