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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 Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 30, 2016

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 comes up over New Jersey tomorrow.

*pervy shudder*
I mean for the love of my ovaries! Holy ...more

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 mach ...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 into ...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 c ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts August 01, 2016

5- Yes, I said 5 Real People Stars
* * * * *
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 ...more

By Gi's Spot Reviews August 22, 2016

Samantha found herself in Hook, the a little town of New Jersey, with some time to spare until a life defining meeting with her brother, Renner, the factory owner and biggest employer in town. When she walked into The Third Shift, the only real bar there, she was hoping to some distraction from her ...more

By Jen July 27, 2016

4.25 Third Shift Stars

“I feel like if I… break apart, I’ll be put back together differently. I don’t know.”
“What if I let you put me back together differently, too?”

All Duke really wants out of life is a little peace and quiet at the end of the day. If he has to hang out at the local dive bar to esc ...more

By Aisling Zena August 06, 2016

4 bossy dirty talker stars

If you don't like insta-love/lust I'd suggest staying away from this. ...more

By Cyndi August 03, 2016

I truly enjoyed this book! Duke was an amazing hero! Not only had he been celibate for what seemed like a long time, but he was thoughtful and sweet and took care of everyone! Sam was a good heroine- kind and funny, but I didn't like her pushing Duke away. They had great rapport and their steamy tim ...more

By Amanda July 31, 2016

5 'freaking hot' stars

With the overwhelming number of romance I read throughout the years, honestly, reading sex scenes can sometimes be a chore *gasp*, they can be so methodical, or they just sorta blend together like any Tom, Dick and Harry. But in Worked Up, I am thoroughly worked up. Forget wet ...more

By Barbara➰ August 03, 2016

**5 Presumptuous Stars**

Duke, a machine mechanic in the local factory was minding his own business watching the game in a bar. Samantha is an illustrator of children’s books. She’s in town to meet with her brother and goes to the bar to have a drink. The two meet and sparks fly.

I think I smiled the ...more

By Nicola August 02, 2016

Once upon a time there was a reader who loved Tessa Bailey's books. Loved the alpha but ever so slightly vulnerable dirty talking men and the ladies who kept them on their toes. But one day she fell a little bit out of love with them because storyline was sacrificed for sex and dirty talk and she wa ...more

By Michelle August 01, 2016

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Oh, Duke Crawford!!!!! Tessa Bailey, you have truly outdone yourself with this sweet, sexy and scorching hot installment of the Made In Jersey Series. Worked Up was a gem of a read. Why? It’s simple. There were no billionaires, actor, ath ...more

By Al George September 28, 2020

So....those Scandalicious podcast ladies were right. Duke is dirty and delish and hot in a man bear way.


So he's not a real man bear, but the gif is hot in more ways than one.

Series: Yes

Sexy times: Dooood. Do not read if serious naughty talking and pokey pokerson is offensive. Typical Tessa Bailey. ...more

By Maayan August 06, 2016

I really really really LOVED this book. It was perfect. Duke was perfect!! And Sam was adorable. Both of them together were explosive. I think it's my favorite Tessa's book to date <3 ...more

4.5 Dirty Talking Stars!

Review later....

I will say this.... Duke is a regular Guy....but OMG....his dirty mouth will melt your panties off. ;) ...more

Link to full review below! Sigh...I love Tessa Bailey and I love the Made in Jersey series! This review was originally posted on The Book Disciple ...more

By « Court (Take the Read) » February 21, 2019

4/20/18 Re-read of one of my fave PMB's. Duke is LIFE.

Third person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone.

What if she just threw her arms out the open window and sobbed on behalf of all womankind? If they knew about this guy in Manhattan, the next bus to Hook would be standing room only. Inste ...more

By Jo July 03, 2017

Wasn’t every day someone caught him off guard, but this pretty girl whose voice oozed education, this girl with the stubborn—and…fuck it, cute—nose, had unsettled his stomach ever since gliding into the bar. Like a bad omen.

All factory mechanic Duke Crawford wants is to watch SportsCentre in pe


By Mindy Lou's Book Review August 01, 2016

I adored this book! Duke and Samantha were perfect. I loved everything about their characters. Samantha seemed innocent, a bit naive and was just plain silly at times and I loved her. Duke, man who wouldn't want a Duke of their own. He's a protector, provider, hero and a passionate lover. The two to ...more

***4.5 Stars***

I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!! My favorite Tessa Bailey book I've read so far!

"I feel like if I...break apart, I'll be put back together differently. I don't know."

"What if I let you put me back together differently, too?"

This book was the perfect combination of humor, fee ...more

By Vaneesha August 10, 2016

“What do you call a melon that can’t get married? … A can’t elope.”

There are like 16 reasons why I shouldn't have liked this book: Marriage of convenience, possessive dude, tits getting slapped (I can be down for a little ass spanking but the BOOBS?! REALLY? IS THIS A THING?), etc ... BUT for some ...more

By Jabberwocky August 27, 2016


Title: Worked Up
Series: (Made in Jersey, #3)
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance
Rating: 5-Stars *favorite*
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
Blog: HERE

Crashed Out (Made in Jersey, #1) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #1) Crashed Out
Rough Rhythm (Made in Jersey, #1.5) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #1.5) Rough Rhythm
Thrown Down (Made in Jersey, #2) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #2) Thrown Down
Worked Up (Made in Jersey, #3) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jerse ...more

By Jennifer August 17, 2016

5 Pouty-Man-Bear-Forever Stars!!!

I have one question for you, reader…..Have you ever read Tessa Bailey? If your answer is no, then stop reading this review and go read her books…...right now…..Seriously, stop. (There are no spoilers in this review, I just wanted to emphasize the awesome-sauce that i ...more

By Denna August 07, 2016

Duke!!!! He will be going at the top of my favorite book heroes list! ...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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