Made in Jersey Book Three; Standalone
Factory mechanic Duke Crawford just wants to watch SportsCenter in peace. Unfortunately, living with four divorcee sisters doesn’t provide much silence, nor does it change his stance on relationships. But when a fellow commitment-phobe stumbles into his life, getting him good and worked up, he can’t deny his protective instincts.
Samantha Waverly’s brother just put her in an impossible situation. The only way out? Marry huge, gruff, gladiator look-alike Duke—for show, of course. She doesn’t make promises—she knows too well how easily they can be broken—and this is no exception.
As the blistering attraction between them grows, the lines around the no-strings relationship blur. But Duke and Samantha’s marriage is only for show…or is it?
Yowza. WORKED UP is, again, another hit out of the park for Tessa Bailey. Bailey wrote a scrumptious hero with Duke because he’s the definition of a PMB (Pouty Man Bear). He’s big, stocky, a bit brutal, and super pouty. This commitment-phobe, tough guy absolutely falls apart when he crosses paths with Samantha. And forget about Samantha’s aversions, too, because something about Duke just erases all of her subconscious. How could it not, considering the sexual attraction is a giant ball of fire that will snare you in with it. I mean, good goddamn Tessa!
I love what Tessa did with Samantha’s character with the element of her drawing capability and the dream she was trying to achieve. It really added an extra level to the connection between her and Duke, and the mind of a creative visionary was fascinating. I really felt her itch to draw and the things she was able to see out of everyday situations or people. And man, I loved Duke. He had such a big presence, not only because of his size, but because of his caring personality. I mean, the guy is taking care of his sisters and has an instant knee-jerk reaction to do the same with Sam. Even if she really doesn’t want it. But that fight between the two, how they can’t resist but also can’t stop, was off-the-charts great.
Tessa Bailey has a unique writing style that I’ll never tire of. Her male characters will never fail to enrapture me either. Duke and Samantha’s story was intensely captivating, and it filled the ache that I suffer between Tessa Bailey releases, which now I’ll suffer through again until the next book. But what makes her books great is the fact that I can keep coming back to them, rereading when I have a hankering, and they never disappoint the second, third, tenth time around. WORKED UP will work you up in the best way.
Made in Jersey Book One ⊥ My Review
Made in Jersey #1.5 ⊥ My Review
Made in Jersey Book Two ⊥ My Review
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
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.