Worked Up (Made in Jersey #3) by Tessa Bailey

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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?

MY REVIEW

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Duke Crawford, a 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 into Third Shift, and suddenly SportsCenter is overrated. Thing is, Sam is a bit of a commitment phobe herself. Can two people so against “forever” find it in each other?

descriptionAre you on a five-way text with them?” “Yes. Biggest mistake of my life.” He pulled out onto the dark street, hitting the blinker and turning right. “It’s like the mafia, these group texts. Once you’re in, you’re in for life.”

“He had four broken-hearted sisters living in his house, each with their own personal ex-husband voodoo doll.”
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GAAAAHHH….Where do I even start with this review. This was by FAR my ABSOLUTE favorite of the series. Sam ran circles around the heroines of the first two books. She was FUNNY and ENDEARING and not for even ONE second annoying. I’m straight up in love with Samantha.

description“All I know is I overhead Luanne calling Old News’s songs ‘panty droppers’ in one of the most traumatic moments of my life.” He sauntered forward, boots thudding on the porch. “So I’m coming, sweetheart. Because your panties aren’t dropping unless I make them.”

“Mother Mary. There were men. And then there was Duke Crawford. He wasn’t pretty or sculpted. Didn’t have the kind of physique that would land him on the pages of a calendar or on a “hot bodies” board on Pinterest. No no. Duke was husky and covered in hair. A bear among mere cubs”
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Duke..Where do I even start. I loved Duke in all his dirty talking, hairy, goliath, glory. He was a PERFECT hero. He was sweet, but still held onto his “alpha-ness” He wasn’t a man-whore in the least. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold.

description“Those are things you need to be sure about, sweetheart. My mouth finding yours for a kiss, no matter the audience. Chasing away men who think they’re worthy of your puns.”
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Watching these two fall in love was EPIC. By FAR and AWAY the best couple of the series so far. I laughed and cried. I wore a smile a mile wide. I was sad when it ended and I wanted more. My curiosity was also pique by a certain pairing that I hope (Lord do I HOPE) will being coming our way soon. Two HUGE thumbs up for this one from yours truly…

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