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    Fun super sexy read

    My oh my I did love dirty talking Duke! This was a fun, super sexy read that had me smiling all the way through. Duke is big, hairy, gruff but his heart is pure gold. Currently living with his 4 divorced sisters the last thing he needs is another woman in his life. And happily ever after? Yeah right! All he wants is a little peace and quiet and maybe a little Sportscenter once in a while. Then he lays eyes on Samantha Waverly and his world is rocked! He knows he should stay away. She is after all the boss's sister but he can't help himself. The pull to her is too strong. Did he really have to marry her though???? Don't miss this one. It's a great read and I definitely recommend it.
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    Amazing

    I always enjoy reading Tessas books. She writes so well and this isn't any different. Loved it from the review to the end. Tessa love your play of dirty words. Good job!!!
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    Sexy, fun and angst free romance!

    Duke has his hands full with his job at the local factory, and with his 4 divorced sisters who live with him. He’s a fixer – whatever the problem, he’ll take it in hand and meeting Sam brings out all those feelings with a side of lust for good measure. She’s a petite thing and all he can think about is picking her up with one hand and showing her all the good things in life. But she’s his boss’s little sister, which means hands off -until she shares her problem with him, and it’s one he’s able to work with. But insta-lust will only get you so far, and they have to decide whether they might be willing to go the distance together, no matter the fallout. I was pretty prepared for what to expect with this story and it didn’t disappoint. A funny, charismatic heroine, a dirty talking, alpha male hero with a heart of gold – these are par for the course in a Tessa Bailey novel. If I had an issue with Duke’s character it’s that his possessive nature and obvious jealousy of other men interacting with Samantha was borderline comfort level for me. He almost tipped over into the ‘this guy is going to be trouble’ category though he does realize that his actions and attitude are over the top and this saves him from exiting hero status. His heart’s in the right place, he just sometimes needs to think before he says things out loud. It’s one thing to have a possessive hero (every woman wants to feel that they are the only one for their man) but jealousy can be destructive to a relationship so it’s always interesting to see how an author who writes alpha male characters is able to balance these ideas. Samantha is a real sweetheart. She’s a talented artist, friendly, especially good with children, cracks puns on an hourly basis, and dreams of using art to bring joy to others. Her traveling art program is one she’s devoted a great deal of time and energy too, and only needs the financial support of her step-brother to make it a reality. Therein lies the rub, as her step-brother Renner, factory owner, and arrogant businessman had a plan in mind to have Sam marry someone he had chosen who would be an asset to his business. While Sam hadn’t minded the long distance relationship with Hunter, when it’s time for him to come back home and them to actually get married she’d panicked and broken things off – then shown up in Hook to break the news to Renner and beg for another chance at the money (hence her visit, and meeting Duke). I really liked her character – she is a strong female with a bit of sass and she’s going to challenge Duke to be on his toes with her all the time. As for Duke and Sam together – well, there is that insta-lust thing I mentioned and one thing leads to another very quickly. They share some steamy scenes together, a quick marriage of convenience neither really wants to get out of after the fact and some emotional scenes as Sam shows Duke that it’s okay for someone to take care of him too. Fans of this series are going to definitely enjoy this story and cheer for Duke finding a woman who will appreciate him for who he is and not expect him to change. The secondary characters make for some fun and light hearted scenes, and the series gives hints of a male/male romance coming up for Samantha’s step-brother. I can’t wait for that one! Overall this was a fun and steamy romance with a delightful down to earth couple.
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    Loved!

    LOVED!!! I can't say enough good things about this book - it was wonderful! From the rich girl throw away Samantha to the gentile giant Duke, I just fell in love with the characters. One of the things I enjoy about this author's books is how real she makes the characters feel, right down to their flaws and shortcomings. In this novel, Samantha is backed into a corner by her "sort of" brother Renner. She sees no way to meet her lifelong goal without giving in to his demand.....then she wanders into a bar and sees Duke. Duke is the consummate protector and steps in to keep the barflies away, but all Samantha can see is how hot he is. One thing I really liked is how the author created a sexy leading man that doesn't meet any of the stereotypical characteristics of the usual leading man. Duke doesn't see himself as attractive or worthy, but that doesn't matter. If you enjoy sexy contemporary romance, you will love this book. This is a must read for fans of the genre. The author is on my must read authors' list.
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    Must read!

    Samantha Waverly, a children’s books illustrator, is in Hook, New Jersey, for an unexpected weekend. Her brother Renner is tied down and won’t be able to meet with her before Monday, a meeting Sam dreads. Meanwhile the petite Manhattanite intends to experience what nightlife there is in the small factory town. She’s barely settled in the town’s dilapidated bar, The Third Shift, when she spots Goliath, Duke Crawford, a machinery mechanic. He is so unlike the men she usually meets: huge, unrefined, but he stands up for her when she is harassed by some patrons, and her bad puns seem to amuse him! Sam doesn’t do relationships and neither does Duke, so why not enjoy a few moments of sexy entertainment! And if you think you know how WORKED UP will unfold, you will probably be wrong. Tessa Bailey demonstrates once again why she is the queen of urban romance! WORKED UP is fast-paced, the dialogues brilliantly witty, and I laughed myself silly at the wedgie episode; that one is a classic! I will not go into specific details about the romance, because the whole thing would be a spoiler. Duke and Sam are some of the most fascinating characters I have ever read, and simply getting to know them was an unforgettable experience; Tessa Bailey doesn’t do clichés! Sam and Duke’s chemistry is off the charts, the sex scenes are scorching, raw, and passionate, and their personal interactions are filled with heartwrenching moments. Duke’s decision to avoid commitments is such a breath of fresh air, and Sam’s is all too painfully understandable. The writing is seamless, beautiful and to the point, very humorous as well, and Ms. Bailey’s succinct and laser-sharp descriptions paint vibrant images of the characters and the environment. Sam’s sisters are a hoot! WORKED UP is a book to be experienced, and a phenomenal tour de force by the inimitable and ever so talented Tessa Bailey. WORKED UP is one contemporary romance that begs to be read! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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