Saturday, December 3, 2016

[ARC Review]: "Wound Tight"

romance novel cover, M/M Romance, Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey
Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (December 5, 2016)
Series: Made in Jersey, 4
Genre: M/M Romance -- Contemporary

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... 

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Reviews of Bailey's Previous Novels:

Too Hot to Handle (#1) -- TBQ
Too Wild to Tame (#2) -- TBQ

Raw Redemption (#4) -- TBQ

Worked Up (#3) -- TBQ

My Review:

"Is it a bad idea?"

"Getting a taste of you? Yes. The worst one I can think of."

Ah, Renner. He caught my attention in Worked Up (the only other book I've read in this series) and I was ridiculously excited when I realized he'd be getting his own book. Wound Tight did not disappoint!

Three words: Dressing. Room. Scene.

I'll get to the details on that in a bit, actually. Let's start with the basics first.

Renner is the prickly, strict, and extremely hardworking CEO. Milo is the younger (though not by too much) tattooed, snarky ex-military man turned security guard. Milo has also basically appointed himself Renner's personal bodyguard, trying to get him to slow down and take care of himself, too, not just the various businesses he's juggling. Renner is proudly out, but Milo is not. In fact, Milo is only just now allowing himself to admit that there's a reason he was never excited about the few women he was with in the past.

Milo wants some of Renner's confidence. What better way than to watch him -- and perhaps even ask to be tutored by him. Renner doesn't want to get mixed up with Milo; he may seem confident to the younger man, but Renner's been marked by a failed relationship in his past. Now he doesn't allow anyone to get close, merely using partners when he needs to, but never allowing it to go further than that.

What's worse though is why Milo wants the tutoring: he wants to use the knowledge on another man he's crushing on. How can Renner give in to temptation with Milo only to let him go to another? He tries to keep his distance from Milo, but the tension is just too sweet to resist completely . . . Meanwhile Milo realizes that the feelings he has for for Renner burn far hotter than what he felt for his first crush.

Now to the good stuff. THE DRESSING ROOM SCENE.

Ahem. I'm sorry, but that scene was just ridiculously sexy and it's still replaying in my head. (Note: I'm 10000% okay with this.)

Because I'm both a tease and a nice person, I'll give you a little hint at what you'll find in this scene:

"Don't stop, don't stop," Milo begged through clenched teeth. With a clumsy hand, he grabbed the red T-shirt and held it up near his throat, giving both of them a better view of his cut body. His dick being jacked. "Oh God . . . the way you're . . . "

"Tighter grip than you're used to, isn't it?" Renner breathed in his ear. "Have you been beating off the way you think it's supposed to be done? Or the way you need it to be done?"

"Fuck." Milo swayed, his free hand shooting out to balance him on the wall. "I don't know. I don't know."

Renner was actually, actually forgetting himself here. He hadn't thought that was possible, but the lack of control was happening. Milo was leaning back against his chest, tilting his hips up and fucking into Renner's fist. The sounds coming from him were unfiltered and perfect. And God, a natural disaster couldn't have stopped him from dry humping Milo's ridiculous backside, grunting into his shoulder with every thrust like it was his first time with a man, too.

And trust me, the sexual tension and chemistry continues in all the scenes that follow. Because Bailey, duh.

Such as:

"Sometimes I think of you naked and laid out and you're just letting me . . . touch. Or lick. Whatever and however I want. But it's . . . "


"It's understood that I'm on borrowed time." Milo swallowed a sharp groan while Renner dragged the thick ridge of his cock against Milo's. "Because you want me a certain way and you--"

"I get what I want," Renner finished, his tone heavy. Full. "I already let you borrow time once today. Remember that? When you got on your knees and swallowed me down?"

Milo's eyelids fell and he arched his back. "Hell yeah I remember."

"You liked it. That's good." 

Milo's eyes flew open when he felt Renner's mouth traveling down his chest. Another new sensation. Stubble and weight. Perfect

"Sometimes what I want is exactly what you need, Milo."

When he was mouth level with Milo's cock, Renner fisted the aching flesh, brushing the head with his lips. "You're going to love learning that lesson."

. . . Someone stop me before I just share all the dirty parts. Because there are many and they are all worth sharing. 🔥

But it's not just about the sex (SIGH), so let's move on.

I thought things were quickly wrapped up for them to be together, perhaps a bit too quickly, but this didn't really bother me. I do kind of wish Renner had explained to Milo about his past relationship in more detail, as I think it's important for Milo to fully understand why Renner reacts the way he does. We, the readers, know the full story because Renner ruminated on it in a previous scene, but he only gave Milo a one sentence response that I felt wasn't quite enough.

I can't pinpoint why exactly but I did find the start to the book a little bit slower than most of Bailey's. Nothing majorly so and it did pick up and keep my interest (and then some, because these two men, DAMN!), but there was something just *slightly* off at first.

"I make the decisions. Do you understand? Boss inside work, boss outside of work. That's me. Your dick seems to like that idea just fine."

Overall, a fantastic M/M debut from the queen of dirty-smutty-goodness. I loved Renner and Milo, loved that Renner was bossy in and out of the office (and Milo loved that too...). I really, really loved the epilogue. I won't spoil anything, but I will say this: DUKE. Oh Duke. Also, of note in the epilogue: the shirt scene (UNF). I do wish the very end of the HEA between Renner and Milo had been shown on page, but I still very much enjoyed it. I hope that we get more M/M romances from Bailey in the future!


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the author.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Tessa Bailey; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them. Any mistakes or typos in the quotes are my own fault.

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It's Tessa fucking Bailey. What more can I say? :) Other than I loooove the cover. For reasons.


Until Next Time,


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