Sunday, April 10, 2016

Book Review: Thrown Down (Made in Jersey #2) by Tessa Bailey

Thrown Down
Made in Jersey, #2
by Tessa Bailey

Release Date:
April 4th, 2016


Publisher via NetGalley

eARC received in exchange of honest review


He has one last chance to deserve the girl of his dreams...

Overachiever River Purcell was never supposed to be a struggling single mom, working double shifts just to make ends meet. Nor was she supposed to be abandoned by her high school sweetheart, breaking her heart into a thousand jagged pieces. Now Vaughn De Matteo is back in town, his sights set on her...and River is in danger of drowning a second time. 

No one believed Hook's resident bad boy was good enough for River. Not even Vaughn himself. But he'll fight like hell to win back the woman he never stopped loving, to keep the daughter he never expected, and convince himself he's worth their love in the process--even if he has to rely on their fierce and undeniable sexual chemistry. 

But even as River's body arches under his hungered touch, the demons of the past lurk in the shadows. Waiting for Vaughn to repeat his mistakes one last time...

Purchase Links:

Made in Jersey Series on Goodreads:
Our Review of Crashed Out HETRE
Our Review of Rough Rhythm HERE

Lindy's Thoughts:

I love a sexy book with a dreamy happily after.  The Made in Jersey Series guarantees sweet, sexy, and feel-good romance.  I love the way that Tessa Bailey connects all of her characters in a series, yet if you haven't followed along, you can still read each book as a standalone.  I am loving the Made in Jersey characters.  They come from the blue collar working class, and are so real and easy to relate to. 

In Thrown Down, we get River Purcell and Vaughn De Matteo's love story.  River is the older sister of Sarge Purcell and best friend to Jasmine Taveras, who are from book one in this series, Crashed Out.  River is a hardworking single mom with a day job in the town factory and a night job waitressing at a bar.  She's had a hard time supporting three year old Marcy on her own.  However, she never told Vaughn, her first love, that they had created a child together.  He walked out on her four years ago after telling her that he didn't love her, and she wasn't going to guilt him in to staying with her.

Vaughn is shocked when he receives a letter from River's brother, Sarge, informing him that he has a daughter.  He walked away from River four years ago, because he though she deserved better than him.  Yet, he has never stopped loving her, and thinks about her every day.  He returns to Hook, New Jersey, because he wants to be a father to his daughter, and hopes to win back River's trust and love.

Thrown Down was written in Tessa Bailey's scorchingly hot and explicit manner.  Vaughn is one of her alpha hero-dirty talkers, and he really got my blood pumping!  The story flew by and I was hooked from the first page.  I loved River and Vaughn's characters, and felt their strong connection down to my toes.  These two were soul mates, and every moment they were together was pure magic.  

This story didn't really have much of Sarge or Jasmine.  It soley focused on the main characters.  We get glimpses from their past, as well as their present story.  I loved the fact that the story wasn't too long, to the point to it dragging, nor was it too short, where the characters were underdeveloped.  The length was perfect, and the ending was beautiful!  


I give, Thrown Down, 4.5 Reunited Lovers, Finding a Forever Home, Dynamic Chemistry, Powerful Love Filled Stars!!!   

Mikki's Review:

Thrown Down, by Tessa Bailey, is the second full length novel from her newest series, Made in Jersey. The first installment, Crashed Out, and the novella that follows it, Rough Rhythm have started this series with a bang! The heroines in this series are all strong and confident. They steal the spotlight from Tessa Bailey’s dirty talking alpha males and they leave you cheering for them. Made in Jersey is such an easy series to fall in love with! You can easily relate to all the characters and the obstacles that they need to overcome in their life. Love is not always hearts and flowers and this series is the perfect example. Each character struggles with their own insecurities and that is what makes them so perfectly imperfect. 

Thrown Down is about sweet girl River Purcell and bad boy Vaughn De Matteo. Opposites attract in this sexy, erotic, passionate, second chance at love novel. River was left heartbroken when Vaughn suddenly abandoned her. She was young and innocent, but if there is one thing that her life journey has taught her is that you never give up. Vaughn comes back to fight for the two girls he left behind. He knows that things with River might be rocky at the beginning, but he will do whatever it takes to win back her love. As days go by, Vaughn sees how strong and passionate River is about everything in her life. She’s been a mom and a dad figure in their daughter’s life. Vaughn wants to offer River the world and nobody will stop him from giving his girls the HEA they both deserve. 

I love second chance at love romance novels. They give me all the feels! Tessa Bailey did a fantastic job at making this story come to life and captivate me from the very beginning. I was a fan of River in Crashed Out, which is the book that features her brother, Sarge, and her best friend, Jasmine. She’s the kind of supporting character that is simply irresistible! I loved all the moments that she shared with Jasmine and Sarge, and could not wait to find out what her story was. Vaughn was a mystery when I started reading Thrown Down. Let me just say that I delivered a few well-deserved virtual slaps his way. He made me so mad!! How could he just walk away from River like that? The more I read about his time away from River, the more I understood why he left. 

I loved how both these characters grew as individuals, but as a couple as well. They have learned from their mistakes and they are taking this new relationship one step at a time. River and Vaughn’s chemistry is blazing hot and this book is filled with many steamy scenes. Tessa Bailey always creates the most unforgettable dirty talkers! I have read eighteen books from this author and I can’t get enough!!! Every single one of my reading escape has been memorable. If you have not discovered this amazing author, you are seriously missing out! 


I give, Thrown Down, by Tessa Bailey, 4.5 sizzling, sexy, passionate, give love another chance stars!

About the Author:

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.

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