Aug 6 2015 8:30am

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Make Me (August 11, 2015)

Make Me by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey
Make Me (Broke and Beautiful #3)
Avon Impulse / August 11, 2015 / $2.99 digital

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.

Do you like friends to lovers romances? How about when the hero is super infatuated with the heroine? If you answered yes to either of those questions then you’ll love Abby and Russell’s story in Make Me, the third and final installment in Tessa Bailey’s New Adult, Broke and Beautiful series. Taking place in New York and featuring three friends, Make Me follows Abby, a hedge fund manager, and Russell, a construction worker. Readers following the series have been awaiting the Abby/Russell pairing since Russell was struck dumb upon first seeing Abby.

What has followed into the beginning of Make Me is that we see the pair have struck up a friendship. Abby and Russell are best friends and Russell has been friend-zoned by Abby, even though he thinks he friend-zoned her (long story it’s explained in the book). The problem for Russell is that Abby is finally coming around to realizing how attractive she finds him. The usual aspects that make readers love Bailey’s books are there: a dirty-talking hero, a not-so-innocent virgin heroine, and a little power exchange in the bedroom. Where readers might get somewhat frustrated is with how much Russell wants to do the right thing by Abby, deciding he knows what’s best. Of course, Abby doesn’t much like having her choices made for her so the two eventually come to blows, but Russell’s intentions do make him a pretty swoonworthy hero.

Money and social status drive a wedge into Russell’s plans to woo Abby. In fact, Russell is similar to the first heroine in the Broke and Beautiful series, Roxy, who was worried her hero’s money would make a relationship impossible. Similarly, Russell sees how much money Abby’s family has and is worried he cannot provide the kind of lifestyle she is used to. Russell’s worries go beyond some type of male provides for female feelings but rather reflect an issue his parents had to face in the past. Meanwhile, Abby is busy trying not to let her family’s wealth define her as she has taken the reins for the entirety of her family’s empire. Now, the hero has to learn to trust the heroine and the heroine has to learn to trust herself.

Readers who are looking for something with a New-Adult tone that pulls away from the typical college or post-college setting will want to try the Broke and Beautiful series. Not only does Bailey imbue her heroines with a lot of humor and heart, but each hero and heroine pairing stands on their own. Although Russell and Abby’s situation is similar to that of Louis and Roxy, the two couples are vastly different in terms of their dynamics as well as how they overcome their separate issues. In addition, each heroine falls into some sort of trope, but goes beyond the definition of that trope. For example, Abby is a wealthy, well-educated woman and a virgin to boot. However, she’s not entirely clueless about sex and she knows how to go for what she wants when it comes to her relationship with Russell. Russell may seem like a stereotypical alpha male peppered with doubts about how to provide for Abby, but really he’s a hard worker who’s letting his past define his future.

Bailey goes above and beyond to make her characters stand on their own and there is a maturity level found in her younger heroes and heroines that stands out from a subgenre typically filled with fictional coeds trying to discover themselves.


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Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.


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Julia Broadbooks
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It's finally out today!!!!! I've been waiting for this one because I'm totally into friends to lovers and the hero is super infatuated with the heroine is my happy place.
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