Series: Made in Jersey #1
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release date: December 7th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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...
The Faerie Queen’s review
Boy, was this an excellent Christmas present to warm me up on a dreary British day. To help you understand what I mean…
“If I ever feel your fingers in my hair again, they’d better be pulling my face closer to whatever I’m licking.”
Our hero, Sarge, has been crushing on his sister’s best friend since hormones flooded his body, and after running off to make it as a rockstar, he returns four years later to reconnect with his family…and hopefully “connect” with Jasmine. And boy, did Sarge make his intentions clear, toeing the line between too much. This is one of those cases where an alpha male acting up in a book is hot as hell but would not go down well with me in real life.
“You’re so arrogant now,” she whispered on a huffed breath, unable to put the required exasperation in her voice.
“No, I’m not. I’m overcompensating for the fear that you’re going to take one orgasm and run.” He sounded almost angry. “You should know I’m going to make doing that really hard for you.”
The chemistry was setting off constant chain reactions. I mean, wow. I honestly didn’t realise how much I love gutter-mouth. There was a lot of it, too, plus a number of scenes in various locations that turned the heating up in the room. But it wasn’t all just sex. The hot stuff sizzled, the cute stuff had my stomach fizzing, and the tense emotional stuff made me feel almost ill, holding my breath as my heart broke. I could understand Jasmine’s initial reluctance (it is an age gap I’d be personally uncomfortable with, and I’ve been on a date with a guy a few years younger than me and felt weird before), but they worked so well together.
“Go get dressed while I make you something.”
“Stop being so pushy.”
“Stop being so beautiful.”
While Sarge was pretty confident and firm in what he wanted, he also pulled back when he needed to. He pushed Jasmine to believe in herself again, and really, it was her that came to him in the end, not him forcing her into anything. Underneath all the bravado, Sarge also showed heart, caring so much not just for Jasmine, but also wanting to make it right with his sister and niece (although I’m not letting him off the hook for getting it wrong in the first place).
And why – why – couldn’t they just be together when his heart was clearly being operated from the palm of her hand?
As well as the sweltering heat, I like the focus of this series. Each book centres around characters from a fictional New Jersey factory town called Hook, with regular working class heroes. Well, for the most part, since Sarge made it big. I’ll definitely be checking out the other books soon, with Sarge’s sister’s story already lined up.
It wasn’t all perfect. There were some inconsistencies here and there, and some background details didn’t quite add up. I couldn’t understand how he couldn’t find one or two days to quickly nip home to see his family over a span of four years, or why his parents didn’t help River with her kid. He’s a rockstar; I’m sure he could have afforded a plane ticket home when he lives in the same country! Also, I want to formally acknowledge the poor bass player in Old News, Sarge’s band, who didn’t even get a name or any interactions despite everyone else having a part to play. Poor guy. Oh, and also, what’s up with the name “Sarge”. I couldn’t take it seriously at all.
All in all, though, it was a really sexy, fun, super quick read. If you’re a fan of dirty talk, get your hands on Sarge.