Review: Make Me by Tessa Bailey

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Make Me by Tessa BaileyMake Me by Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful #3
Published by Avon on 08/11/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher
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three-half-stars

Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she'd stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.

With the future of her family's hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn't helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby's suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?

As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she's ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.

I’m a pretty big sucker for romances where the guy loves the girl, but feels like he isn’t good enough for her. I don’t know why, but I can never resist books with that kind of story line, so when I heard about Make Me by Tessa Bailey, there was no way I was passing this one up.

I was definitely a bit in love with Russell Hart. He’s gorgeous and strong, and a construction worker. And he’s also so incredibly caring and protective towards Abby. But Abby is wealthy, and he doesn’t feel good enough for her. Yeah, that’s a little ridiculous, but I could understand where Russell was coming from. So Russell tries to be Abby’s best friend, and he is. Until Abby starts to see Russell as something more.

Abby is just the sweetest young woman, who works hard and doesn’t flaunt her wealth. All Abby wants is some best friends, something she was missing for most of her life. She’s a bit on the innocent side, but that never, ever got annoying. I loved Abby’s work ethic, and devotion to her family, even when her family hasn’t always been there for her.

Although I wanted Russell and Abby to get together on the first page, I thought so much of the book was about their lust for each other. Russell was constantly thinking of all the sexytimes he wanted to have with Abby, and Abby was thinking similar things for so much of the book. And hey, I’m not a prude and I enjoy sexytimes in books. But I did want a little less of the sexytime business and more seeing Russell and Abby connection on levels other that lust.

However, I could not put this book down. I enjoyed Make Me immensely and I definitely want to read the other books in the series. Make Me is the perfect hot, contemporary romance.

three-half-stars

9 Responses to “Review: Make Me by Tessa Bailey”

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I recently read the first one and also really liked it. I still have to read the second but I can’t wait! I’m really liking Tessa Bailey’s books. I hope you like this one.

  1. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I’m glad you liked this one, Quinn! I thought it was a lot of fun as well and I really liked Abby and Russell. That’s funny what you had to say about the sexy times because this book was tame for a Tessa Bailey book. Haha! Her other books have a lot more sexy times than this, which works for me sometimes but not always.
    Great review, Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I don’t mind the sexytimes at all! But I did feel like their every thought about each other had to do with wanting to get in the sack. And that’s fine. But I wish there were a few more chapters of them connecting on another level other than lust. But still, I liked this. I Just read the first one and enjoyed it even more!

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I like this type of story as well. I haven’t read anything by Tessa Bailey so I may give this a shot. I don’t mind sexytimes either, but I do want a connection beyond the bedroom.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I’m definitely enjoying this series. I read the first one this weekend and loved it. I think you will like the Broke and Beautiful series. They are super quick reads too, which is nice in the summer.

  3. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    That is one of my favorite story lines too! I love when the guy doesn’t think he’s good enough, but it’s even better when he set out to prove that he can be better. It’s so heartwarming.
    I’m glad you enjoyed this for the most part, but I get what you mean about the lust. Would have been nicer if their relationship developed more emotionally as well. I’ve never been able to like a Tessa Bailey book (I’ve tried 3) so I’m not sure if I’ll pick this one up.

    Great review!

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