Monday, August 8, 2016

Worked Up (Made in Jersey #3) by Tessa Bailey: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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?

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Unbelievable. First, Duke couldn’t get a damn moment of peace in his house, now his only refuge, The Third Shift, had been invaded. Was it so much to ask in life for a sporting event to go uninterrupted by a woman? Granted, the doe-eyed brunette hadn’t asked for his assistance—and she was a far cry from the four sisters terrorizing his household indefinitely—but an interruption was an interruption, no matter how you sliced it.

He couldn’t help but notice this particular disruption was…pretty. Too pretty for him. Not that her appearance mattered one way or another to Duke. Facts were facts, though. She had a way of moving. Long, graceful moves that ran smack into uncertainty. As if she kept forming courses of action only to change her mind halfway through the execution stage. Ask him why he’d taken the time to form such a detailed observation and his answer probably wouldn’t make much sense. Unfortunately, noticing her way of operating had led to…other observations. Impolite ones that would’ve surrounded the freckles on her cheeks with pink instead of flawless ivory.

Good thing he wasn’t looking for a woman. Not for one night. Not for nothing.

With resolve firm in his mind, Duke focused on the problem at hand. Namely, the issue distracting him from America’s game. The two men harassing Doe Eyes were machinery mechanics who worked under him at the factory, and after his brief directive to fuck off, they wasted no time shuffling away, beer bottles held up like little white flags.

“Sorry, Duke.”

“No problem, Duke.”

He grunted, watching them enviously as they rejoined their friends in front of the giant flat-screen. At least someone would get to watch baseball now, huh? As for him, he appeared to be stuck. For as long as Doe Eyes graced The Third Shift with her not-from-around-here presence, that is. Because if it wasn’t the knuckleheads looking to purchase her drinks, it would be someone else. And after he’d watched her flounder over a simple drink order and whack her noggin on the bar, he figured she deserved some peace and quiet.

Which she would get, so long as she let him watch the motherloving game.

Duke grabbed the closest stool, flipping it around and repositioning it behind Doe Eyes. Trying not to wince over the loud creaking as he climbed on, Duke crossed his arms and went back to watching the game, bottle of Bud in hand.

He should have known the silence wouldn’t last. It never did.

“Did you just...set yourself up as a roadblock?”

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:

With each new release, Tessa Bailey reaffirms the fact that she's the queen of dirty talk and purveyor of her characters' deepest, darkest, kinkiest fantasies. My obsession with her writing knows no bounds, and only increases each time I come to the end of another satisfying new release. My latest obsession: a certain brooding gentle giant of a man and the pint-sized, strong-willed woman that brings him to his knees. Heart-meltingly sweet and sinfully sensual, with just a touch of gut-wrenching despair to tug on your heartstrings, Worked Up is an absolute must-read from Tessa Bailey! One pouty man bear + one quirky artist + one raging case of insta-lust = the makings of one seriously sexy story.

Fans of the author’s Made in Jersey series will recognize Duke Crawford as the local factory mechanic with four divorced sisters living under his roof. Our heroine, Samantha Waverly, however, is new to Hook, New Jersey, visiting her stepbrother, Renner, aka the town’s new factory owner. Theirs is a case of lust at first sight and – despite several pesky reminders that both individuals are staunchly anti-relationship – their chemistry is too palpable to ignore. I loved seeing Duke, a man with a stature so larger-than-life, his mere presence makes barstools groan in fear, paired up with an adorably goofy children's book illustrator with a penchant for awesomely bad puns. He’s gruff and stoic where she’s bubbly and charming. Sam made me laugh. Duke made me swoon. Together, they’re an irresistibly lovable combination.

Like all of Tessa Bailey’s books, Worked Up is off-the-charts steamy, although there’s something about the raw, erotically-charged connection between Duke and Sam that had me fanning my face a bit more vigorously. The passion between the two of them is unrestrained, the sheer need between them, electric. Sam evokes Duke's wild, primitive side, a side which she embraces wholeheartedly. I have to take a moment to acknowledge that Tessa Bailey has, yet again, outdone herself with this book’s love scenes, which are boundary-pushing and downright filthy (in the best possible way).

With laugh-out-loud humor courtesy of Sam’s plentiful puns, characters that are both relatable and engaging, and a romance so sexy, it’ll scramble your brain and make you lose the ability to process complete sentences, Worked Up is utter perfection from start to finish. There isn’t one thing I didn’t love about this book and much of that had to do with Duke and Sam. Lighthearted banter, a blush-inducing romance, and minimal angst? What’s not to love?

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

Rating: 5 Stars

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