Tessa Bailey returns to her Academy series with a bang in Indecent Exposure, which features a charming police trainee who can’t resist his firearms instructor’s Irish lilt.
Jack Garrett is on his way to becoming a police officer. It’s not out of duty or family history; he’s just looking for a little job security. But the charming playboy finds himself slightly over his head when he realizes the woman he had a hot make-out session with the night before is now his new firearms teacher.
Katie McCoy knows her way around a gun. She’s a master markswoman and an Olympic gold medalist to boot. Plus, her charming Irish accent has everyone taking notice. However, the last thing she needs is to start a no-strings-attached fling with her new trainee. With Jack, though, nothing goes as planned, and resistance seems to be futile.
Jack is a welcome surprise as a hero. He’s the comedic relief of his friend group and likes to keep things light and fun. It’s no secret that Jack is also quite popular with the ladies, but he has an inner depth he tries to hide. He’s OK with being used for a little “release” and being the guy people can count on for a good time. But Katie sees something more in him than just eye candy, and for someone to want Jack for more than just a primal, superficial attraction is surprisingly satisfying. This realization that he’s more than just a hot bod is incredibly sweet.
With her Olympic background and intense training, Katie is obviously a unique heroine. She’s driven, outspoken and intimidating. It’s impossible not to love her. When paired with Jack, her honesty frequently puts the sweet-talker off his game, and to see him get frazzled by her openness feels like an exciting victory for the reader. Jack uses his humor as a shield, and Katie has no problem breaking down those walls with her earnest compassion.
When you read a book by Bailey, there are two things you can always count on: sexy, rapid-fire dialogue and scorching love scenes. Indecent Exposure delivers on both fronts and is a delightful reminder of why Bailey is a favorite author for many romance readers. Though there are moments of seriousness, especially when it comes to Jack’s guarded behavior and his past, this book is just wickedly fun.
After finishing the book, the biggest complaint from readers will be that they want more. More Jack. More Katie. And definitely more from the Academy. Hopefully, Bailey won’t make us wait too long.