Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Blog Tour: Worked Up by Tessa Bailey


Worked Up

by Tessa Bailey Made in Jersey #3 Publication Date: August 1, 2016 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: 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?


I love Tessa Bailey's books because she always has fun characters that pull you in to the story and make you feel like a part of their circle.  Worked Up is no exception, Samantha and Duke are amazing characters that grabbed my attention and held on. 

Samantha arrives in Hook to meet up with her step-brother, but he's not going to be in town for a few days, so she's left on her own. Right away there's a lot you can tell about her character, she is an artist, an illustrator for children's books, but someone who doesn't stop drawing just because its not for work. She's been hurt in the past, feels let down by her inability to complete her goals as she wants. She's against relationships, but that doesn't mean she doesn't appreciate the male form or what it can do. She's funny, and witty, and really makes you feel like you could be best friends. 

Duke is a good guy, he's sort of grumpy and hard, but that's not the full depth of him and his marshmallow center.  He's in a hard situation, living with his four sisters, all of whom have divorced, leaving him more bitter on relationships in general but also wanting to hurt those who have hurt his siblings.  He doesn't want much in life, but some quiet to watch his sports, to be able to drink a little, and just be. 

When Samantha and Duke meet, there's an instant connection of sorts, they are drawn to each other and even though to both of them it means nothing, it keeps pulling them closer.  When these two make an agreement, a marriage of convenience sort of situation, they never intended anything to change, but you know what they say about good intentions. 

I loved the banter and interactions between Samantha and Duke from page one. There was a gradual change between them that could be seen and felt with each turn of the page.  Their feelings changed and grew as well and it was fun to watch as it all progressed and they sort of had to admit that maybe there was more to their relationship than they had thought there would or could be.  Worked Up is a great blend of emotion, humor, and steam.  The characters are fun and engaging, the story not your usual, and the chemistry was off the charts.  Worked up was an excellant addition to the Made in Jersey series and I can't wait for more. 


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Synopsis: 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 is 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 ratherstorms-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...
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Synopsis: 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 onher...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...


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.


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