THROWN DOWN BY TESSA BAILEY IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Release Date: 04/04/2016
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…
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Vaughn is an epic alpha male, and the absolute best kind of romance hero. Because loves with everything he has, and everything he is, and he does it so deeply, so intensely, that he can change your entire world view in a blink. All because of who he is and how deeply he loves.
When Vaughn left River four years ago, he thought he’d done the right thing, for the right reasons. Yet, thanks to River’s brother, he found out differently. And while his being back in Hook isn’t easy, there’s no way in hell he’s leaving town again. She needs him to be a man she can count on, and Vaughn will move Heaven and earth to make sure he is exactly that.
This story was breathtakingly amazing. Hot as hell, of course, but also emotionally honest, the kind of honest that drips with authenticity and a naturalness that makes you wonder how many times you’ve passed a woman like River and a man like Vaughn on the street. How many times have you shared drinks with them but not quite understood who they were at heart. Who they were at their core.
I loved these characters something fierce. They were real because they were honest, their emotions so natural and their experiences so believable and compelling. I absolutely fell in love with both River and Vaughn and I read their story in one sitting because I could not, for the life of me, stop once I started.
Thrown Down is the perfect example of why I love reading Tessa Bailey’s work. Each and every one of her stories are unique to the characters, and the characters are so utterly real, so emotionally honest, they will break me apart in a million different ways before putting me back together again with a whole new insight into people, and into love.
If you love scorching hot reunion romances with emotional depth and unforgettable characters, pick up a copy of Thrown Down. It’s part of the Made in Jersey series, but it can definitely be read as a standalone, too, and believe me, it’s more than worth a read.
Rating: 5 Stars
*Okie Dreams Top Pick*
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.