REVIEW: Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Heat Level: Explicit

HOLY SHIT – Tessa Bailey knocked it out of the park with Wound Tight. While this might be Bailey’s first foray into M/M romance, there is no doubt that she brings her unique brand of sexy characters, sexy times and sexy storylines to this, the final chapter in her Made in Jersey series. To say that I am sad to the end of this amazing group of friends in an understatement, but Tessa Bailey sends this series out with a BANG with arguably my most favourite book in the series.

I FLOVE when a misunderstood character, one that has been marked as villainous-like in previous books, is brought to the forefront. The intricate ways in which their underlying character is revealed through finding LOVE with the ONE always keeps me captivated and that is exactly what you get with Renner Bastion. I was so not expecting how much I would fall for Renner with his gruff personality that hid his inner turmoil and loving nature. Sure he is ALPHA through and through, but the way in which he opens up throughout the book – as he becomes more comfortable – and takes a leap when he knows there is no safety net captivated me. I could not get enough of him.

And I don’t even know where to start with Milo. The interplay of assuredness and vulnerability when it came how to use his sexuality and discovering what it meant to be him is what kept me turning page after page. I was pulled in by the way that his confidence complimented what he wanted with Renner and break down Renner’s walls. I loved that he was the light to Renner’s dark. It was easy to see why anyone would fall in love with him with his easy-going nature, loyalty and pure magnetism. The way that he didn’t let Renner hide is what made him an unreal character to me.

So while this may have been Bailey’s first M/M romance she without a doubt captured the nuances of men loving other men. Not at any time did I feel like it was a M/F story branded as something else. She gave a story that captured gruff love and solid touches and the thoughts and feelings that interplay within men. The chemistry was spot on and there was plenty of sizzling, steamy sex with these two. As is typical with Tessa’s books the heat level was scorching and the passion was extreme. She is not afraid to bring the emotions in with the loving.

As always, the writing in this book was so easy to read that I got caught up in the pages. I loved the way that Tessa brought these two characters together – Milo wanting to learn how to capture a man’s interest by asking the more experienced Renner to guide him. I loved that neither ever denied their sexuality or questioned it, even if Milo has only discovered his true sexuality.

In the end, I finished this book completely satisfied knowing that Tessa Bailey had delivered another romance that captured the push and pull of love, the passion that ignites between two lovers, the emotion of finding yourself, healing and THE ONE and finally a storyline that keeps readers captivated and the pages turning themselves. While this series is now done, I can’t wait to explore more amazing characters from Tessa Bailey.




A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey

When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…


About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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