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I never thought I would love a character like Duke that didn’t have the typical hero six pack bod but a bit of a bit of a beer belly. Duke is a huge dirty talking bear of a man who is the type of man that made me fall in love with him from the very beginning. I love his protective nature as well as the words he spews out in the heat of the moment. Samantha is so quirky and a bit of an odd ball but she is the type of girl you can’t help but to want to have as a friend or as Duke finds out as a lover. These two believe they are kindred spirits that as major commitment-phobes but when problems in Samantha’s life caused Duke’s fix it personality to come out, then commitment such as marriage is pretty easy to sign up for. What isn’t easy is when real life crashes in and emotions become involved with their explosive chemistry. What will Samantha and Duke do when their marriage becomes more that either one of them expects?
Tessa Bailey had me fall in love with another one of her novels and it’s easy to say this one deserves 5 stars. I would give it more stars if I could. It made me laugh, cry, and had my emotion on a huge rollercoaster. I loved every moment of that rollercoaster! Well done Mrs. Bailey and I can’t wait to read more from you especially after the book handover Worked Up left me with.
Sweet Baby Jesus!!
This was such a page-turning reading journey! Sam and Duke have totally melted my heart! They are such an adorable couple! They complete each other perfectly and even if they both started out as anti-relationship kind of people, they soon found out that it takes the right person to come along to make you want to break all your rules. Duke was such a great hero. It was beautiful to see how he took care of his family. He’s a problem solver for the people in his life and you can see that he loves his sisters with all his heart. Even if they mess with his SportsCenter time, they each own a piece of his heart. He’s a teddy bear with a heart of gold and he has a dirty mouth that will leave you in a state of mush! I’m getting chills just thinking about the things he said and did to Sam. *Fans Face* Talking about Samantha. She was amazing as well. Her bad jokes made me laugh out loud and the way she saw Duke as a different hero every time he would do something, it made my heart melt.
This was a super quick read that I devoured in one sitting. No surprises there since it comes from Tessa Bailey. She’s an auto-buy author for me. I would even buy her grocery list to read if it was for sale ... lol!! That’s how much I love her writing style and the incredible characters that she creates. Her characters all have a special place in my heart. Her stories will give you all the feels and they will always end with a HEA. She writes characters that are easy to relate to. That is very important to me because even if I read fiction to escape my daily life, I want it to feel real. And, Tessa Bailey delivers every single time! Even if Sam and Duke fell for each other pretty quickly, it gave me all the feels that a slow building romance usually gives me. I could feel that the bond they created in that short amount of time was going to bring them happiness.
It was awesome to catch up with River and Vaughn. I loved Thrown Down and it always puts a smile on my face when I get a check-in about characters that have brought me so much joy. We get introduced to Duke’s four sisters who are hilarious! I hope we get their stories as well. Renner is also an intriguing character. He’s Sam stepbrother and Duke’s boss. The next book will be about him and I’m nervous and excited for his book. Can’t wait to read it! I highly recommend The Made in Jersey Series if you are looking for a sexy and unputdownable reading escape.
I give, Worked Up, by Tessa Bailey, 5 fun, romantic, steamy, passionate, every girls wants a Duke Crawford in her life stars!
“You can’t just tell a man you drew him as an evil gladiator villain and not cough up the goods.”
About his four sisters...
“Are you on a five-way text with them?”
“Yes. Biggest mistake of my life.”... “It’s like the mafia, these group texts. Once you’re in, you’re in for life.”
“I was thinking I could switch to light beer for you.” says Duke
“Romance, thy name is Duke.” says Sam.
This started out so great. Duke is just like he sounds: a big ragamuffin of a guy who, SHOCK, doesn't have a six pack. Sam is adorable. Her cutest moments are crushing on Duke via a series of illustrations she does of Duke picturing him as a gladiator, sea captain, super hero, etc...
It all falls down the hill though in the middle. No real serious tension here or angst other than Sam needs her brother's signature for a deal so she can continue her art project for children in school. There is a hint of why Sam is so commitment phobic via a bad step-father, but not enough details and it's blown off. Duke, boy do we know why he is a commitment phobe albeit a commitment-phobe with a marshmallow for a heart.
All in all nicely done, but it really dropped from a potential 4 star and almost skated into 2 star territory with some silly decisions the characters made by the author. Tsk, tsk Ms. Bailey, these characters were too smart for [marrying at the drop of a hat then with the excuse of a MOC, then even worse, jumping into an annulment. Sweet Sam deserves a pretty wedding dress, flowers and a veil with a nervous and doting Duke sweating it out at the altar.
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A very good read. It actually left me feeling happy and satisfied.
More to come!