Indecent Exposure: The Academy

Indecent Exposure: The Academy

by Tessa Bailey

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One of Amazon's Best Romances of February

One of Bookpage's Best Romances of 2018

"Sexy and emotional..." (Washington Post - Best Romance Novels of February)

Is there a problem, Officer?

Jack Garrett isn’t a police officer yet, but there’s already an emergency. His new firearms instructor—the one who just dropped every jaw in the academy gym—is the same sexy Irish stranger Jack locked lips with last night. The Olympic gold medalist and expert markswoman is now officially off-limits, but Jack’s never cared much for rules . . .

Katie McCoy’s been cooped up in a shooting range for too long. A wild love affair is just what she needs to let loose, though she never imagined it would be with her smokin’ hot trainee. She cannot get involved with Jack—but a quick fling? Perfect. Falling hard for a charismatic recruit with an equal amount of sex appeal and secrets? Bloody stupid.

Jack’s charmed the pants off plenty of women (literally), yet few have ever looked beyond his perfect surface. Until Katie. He’ll do anything to keep her in his life . . . except tell her about his past. But a tiny lie of omission never hurt anyone, right?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062467119
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: The Academy , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 22,900
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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Indecent Exposure: The Academy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Ok, at the beginning I didn't think I would like this, because the hero started out rough. Saying how he's the king of random hookups; he's slept with soooo many women; he knows everything about pleasing women; shoves them out the door when he's finished; how the women he hooks up with have won the sex lottery; how he's the best lay; and of course how women line up to have him. Ugh, frankly I almost stopped reading here because I can't stand cocky, manwhore heroes. HOWEVER, keep reading because almost immediately we find out that he hates himself for these empty hookups. Throughout the story we also find out why. And once he meets Katie, no other woman exists. He's all in. I love how fierce/possessive he was. It says a lot about an author when she can make me change my mind so drastically about a character. The story was compelling and so different. A very heartbreaking, yet heartwarming story with some pretty amazing dirty talk on the side. I will definitely be reading this again.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Far more complex and layered with issues, dreams, obstacles than I expected, the emotion of this story took me by the throat and wouldn’t let go. Jack is a cadet, living with his best friends Charlie, Danika and Vodka. See, Jack uses the alcohol and women (oh a parade of women) to escape the voices in his head, the imagery, the guilt and shame. He also doesn’t really want to be a cop, it’s just something that will provide a paycheck and pension, and help keep his mother safe and away from her former profession. Jack is one of those arrogant but clever, thoughtful and thoughtless people who shouldn’t be so damn attractive – but he’s also good looking and surprisingly aware of boundaries (for others) and chivalrous even as he leaves in the middle of the night with no intention of calling… ever. Katie is an Olympic Gold medalist, in New York for two weeks and planning to cram in all the enjoyment and life she’d missed – when not there to do her job. A fascination with old mob murders are the start of her introduction to Jack – who keeps her safe, teases and flirts, yet walks away after securing a ‘date’ to meet at a fountain where she will reenact the opening scene from Friends. Imagine the surprise when Katie is the instructor for specialized training at the academy – with one cadet to move on to an elite unit. Surprise, delight, horror, embarrassment and even desire are warring within her: and her determination to remain professional (and not sully her career ) have decided the issue. The flirtation and diversion that Jack provides are out of bounds and won’t continue. But – this is romance, albeit more laden with issues (Pullman carloads of issues), a 2 week time limit and the problem of Jack. Yes, Jack. He’s a problem – or rather the pieces he’s hiding from Katie are the problem. He’s a natural with a rifle – and should be the hands-down frontrunner for Katie’s recommendation to the elite unit. But, he drinks – and that drinking and off-handed approach to his training has not gone unnoticed by the others in the class or his superiors. Then we have Katie, in town for two weeks, uncertain about her attraction to Jack and some niggles that she doesn’t know the whole story. But, every question results in some answers, a peek deeper into the pain and shame he feels, even as he seems to grow taller and more secure with her belief in him. Chemistry – that’s not a problem – they have that in spades. But it’s the unsaid, the unknown, and the unhealthy ways Jack uses to mask it all. Bailey takes a man struggling with his past issues and guilt, remorse and self-loathing: just coasting through life because he’s not worth the trouble, or worth people investing in him and making him worth the efforts of Katie to understand and start him healing. He’s got a smidge of little boy lost in him: it’s Katie that brings him light and a possible path – but her worries for him could be all-consuming, and she’s not sure that yet another obligation to her time or heart are possible. Surprisingly deep and emotional, with the clear correlation of Jack’s issues being both a stopping point and a chance for redemption and renewal, along with his determination to ‘give back’ to Katie and help her achieve dreams – the story moves from revelation to steam to revelations, again and again. His friends Charlie and Danika are large players in the story – wanting to help him, seeing the changes because of Katie, yet tired of the same lather, rinse, repeat
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FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Jack, the hero, is one handsome, hot mess. Though he’s training to be an officer of the law, he’s been breaking the hearts of countless women over the years with his Good Time Charlie one night only stand routine. But this guy is hiding an unseen broken heart of his own. Numbing the pain with wine, women, and song to heal the hurt from his dark secret has left him hanging by a thread. It isn’t until Katie shows up and catches on there is so much more to him than he ever realized that makes him want to be a better man. With a genuinely sweet, patient, caring, gold medal Olympian super shot marksmen heroine, who happens to be packing her own sack of sadness around, they both find love and healing in each other’s arm. Tessa Bailey has proven once again she knows how to write a heart melting, steamy read. I absolutely loved Jack and Katie together and simply cannot wait to read all the books in this great series. Title: Indecent Exposure, Series: The Academy (Book 2), Author: Tessa Bailey, Pages: 353, stand-alone but part of a series, very steamy scenes with lusty language, alcoholic former manho hero, romance safe, no cheating, no OW/OM drama, no love triangle, Irish gold medal Olympian heroine. Book 1 - Disorderly Conduct - (Charlie & Ever) Book 2 - Indecent Exposure (Jack & Katie) Book 3 - Disturbing His Peace (Greer & Danika) (These comments are based on a library edition. This is not an ARC review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story, great characters and great writing! It is funny, so heart wrenching lyrics sad and soon romantic. I don't usually like stories told in the First Person, but story was so much better in the First Person! Great!!
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
From page one I was not really sure how I would like this one (Don't stop here. Read on. I loved it! 5 Stars) Basically because initially I just didn't like Jack. I guess I didn't have the same attractions for him as Katie did. But in all fairness I knew a little more about him than she did initially. In the beginning a little of Jack's current personality is revealed. A womanizer. A jerk. Just getting by. A drunk. And probably more than I can't find words to describe. But, very quickly Jack grows on you. Even though he is still only going to the Academy just so he can have a job, underneath it all he is a really good guy. A really good guy that needs a break. A really good guy that grew up in a very, very sad and bad situation. Which ultimately is the cause of his attitudes toward women and drinking himself into oblivion. In enters Katie from Ireland. The two meet and immediately they are attracted to each other. Strangers collide and a spark is ignited. The two plan to meet again the following night. And then drama comes into play when Katie just happens to be the visiting arms trainer at the academy. Which means technically Jack is her student. Which throws Katie 'the professional' off. But it's not long before Jack with his experience 'womanizing' manages to persuade Katie to spend the few days she has in NYC with him as 'His girl'. Indecent Exposure turned out to be a sweet romance. The characters are all likeable. Even Jack once you get to know him. Actually once you get to know him he is kind of 'perfect'. There are a few other characters that a apart of the story. Jack's best friend Danika and room mate (who Katie is afraid is one of Jack's girls) and another room mate Charlie. I look forward to reading the next installment featuring Danika. And I am going to go back and read book 1. This series is a keeper! And well Jack's a keeper too! I received a complimentary copy.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Though there were many things I enjoyed about Charlie and Ever's story ( Disorderly Conduct ) probably my favorite parts were the secondary characters/heroes and heroines of future books. Ms. Bailey tortured us with glimpses of Danika/Greer's future story--and the torture continues here as well, OMG--and though I knew I would probably like Jack's--now that I've read it, like is just too tepid a description. I freaking loved Jack's story. Ms. Bailey did a fantastic job of really showing us Jack and Katie--we feel their chemistry (explosive, all the time), suffer along with their inner turmoil (crushing, at times), and agonize over the very real reasons that they can't/shouldn't be together (which they ultimately make realistic strives toward resolving). And all the while she kept me wildly alternating between laughing out loud, tearing up in sympathy, and feeling the need to fan myself. There are so many highlighted passages in my copy, I can't even tell you--I'm probably going to go read them over again when I'm done with this just so I can giggle/swoon/blink back tears one more time before rejoining the real world again. (And geesh, I thought I was anxious for Greer and Danika's story before--that's pretty much increased a billionfold now. Thanks, Ms. Bailey. I see what you did there.) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another great story from Tessa Bailey. I absolutely loved Jack and Katie, indivudally and together. This author has such a talent for creating real and relatable characters, and for pulling on your heartstrings one minute then getting things nice and steamy the next. SO GOOD!!!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
INDECENT EXPOSURE is the second instalment in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary, adult THE ACADEMY erotic, romance series focusing on three police academy cadets: Charlie Burns, Jack Garrett and Danika Silva. This is cadet Jack Garrett, and Olympic Gold Medallist from Ireland and expert markswoman Katie McCoy’s story line. INDECENT EXPOSURE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person points of view (Jack and Katie) INDECENT EXPOSURE follows police academy Jack Garrett as he battles demons from his past. Meeting the sexy Irish Katie McCoy had Jack dreaming of bigger plans for the evening only to come face to face with the Academy’s new firearms instructor-the same woman starring in his fantasies and dreams. Enter Katie McCoy, Olympic Gold Medallist from Ireland and expert markswoman, and the woman with whom Jack will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Katie and Jack, and the potential fall out when Jack’s past begins to slowly take over his life, and Katie’s time in New York, comes to a close. Throughout the story line the reader is up close and personal with a man whose demons ride him hard; a past mired in dark secrets that manifest themselves with too much drinking and low self-esteem. Jack is the epitome of sexy, handsome, model-worthy eye candy but a man whose struggles are painful and sad. Katie McCoy is a woman struggling with her place in the world; pulled in different directions wanting to please the family she has left behind. The relationship between Jack and Katie is one of immediate attraction who met ‘unofficially’ the night before their formal introductions. Never expecting to see one another again, the sparks begin to fly even though Katie begins to question Jack’s involvement in the police academy training program. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense, but once again, I dislike the use of a certain four-letter word that has no place in a romance story line-Jack likes to talk dirty in the bedroom. We are re-introduced to Jack’s best friends, roommates and fellow police academy cadets: Charlie Burns and his girlfriend Ever (Disorderly Conduct #1), and Danika Silva, a woman who has caught the eye of the police academy instructor Lieutenant Greer Burns (Charlie’s brother). Greer and Danika’s story line is next in Disturbing His Peace. INDECENT EXPOSURE is a story of family and friendship; acceptance and letting go of the past; of romance, love, and forgiveness. The character driven premise is captivating and revealing; the characters are driven, broken and colorful; the romance is energetic, provocative and passionate.
jneen277 More than 1 year ago
Oh Jack, the stealer of hearts all over New York. When we first met Jack, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like him. He was incredibly cocky and full of himself, bad giver of advice and didn’t seem to care about anything. Enter Katie. She was a breath of fresh air for Jack, throwing him off kilter with her wide eyes and Irish accent. I was as endeared by her as Jack was, she looked deeper at him and really saw him. Saw past his drinking to see the real Jack that no one else saw, gave him a glimpse of a future he didn’t know he wanted. This book deals with some pretty serious issues and I feel as though Tessa handled them perfectly and respectfully. Overall, it’s really sweet and caring and soul searching. PS - that epilogue though *heart eyes*
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Tessa Bailey's second sexy romance in The Academy series looks at a hero with issues whose involvement with a visiting firearms instructors is the catalyst for positive changes in his life and a brighter future. Jack Garrett is getting through his police officer training one day at a time, and a drink at a time too. Being numb helps him forget about the more painful parts of his childhood, part of which involved being raised in a brothel by his mother, who used to be a sex worker. Having a steady paying job is his way of keeping her out of that business. When he meets a beautiful, quirky woman lurking outside a bar, his first instinct is to get her into his bed. She's having none of that but will accept his companionship for the evening - a good thing since it turns out she's his new firearms instructor. Katie McCoy is an Olympic medalist markswoman, ready to be retired from the training and stress of competition but still happy to use her skills. On a two week assignment in New York, she plans to intersperse her firearms training classes at the police academy with knocking off things from her NYC bucket list. Having a wild love affair is on there and it's not long before the always charming Jack convinces her that he'd be happy to show her the ropes while she's in town. Jack has secrets, ones he realizes he wants to share with Katie. But will opening up about his past push away the girl he wants in his future? I am a longtime fan of Tessa Bailey, and she's written a challenging hero here, a man who uses alcohol and sex to forget about his past, while at the same time not letting himself plan for a future either. Jack meeting Katie, a woman who is determined to enjoy her newfound freedom after years of intense training, helps him to address things he'd hidden away. Along the way, Jack and Katie have a very passionate affair, one where sex becomes much more nuanced for Jack, and eye opening for Katie, previously a virgin. Their love scenes have the requisite 'dirty talking' that the author is known for, but also become emotional and intimate as Jack falls for Katie and vice versa. Told from both perspectives in first person point of view, there are some bumps and bruises along the way to their happy ending, but it's worth the wait. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
What can I say sexy man, sexy Irish accent, beautiful blue eyes . . . oh most of this belongs to her. This was one read that took me a bit by surprise. I have not read book one of this series yet, but I am making an appointment to do so. This was a fun read. I laugh a lot. I had lots of fun getting to know both Jack and Katie. I really liked Katie a lot. Jack was so-so for me. He could have been so much more but there was just something holding me back from truly enjoying him as a character. I found that Jack and Katie did not match each other. She was more open, honest, fun loving, straightforward, sexy, sassy, and had that great accent. She was the best. I found the writing smooth flowing, complementary to the characters being written, the secondary characters are rich and present. I found a connection with the pain of Jacks past but he was just a man that needed to have sometime to himself. He focused a bit too much on other things when he needed a lot of work himself. I will revisit this read again after I read book one. Just mainly to see if my prospective changes any. Sometimes that happens when I step in to the midst of an already in progress series.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Indecent Exposure is book 2 in The Academy series. I enjoyed book 1 so I knew I had to grab this novel. I'm glad I did, because we got to meet Jack Garrett in the previous novel but I really wanted to know more about him. I knew a bit about his past from book 1 but we learned a lot of his backstory and why he is the way he is in this installment. So Jack Garrett is out and about when he spots Katie McCoy, a gorgeous woman that he can't take his eyes off of. Thing take an interesting turn when he learns she's playing tourist and her goal is to find places that had mob hits. I can't say I've heard that one before, she's quirky and not from the USA which I loved. Anyway, they wind up sharing a kiss and making plans and when Jack goes to training (he's training to be a police officer) in walks Katie much to both of their surprise. You see, Katie is actually an Olympic gold medalist and expert markswoman and on the police training program she's there to instruct them in firearms. They know things shouldn't happen since they're now in a teacher/student situation but neither can deny the electricity. They try to keep business and pleasure separate but it wouldn't be a love novel without someone breaking the rules. Indecent Exposure makes me want the next book asap. I can't wait to see what will happen next especially with it being Danika's book. I was intrigued when the novel added in addiction (alcohol) and I liked that Jack wanted to try to get clean. I got a slightly weird feeling it was only for Katie though. He for sure wouldn't have attempted it without her influence. Other than that though, I really enjoyed this novel. If you're a fan of steamy guys in uniform you'll enjoy this series.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the cast of characters from the first book in this series, so I was pretty eager to get to Jack’s story. Love love loved Katie. She’s smart and sassy and I love how she handles Jack. Jack is a great guy. He’s charming and loyal and doesn’t realize how fantastic he is. Together they have a whole lot of chemistry and a bunch of sweetness too. Plot wise, it was a bit more drama-y and slightly darker than I was expecting, but it was easy to overlook because there was so much communication between Katie and Jack. I was so happy to see them talking as much as they did. Overall, it was a quick read with characters I loved and a perfect epilogue. I can’t wait to read the next one. Note: I’m not putting this on the rape shelf, as there isn’t a scene. However, some things are implied in a couple of conversations. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**