Series: Made In Jersey #1
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: December 7, 2015
Heat-O-Meter: Scorching Hot - 10!
My Rating: 5 Flaming ♥'s
First Thoughts: When it comes to love, you have a choice to either play or fold, take a chance or live with regrets. If you desire it enough to take a chance, if you're willing to lay it all on the line and go for broke, if you care more about the other person than you do what others think, you have a shot at true happiness, real love.
*Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for this ARC via Netgally.
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 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...
Holy Moly!! This is one erotic, flaming hot read! The pages of this book almost literally burst into flames as Sarge and Jasmine dance around each other, and I love that some of that hotness occurs before they ever have sex. The air surrounding them is electrically charged every time they're in the same room as desire and lust rolls off their bodies in waves. Tessa Bailey has certainly mastered the art of writing seduction. I challenge anyone to read this and say they don't need a cold shower - or their very own Sarge! I simply fell in love with this couple and their journey.
The hottest thing I've read/seen this year is Sarge Purcell laying it all on the line - going after the girl of his dreams, the girl that once "babysat" him, the girl he has fantasized and written songs about since he was fourteen years old. News Flash: Sarge isn't fourteen anymore. He's a very sexy, very hungry, very lustful twenty-three year old sex-on-a-stick rock god! His mission is to convince Jasmine, the "older" woman (soon to turn 30) that he's been in love with most of his life, to accept him as an equal, as her man, not the younger brother of her best friend. Sarge knows it's going to be an uphill battle, but this dirty talking, rough around the edges, walking, talking, sex dream knows he's the man for the job. He just has to make Jasmine believe it. His plan is to tear down her fences one by one, peel away her layers of defense, and strip her of her inhibitions. Sarge plans to introduce Jasmine to the man he is now and show her just how good he can make her feel, how much she needs him. He doesn't plan to leave town without owning her.
Jasmine's life sucks . . . she's stuck working on an assembly line in a factory in the small Jersey town where she grew up. Her dreams of writing songs and singing professionally have been dashed by rejection after rejection. She's resigned to her life, if not satisfied by it, and has given up on daring to dream for more. But fate isn't finished with her yet. Jasmine Taveras is shocked when she sees her best friend's little brother all grown up and looking too hot to handle after he steps in to rescue her from her drunk date one night in a bar. Shock quickly turns to pure, unadulterated sexual desire . . . this isn't the boy she remembers. Standing before her is a sinfully sexy, wicked temptation that she has to keep reminding herself over and over is not for her. But when Sarge ends up staying at her place and presses her to step up and play, she's sorely tempted. Somehow, she knows if she does, she won't be able to walk away from him unscathed. Does she dare take a chance?
Crashed Out is the steamiest romance I've read this year, and I read a lot of romance! It's intense, erotic, seductive - a true romance that tugged at my heartstrings as these two characters dance back & forth, around & round, desiring each other more than their next breath. I loved the plot line as it's unique and well-written - not your typical rock star story, and I loved getting inside both character's heads - discovering just how deeply each felt, wanted, needed. The pages are filled with so much desire, lust, angst, but also with hope, truth, love - a reminder that we all have a choice - either play or fold, take a chance or live with regrets. Sarge & Jasmine's story is a Page Burner, a Must Read! Great first book in this new series!
My Rating: 5 Flaming ♥'s . . . And that's the truth!
Cross My Heart . . . xxx