Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thrown Down (Made in Jersey #2) by Tessa Bailey: Review & Excerpt Tour


Blurb:

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...


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Excerpt:

Forty-nine months and three days.

That was how long it had been since he’d seen her.

Vaughn swayed to the right, his shoulder slamming up against the wall. Then he kind of just hung there, counting forward and backward from one to ten. Not helping. Not helping. His stomach pitched at the sight of River walking through the drunks, like a nurse walking among the wounded on a battlefield. She could still knock his lights out on sight. Not that he’d doubted it for a second. But God, if it were possible, she’d grown even more beautiful over the last forty-nine months. Her blond hair was tied up in a ponytail, a pencil stuck through the base, in a way he remembered well enough to make his throat go raw. In a short black skirt and fitted white T-shirt, River tried to look the part of indifferent barmaid, but didn’t pull it off.

Not by a stretch.

Eyes Vaughn knew were just a shade darker than cornflower blue flitted to each table, and her fingers tugged on the skirt’s hem self-consciously every time she approached a new one. When she fumbled with the notepad, recovering with a nervous laugh, a choked sound left Vaughn. “Riv,” he whispered.

She looked up so fast, he might as well have shouted. The sudden impact of having River’s focus on him after such an extended period of time without it released a rushing sound between his ears, blocking out the sad lounge act…and apparently someone asking if he needed a table. Because when Vaughn snapped back to reality, a man he towered over by at least a foot was in his face. Snapping his fingers.

“I wouldn’t…” Vaughn shook his head to clear it, experiencing a resurgence of anger, this time for having his attention diverted from where he needed it to be. On River.

“I wouldn’t advise snapping your fingers in my face again.”

“Why’s that, huh?”

A toss of blond hair snagged Vaughn’s gaze as his angelic ex-girlfriend zigzagged through the crowd, drawing more than just his notice. Ah no, quite the opposite. She was putting on an unwitting show for every man in the room, attracting lecherous looks by virtue of being her beautiful self, light in a dark tunnel, same way she’d always been.

Finger snapped in front of his face. Again. “This is my place and I asked you a question.”

“This is your place?” Vaughn asked. God, one hour back in Jersey and already his accent had thickened from water to oil. “You hired River Purcell to clean up tables?”
“That’s right.”

Vaughn plowed a fist into the underside of the man’s jaw, watching him fall backward onto the sticky concrete floor with detachment that slowly morphed into satisfaction. So much for calm, he thought, shaking out his right hand.

About the Author:

Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.


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Review by Yvette:

While reading Thrown Down, I wondered (not for the first time) what it would be like to live inside of Tessa Bailey’s mind. I came to the conclusion (again, not for the first time) that it’s a very dirty place to be. And I love her for it. This book is raw and primal and sensual in a way that makes you feel naughty for reading it...like you should be looking over your shoulder to make sure no innocent bystander is scandalized by Vaughn's delightfully filthy mouth (and man, is it filthy). Thrown Down is a second chance romance, emphasis on the romance. It’s insanely sexy and gut-wrenchingly angsty, perfect if you're in the mood for something that will put a blush on your cheeks and tug on your heartstrings.

Former high school sweethearts, River Purcell and Vaughn De Matteo, are reunited when Vaugh returns to New Jersey after learning of the daughter he never knew he had. Their relationship is complex, with the two characters sharing an emotionally tumultuous past that casts a pall over their reunion. I must admit that, after being introduced to Vaughn and River’s backstory in the first book in the author’s Made in Jersey series, Crashed Out, I might have been a tad bit resentful towards Vaughn. I was irrationally angry and frustrated over their situation, but Vaughn is an immovable force, strong, sturdy, demanding and possessive – the type of guy to wear down any resistance you might have had.

With Thrown Down, Tessa Bailey does a brilliant job taking the good girl/bad boy trope and making it her own by adding fleshed out characters, a savagely erotic romance, and a storyline that delivers the angst. Overall, Thrown Down is a book that will set your emotions awhirl. It'll leave you hot and bothered, and it'll also give you the warm-and-fuzzies. Quite a feat to manage in the span of one book, especially one that seems to flit past faster than you can beg for more.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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