In Review: Worked Up (Made in Jersey #3) by Tessa Bailey

Posted July 31, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Worked Up (Made in Jersey #3) by Tessa BaileyWorked Up by Tessa Bailey
Series: Made in Jersey #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 1, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 186 pages
How I got it: From the author
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My rating:

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?


In Review My Thoughts

There are some things that are just certainties in life. Me loving a Tessa Bailey book is one of them.

Duke Crawford isn’t like most of the men you read about it romance books and I think that endeared him to me all the more. He’s not the hard-bodied, smooth man I’m used to reading about. He’s a bigger guy and he’s hairy. (Which never used to be a turn on for me, but I’ve clearly grown up.) He’s a total blue collar guy, which you know I find appealing. He has no use for relationships. He’s protective of his sisters. He’s borderline grumpy, yet vulnerable. And, as is the case with Tessa’s men, he’s got a dirty damn mouth. Rawr. I was down for Duke from the very beginning.

Samantha was no slouch either. I loved her corny jokes. I liked her spirit. She was a great match for Duke, even though they were totally different. Or maybe because they were totally different. Either way, their chemistry was wonderful. His devotion to her and need to protect her, yet dirty her up, was hot and definitely tipped the swoony scales. You know I’m a sucker for the “fake” relationship and “forbidden” romance tropes. This book had a little of both – even though “forbidden” might not be the right word. (Though it would be if you asked Sam’s brother, Renner, he’d probably disagree with me.) This book was hot as hell and not without some feels.

I’m loving each new book in the Made in Jersey series. The next one can’t come soon enough. Tessa does a M/M novel? It just might be enough to finally kill me… but I’ll go out with a smile on my face!

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


“Someday, when you’re long gone and you’ve forgotten my name, I’ll still be wondering what you’d have felt like. Taking me. Working me up, letting me take you down. Hold you down.”

“We’re going to fuck tonight. Your bed. Mine. On the floor. In the shower. Against the window. All. Goddamn. Night. You’re going to know me from every angle when the sun comes up over New Jersey tomorrow.”

There were men. And then there was Duke Crawford. He wasn’t pretty or sculpted. Didn’t have the kind of physique that would land him on the pages of a calendar or on a “hot bodies” board on Pinterest. No no. Duke was husky and covered in hair. A bear among mere cubs.

“Tell them my name. Loud enough for them to remember it and tell the stories to their friends at breakfast. About the girl in the next room getting it so hard, they had to call security. They’ll have no idea I’m the one who worships you. That I would work overtime for a decade just to hear you call me a warrior.”

“I don’t want to be another responsibility to you. Let me be the place you lose yourself instead.”


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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