Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all…

Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.

Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.

But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I always love reading Tessa Bailey’s books because her heroes are often dirty talking alpha males who know how to win the woman of their hearts. I first fell in love with Ms. Bailey in her Serve series. That went on with any other book she released after Owned By Fate. Of course, I love her more adult books above all else. That includes her Crossing The Line series. Ever since Austin Shaw was introduced, I’ve always been intrigued by him. He’s a very good con man. He is also the person that everyone in their team loved to hate.

I loved this book because the character development of both Polly and Austin was awesome. Polly went from being a secretive hacker who had a personal vendetta against another con man and who hated Austin as much as he confused her to a woman who fell in love with a con man and knew what side of him to trust and what she needed to do to really claim him. Austin went from a con man who didn’t have a real purpose to a man who knew how to love and how to give.

Of course, I also loved that their BDSM-ish relationship didn’t just involve Polly being the domme because we all know Austin is as much alpha as Connor or Bowen. However, the way he gives control over to Polly was sweet and sexy. Also, I liked that even if Polly liked being in control, she also needed to hand over the control sometimes. I liked the thrill of them closing in on the other con man. But I didn’t really focus too much on that because I just concentrated on the romance. Once again, Ms. Bailey gifts us with another amazing hot read. I think this book is my first five star for the year.


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 eight years and four-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.

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