Sunday, March 6

Review: Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

Title: Crashed Out
By: Tessa Bailey
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The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation...

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 is 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...

We love Tessa Bailey here at The BookWhisperer so any chance to read her books, we jump on it and that is what we did with this series.

Tessa writes alpha-males to the max – never once have I read a non-possessive, under-protective, and non-driven male in any of her books.  Sarge is like all of her other male characters – hot and controlling.  Coming home after becoming a rock success and finding out that his sister has roomed his with his childhood crush (and childhood babysitter) brings to a boil all of his feelings for Jasmine again.

What I liked about this book was that Sarge was exactly what I thought he would be…alpha-male.  He knew how to talk the talk and walk the walk (if you get my meaning.)  Sarge saw what he wanted, was tired of waiting, and went for it. 

I also found Sarge’s sister and niece’s story interesting and am looking forward to learning more about their past and future.

However, for some reason Jasmine did not speak to me.  Normally, most to Tessa’s female characters are very strong and independent women and I didn’t get that with Jasmine.  Instead of working towards what she wanted and succeeding, she gave up after rejection and shied away from ever singing again.  She also kept pushing Sarge away because she felt like their age difference and his success was a big deal and people would judge her and while I kind of understood that, I also felt like she should have just went for what she wanted…which was Sarge. 

I also felt that Sarge’s sister and niece should have played a bigger part in the story.  Sarge comes home three years after his niece is born and has maybe two encounters with her even though each encounter goes well.  I guess if I had come home after three long years, I would be at my sister’s house hanging with my niece any spare moment that I could. 

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