Friday, August 26, 2016

Blog Tour ~ Worked Up by Tessa Bailey ~ (Review, Excerpt, Book Trailer + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ Worked Up by Tessa Bailey ~ (Review, Excerpt, Book Trailer + Giveaway)


Worked Up by Tessa Bailey 

Made in Jersey #3 

Publication Date: August 1, 2016 

Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Contemporary Romance

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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?


Duke stepped closer, flattening Samantha against the wall, leaning down to talk at her temple. “Maybe you’re the hottest thing I’ve ever seen.” He dropped an arm, sliding it beneath her ass and boosting her up. The tight proximity of their bodies caused the upper half of her dress to slide down, revealing two perfect mounds topped with raspberry-colored peaks. Duke’s cock jerked with a surge of lust, fighting the fly of his jeans to gain freedom. There was something…corrupt about having an angry girl topless in his hallway while a party was in full swing outside. A girl whose eyes continued to spit fire at him, even though her inner thighs rubbed restlessly against his hips. “When men think of putting their mouths on a woman’s tits, they don’t picture themselves sucking gently. Or blowing on them.” He rubbed the seam of his lips across one delicious looking tip. “Not me, anyway. Not since I’ve seen this pair you’re walking around with.”


*** Copy provided to the reviewer via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Grumpy bear Duke only gets grumpier when Samantha Waverly enters the bar he's in, drawing every man's attention, including his, toward her. They hit it off as soon as they start talking, bonding over Samantha's bad jokes, her sketching talent and the attraction that neither of them can deny, despite the two of them being commitment-phobes. 

A chance encounter the next day, only brings them closer and before they know it, they are getting married so Duke can help Sam with her brother. But will a marriage in those circumstances ever work?

I liked Duke, he was strong and reliable, very supportive of his 4 divorcee sisters and his friend Vaugh and his family, who all lived with him. I just wasn't that fond of how much of a caveman he turned into in regard to Sam, not that she was complaining... much. I kind of liked Sam. She was sweet and quirky. I liked that she was herself and didn't care if others liked her jokes or not. I liked the chemistry between Sam and Duke, for the most part. Although I have to admit that some of the sex scenes were a bit over the top and cheesy for my taste. 

All in all, it was an okay read. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I found the writing a bit choppy in some parts, even if it was fine overall. Would I read it again? Probably not. Would I recommend it? Well, maybe. I don't read all that many MF books any longer, so perhaps some others might enjoy this book. It just wasn't for me. 

Rating: 3 Stars!


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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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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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