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Make Me

(Broke and Beautiful #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,342 ratings  ·  333 reviews
Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she'd stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.

With the future of her family
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Avon Impulse
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Allison Henle No, this is the 3rd in a series. You can read it first, like I did, but you'll be missing some of the details about how the characters first met. …moreNo, this is the 3rd in a series. You can read it first, like I did, but you'll be missing some of the details about how the characters first met. (less)

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Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!!


“Make Me” is the third and final book in the “Broke and Beautiful” series by Tessa Bailey and tells the story of Russell and Abby, characters we met in the previous books in the series. Like its predecessors, this book can be read as a standalone. Even if “Make Me” wasn’t my favorite book by this author or my favorite book in the series, I enjoyed this sweet friends to lovers story. The characters were likeable enough, the story was fast paced, which I enjoyed and the writing was ente
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 Stars

Day one hundred and forty-two of being friend-zoned. Send rations.

I love a steamy New Adult romance and I love Tessa Bailey. Add into all that her gift for writing alpha men that I pretty much drool over and it's really a no brainer. Having not read the previous two books in this series, I wasn't really sure what to expect. That synopsis ultimately sealed the deal. Construction worker? Friends-to-lovers? Tessa's dirty talkers? SOLD!
You were put on this earth to make me
3,5 Sexy Stars.

Since they met, Russel and Abby have been best friends, despite having stronger feelings with each other. Abby wants him but doesn’t know what to do, and Russel believes Abby deserves better than him. Until one night changes everything and they realize they can’t never go back again.


Despite not being my favorite Tessa Bailey’s book, this was still and sweet and very hot reading.
Well written and entertaining, this is a good choice especially if you read the previous book on the
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I read this author's first book,she has hooked me.Her heros are to die for and the sexy,dirty speak that come out of their mouths,well ,just get yourself a nice tall glass of ice water.Trust me,you need it to cool down after they talk dirty to their girlfriend.
Now,this is how you end a series and write a really ,really beautiful romance.This book had me sighing,chuckling,slightly tearing and choking up and just flat out envy for this heroine.Her man loved her so much and showed it to
3 Dirty Talking Stars

“No man’s ever licked it but me. No one looks at it but me.” His head dropped, his mouth hovering just above her nipples. “That goes for all of you. Every fucking inch of this dick-tease body.”

I lurve Tessa Bailey and her dirty talking men. Love 'em! Unfortunately Russell's occasional dirty times weren't quite enough to make me love this book. My biggest issue stems from the fact that Russell just Wouldn't. Take. His. Head. Outta. His. Ass. Russell wants Abby but he's not go
Spoilers ahead, 3.5* rounded up even though this book was frustrating as hell lol

Russell met Abby when their friend's started dating, they soon became best friends. What everyone knows but a clueless Abby doesn't is that Russell loves her. When Abby is injured Russell spends the night and the two get close in a way that finally openes Abby's eyes but caused Russell to do a lot of pushing away because of his issues

Ok so the way Russell loved Abby was gut wrenching. It's either the way we
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, gr2016, 4-5-stars
“You were put on this earth to make me crazy, Abby. You know that?”
“I’m not sorry about it,” she whispered. “Does that make me a bad person?”
“No. It makes you a woman.”

From the first moment he saw her, Russell Hart, has been head over heels for Abby Sullivan. But because he isn’t rich, he believes that he would never have a chance with classy Abby. So they becomes friends, and she treats him like her own personal hero, which is better than nothing, right? But keeping Abby at a safe distance

Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
Russell. He is everything! Make Me serves up a healthy dose of steamy sex plus some really great comedic moments!

Although Book #3 in Tessa Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series, this scorching book can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel and is sexy, FUNNY and fast-paced. MAKE ME is pure Tess Bailey gold! Abby and Russell’s story is an enjoyable, delicious book, written as always in the trademark Tess Bailey style of dirty-talking Alphas with a healthy dose of reality, humor and solid story
Marla Mei
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Trust me, I'm feeling pretty bad right now that I only rated this book two stars. (I still like you Tessa Bailey, don't worry.) It's just the constant push and pull between the two characters is maddening, UGH!!!

If you can handle characters who keep on sending mixed signals to each other that every chapter--literally every chapter--showcases how flighty they are, especially the guy, then this book might work for you.

I've never been so infuriated with a male MC before. Another thing--he always
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Make Me by Tessa Bailey
Book Three of the Broke and Beautiful series
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Tessa Bailey's books never fail to be fun and sexy. Both previous books in this series, Chase Me and Need Me, were entertaining books that I was able to read in a single sitting. Together with the fact that one of my favorite characters in the series was going to be a protagonist in this one, I was dying to get my hands on Make Me. I'm excited that this was my favorite book in the series.

I fell in love with Russell in the previous books. Unlike Louis and Ben, he was more rough around the edges,
This hero is so wonderful and sooo stupid. All I can think of when I read his POV is the following song from the uber talented and uber handsome Herb Albert but with bdsm twist.

You see this guy, this guy's in love with you
Yes I'm in love who looks at you the way I do
When you smile I can tell it know each other very well
How can I show you I'm glad I got to know you 'cause
I've heard some talk they say you think I'm fine
Yes I'm in love and what I'd do to make you mine
Tell me now is it so don't let
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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The Ninth Avenue Stoop is the new Central Perk!

Remember the day when you were sitting on your comfy couch, curled up in a blanket, drinking wine and watching the final episode of FRIENDS? Do you remember feeling so giddy and so sad at the same time. The show had you starting off with a huge smile and ended with a couple of tears falling down your cheek. You were perfectly content and satisfied and yet, so incredible sad that it was over. At some point you were so emotionally invested in these ch
Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta
3.5 stars.
I liked the idea of heroine friend-zoning the hero.
I loved how much the hero loved her.
I caught a fever with the scene where the hero was "sleeping", plus his dirty talk.
BUT I didn't warm up to Abby, I admired her work ethic, I don't know but I just didn't like her much.
Christy LoveOfBooks

I expected Make Me to be my favorite of The Broke & Beautiful series because Russell and Abby were always making me laugh in the previous books. Unfortunately, I liked it the least. I really thought it would be fun and entertaining. Wrong. I mean, it had its moments, but all the misunderstandings and drama really brought it down for me. Russell could be sweet and enduring with great intentions at times, but his alpha male antics got on my last nerve. I wanted to send him back to his cave on a nu
Susan (susayq ~)
Hot hot hot

If I had forgotten how hot the books Tessa Bailey writes are, I was just pleasantly reminded with Russell and Abby's story. Russell was equal parts swoony and irritating lol He was hot and dominate and caring and I loved it. But he was also a bit on the wishy washy side with his "I have to stay away but I want her so bad but I'm not good enough for her" . And the fact that he didn't tell her anything, just made decisions that affected their relationship rubbed me wrong. But you know w
Jillian Stein
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I may have to up my review rating scale for this book.....full review to come!
I think maybe this series is just not for me. As with the last book (ugh, Ben), I found Russell's controlling behavior so so so so SO - so. - off-putting, and it worries me that this is being romanticized. Like, he flips out when she is out of his sight. Legitimately flips out. Doesn't like other men even LOOKING at her. Says she is his about 5,000,000 throughout the course of the book.

Is that restraining order material? No? Yes? Yes.

His inner dialogue is overwrought. His reasons for not wanti
I can't believe I am saying this but this time the Tessa Bailey angst was just not delivered right!! I did not know that it would be too much for me, so here is the thing.. the angst she writes about is like my personal form of crack. But this time it felt like an overdo, the characters actions were just not right. There was no reason to drag this book out so much, I guess I prefer her short Brazen novels. It packed the punch but after the halfway point I wanted to call quit to this plotless and ...more
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was my first book by this author, and I usually give it three books before I make a decision on whether or not this author is for me. However, I was so turned off by this book I'm not sure I want to even try another one. The premise of the book seemed cute and I read so many good reviews I was excited to read it. While there were some fun and humorous moments, I spent the majority of the book bored, annoyed, angry, and creeped out. Abby wasn't a bad character. A bit irritating and weak, I l ...more
Quinn's Book Nook
I’m a pretty big sucker for romances where the guy loves the girl, but feels like he isn’t good enough for her. I don’t know why, but I can never resist books with that kind of story line, so when I heard about Make Me by Tessa Bailey, there was no way I was passing this one up.

I was definitely a bit in love with Russell Hart. He’s gorgeous and strong, and a construction worker. And he’s also so incredibly caring and protective towards Abby. But Abby is wealthy, and he doesn’t feel good enough f
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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RCK *don’t be all, like, uncool*
SPOILERS. 2.5 – 3 stars.

This was a cute book.. I liked Russell – he seemed very protective and loving towards Abby and he has a great sense of humor. Although I did like Abby I felt she gave up on Russell a bit fast at the end. I do feel Russell should have been honest with her from the start but really he thought in his own messed up way he was doing what was best for Abby, which in reality it wasn’t. She definitely should have made him grovel but to just give up on the relationship soo fast wa
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: category-romance
It started out fun but the longer it went on, the more troubled I was by the hero. I'm down with the grumpy, broody hero trope, but this guy was immensely insecure, had what struck me as a vaguely creepy-possessive response to the heroine's virginity, and had a habit of slamming his head into tables when he was upset. Now, maybe it's because I've had roommates who slammed their heads into things when they were going through self-harm spells, but it struck me as worrisome instead of amusing. I re ...more
Anna's Herding Cats
Well that was just quite the ending to the series and dammit it made me cry. lol Loved these two. Russell totally had me in a swoon and falling all over him with his smitten self. And Abby was so cute and pretty great too.

*he really should be bald on that cover grrrr)

Full review to come.

*bounces around* I have been dying for this one! Diving in....NOW!

Reviewing for herding cats & burning soup.
Nicole P
Out of all the books in this series, this one lived up to the series name Broke and Beautiful. Abby and Russell are good friends. Comfortably friend-zoned, Abby and Russell share something special and sweet. Abby oblivious and all kinds of adorable. Russell the growly, grouchy alpha protector. But both of them are keeping secrets. And as they push the boundaries of their friend-zone, they have to tackle their own personal perceptions. It was nothing short of scorching hot, with Tessa Bailey's tr ...more
Jenny Jo Weir
This was my favorite one in the series. Although I didn't think I'd like Russell's character, he ended up being my favorite one and I liked the way this story played out. Still, I wish Tessa would have toned down a little of the steamy parts, but it's to be expected in the romance genre and most ladies will likely enjoy. ...more
These two are a little more worrisome in their baggage than their friends, but I still enjoyed the heck or of their story. Fusing Bailey's BDSM/erotica flavor with contemporary romance is a red hot combo, the way her characters talk to each other in bed just slays me. ...more
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