Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey
(The Academy #1)
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
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?
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of Disorderly Conduct for an honest review.
Disorderly Conduct is the perfect, steamy start to The Academy series. With both Charlie and Ever having dysfunctional relationships in their lives they are bound to not know what they want or how to have a functioning relationship.
Ever has only had one thing to relate with her mom and that is the pact they have both made with themselves. To both be mistresses. Not how most might think a mistress but to not get attached to any men and to make sure to stay with them no longer than 30 days. This way your heart can’t get involved and it can’t get broken.
Charlie only has time for one relationship in his life and that is his job. He has been groomed for it his whole life, and the family expectations are very high. So girlfriends are out of the question. He could never give the time needed, plus he saw how it worked out for his parents. His dad was committed to the job and his mom left because of it. He does not need that kind of heartbreak.
When Ever and Charlie see each other at a bar one night and they both agree to a casual relationship, they wonder if this is too good to be true. Charlie thinks Ever is the perfect unicorn, she is not in the way of his job and is available for him when he needs. Ever thinks Charlie is great, he is married to his job and never asks questions or stays too long but 30 days is almost up and things are about to change.
It is amazing how both of these people can say they so adamantly do not want something and then subconsciously were doing the exact opposite. The heart and body wants what it wants. The problem is when your head realizes what is happening.
Will Charlie or Ever stop themselves from becoming too attached? Will things change for one and will that affect the other? You have to read to find out.
Disorderly Conduct was a fast paced, funny, sexy read. I can’t wait for more from this series, especially from Greer’s POV. I overall thought this was a great start to a new series and would definitely recommend it. I am giving it 4 out 5 stars.
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.