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    Loved it!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I fell in love with the main characters, Jack and Katie. I couldn’t put it down. Read it in 2days.
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    Sexy flawed hero meets a woman who cares

    Tessa Bailey's second sexy romance in The Academy series looks at a hero with issues whose involvement with a visiting firearms instructors is the catalyst for positive changes in his life and a brighter future. Jack Garrett is getting through his police officer training one day at a time, and a drink at a time too. Being numb helps him forget about the more painful parts of his childhood, part of which involved being raised in a brothel by his mother, who used to be a sex worker. Having a steady paying job is his way of keeping her out of that business. When he meets a beautiful, quirky woman lurking outside a bar, his first instinct is to get her into his bed. She's having none of that but will accept his companionship for the evening - a good thing since it turns out she's his new firearms instructor. Katie McCoy is an Olympic medalist markswoman, ready to be retired from the training and stress of competition but still happy to use her skills. On a two week assignment in New York, she plans to intersperse her firearms training classes at the police academy with knocking off things from her NYC bucket list. Having a wild love affair is on there and it's not long before the always charming Jack convinces her that he'd be happy to show her the ropes while she's in town. Jack has secrets, ones he realizes he wants to share with Katie. But will opening up about his past push away the girl he wants in his future? I am a longtime fan of Tessa Bailey, and she's written a challenging hero here, a man who uses alcohol and sex to forget about his past, while at the same time not letting himself plan for a future either. Jack meeting Katie, a woman who is determined to enjoy her newfound freedom after years of intense training, helps him to address things he'd hidden away. Along the way, Jack and Katie have a very passionate affair, one where sex becomes much more nuanced for Jack, and eye opening for Katie, previously a virgin. Their love scenes have the requisite 'dirty talking' that the author is known for, but also become emotional and intimate as Jack falls for Katie and vice versa. Told from both perspectives in first person point of view, there are some bumps and bruises along the way to their happy ending, but it's worth the wait. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
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    Absolutely awesome read!

    I didn't read Book 1 in this series (which I will remedy), and I'm already excited to read Book 3! Jack Garrett is a hero that you love immediately from the first page. His cocky sexiness draws you in, and his self deprecating humour makes you stay. His concern for Katie melts you even further. Add in his dirty talk, and I tell you - you'll be wishing he was real & all yours. Katie's shyness & special sort of awkward are what makes her such a sweet character and perfect fit for Jack. How could you not love Katie's quirky obsession? The way she truly saw Jack's potential and pushed him towards it, despite him not believing in himself initially? This is truly a great read. The author made it so we didn't have a choice but to root for Katie & Jack as a couple. She touched on some heavy issues in the book with a different perspective that made the book unique and insightful. I still can't begin to describe how much I loved this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly, especially to those who love quirky romances, with cocky, dirty-talking heroes who know just how to love their women right. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book, which I received via Edelweiss.
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