In Review: Thrown Down (Made in Jersey #2) by Tessa Bailey

Posted April 16, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: Thrown Down (Made in Jersey #2) by Tessa BaileyThrown Down by Tessa Bailey
Series: Made in Jersey #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 219 pages
How I got it: From the author
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My rating:

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...


In Review My Thoughts

I’ve put off writing this review for far, far too long. I read Thrown Down over a month ago. I read it cover to cover in one sitting and I fell in love with every single thing about it. (Something that happens to me often when it comes to Tessa’s books, honestly.) I recently went back to my review copy to get some of my favorite quotes – there are a lot of them – and ended up doing a full reread because I just couldn’t stop once I started. No regrets.

I’ve been anxious for River and Vaughn’s story since River’s secret was outed in Crashed Out. I LOVE second chance romances, but I was admittedly a little nervous to find out what would happen once River and Vaughn were face-to-face again. I knew things didn’t end well between them and I was afraid the details – and not to mention what happened in Vaughn’s life since they parted – would be off-putting. It was all anything but. Vaughn is one of my favorite type of book boyfriends – the one where he has eyes for NO ONE but the heroine, regardless of the amount of time that’s passed or the circumstances. River was it for Vaughn and it came through in every single word, even if she wasn’t entirely sure at first.

I loved the characters. I loved their story. (Even the unpleasant bits from the past.) I loved River’s strength and determination when it came to making a good life for her daughter. Vaughn was amazing. His wore his feelings for River on his sleeve. There were some truly heart-melty scenes in this book and there were plenty of feels, too. Vaughn being introduced to his daughter for the first time? Perfection. It probably won’t come as a surprise that there are some seriously HOT HOT HOT scenes in this book as well. River and Vaughn had tons of chemistry and the sexual tension in the beginning was so thick you could cut it with a knife. Then, of course, things got even steamier when all that tension finally broke. These two were passionate and connected and I loved it.

Thrown Down is one of the best second chance romances I’ve read in a long time. But, I’m not surprised. It’s no secret I love Tessa’s writing, characters and their stories. I always get hopelessly sucked into her books and they stick with me long after I’ve finished reading. The Made in Jersey series has been so, so good so far. Is it August yet? I’m gonna need Worked Up ASAP.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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“I don’t need a hero. I’m my own hero now… and I’m trying to be one for Marcy.”

“I’m sorry for the pain that went into that scar. I’m sorry you did it alone.”

“You’re right. There’s nothing comforting about what happens when we touch, is there? Will you settle for wet and worked up?”

The impact of the kiss didn’t occur just at her mouth. No, she felt it square in the chest, deep in her midsection, closing in from all sides. Every single component of her being rose like a tiny phoenix and clamored toward the man who’d awakened her once upon a time, each ready to beg for another round.

“I don’t know what to do with this fucking urge, Riv. It’s like my body needs to thank yours for bearing our child. Just want to get between those legs and give. Give.”

“No one else. You hear me? There’s been no one else. I’ve spent this whole time behaving as if we were married. It’s the only way I could stay sane. Making believe you were my wife and I’d see you when I got home at night. Maybe I’m a crazy man. I don’t know. I don’t—”

“My body will always be yours, Vaughn. Always.”
“Need this heart back, too. This beautiful heart. I’m sorry to you most of all.”

“I’ve loved you up one side of forever. Now I’m going to love you back down the other.”


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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