Release Day Launch: Thrown Down: Tessa Bailey

Expected April 4 , 2016

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... 

River Purcell and Vaughn De Matteo's story was teased in Crashed Out and I was so excited to read more about them. 

After years apart, Vaughn has learned that his first love, River, has kept a secret from him. He returns home to Hook, NJ to try to make things right even if he has no clue how to fix his past mistakes and redeem himself.

River is independent, feisty, and stubborn. She was left broken-hearted but had no choice but to be strong do what had to be done. But she's tired and lonely and has her own guilt for past events as well. 

Vaughn always had issues with not feeling good enough for her that were often drilled into him by his own self loathing, but also outside influences. She was the only person who ever made him feel like a better man, but in the end he left them both destroyed. And his experiences in the military afterward just left him more of a shell.

But now he wants a second chance to the man River needs him to be and to be a family with the daughter he never knew about. He is still magnetic, rough around the edges, and seductive. He seems to have good intentions, although sometimes his protectiveness, broodiness, and anger mask it. But River has to not only worry about guarding herself against pain and anymore loss, but also her young daughter, Marcy. She has shut off her heart and put up walls that will be hard to break down. And she is not innocent of guilt either. But she is a protective mom who will not let her child be hurt in any way.

Can River get past her own hurt and trust issues to give him a chance? Will secrets, lies, and circumstances conspire to come between them again?

I loved Vaughn and River. They have feisty and sexy banter, history, passion, and a strong connection that transcended time and distance. This is the good girl vs. the bad boy first love story that had some definite life twists along the way. It took the characters to unexpected places but then reunited them in a more mature place. But they still have demons and insecurities to face and some obstacles to achieving a present and future together. And they are both strong-willed, stubborn, and passionate.

I loved the side characters of Duke and his crazy sisters. I hope he is the hero in the next book. We got a peek at River's brother, Sarge and her best friend, Jasmine from Crashed Out. Overall,this was a sweet, sexy, heartfelt second chance love story of a couple who is a work in progress. Their lives are not perfect and glamorous. They are flawed and make mistakes. They have the same issues a lot of working class people face, so it just makes it more real and relatable. 

ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Crashed Out  (Made in Jersey #1)
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Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She's the fuel for every song he's ever written—each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she's always needed...
Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks—or rather storms—into Jasmine's life. Sarge's return shouldn't affect her this way. He's her best friend's much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.
But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it...  

Rough Rhythm (Made in Jersey #1.5)
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Kim's 4 star review

God help the woman I take home tonight. 

Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he’d been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleezy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl’s quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry and homeless, she’d placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.

This time I’ll finally crack him. 

Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James’s guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners—save Lita. And she’ll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager. But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe.

Now it’s up to Lita to bring James back…and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.

Reader Advisory: ROUGH RHYTHM contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex, acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised. 

Expected August 2016
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Tessa Bailey
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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