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Worked Up

(Made in Jersey #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,386 ratings  ·  467 reviews
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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 Waverl
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Entangled: Brazen
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4 #PMB Stars

We're going to fuck tonight. Your bed. Mine. On the floor. In the shower. Against the window. All. Goddamn. Night. You're going to know me from every angle when the sun comes up over New Jersey tomorrow.

*pervy shudder*
I mean for the love of my ovaries! Holy cock this book was freaking hot! HOT I tells ya! Hands down my absolute favorite book in the series. #PMB for the win!

Firstly, I need to give Tessa props. Because let me tell you, people, it takes ski
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

Once again Tessa Bailey delivered a wonderful, steamy read with lovable characters and a story that keeps you wanting more. Her books never fail to bring me happiness! And this one was no exception.

Worked Up follows the story of Duke Crawford and Samantha Waverly. Ex-military Duke is a factory machinery mechanic working for Samantha’s stepbrother, Renner. He’s living with his four divorcee sisters and his only guilty pleasure is watching SportsCenter in peace. But taking care of his siblings do
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing



Duke Crawford, a factory 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?

“Are you on a five-way text with t
✰ Liz ✰
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
"He was completely lost for this woman."

Worked Up is the third book in the Made in Jersey Series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, the characters are interconnected throughout the series. Tessa Bailey is steaming up Kindles everywhere once again with this smoking hot romance that will certainly get you Worked Up.
Duke Crawford is the town "big guy" who takes care of his four sisters, loves to throw back a cold one at the local bar, and lives for sports center. He is a bit of a relati
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tessa Bailey Fans, Romance
5 Yes, I said 5 Real People Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free
There is a saying - "For Every Lid, There is a Pot"...which can be interpreted in many ways. As someone who has worked in Employment, we used that phrase meaning there is a job out there for everyone... just need to figure out what and find it. In life and romance...There is that special someone for everyone and they just need to be in the right place at the right time...and open to experience it. Tessa Bailey takes this premise, shoots it f
Gi's Spot Reviews
Samantha found herself in Hook, the a little town of New Jersey, with some time to spare until a life defining meeting with her brother, Renner, the factory owner and biggest employer in town. When she walked into The Third Shift, the only real bar there, she was hoping to some distraction from her problems and to pass by as unnoticed as possible. A mission that revealed itself impossible in a town where everyone knew everybody and she stood out like a sore thumb. She sure drew attention, even f ...more
4.25 Third Shift Stars

“I feel like if I… break apart, I’ll be put back together differently. I don’t know.”
“What if I let you put me back together differently, too?”

All Duke really wants out of life is a little peace and quiet at the end of the day. If he has to hang out at the local dive bar to escape a house full of divorced sisters, so be it. All hope of keeping his spare time uneventful vanishes the moment Samantha enters the bar. And during Sportscenter, no less. What’s a surly commitment-p
Aisling Zena
4 bossy dirty talker stars

If you don't like insta-love/lust I'd suggest staying away from this.
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 5 ++ Stars! Damn, but can Emma Wilder give great audio! 😍🤤

It's no secret that Tessa Bailey writes the kind of sex scenes that may cause damage to whatever ereader or audio device is being used. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 But Emma Wilder needs to come with a warning label too! This WOMAN'S performance of an alpha male blew me away! Not gonna lie, there are a few male narrators I would trade for Emma Wilder instead.

Story 3 Stars

Duke epitomizes what I consider to be physically attractive man...big, husky (slig
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book! Duke was an amazing hero! Not only had he been celibate for what seemed like a long time, but he was thoughtful and sweet and took care of everyone! Sam was a good heroine- kind and funny, but I didn't like her pushing Duke away. They had great rapport and their steamy times were hot, hot, hot! I will definitely read this one again! ...more
5 'freaking hot' stars

With the overwhelming number of romance I read throughout the years, honestly, reading sex scenes can sometimes be a chore *gasp*, they can be so methodical, or they just sorta blend together like any Tom, Dick and Harry. But in Worked Up, I am thoroughly worked up. Forget wet panties, I'm so freaking aroused and horny that I want to jump my husband who is snoring away next to me.


First of all Duke Crawford is the man. I'm sure he is not everyone cup of beverage, but he is
**5 Presumptuous Stars**

Duke, a machine mechanic in the local factory was minding his own business watching the game in a bar. Samantha is an illustrator of children’s books. She’s in town to meet with her brother and goes to the bar to have a drink. The two meet and sparks fly.

I think I smiled the entire time I read this book. It just gave me all kinds of feel goods. It was sweet, funny and hot.

Duke is a great hero. He is always fixing something or helping others. He’s a big growling bear who h
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time there was a reader who loved Tessa Bailey's books. Loved the alpha but ever so slightly vulnerable dirty talking men and the ladies who kept them on their toes. But one day she fell a little bit out of love with them because storyline was sacrificed for sex and dirty talk and she was sad that this love affair was on the rocks. However...

"There were men. And then there was Duke Crawford."


I'll be damned, it's been a while coming but one word. Duke. Yes he has a bit of a mouth
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Oh, Duke Crawford!!!!! Tessa Bailey, you have truly outdone yourself with this sweet, sexy and scorching hot installment of the Made In Jersey Series. Worked Up was a gem of a read. Why? It’s simple. There were no billionaires, actor, athlete, or cocky alpha hero. But there was Duke Crawford, a factory mechanic. Yes, a factory mechanic, a blue collar worker is your leading hero. So thank you, Tessa Bailey for writing a story that is a
Al George
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 02-purchased-99
So....those Scandalicious podcast ladies were right. Duke is dirty and delish and hot in a man bear way.


So he's not a real man bear, but the gif is hot in more ways than one.

Series: Yes

Sexy times: Dooood. Do not read if serious naughty talking and pokey pokerson is offensive. Typical Tessa Bailey...lots of the poke.

Plan on reading more by the author: One more left in this series.

Synopsis Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, Samantha walks into the pub where Duke is trying to wa
I really really really LOVED this book. It was perfect. Duke was perfect!! And Sam was adorable. Both of them together were explosive. I think it's my favorite Tessa's book to date <3 ...more
4.5 Dirty Talking Stars!

Review later....

I will say this.... Duke is a regular Guy....but OMG....his dirty mouth will melt your panties off. ;)
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below! Sigh...I love Tessa Bailey and I love the Made in Jersey series! This review was originally posted on The Book Disciple ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I adored this book! Duke and Samantha were perfect. I loved everything about their characters. Samantha seemed innocent, a bit naive and was just plain silly at times and I loved her. Duke, man who wouldn't want a Duke of their own. He's a protector, provider, hero and a passionate lover. The two together was a pleasure to read. Their chemistry was smokin! Loved it!

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wasn’t every day someone caught him off guard, but this pretty girl whose voice oozed education, this girl with the stubborn—and…fuck it, cute—nose, had unsettled his stomach ever since gliding into the bar. Like a bad omen.

All factory mechanic Duke Crawford wants is to watch SportsCentre in peace. He has enough responsibility and chaos in his life with living with four divorced sisters and life has taught him that relationships aren’t for him. Until a tiny, hot brunette walks into the very

Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4/20/18 Re-read of one of my fave PMB's. Duke is LIFE.

Third person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone.

What if she just threw her arms out the open window and sobbed on behalf of all womankind? If they knew about this guy in Manhattan, the next bus to Hook would be standing room only. Instead, he'd gotten her. The one who'd pass the bus, sprinting in the opposite direction.

God. Bless. America.

Duke has ruined me for all other men. I never even knew I had a thing for big, burly men until
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.5 Stars***

I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!! My favorite Tessa Bailey book I've read so far!

"I feel like if I...break apart, I'll be put back together differently. I don't know."

"What if I let you put me back together differently, too?"

This book was the perfect combination of humor, feels and STEAM!

I absolutely LOVED Duke and Samantha.

Duke was a bear of a man with a gentle heart...a nurturer, a protector. And Samantha was quirky and fun (I seriously LOVED Sam's love of corny jokes
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who like #PMB's (#PoutyManBear's)

Title: Worked Up
Series: (Made in Jersey, #3)
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance
Rating: 5-Stars *favorite*
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
Blog: HERE

Crashed Out (Made in Jersey, #1) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #1) Crashed Out
Rough Rhythm (Made in Jersey, #1.5) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #1.5) Rough Rhythm
Thrown Down (Made in Jersey, #2) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #2) Thrown Down
Worked Up (Made in Jersey, #3) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #3) Worked Up
Wound Tight (Made in Jersey, #4) by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey, #4) Wound Tight

Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.


Small-town factory mechanic, Du
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Pouty-Man-Bear-Forever Stars!!!

I have one question for you, reader…..Have you ever read Tessa Bailey? If your answer is no, then stop reading this review and go read her books…...right now…..Seriously, stop. (There are no spoilers in this review, I just wanted to emphasize the awesome-sauce that is Tessa Bailey!).

à la Mode St. » fashion

”I was thinking I could switch to light beer for you.”

“Romance, thy name is Duke.”

à la Mode St. » fashion

This book is a modern-day fairy tale…..BAHAHAHA! Not really. The hero is a ginormous mountain of
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
“What do you call a melon that can’t get married? … A can’t elope.”

There are like 16 reasons why I shouldn't have liked this book: Marriage of convenience, possessive dude, tits getting slapped (I can be down for a little ass spanking but the BOOBS?! REALLY? IS THIS A THING?), etc ... BUT for some reason I cannot put my finger on, IT WORKED. I enjoyed this.

I liked Duke and Samantha equally. Duke is a blue-collar, factory mechanic, who's also a war veteran. Before his deployment his 4 sisters w
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Duke!!!! He will be going at the top of my favorite book heroes list!
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Worked Up by Tessa Bailey
Book Three of the Made in Jersey series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

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

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 relat
Carmen Rae
I know I can always count on Tessa Bailey to write hot as hell books but damn this one was beyond smoking hot. Like I need a smoke after reading it.

This was the ultimate insta-love story but I felt the sparks flying from the moment they make eye contact and I don’t think I stopped squirming in my seat the whole time I was reading this. It was just that hot. Which isn’t to say I didn’t feel a whole heap of other emotions as well just that my libido was forced into overdrive from all the testoste
I have read several books by this author but this book is my absolute favorite! I adored the hero, Duke. He was perfect! Duke is an average guy, doesn't have a perfect body, he's hairy and real. He works as a machine mechanic at the factory and lives with his four divorced sisters. He takes care of people, putting others before himself. He doesn't want a woman or a relationship and is fine just working and watching Sports Center when he gets the time. Everything changes when Samantha comes to to ...more
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Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy. Shit. Guys, this is my first Tessa Bailey book, and I am a convert! As soon as this review is written, I'm off to one-click the first two books in this series—Crashed Out and Thrown Down—and get a little more familiar with this author and the Made in Jersey crew. Because DAYUM, Worked Up pressed all my buttons, and left me a heaving, heated, hopeless(ly in love) mess.

Shout out to the pouty man bears everywhere. I think Ms. Bailey is on to something with them, if Duke is the example. The r
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