REVIEW: Worked Up by Tessa Bailey

worked-upAuthor: Tessa Bailey
Series: Made in Jersey #3
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest 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?

HOLY HOTNESS. Tessa Bailey. There are no words with this book! Worked Up is sexual tension at its hottest! It perfectly worked me up with the characters’ chemistry, their vulnerabilities and their hearts both so huge enough for everyone around them.

Samantha Waverly found her way to the little town of Hook because she needed to come clean to her brother. Her brother who she needed to co-sign to a loan for her passion project, Art on Wheels. She failed him by breaking off her engagement to someone who was barely there for her and only there for business arrangement. A night in The Third Shift with a massive of a human being, Duke Crawford, seeing her alone in the bar somehow changed her course of action. But both of their plates are full. And they don’t commit to relationships. Will they be ready to take the fall in love?

I’ve always been a fan of Tessa Bailey’s works, Worked Up is definitely not an exception and here’s why:

  1. Tessa comes up with really unique storyline with narration so excellent, pacing so perfect and very real characters.
  2. Case in point, Duke being a mechanic and retired military man. (Translation: not an a-hole.) And a pouty man bear which was portrayed wonderfully. He’s not perfect physically, he even believes he’s emotionally impaired—that is until Sam, has four sisters who live with him (all divorced by the way). Tessa’s talent in portraying a character like Duke shone out because even when the imperfections he sees in himself, Duke is such a real man with a real heart. The one you can trust with everything—even with your own life. So yeah, he’s pretty much normal—only he’s so much more than that. And I couldn’t love him enough. He’s now included in my Top Tessa Bailey Heroes along with Troy and Brent and Russell.
  3. And of course there’s Samantha. Samantha who has a soft heart for kids, for illustration. I’m so glad that even when she had her own hangups to deal with, she didn’t appear to be a weak character at all. If anything, the woman can stand on her own feet and go her merry way as long as she has her sketchpad. She knows when to let Duke get his way with her and other things. Gosh, I can’t stop loving all these characters!
  4. Let’s not even start with the amazing banter and a lot of puns thrown throughout the story because OH. MY. GOSH, they were really funny and I couldn’t stop the grin on my face even if I tried. I was looking like a lunatic already but #sorrynotsorry! Haha! Also, Duke and Samantha fused together is like a live electric current, personified. The chemistry and tension of them together is THAT good, I tell you! !@#$%^&*() GET THE FAN, PREPARE ICE or better yet, STAY IN THE FREAKING FREEZER because Tessa Bailey never EVER failed to get the job done flawlessly in the scorching hot department.

This book just made it to my favorites this year because I love how it does make me smile so wide even after finishing it. (I’m still smiling like an idiot while doing this review.) Confession: I didn’t want it to end because it’s so good, so fun, so hot and just… so perfect!

There’s insta-love but with believable build-up, no cheating and a solid HEA.

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