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She’s the sexy wrench in this mechanic’s engine…
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?
"...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
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.
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
"He was completely lost for this woman."
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
5- Yes, I said 5 Real People Stars
* * * * * IT’S LIVE!!
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 fin... ...more
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 h... ...more
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... ...more
4 bossy dirty talker stars
If you don't like insta-love/lust I'd suggest staying away from this. ...more
I LOVED Duke -- seriously loved this hero. He was gruff, super protective, generous to a fault, courageous, sexy, and super possessive! I liked that he wasn't your typical drop dead gorgeous hero. He was hairy and even had a small beer belly. :D
I loved Samantha too. She was quirky, inte... ...more
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 w... ...more
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... ...more
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... ...more
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
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
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
4.5 Dirty Talking Stars!
I will say this.... Duke is a regular Guy....but OMG....his dirty mouth will melt your panties off. ;) ...more
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
I freaking LOVED the hero but I wanted to slap the heroine's face she was pissing me off with her "fear" of commitment.
I want me a Duke now. ...more
**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 t... ...more
I have read several books by this author but this book is my absolute favorite! I adored the hero, Duke. He was perfect! Duke is an average guy, doesn't have a perfect body, he's hairy and real. He works as a machine mechanic at the factory and lives with his four divorced sisters. He takes care... ...more
Title: Worked Up
Series: (Made in Jersey, #3)
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance
Rating: 5-Stars *favorite*
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]
HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]
(Made in Jersey, #1) Crashed Out
(Made in Jersey, #1.5) Rough Rhythm
(Made in Jersey, #2) Thrown Down
(Made in Jersey, #3) Wo...