Book Review – Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey







She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come…

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste. 

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.


5 Alpha Male Stars

This is my first Tessa read and I am smacking myself for not getting to her sooner.  If Protecting What’s His is any indication of what her other books are about than I am trouble of losing many hours of sleep catching up on all her books.  I was told she likes to write about Alpha males and this book proved just that.  The storyline for Protecting What’s His will pull you in from the very beginning and leave you panting and the need for more.

Derek’s character is all alpha male sexy muscle and has that dirty mouth to go with it.  He has a very strong personality and doesn’t sugar coat what he wants and what he plans to do to pleasure his partner.  He is loyal to his job and knows how to please a woman in ways she never thought possible.

Although he has that rough and tough exterior, he is kind and sweet. 

I can’t count how many times Derek had me squirming in my chair wanting his hands on me.  He knows how to use his hands to produce magic on a woman body and I was more than willing to let him practice his skills on me.  Derek is an alpha male to the bone and did not disappoint.

I mean who wouldn’t want a man who would protect them the way he protected Ginger?  I do, I do!  Ginger was running from her life and wanted a better life for her and her younger sister, she just didn’t think Derek would come swooping in and spank her right on the ass (no lie) and change her life for the better.   

I mean, who wouldn’t want a man that talks like this to them?

“Let me be clear, Ginger, since you insist on talking in circles.  I want you underneath me in my bed.  I want to be buried inside you so deep that I have to remind you of your own name.  And I want hose motherfuckers leering at you from the other side of the bar to smell me on you for a week afterward.”

Protecting What’s His is all sorts of sexy and kinky and I loved it.  Derek’s dirty mouth, Ginger’s response to him, and the chemistry that flew through them was extremely satisfying.  I am a sucker for a dirty mouth and Tessa didn’t disappoint when it came to Derek in that department.

“Do you feel that, baby?  That’s your man moving inside you.”

“Please, Derek.”

He thrust hard and quick exactly five times, just enough for Ginger to get used to the rhythm before slowing once more.  “Who’s fucking you, Ginger?”

She knew what he wanted to hear.  Throwing her head back, she reveled in every word.  “My man.  My man is fucking me.”

Not only does Derek want her he finds himself wanting to protect her for everything.  Something sparks inside him and he knows exactly what he has been missing for so long, her.  He will stop at nothing to keep her past from breaking down her door and sucking her back into it.  But the past doesn’t stay buried for everything and the things that Ginger had to do to escape her past has come back for her.  Now that Derek knows what he needs in his life can he get to Ginger in time and make good on his promise of always Protecting What’s His?

“Ginger…I wish you would answer the phone.  I really need to hear you voice.”