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Author: Tessa Bailey

Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: Make Me by Tessa Bailey

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Make Me by Tessa BaileyMake Me by Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful,
Also in this series: Chase Me
Published by Avon on 11 August 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: Chase Me

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Southampton, New York

First Line(s): Day one hundred and forty-two of being friend-zoned. Send rations.

MAKE ME is the third and final book in Tessa Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series and one that I had my hesitations on after the disaster that was NEED ME (my review). But even with that slight hesitation I was still curious about Russell and Abby’s story. Fortunately, MAKE ME, was an entirely different book than NEED ME. There was no creep factor for one and Russell and Abby were just the cutest couple. Stubborn as all get out but adorable. Oh how these two made my heart ache! That is when I didn’t want to shake them for being so obtuse!

MAKE ME is definitely one of those books that would have had no real conflict if the characters just TALKED to one another. But even with that overused cliche in romance stories I still liked their story. MAKE ME does take the cake though in not have just one pointless break up…but TWO! Which while utterly frustrating at times still doesn’t lesson my enjoyment of the book. Of the three books in the series MAKE ME is definitely my favorite and contains one of my favorite declarations of love. Oh stars will Russell and Abby tug on your heart strings!

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As with the previous books, MAKE ME, is filled with cameos of the other characters and its always nice to see where couples end up when their story ends. I really liked the friendship that Abby had with Honey and Roxy and how all their very different personalities just worked well together. But where MAKE ME shines is definitely in the chemistry between Russell and Abby. Russell has waited for Abby to see him and even though she pined for him too they seemed to keep missing the signals. That friends to lovers trope…oh…so cliche at times….but oh how it just makes me swoon every time.

MAKE ME is a quick read and will give you all the feels. The characters are stubborn and never listen when you yell at them what they need to do but they make you want to turn the pages to see how they get to their happily ever after. Its not a perfect story but its fun and a great way to escape when you need a nice brain candy read to distract you from life.

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three-half-stars
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Chase Me by Tessa BaileyChase Me by Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful,
Also in this series: Make Me
Published by Avon on 17 March 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Goodreads
three-stars
Also by this author: Make Me

Place(s) Travled To: New York, New York

First Line(s): Today’s weather forecast: imminent shitstorms across the tri-state area.

CHASE ME by Tessa Bailey is the first book in her new adult trilogy about three 20-somethings who share an apartment in New York City. This first book is told from the POV of Roxy and Louis who meet when Roxy is sent to his apartment as a singing telegram from one of his one night stands. Roxy is a struggling actress filled with sass and spunk and her witty banter intrigues the jaded Louis who becomes determined to find her again. There were things I liked about CHASE ME, I liked the chemistry between Roxy and Louis and I liked how this was a quick read. I enjoyed the budding friendship between Roxy and her roommates. But I disliked all the cliches that filled this book. CHASE ME is so very formulaic and while I do expect a romance to follow a certain formula I like when things aren’t so angsty and predictable.

I did like how Roxy would often call her own self out for acting crazy and irrational but even as she came to these conclusions she would’t stop her actions. And then there were some crazy random escalations that almost gave me whiplash. The pointless breakup so was pointless and then the ending was super rushed and felt incomplete. While this was a fast, brain candy read it wasn’t without flaws and a few eye rolls as I worked my way through the book. Some things just seemed forced and unrealistic even as I was hoping for these two characters to work through their issues and find their HEA.

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The side characters were ok but from early on in CHASE ME you can predict just how their stories will play out. There isn’t very much that is fresh or new within CHASE ME and I’m not entirely sure that this is a book that I’ll actively recommend to others. Its not a bad book but there really isn’t anything special about it either. The banter between the characters is fun and I enjoyed meeting Roxy’s roommates but if I didn’t read this book in a single sitting I’m not 100% certain that I would have picked it back up again. As I mentioned there are a lot of cliches in CHASE ME and there were times when it repeated itself.  But all the flaws aside there is always a time and a place for a brain candy read. Sometimes you just need that predictable fun story to lose yourself in for a few hours. While I didn’t love CHASE ME I didn’t hate it either nor do I regret the time I spent reading it.

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IR - Chase Me

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three-stars
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