Made in Jersey Book One
His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation…
Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She’s the fuel for every song he’s ever written-each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she’s always needed…
Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks-or rather storms-into Jasmine’s life. Sarge’s return shouldn’t affect her this way. He’s her best friend’s much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.
But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it…
♦5+ STAR REVIEW♦
Okay, let me start off by saying this: 29-year-old woman whose best friend’s younger brother, that she used to babysit, is now a 22-year-old man…Aaaand he’s been lusting after her for yeeears, and now that he’s back in town it’s high time for him to show her he’s a man now. Now, if that doesn’t get you to buy this book straight away, then you are a lost cause, my friend! Add in the fact that Tessa Bailey wrote it, and BAM! instant buy. I’ll admit the age thing was a little weird (younger guy, older gal) before I read page one, but OH MY GOD it was soooo good!
Sarge has taken a quick break in-between contracts with his band to visit home for the first time in years. He left the factory town at 18 to get away from the dead-end town and the one woman he wanted who couldn’t see past him being the ‘younger’ brother of her best friend. He’s tormented by his desperation for her, has spun her spell into every song he’s written, but he can’t get her out of his body no matter the words he sings or the lyrics he pens (or the women he beds, for that matter). Bound to run into her at some point in the little town, he didn’t expect to be in such close quarters with her when he has nowhere to stay and she has a free room. But this man, big-shouldered and breathtaking, has something to prove. And he’ll use whatever in his arsenal of weapons (i.e. dirty-talking, hip-grinding, spell-inducing magic) that he can to ensnare the one woman who seems to be clueless to him.
Jasmine had big dreams at one point to leave this dreaded factory town, but her hopes to make it as a singer were dashed rather abruptly. So is, apparently, finding a decent man. When a sexy supposed-stranger rescues her from a handsy date, she’s absolutely floored to realize it’s Sarge. Even though she’s seen him on TV, it doesn’t compare to the sheer magnitude that is his presence in a room. And good lord he’s saying things to her that cause the inherent whooshing of blood in her ears; the kind of stuff that makes her weak-kneed and her belly to drop. Jasmine, though, can’t seem to stop worrying about how forbidden this seems, even if the magic spell he’s weaving is seeping deep into her bones.
The desperation and sexual intensity in this book was massively scorching hot. The need literally radiates off of the pages, and his pleas twirl deep down in your tummy each time he speaks. He’s a pure alpha, simple as that, that doesn’t give one single, solitary fuck if his words, actions, pleas come off as anything other than his sheer want of her. You could feel the depth of his want in your gut and it was both sweet and painful. I’m going to say this on the record that Tessa is the QUEEN of sex. Her writing is spectacular, and she was meant to write romance. Her heroes are always incredibly strong while also not giving a shit about needing a woman. And her women, like Jasmine, are strong enough to resist, to have their own thoughts, but are also so very open to being taken by the right man, in due time. Sarge may be a favorite for me simply because you could feel everything he was feeling so poignantly.
I keep thinking that surely Tessa will run out of dirty-talking…but she doesn’t. Sarge takes it to a completely different level that will leave you wanting. So keep a hand, a toy, a significant other next to you because you’re going to need it. And I’ll tell you this, Sarge will rule your world. You’ll probably forget to swallow as you’re reading because you’re so wrapped up in the story that it will fall to the wayside. But what I’m trying to say, most of all, if this is the ONLY thing you take away let it be this: this is a MUST read. Seriously. READ IT.
Made in Jersey Book Two
Release Date: March 8, 2016
God help the woman I take home tonight.
Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.
This time I’ll finally crack him.
Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.
Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.
Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.
Made in Jersey Book Three
Release Date: April 4, 2016
He has one last chance to deserve the girl of his dreams…
Overachiever River Purcell was never supposed to be a struggling single mom, working double shifts just to make ends meet. Nor was she supposed to be abandoned by her high school sweetheart, breaking her heart into a thousand jagged pieces. Now Vaughn De Matteo is back in town, his sights set on her…and River is in danger of drowning a second time.
No one believed Hook’s resident bad boy was good enough for River. Not even Vaughn himself. But he’ll fight like hell to win back the woman he never stopped loving, to keep the daughter he never expected, and convince himself he’s worth their love in the process––even if he has to rely on their fierce and undeniable sexual chemistry.
But even as River’s body arches under his hungered touch, the demons of the past lurk in the shadows. Waiting for Vaughn to repeat his mistakes one last time…
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives on Long Island with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.