A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation…
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 is 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…
Review by Gina
Holy Hotness! I had to take a cold shower after this book. 🙂 I’ve followed Tessa Bailey’s career with Entangled because I fell in love with her writing style and characters from book one. So, when asked to review Thrown Down, the second book in her Made in Jersey series, I thought-I’d better read book one first. I purchased Crashed Out on Amazon and fell into it right away.
Coming from a small industrial type town in the Midwest, I could easily relate to Jasmine’s view of her factory job and feeling “stuck” in Hook, New Jersey. Some places have that stifling feeling and you know even know it growing up that if you don’t get out early, you won’t get out. Because her singing career didn’t pan out, Jasmine Traveras settled for a factory job much like the rest of the town. She seemed to lose her self-esteem and her drive, settling for whatever was thrown her way. In walks Sarge Purcell.
Sarge grew up in Hook, but he was one of the “lucky” ones. He hightailed it out of there at eighteen and made a name for himself in a rock band-Old News. But the band is taking a break and it’s Christmastime, so he heads home to Hook to visit his sister River and niece, whom he’s yet to meet. Under all the guilt of abandoning his family is a strong amount of hope that his lifelong crush and sister’s best friend, Jasmine will be around. Every song he’s written has her name all over it and he needs to work her out of his system.
From the get-go, the attraction between these two is through the roof. Jasmine tries hard to deny it because she’s seven years older than Sarge. She used to babysit him for God’s sake. But she can’t resist his charms, his desire and the way he makes her feel so much like a woman again. The sex scenes are incredible. I mean seriously, you will need a fan on high speed or a cold bath while reading. Sarge is domineering and sexy, yet his soft and sensitive side is impossible for him to hide. Their banter is fun. I laughed many times throughout. I would have enjoyed a little more background between these two. But even without it, the story had me unable to stop turning pages until the end.
I give Crashed Out 4.5 smoking hot silver buckles. And I look forward to finishing Thrown Down with Sarge’s sister River. Another spectacular job, Tessa! 🙂
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 Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-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.