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Peek Inside Thrown Down

River Purcell was never supposed to be a struggling single mom and factory worker. Nor was she supposed to be abandoned by the man who broke her heart into a thousand jagged pieces. Now Vaughn De Matteo is back in town, fighting like hell for a second chance?even if it he has to rely on their fierce and undeniable sexual chemistry. But 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...

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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…


"Gah! I loved this book! Vaughn fighting for River the entire book is super hot." - The Book Disciple

"Holy Hotness!!! I loved this book. I was sucked in from the first page. This second chance romance hits all my buttons. It's sweet, sexy, it's heartwarming and it's got some super steamy scenes that will leave you begging for more. " - Reviews from the Heart

"You want a book that will give you a good romance filled with sex, drama & also the OMG they did that? factor, go get this book!" - Cherry Red Reads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754478
Series: Made in Jersey , Book 2
Release Date: Apr 4, 2016
Page Count: 219
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: reunited lovers

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By Jessica's March 26, 2016

4 All you need is love Stars

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Thrown Down is the 2nd book in the Made in Jersey Series by Tessa Bailey. I didn't read the first book and I had no problem following so this book can be read as a stand alone. I really liked this book. It was a super sweet second chance romance. I loved... ...more

By Catarina May 18, 2016

4 Second Chance Stars.

River and Vaughn were completely in love as teenagers, and despite a lot of people seeing Vaughn as a guy from the wrong side of the tracks they kept strong. Until Vaughn realizes he’ll never be good enough for River and decides her best chance is if he leaves. What he doe... ...more

By Gi's Spot Reviews March 02, 2016

4.25 Stars
Review to come closer to release date... ...more

By Soonya April 05, 2016


Tessa Bailey is one of my favorite authors due to heroes she writes, and she didn't disappoint me in this one. Vaughn was tortured, hot, dirty talker and just great guy who really loved his woman. I understood his motivations and decisions due to the life he had growing up, not to mention (view spoiler) ...more

By Michelle March 06, 2016

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Tessa Bailey is truly one of those gifted writers who can write romance that readers can relate. She writes stories that are raw, flawed, and honest. And that’s why I love the Made In Jersey Series because each book portrays a love story tha... ...more

By XxTainaxX March 27, 2016

3.5 stars. What I enjoyed most about this book was the flawed characters. Their emotions were reasonable considering all they'd gone through and the plot wasn't tied up in a neat little bow. I've always respected stories that can do that well. River loved Vaughn deeply and saw him as far more tha... ...more

By London April 05, 2016

** Update both (view spoiler)!

This was exactly what I needed! After having so many let downs recently this was such a sweet story that really hit the spot. It was sweet, a tiny bit angsty, and plenty of filthy.

original thoughts after reading blurb below(view spoiler) ...more

By Diksha June 19, 2016

3.75++ Stars
Now this is what i call romance :)
Both did not even move on during separation, they were always thinking about each other, now if this is not true love, i don't know what it is!

I loved to see how much they loved each other.
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ARC received by Netgalley

Genre: Second Chance Steamy Romance
Cover: 7/10
Writing: 8/10
Heroine: 8/10
Hero: 8/10
Humour: 1/10
Hotness: 8/10
Romance: 8/10
Extra book Details: Heroine & Hero POV; 3rd person. Stand alone with this H/h, heroine is the lead characters sister from the... ...more

By Irene March 28, 2016

3.5 stars

Thrown Down was a heartwarming second chance love story.
Both River & Vaughn were passion and likable characters who loved hard but needed to learn how to communicate with words and trust their love for each other.

I really enjoyed Thrown Down but there was a couple of things that stop... ...more

By Cristina April 04, 2016

3.5 Stars
Let me start off by saying both are celibate during separation. Essentially, this is a safe story. There are no OW or ex drama.
I had no idea it was so short though, at least it felt that way to me.
For the most part, I liked the story. There may have been a few things that I wish the au... ...more

By Roksana May 15, 2016

3.5 Stars

I liked this book for two factors: The Hero was my type of romantic guy i am looking for in a romance. The alpha, possessive, protective, devoted and loyal. Second both Hero and heroine were celibate during separation, which does occur very rarely in romancelandia. that said, I was not a... ...more

By Lacey (Booklovers For Life) September 12, 2016


Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

I’ve said it a million times already, but Tessa Bailey truly never disappoints. She’s one of my favorite authors, so to say I was excited for Thrown Down is an understatement. A second chance romance, written by her? Pure heaven for me. This book is the sec... ...more

By ♡Tonya♡ April 04, 2016

I'm a sucker for a second chance story! Toss in a child and I'm all over that. The H, Vaughn, had some major insecurities. He struggled with his worth in regards to being with the h. At first it was getting to be a little much for me. He deserted her because he thought she deserved better, not gi... ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

This is the second story in the Made in Jersey series, and is a second chance romance between River and her ex-high school boyfriend Vaughn. For an assortment of reasons, and believing River would have a better future without him in the picture, Vaughn joins the military, unknowingly leaving a pr... ...more

By The Book Disciple (Samantha) March 31, 2016

4.5 Stars
Gah! I loved this book! Vaughn fighting for River the entire book is super hot. Full review on The Book Disciple ...more

By Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥ September 03, 2016

3.5 Stars - Four years ago, Vaughn De Matteo drove out of town without looking back, away from everything he'd ever wanted or needed. It ripped his heart out, but he knew it was the right thing to do for the love of his life, River Purcell. Vaughn had nothing to offer her, as her father pointed o... ...more

I LOVED this book WAY more then book one of this series. The heroine was a thousand times less annoying and more mature then Jasmine. There also wasn't a lot of pushing away for stupid reasons in this one.

I loved both River and Vaughn, both came across as mature adults. I LOVED Vaughn's dirty mou... ...more

By Elizabeth April 05, 2016

"Forty-nine months and three days." That's how long it's been since Vaughn last saw River. But who's counting? Well, Vaughn is. He left, joining the military, thinking it was better for her that way, but it wasn't until now, thanks to River's brother, Sarge, that Vaughn learned he left the love o... ...more

By Yvette April 03, 2016

While reading Thrown Down, I wondered (not for the first time) what it would be like to live inside of Tessa Bailey’s mind. I came to the conclusion (again, not for the first time) that it’s a very dirty place to be. And I love her for it. This book is raw and primal and sensual in a way that mak... ...more

By Mg August 01, 2016

It's been 2 years since I read my first Tessa Bailey's book. Sadly, I got lost in the sea of authors and I didn't come back. BUT I'm here now, and I'm never letting her go again.

Reading Thrown Down was like coming home. Tessa books were some of my first readings after I started reading like a bo... ...more

By Bette March 26, 2016

I loved this one! It was a fantastic sexy love story and the blurb on this book doesn't do it justice. After reading the blurb I thought I would hate Vaughn but this dirty talking bad boy stole my heart from the very start of this book. After leaving River a broken hearted mess 49 months and 3 da... ...more

By Malissa April 07, 2016

We were introduced to these two in the first Made in Jersey novel, Crashed Out. River Purcell is sister to rocker Sarge and best friend to Sarge's love interest Jasmine. Through them we get a good feel for who River is, hardworking woman intent on making it on her own, dedicated mother, sister, a... ...more

By Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) April 05, 2016

4 stars

Tessa Bailey’s writing is like chocolate mousse. It tastes so good, but a steady diet of it will make you sick. I find her writing eminently readable and have a hard time putting my Kindle down when it’s got a new Bailey book loaded and ready to go. It’s like it’s teasing me. You can’t put... ...more

By Tifferz July 01, 2016

5 Stars, 3 Flames
Over the last few years, River has raised her daughter on her own which she takes great pride in. She refuses to tell the father after he left her crying on the floor of THE hotel room where he made love to her for the first time on her 18th birthday. Vaughn may never have been p... ...more

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Tessa Bailey

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Tessa Bailey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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