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Peek Inside Worked Up

Factory mechanic Duke Crawford just wants to watch SportsCenter in peace. Then Samantha Waverly comes to town. Her brother has put her in an impossible situation, and the only way out is to marry Duke—for show, of course...

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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?

Each book in the Made in Jersey series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Crashed Out
Book #2 Thrown Down
Book #3 Worked Up
Book #4 Wound Tight


"...hotter-than-usual sex, the couples that are all the laser-focused center of each book, and the bursting-with-authenticity setting of industrial, hard-on-its-luck Hook, New Jersey. It's her best series to date, and Bailey's latest hero Duke is one for the books." -Heroes & Heartbreakers

"Tessa Bailey TEARS IT UP in Worked Up. Duke is just the epitome of Pouty Man Bear and might be the most possessive hero we've seen from Tessa Bailey, and that's saying something! As always she touches the heart while she burns up the pages." -Nelle, Shameless Book Club

"Another must-read scorcher from the empress of white-hot contemporary romance! LOVED this couple!" -The Lusty Literate

"Book Town has a new book boyfriend and his name is Duke Crawford! Prepare yourself for a major swoon fest because this teddy bear of a man is absolutely AMAZING!" -A Bookish Escape

"Firstly, I need to give Tessa props. Because let me tell you, people, it takes skill to take a man that's the size of a mountain with the beard and temperament of a mountain man, NOT have him be the typical ripped hero, give him a deliciously hairy chest, even a little bit of a beer belly, slap a dirty mouth on him, and have him turn out to be one of my favorite Tessa Bailey heroes to date." -Dirty Girl Romance

"To simply call this book a 5-star read would be an injustice. I smiled until my cheeks hurt, giggled until my husband asked me what was going on and got so turned on at times I had to put the kindle down and wait until the house was empty." -Wicked Good Reads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757080
Series: Made in Jersey, Book 3
Release Date: Aug 1, 2016
Page Count: 250
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, marriage of convenience

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By Wendy'sThoughts August 01, 2016

5- Yes, I said 5 Real People Stars
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There is a saying - "For Every Lid, There is a Pot"...which can be interpreted in many ways. As someone who has worked in Employment, we used that phrase meaning there is a job out there for everyone... just need to figure out what and find it. I...*

4 #PMB Stars

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...class="gr-hostedUserImg">

By Coco.V August 12, 2016

Once again Tessa Bailey delivered a wonderful, steamy read with lovable characters and a story that keeps you wanting more. Her books never fail to bring me happiness! And this one was no exception.

Worked Up follows the story of Duke Crawford and Samantha Waverly. Ex-military Duke is a factory m... ...more

By Eve (Between The Bookends) August 01, 2016




Duke Crawford, a factory mechanic, shares his home with his three divorced sisters. He doesn't date, hell he really doesn't have time for women at all. He just wants to sit at home and enjoy SportsCenter in peace. You see Duke is a bit of a commitment phobe. That is until Samantha Waverly walks i... ...more

By Liz October 17, 2016

"He was completely lost for this woman."

Worked Up is the third book in the Made in Jersey Series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, the characters are interconnected throughout the series. Tessa Bailey is steaming up Kindles everywhere once again with this smoking hot romance that will certainly...

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Tessa Bailey

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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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