Double Quickie: Need Me & Make Me by Tessa Bailey

Posted September 22, 2015 | 29 Comments

Double Quickie: Need Me & Make Me by Tessa BaileyNeed Me
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful #2
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Format: eBook
Pages: 293
Source: Purchased

When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey is completely focused on her medical degree … until she sees newly minted professor Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

At an off-campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding Southern belle … and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can't stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden … yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can't stay away from Honey.

And when his attempt to fight their attraction nearly ruins the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.

After reading and adoring Chase Me, I was very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series that revolves around this group of friends. In Need Me, Honey and Ben have the whole professor-student forbidden thing going on, which I like. It’s weird, because I felt like I constantly went from one extreme to the other with this book. One minute I’d be totally enamored with it, and the next I’d be completely annoyed. There are plenty of funny and emotional moments, and they’re really hot together, but gah, all the internal rambling and the use of Lolita are only a couple of irritants that drove me crazy View Spoiler ». So I’m all over the place with Need Me.


Double Quickie: Need Me & Make Me by Tessa BaileyMake Me
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful #3
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 192

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 expected Make Me to be my favorite of The Broke & Beautiful series because Russell and Abby were always making me laugh in the previous books. Unfortunately, I liked it the least. I really thought it would be fun and entertaining. Wrong. I mean, it had its moments, but all the misunderstandings and drama really brought it down for me. Russell could be sweet and enduring with great intentions at times, but his alpha male antics got on my last nerve. I wanted to send him back to his cave on a number of occasions.

Even though my fondness for the series dropped with each book, I was glad to see all three couples get their HEA.


29 responses to “Double Quickie: Need Me & Make Me by Tessa Bailey

  1. It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy the rest of the series as much as you hoped. I usually like the student/teacher romances too, but it sounds like things went from one extreme to the next. And your favourite couple let you down… bummer!

  2. Need Me was my least favorite of the series. The whole professor-student thing did not work for me. I kept thinking about all my professors, who are all pretty ancient and it was gross how he kept lusting after her while in class. But when I tried to forget that he was her professor, it was a fun book.

    Funny. Make Me was my favorite of the series. 🙂 I get where you’re coming from though. I went into the book expecting angst and I got it.

  3. Grrrrrrr to misunderstandings and drama Christy! That’s one of my biggest reading pet peeves. I no longer have the patience to deal with people who can’t communicate time and again. I think I’ll pass on these two, but will definitely check out Chase Me:)

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  4. I haven’t read a good teacher/student style romance for a while. Sometimes I find with the ‘forbidden’ romances that the ‘forbidden’ness is more in someone’s head than anything.

    Bummer the angst got too much on the last one, but at least it wasn’t a total washout.

  5. Bea

    Argh on misunderstandings and drama. Why do so many romance authors fall into those pitfalls? The second book is one I’d skip because I have a hard time with student-teacher romances but the third one has an appealing blurb. It’s disappointing that the book didn’t live up to it. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy these as much as you did the first one.

  6. It kind of sounds like I need to skip this one. It sounds like it’s way too much going on and way too much drama. Meh. Hope you’re next reads are great!

  7. Sadly that’s the same issues I face with new adult too. The excess drama, lack of communication and it irks me. When it comes to new adult, I’ve yet to find an author who has an original idea when it comes to contemporary, did you find that with each book too, that maybe it.lost that shine because you has read it all before? I’m so sorry that these didn’t live up to the hype Christy, hopefully your next read knocks your socks off <3 fabulous reviews nonetheless.

  8. I haven’t read any of Tessa Bailey her books, but I have them on my to-read list. I am sorry to hear your enjoyment dropped with each book, but it still sounds like you enjoyed the whole series. I am a fan of friends-to-lovers romances, so I like the sound of that in book 3, although from your review it sounds like the first two books were better. Great reviews!

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