This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Edelweiss+. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey
Series: The Academy #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Format: ARC, E-book
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You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…
Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t believe his luck when the gorgeous blonde he meets in a bar murmurs those magic words: “Nothing serious, ’kay?” Mind-blowing, no-strings sex with Ever Carmichael—it’s the holy grail of hookups for a guy who’s too busy following in his law enforcement family’s footsteps to think about getting serious. Charlie’s all about casual…that is, until Ever calls it quits and his world tilts on its axis.
Ever knows that when you control the relationship game, you can’t get played. But for the first time, she wants more than short-term satisfaction. Step one: end her fling with commitment-phobic Charlie. Step two: sacrifice herself to the ruthless NYC dating scene. Yet everywhere she turns, there’s Charlie, being his ridiculously charming self. No online match or blind date compares to the criminally hot cop-in-training, but they’re over. Aren’t they?
If love is a four-letter-word, why does the idea of Ever seeing someone else tie Charlie up in knots? Now he’s desperate to win her back…and a little date sabotage never hurt anyone, right?
When I first saw the cover to Disorderly Conduct and read the synopsis I thought it was going to be a fun read. I mean a romance with a police cadet and a nothing serious kinda girl sounds like there is going to be a lot of humor, romance, and drama. The story starts out like I expected but as it went on it became exceedingly romantic. I was not in any way expecting the seriously romantic, blow my mind type of romance scenes that this story delivered. Be still my heart, I am in love with Tessa Bailey’s writing!
At the start, Charlie is out on the town with his buddies but always on the prowl for a good time. While out at a bar he runs into a smoking hot woman and she tells him she does not want anything serious. Of course, he can’t believe her but he goes along for the ride. What he did not realize is that when Ever Carmichael says something, she means it. For the next thirty days Ever stays true to her no-strings attached sexual escapades.
Ever grew up in a family where she has been groomed to never have a long-term relationship. Men will say anything to bed you but then they will leave you. That is what Ever took as gospel all her life. When someone in her life came to her and begged her to give relationships a chance, Ever decided that she would try to have a relationship for the first time in her life. Although she was incredibly attracted to Charlie, he was a non-committal kind of guy, so the first thing she needed to do was cut him loose.
Charlie thanked his lucky stars that Ever really did want no-strings attached sexy times with him but when she called it quits he did not like it at all. Certain that Ever was just confused about what she wanted he felt it was his job to show her that no-strings sex was what she really wanted, not a relationship with commitment, children, and the whole package. She should just want his package, ha ha ha. Charlie hatches a plan where he was going to get Ever to see that what they had was good enough and that she should give up her search for the “one” and just get between the sheets with him.
Charlie was just a little confused about what he really wanted with Ever. His childhood was not one that would foster grand designs of relationships or marriage. When he lost Ever he didn’t understand why it upset him or why her loss mattered and that is what made this story so, so, so swoony for me! The growth of his character was what really endeared me to this story. Although he might have made a few errors in judgment when Charlie finally realized that he handled things with Ever in all the wrong ways, the way tried to redeem himself was sooooooo incredibly romantic, touching, off the charts endearing. I JUST LOVED IT!
This is a very steamy read but there is more to it than just sexy times, although expect a lot of that between these characters. Charlie and Ever develop a true friendship and they learn that there can be a deeper meaning to relationships when they put aside their fears and rules and just let things happen naturally. Disorderly Conduct is a story that I highly recommend to romance readers. It has everything that makes a great romance but leaves out the drama, such as cheating, love triangles, and emotions blowing hot then cold. I just cannot recommend this book enough!
*Thank you to Edelweiss+ & HarperCollins for this eARC of Disorderly Conduct*