Off Base

Off Base

by Tessa Bailey, Sophie Jordan


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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan team up for a collaboration featuring two sexy contemporary romance novellas.


A welcome home he never expected...and will never forget...

When Kenna Sutton is tasked with driving home newly returned Beck “True Blue” Collier, she expects the strategic Army mastermind to be a pasty number cruncher. Never at a loss for words, Kenna is nonetheless rendered speechless by the gorgeous, inexperienced and tightly-wound Army major that lands in her passenger seat. Outraged by Beck’s lack of a welcome home after seven long years overseas, Kenna takes matters into her own hands, giving Beck something he’s only ever fantasized about in his bunk.

Beck has never shied away from a test of will and Kenna gives new meaning to the word challenge. One problem? Kenna’s father is the lieutenant general presenting Beck with the Silver Star and Beck is determined to treat Kenna with the respect she deserves, even if her eyes beg Beck to act out his most secret desires with her. Desires he's always been told were the work of the devil. But how long can one lonely, starving man hope to resist the woman he craves?


Being a good girl has its drawbacks...

Huntley Collier, an emergency room nurse and all-around do-gooder, is tired of living in the friend zone. Cullen Brooks was given the job of babysitting Huntley when her brother—his best friend—deployed. But their friendly coffeehouse hangouts and TV marathons leave her wanting more. When one crazy night leads to too many drinks and an explosion of long-denied lust, Huntley's dreams become a reality. And reality is one hot, wild place she never wants to leave.

But only a good girl can bring down a bad boy...

Known as Sullen Cullen around Black Rock, Cullen Brooks doesn’t have many friends, but Huntley is one of them … and despite his decidedly unfriendly fantasies of the curvy blonde, she is far too sweet for his darker tastes. Keeping his hands off is easier said than done, however, when demure, little Huntley responds to his touch like the wildcat he never expected...and can't stop pursuing, despite his better judgment. But when Cullen suddenly faces losing her, will this bad boy risk it all to keep his good girl?


“Tessa Bailey's alpha heroes will make you combust!” —Laura Kaye, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Sophie Jordan infuses all of her books with memorable characters, sharp wit, smoldering sexual tension and heart melting romance. It doesn't matter what genre of romance she's writing, if Sophie Jordan writes it I will read it.” —Jay Crownover, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Off Base was an absolute PERFECT read [...] This is the kind of book that makes you get grabby hands! You NEED it on your kindle and in your hands!” —Megan Wickland, Ana's Attic

“In Beck & Kenna, Tessa Bailey brings us a male virgin story. WHAT?!? Tessa Bailey the Queen of Dirty Talk is bringing a male virgin to life? Is she abandoning her signature style? Oh NO! She's inventing a brand new hero type. The Alpha Virgin! Kenna unleashes the BEAST in Beck and Tessa keeps it fun and believable. [Five stars]” —Nelle, Shameless Book Club

“Cullen and Huntley burned up the sheets!!! These two short stories will set your panties ablaze!!” —Adrian, Shameless Book Club

“You get a lot in both novellas, with so many hot and sweet quotes, you will find yourself squirming in your seat and holding your breath to see if they make the right decisions.” —Marissa, Shameless Book Club

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940941745
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 05/22/2015
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 526,573
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Off Base 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Tessa Bailey fan. I always find her stories resonate with that romantic or naughty part of me. This book did not disappoint. It made me want to go out and look for my own military man. Beck is the type of men I love from the south. I can truly say there are southern men with those charms. Beck and Kenna's story was sweet and hot. You rooted for them from page 1. Cullen and Huntley are like those friends you always think should get together because they hang around each so much. You can't help but love their story too. Excellent book. Great beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Tessa, Tessa, Tessa. Your story is fan-frickin-tastic. Again. Normally, I shy away from Novellas because the characters are usually under-developed or there's no depth to the story. Not so here!! I purchased this solely because Tessa wrote this and I'm really happy I did. It was fabulously refreshing that the hero was the inexperienced one for a change. Yet boy was he a caveman. The dichotomy of the two was such a turn-on. I wish more authors would write heroes like Beck. Not necessarily a virgin but guys with some standards. I can't believe this story was only 98 pages. It felt like much more than that. Well done Ms. Bailey. Well done indeed.
TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4/4.5 Stars | Hot Steam  I don’t normally read military romances but… when Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan—two of my all-time favorite authors—decided to collaborate and independently release a surprise set of white-hot, boundary pushing and swoon-inducing interwoven novellas, I immediately and joyously one-clicked. And, just as I’d hoped, OFF BASE couldn’t have been a more satisfyingly perfect read! From the second it appeared on my e-reader I couldn’t put down this intensely passionate, crazy sexy and all-consuming duo of dazzling stories. I fell in love with all four characters and was left over-heated, glowing and begging for MORE!!  Readers familiar with Tessa Bailey’s phenomenal contemporaries will devour her delicious virgin hero and his saucy and sweet cherry plucking seductress. Their lust to love story is signature Bailey but as fresh and fiery as ever. For readers who adore Sophie Jordan’s sublime historicals or perhaps have enjoyed her enchanting YA or NA novels will celebrate her provocative and powerful friends to lovers novella that is decidedly and delectably more brazen than anything she’s written before—and it’s so, so good!  Bottom Line: Read This Book! (It’s worth every single penny!)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read a book in a long long time that I enjoyed more! Beck and Kenna are my new favorite couple. Kudos to Sophie Jordan, you have a new fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tessa Bailey hits it out of the park again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that in 181 pages they got it! Everything you want to happen, happens. WELL DONE LADIES ??
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
Hot, that's the word I would use to describe this. I mean, if I'm sitting back fanning myself as I read, or if I have to put the book down for a moment to catch my breath than that says something, no? I have never read anything by Tessa Bailey. And I love Sophie Jordan. So I figured I would give this one a shot. And I can say I'm truly glad I did. Tessa delivers a sexy, hot, emotional story of a soldier who has pretty much dedicated his life to being just that and the girl who wins his heart. I love the chemistry between Kenna and Beck. Tessa doesn't waste any time revealing their attraction, or getting down to them being with each other. Of course, as with all contemporary reads, there is a bit of drama. A bit of "Does he want me?" and "Does she care about me?" But in the end we are graced with these two realizing they are more than meant for each other. You rarely read something where the male is less experienced than the female, but this novella goes there. And, even though Beck is the less experienced, he doesn't hold back with what he wants. While he questions at times if what he says or does goes too far for Kenna, he still takes that chance. And Kenna, who is the daughter of the biggest military man on base, doesn't waste time accepting him and making it perfectly clear there is nothing he could do wrong. And then there is Jordan's story of Cullen and Huntley. GAH! I loved this story so much. Cullen and Huntley, best friends for so long, yet both wanting more, and too scared to admit it. Until they have that one night where things change and neither is sure enough to know if it will go any further. I loved how strong they both were, but how their hearts gave them both pause. Cullen because he thinks there is no way he can let himself love Huntley and not hurt her, and Hunt because they have always been friends and she doesn't want that to be ruined. Both struggle so much with this and, honestly, I wanted to shake them and say DUH! what is wrong with you two, can't you see it? Cullen struggles with demons. The demons of his father and how he always told him he would amount to nothing. And the struggle of his having trained Xander, a good friend who ended up being killed while on deployment. Cullen, so strong and yet affected by so much. I will say I would have loved a bit more back story about his father, but it didn't change my love of the story. And Hunt is so independent, loving what she does for a living but feeling empty because she hasn't found that one person to fill the void in her heart. All along it's been Cullen, but she didn't think she could allow herself to even think it might happen. Both Jordan and Bailey provide stories that show the emotional journeys the characters take to come to terms with the love in their hearts. The writing is clear and flows easily. And the sexy factor is through the roof. I will say I did much squirming, in a good way, while reading these novellas. I'm so glad I jumped in with both feet. I hope these two team up again to give us more sexy, emotional reads!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This proves that just because a story is short, it doesnt have to feel rushed, or lack the richness and integrity of great characters. Stories were perfect! Full of passion & excitement. Couldnt step away til i read each one. Loved loved them! Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are 2 novellas here, each aprox 90 pages. Both stories are connected to one another and each a fun read. The second book, the Dom sex scenes could use a little work it doesn't read like that author knows much about that sort of sex, still it wasn't bad. I like the characters, the males are hot and the stories engaging. It was worth the $ because the stories are well written and edited well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Very hot military alphas. Two related novellas read as one novel.
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Mikki4ABookishEscape More than 1 year ago
5 intoxicating, page-turning, sexy, double the heat, double the passion, naughty scorching stars! Off Base, by Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan, has got to be one of the hottest novella that I have ever read! OMG!! Your panties will completely melt off of you! I have no clue how these two ladies came up with this idea, but BEST.IDEA.EVER. This book is divided in two short novellas. The first one is by Tessa Bailey, in which we follow Beck and Kenna. Sweet baby Jesus! Where do I start with those two?!?!?! If you have read any of Tessa Bailey's previous books you know that she can write some pretty awesome stuff. Her characters are extremely addictive and her writing style gets you hooked from the first page! She has the best dirty talking alphas hands down!!! Beck is a little bit different ... he's a dirty talking virgin! Yep!!! Major Collier has no clue what is waiting for him back in Black Rock. Kenna will deliver a welcome home party for two that he will never forget ... And, neither will I!!! *Fans Self* Things get a little bit complicated when Beck finds out that Kenna is the daughter of the lieutenant general presenting him with the Silver Star. His little temptress is far from making his life easy. Kenna is determined to make him take a walk on the wild side... The second novella of this book is by Sophie Jordan. In this novella we follow Huntley, which is Beck's sister, and Cullen, which is Beck's best friend. Cullen has been keeping an eye on Huntley from the moment Beck was deployed. Both of them have never really gave in to their attraction until now. Huntley has always been the sweet girl. Cullen is not attracted to sweet girls, but the way she makes him crave her touch is simply irresistible. One night is all it takes to make him feel things that he never thought he would feel. The sweet nurse has a wild side he can't get enough of. All of his fantasies are coming true in the most memorable way... Mission accomplished! Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan did a phenomenal job at bringing us two novellas packed with explosive chemistry, passion, love, romance and naughtiness! This dynamic duo sure knows how to write some steamy scenes! I'm a huge fan of Tessa Bailey and she had been teasing us with Beck and Kenna's story for a while  now. I knew that it was going to be another fantastic reading journey. I have loved every single one of her books until now and, Kenna and Beck's story did not disappoint!!!  It was my first time reading a story by Sophie Jordan. I know ... I know ... Where in the world have I been living?!?!?!? I was really blown away by her writing style and how well it intertwined with Tessa's story. I can actually say that these two authors are Twinsies. They have a similar writing style and the way they bring a story alive is simply AMAZING!!! I will definitely check out Sophie Jordan's previous books. If you have not read any of Tessa Bailey's or Sophie Jordan's books, Off Base is a great place to start! Highly addictive and super hot and naughty! You don't want to miss it! I give Off Base, by Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan, 5 intoxicating, page-turning, sexy, double the heat, double the passion, naughty scorching stars!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Off Base since before I even knew that's what it was going to be called. Several months ago, Tessa teased members of her Facebook group with a teaser featuring a hot, dirty talkin' MALE virgin. I knew immediately I needed the book. You don't see many male virgins in contemporary romance – and no one writes dirty talkers like Tessa – so I couldn't wait to see how this mashed up. A couple weeks ago, Tessa announced the title of this book – and that she was teaming up with Sophie Jordan, another author whose work I love, for it. I literally began counting down the days until I could get my hands on this one. It was everything I wanted and more. First up is Tessa's book. How much was I looking forward to this story? I got up an hour early (and might've made the conscious decision to be late for work that day) so I could read it. I couldn't even move from my bed once I started. Kenna drew me into the book, but Beck was incredible. So unlike most men I read about. I fell in love with him just about as soon as he appeared on the first page. If anyone knows where I can find a hot virgin male soldier who's a Southern gentleman outside of the bedroom and a dirty talkin' alpha inside it, let me know, k? But, as with all of Tessa's stories, there's more than simply hot sex here. (Though there is PLENTY of that. Seriously. You'll need a fan.) Kenna and Beck have a connection right from the start. Their chemistry is off the charts. They're explosive together. Their first meeting shook both of them to the core and I loved watching what unfolded between them. I really enjoyed Sophie's book, too! We're introduced to Huntley (Beck's twin sister) and Cullen (his best friend) in Tessa's book. It was pretty obvious something was going on with them and while reading Kenna and Beck's story, I couldn't help but wonder just what it was. They're close friends with tons of chemistry, but neither of them have made an attempt to go for something more. Until now, that is. After receiving some really tough news, Cullen needs some comforting. Huntley steps up and things get steamy pretty quickly. (Believe me when I say Sophie brings the heat with this book! Holy hell.) I didn't warm to Cullen quite as quickly as Huntley, but once I did I was hooked. He might be a playboy to the outside world, but there's more to him than meets the eye. I have a thing for the tortured hero and he certainly fit the bill. I liked watching his character grow and realize he was worthy of good things. Good things like Huntley. Novellas can be tricky. More often than not, I feel like I'm not getting a full story or that the characters are under developed. That definitely wasn't a problem here. I connected to the characters in both stories and felt like each of the four of them grew throughout the novella. I flew through both of these stories and found them satisfying. I'd love to see these ladies team up again soon. Maybe in a little follow-up to the stories I loved so much here? Yeah, I'm greedy like that.