A Crossing the Line novel
by Tessa Bailey
Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all...
Con artist Austin Shaw's been in disguise so long he's not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he's been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.
Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she's ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He's infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she's determined to resist him.
But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants...including a man that Polly must trust if she's to escape their dangerous game alive.
I want to thank Entangled Publishing for letting me get a review ebook copy of this from NetGalley. I agreed to write an honest review - but I always write honest reviews, dear readers.
There are a lot of things I loved about Boiling Point and some things that irked me a little. Let's start with the love. I had never read a book about crime or con men or anything like that, so it was really fun to experience this type of ex-criminal squad - still tough, but working for the good guys. Austin, who I imagine has a sexy British accent, is lovable as a tough as nails, but sweet guy. Polly is a sweet woman who can outwit most people - plus, she sounds GORGEOUS. The more I read romance/erotica, the more I realize that I am a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope...which is what you get with Boiling Point. These two start off hating each other - or, seemingly so as we learn that the only thing Austin seems to hate about Polly is the fact that he can't have her. There's quite a bit of action - both in the bedroom and out. I was not disappointed in the slightest with those scenes. I really came to care about Austin and Polly as characters even though it felt like I read the book super fast.
Now, the things that irk me. Keep in mind - these aspects may irk me, but they do not, in any way, take away from the core of the story. For one, I was really lost at the beginning. Like, super lost. This may have been because this is the 3rd book from the Crossing the Line series, but I feel like that could have been a way to bridge it for those readers who haven't read the first and second books. Also, Polly is a hacker, but rarely do we have any scenes where she hacks. I get that it's a solitary activity, but all I kept hearing was about what an awesome hacker she is. That may be so and it might have been described in the other two books, but I wish I could have read a bit more about it here. I love hacker girls - hacker girls are not only hot, but awesome. Also, there is a section at the end, in which, I'm pretty sure, the author wants to bridge this book with her next book and...it just kind bored me. I don't care enough about THAT character (I don't like spoilers readers, so just try to follow me) right now because I'm still with Polly and Austin. It didn't feel smooth enough for me. I was too impatient to keep reading about this lovely couple.
Oh! How can I forget the best thing ever!? What I absolutely loved about this book was that it