Disorderly Conduct: The Academy

Disorderly Conduct: The Academy

by Tessa Bailey

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Overview

One of Amazon's Best Romances of September & Best Romances of 2017

A 2017 RT Reviewers' Choice Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Love & Laughter

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062467096
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: The Academy , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 31,909
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove 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 and 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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Disorderly Conduct: The Academy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tessa Bailey is still one of my favorite authors. She did a great job on this book. Ever was a great female character and Charlie was a wonderful partner. He made me want to shake him up sometimes to realize his true feelings. In the end he redeemed himself spectacularly. Storyline was very entertaining. Great new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet steamy romance, a great rainy day read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really end Charlie and Ever's story. I can't wait for Greer's and Jack's stories to become available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of back and forth. But once they figured out they loved each other it became a better story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book frustrated me. Charlie (hero) was so full of himself and so....I don't even know. Let me backtrack. We meet h/h right away. They meet and kiss in a bar. "Let me take you somewhere to finish this." "Ok but nothing serious." So far so good. But then I turn the page and it's one month later. Huh? Come to find out, Charlie only texts her when he wants sex. He comes over, they have wild crazy sex, and he's out the door as soon as he zips up. 20 min or so. They never talk about anything. The only thing he knows after a month is that she's hot. She wants a hug or a little comfort, he's not your guy. :( He's upset when she breaks things off, because he lost his hot, easy lay. This guy is gross. And then he goes to great lengths to get her back, but STILL just for the sex. I got so tired of his internal dialogue in every chapter: I don't do relationships...blah blah. Then stop persuing her! It made no sense how contradictory he was. He kept saying I dont have time for a relationship, but he was constantly at the bar or watching a game with his friends...frustrating and so disappointing. I usually love Tessa's books. This one, not so much.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey Book One of The Academy series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: August 29, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: I love Tessa Bailey and her books - very few have been misses, and I've read nearly all of her books. I've been very excited about this new series, not only because the publisher is one of my favorite adult romance publishers, but because it sounds like a great series. I love men in uniform, and as romance heroes, they are totally my type. Most are alpha types who love to give orders. Charlie Burns is no exception, and I loved that part of his personality. This type of romance isn't my usual, but I didn't dislike it (like I thought I would). I had some issues with Charlie's behavior to get Ever to be with him, and I'll talk about those issues and how they caused the drop in rating. But overall, I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would, which is a win! Charlie Burns and Ever Carmichael met in a bar one evening, and it was lust at first sight. Ever is only looking to hook up temporarily (for one month maximum), and only with "unavailable" guys. Guys like Charlie, who are single but completely married to their job. Charlie Burns doesn't do relationships, not while he is in the police academy, training to become lieutenant and sergeant and follow in his brother's, father's, grandfather's, and great-grandfather's footsteps. So when he and Ever meet, it is perfect. They see each other every day, sometimes more than once, to have sweaty, hot, fantastic sex. But one month ends, and so does their fling, when Ever tells Charlie that she can't do it anymore. Ever wants to date for real, and she doesn't think Charlie wants real. But when they part, Charlie begins to realize that he wants Ever, all of Ever, and he wants real with her. What follows is the story of a man who is desperate to make a woman realize that he is good for her, and she is good for him. Like I said, this isn't my usual kind of romance. I don't mind the whole lovers-to-more kind of thing, in which they go from casual hook-up to relationship status. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
So, real talk? Tessa Bailey is my favorite author. I've loved all of her books, and yet I'm continually surprised by how amazing each one is. Why am I still surprised?! I don't know. All I know is that if you want sexy, but still sweet, alpha male heroes, with dirty talking skills like whoa, and heroines who are smart, independent, and fun, you REALLY need to read Tessa's books. Charlie and Ever were complete magic together. Charlie Burns is in the NYPD Police Academy, following in his father's and older brother's, and about 3 other generations of his family's, footsteps. He's determined to be the best, and nothing less. He knows the sacrifices he's making in his life to obtain this goal, including love. His mom skipped out when he was a kid because she couldn't deal, so he has no plans to put all that on another person in his life. He's content to have no strings flings, and never expected to even want anything more. Then in the bar one night, a beautiful, magical unicorn walks in, and she doesn't want anything serious either? Sign him up. Ever Carmichael comes from a long line of mistresses. Yes, that kind. She's lived by the rules her mom, and grandmother set out for her. Always choose unavailable men. Never stay with a man more than 30 days. Never fall in love. Ever has tweaked these rules some to apply to her own life. She doesn't think it's right to carry on with married men the way her mom does, but she looks for men that are unavailable in other ways, like when they're married to their job. Ever is deep into her own job, as she and her roommate are trying to get their catering company off the ground, so she doesn't have time for anyone in her life anyway. Charlie is the perfect candidate, since they're both pressed for time, and only want each other physically. But, something happens in Ever's life, and she decides she wants to try for more in her life than casual hookups. She knows that's not what Charlie is looking for, so she calls it quits. Charlie doesn't like that at all, and he wants to convince her they have the perfect arrangement. Charlie and Ever's chemistry is like FIRE. They are so hot together, and the sexy times were top notch. They have a bit of funny banter as well, though for the first part of their "relationship", they don't do much talking. I really enjoyed their awkward interactions after their "non-break-up" when they try to be friends too. Charlie is convinced that if he can secretly thwart Ever's dates, that she'll realize it's a waste of time, and they can go back to their perfect arrangement. But, he comes to realize maybe that old "arrangement" isn't going to work for him anymore either. Charlie screws up very badly, but he gives one of the greatest, most epic grovels, I've ever read, and I loved it so much. It's definitely now on the top of my list of favorite grovels of all time. I love a hero who isn't afraid to do ANYTHING to get his girl back, and Charlie was amazing. This was an emotional story, and both Charlie and Ever had FAR from a typical childhood, which had great bearing on their lives as adults. They were both trying desperately to please their parents, without realizing the damage it was doing to them. Watching them finally become more self-aware was so worth the journey. There were so many great side characters in the story too. I really loved Charlie's 2 best friends and roommates, Jack and Danika. They'll each have their own books too. This book was magic. Highly recommended!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I've heard so much about Tessa Bailey's books, but I wasn't blown away by the one I read, so I decided to give this one a try. I liked Ever and Charlie. They're both similar in so many ways and it was amusing to watch them navigate this non-relationship. I did like Jack and Danica and I'm hoping they each get their own story. Plot wise it got a bit repetitive. Ever and Charlie have excellent chemistry and the UST was all over the place. My main complaint {for lack of a better word} is that when it came time for them to get to know each other as "friends" it felt like we were told, not shown. And that's where the repetitive-ness comes in: there's a lot a lot a lot of push and pull. Overall, it was a quick read focused on a relationship that was easy to root for and a grand gesture that was perfection. The epilogue sets up a few things and I'm eager to see who the next book is for. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Disorderly Conduct is book 1 in the Academy series. This is my first Tessa Bailey book and I can already tell you it will not be my last. I really enjoyed the author's writing style and can't wait to read the next book. Bailey weaved a steaming hot read with lots of conflict that kept my attention. This story revolves around Charlie Burns, a police academy cadet and Ever Carmichael a chef at her catering company. They are at a bar one night and lock eyes and wind up starting a no strings attached fling. Ever has a set of rules to go by, basically being don't stay with a guy longer than a month, don't fall for him, etc. She winds up cutting off the fling with Charlie after a month together and Charlie doesn't exactly want that and I could tell Ever didn't either. The duo decide to stay friends and oh boy some of the scenes made me want to shake either one of them. Neither makes the best decisions but since I'm rooting for them working it out and getting together again it really wound up frustrating me during some of their more major conflicts. Disorderly Conduct is a sexy read you won't want to miss. I really wound up enjoying this book and can't wait to read more of TBailey's work in the near future. I will lay this out there right now, this story isn't going to be for everyone. Charlie wants Ever back as a fling and decides to ruin any dates she winds up going on. He has the right intentions kind of in his head but it does give a somewhat stalker/obsessed vibe at times. Some of the scenes are absolutely hilarious but others do cross a bit of a line and could possibly annoy you. If you're a fan of steamy contemporary romance novels with lots of conflict, you're going to love this book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The player just got played by a novice to the game. Tessa Bailey knows how to deliver sexy while keeping it sweet. Disorderly Conduct takes every stereotype about relationships and bends the rules. Ever as unique as her name. She acts tough, but that's just a facade to keep the pain and loneliness at bay. Charlie can be a jerk, but when he cares about anything or anyone, he's all in. One night of sex leads to a casual no strings relationship. Until emotions become involved? Will "nothing serious" turn into happily ever after? Something special has arrived.