Series: Made in Jersey #1
Published by Entangled: Brazen
Publication Date: December 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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…
I’m not really a fan of rock-star romances, but the older woman/younger man angle of this story was what hooked me. Plus, it’s Tessa Bailey. Need I say more?
Sarge Purcell left his small, dead-end New Jersey town behind in his quest for success and channeled his hunger for an unattainable woman into the lyrics that have earned him and his band accolades, but after years away from home, he’s returning to reconnect with his family and finally make the woman he’s always wanted see him as a man.
Jasmine Taveras expected that a music career would be her one-way ticket out of Hook, New Jersey but things didn’t work out as expected and she’s been stuck in the life she wanted to avoid, working on the floor of the town’s only factory. Sarge’s return is something to look forward to but the tall, hot and very sexy man is very far from the cute boy she babysat and the teen that left Hook a few years ago. Jasmine has major reservations about getting involved with Sarge because of their age difference, the fact that he’s her best friend’s younger brother as well as a fear of being labeled an opportunist for hitching her star to the man who attained the success she always wanted. But Sarge overcomes all her resistance.
The premise for this book is a solid one and when combined with Ms. Bailey’s ability to write hot scenes and dirty talkers, this should have been a very interesting read. Only, the focus was on the sex, but the characters did not have anything in common (apart from the sexual attraction, that is) and the story was lacking, which sucks because there really is a story in there somewhere.
I’m really bummed that I could not enjoy this story as I expected but I hope that the next book has more of a story than this one did. That said, if you are looking for a steamy and sexy read, this may be just the book you’re looking for.