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In Disturbing His Peace we meet New York City Police Lieutenant Greer and police academy cadet Danika. Their relationship is a little bit forbidden, let’s see if they can make it work.
DISTURBING HIS PEACE by Tess Bailey
Publication Date: April 24, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Avon Source: Pure Textuality PR Length: 368 pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 3/ 5 Romance Rating: 4/5
Danika Silva can’t stand Lt. Greer Burns. Her roommate’s older brother may be sexy as hell, but he’s also a cold, unfeeling robot. She just wants to graduate and forget about her scowling superior. But when a dangerous mistake lands Danika on probation—under Greer’s watch—she’s forced to interact with the big, hulking jerk. Call him daily to check in? Done. Ride shotgun in his cruiser every night? Done. Try not to climb into his giant, muscular lap and kiss him? Umm…
Greer doesn’t let anything—or anyone—distract him from the job. Except lately, all he can think about is Danika. He’s wanted the beautiful, cocky recruit since the moment he saw her. But she’s reckless and unpredictable, and Greer is painfully aware of what can happen when an officer doesn’t follow the rules. Probation seemed like a good idea, but now Danika’s scent is in his car and he’s replayed her voicemails twenty times. Christ, he’s a goner.
Danika’s melting Greer’s stone-cold exterior one ride-along at a time. Being together could have serious consequences… but breaking a few rules never hurt anybody, right?
Well, what are you waiting for? Take a good, long look at the cover. Don’t rush on my account, I’m not going anywhere. He’s very handsome, isn’t he?
Disturbing His Peace was one of those books I couldn’t wait to read. I had it on my to-read list and had the release date marked on my calendar before I even started this blog. There was even a literal happy dance when I got the opportunity to review it.
There were many things I enjoyed about this book. The last 35% was wonderful. Had the book been 150 or so pages long and that was all I got, it would have been 5 stars, no question. I’d be recommending it to everyone. It was adorable, sweet, a bit sexy, and it dealt with important issues like professional burnout, overcoming childhood struggles, and realizing that you deserve to be loved.
The steamy scenes are well worth a read. I made a note about “realistic sexy time dialogue.” There’s one scene in particular in the back of an unmarked police vehicle… it felt naughty. I mean, the back of a vehicle is just meh, but the back of a police vehicle sounds forbidden which I guess makes it more appealing. Until you think about all the icky things that happen there…it’s something that will have to stay on the pages.
Now, there were also many things I didn’t like. It makes me sad to say because I really, really wanted to love this book.
First, this book was a bit too insta-love for my liking. It felt like I met the characters and they were already obsessed with each other.
Second, and probably the biggest barrier to my enjoyment of this book is all the repetitive fluff. The first 70% of this book is essentially inner ramblings about how much they like each other. There’s only so many ways you can rephrase “I like him.”
Something strange happened while I was reading this book. I think everyone occasionally neglects their responsibilities to read more. This book had me itching for breaks. I’ve got mixed feelings about this.
On one hand, my crown molding is dusted, my flower beds are weeded, and the leaky faucet in the guest bathroom is replaced. It’s awesome because I’ve been putting those things off for ages. On the other hand, I don’t often prefer chores over reading. It was a strange experience. I took a full 5 days to read this book and it shouldn’t have taken more than 2.
Overall Disturbing His Peace, probably wasn’t the best book for me. However, I think I’m the minority here and I’m sure many will enjoy the light, easy read.