In Review: Crashed Out (Made in Jersey #1) by Tessa Bailey

Posted December 6, 2015 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Crashed Out (Made in Jersey #1) by Tessa BaileyCrashed Out by Tessa Bailey
Series: Made in Jersey #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 7, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 175 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

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 rather storms-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..

In Review My Thoughts

I know I say this with each new Tessa Bailey book, but this one might be my favorite yet. And Sarge might be my favorite hero, but more on that later. Tessa can do absolutely no wrong in my world and I LOVED everything about this book. Starting with that hot as hell cover. Rawr.

Crashed Out was my first every older woman/younger guy book – he’s 22, she’s 29 – and it was fantastic. As a woman of a certain age, I can definitely see the merits in the whole younger guy thing yet be conflicted over it at the same time, so it was pretty easy to identify with Jasmine. She was a firecracker and I thoroughly enjoyed her character and the chemistry between her and Sarge. I loved watching her let herself go and just feel with him. It took a lot for her to stop worrying about what others might think and fear that she would bring him down in any way, but it was a great journey.

Sarge? My god. Can I have one? Please? I think I say this about every single one of Tessa’s men and there’s a reason… she writes incredible male characters. They’re that perfect balance of hot and sweet and they love their ladies. They want to take care of them – in and out of the bedroom. And the dirty talk? Holy hell. But there was more to Sarge than all that. He was a talented musician and a genuinely great guy. He’d had a crush on Jasmine, his sister’s best friend and his former babysitter, for a long time. She was his muse, though he kept it quiet all these years. But no more. 🙂

I’ve been mourning the end of Tessa’s Broke & Beautiful series for the last couple months, but I’ve also been eager to see what she would give us with her new Made in Jersey series. Crashed Out was a fantastic start to a series I know I’m going to love. There aren’t nearly enough books written about blue collar heroes and heroines and I am so happy Tessa is fixing this. Not only did I enjoy Jasmine and Sarge’s story, but the secondary story with his sister River was excellent and I can’t wait for more of that. This one was super hot, sweet and definitely gave me a fair few feels along the way.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 

About Tessa Bailey

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 nine 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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