Worked Up by Tessa Bailey…Review

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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?


My Review:

Worked Up is the third book in author Tessa Bailey’s Made in Jersey series and if this is the first you’re hearing of this series, let me tell ya, you are missing out!  If you’ve been as obsessed with the series as much as I have been then I’m here to tell you that Duke will rock your world just as much as you knew he would and more!

One of the things I love most about Tessa’s heroes is that lurking under a most often gruff exterior and alpha male traits they always, always, have a soft side and a hugely endearing quality to them.  Duke was seriously the biggest shining example out of all of her book men. This big old bear of a man is surly and gruff but melted my heart when he took care of the people he loves.  He does it quietly and without any fanfare and if that didn’t make him even more special.  Now, he just needed a gal in his life who would appreciate him and the larger than life package he is.  Enter Sam…

I’m not sure how Tessa continues to come up with heroines I can’t help but love, but she’s done it again.  I usually can find at least one fault in a heroine when I’m reading.  Nope, not with Tessa’s book gals.  Sam was a shining example of fun, quirky, interesting, kind, and just plain awesome.  I loved her humor and I loved her dreams. She’s just a girl trying to make her way in the world and whether it be personally or professionally she’s determined to make it happen.

Together these two were off the charts amazing in so many ways. Of course, in signature Tessa fashion, the chemistry and heat are off the charts but the deeper level these two reached was just so fantastic to read.  Both have reason to hold off on a relationship but they also have reason to give this relationship a chance. Of course there are a few stumbles along the way but the ending TOTALLY stole my heart and you can bet I was crying and laughing and an all out emotional mess while reading it…and I loved every second!

Of course, I’ve gotta give special mention to the good/bad jokes and the puns!  It made my punny heart sing!

Duke has sure ruled this lady…and it was royally epic! Thank you, Tessa, for another kick ass read!


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About the author: 

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 eight 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.

Visit her website for more info 


  1. Sold! Will be reading! Thanks!

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