It’s release day for a few authors today and trust me you’ll see some of my favorites this week. Today one of those is Tessa Bailey.
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…
Crashed Out is Tessa Bailey’s latest. It’s also the first in her new series called Made in Jersey. Crashed Out opens with Sarge being dropped off at his sister’s house which had been the house he’d grown up in by his manager James.
We soon find out that Sarge hasn’t been home since he left after high school, and pretty much never looked back well physically anyway. The only problem this never looking back you never know what shit storm you’re walking into when you finally return. Sarge soon finds out that things aren’t as good as he thought with his family. Not only is he meeting his niece for the first time his sister won’t let him in the house.
As Sarge tries to figure out his next step, he finds himself in a bar helping the one person he wants out of his system. The reason he ran from Hook and never looked back. Jasmine.
Jasmine is seven years Sarge’s senior. She’s also River, Sarge’s older sister’s best friend. This spitfire puts up every kind of wall she can to hide the attraction she now feels for a man she used to babysit and is her best friends little brother. Though he’s not so little anymore. In this respect Sarge reminds me of my little brother, he’s now 6’3 and yet being ten years younger I still call him my little brother. Poor guys.
When Sarge and Jasmine get pushed together because of River not letting Sarge in his childhood home, Sarge is determined to finally get Jasmine out of his system the only way he can, because writing songs about her hasn’t helped. Yep he’s going to screw her out of his head, heart and anything else he can come up with.
As Sarge works his magic, Jasmine lets down her guard a little at a time, yet her insecurities are still obstacles Sarge will have to over come. In someways Sarge is learning Jasmine all over again because when he left she didn’t have the insecurities. She was fearless. Four years later she’s no longer fearless.
As always I love Tessa’s work. She creates characters we can relate to in someway. Most are down to earth even when they come from money. Take Sarge even though he’s this big “rock god” he still remembers where he came from and doesn’t let it go to his head which is saying something for a twenty two year old. The parts of Crashed Out where we see River and Sarge’s relationship so reminded me of my little brother and myself. Granted Helioboy isn’t a “rock god” but I did help take care of the man when he was a kid. So even though we are states/oceans/countries apart I still want to look out for him.
And this is what I mean by Tessa created a story her fans and other readers can relate too. On the flip side this story is Sarge and Jasmine’s story and as will all of Tessa’s novels the heat is there. Make sure you’re significant other is near by when you read those scenes. 🙂
“Girl in Blue”
I need tending. Never ending
Want that, need that, girl in blue
No panty lines, no ties, no binds
Got me hard up over you.
Grip those hips,
Up into you
Raging, pushing, letting go
Biting mouths, suck those roses
Once not enough
Flipped over. Round two.
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.