Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey (Made in Jersey #4)
Released: December 5, 2016
M/M Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Mandi
Tessa Bailey is the queen of the dirty talking hero and I’m always excited for a new release. And then she tells me she is writing a male/male. Excuse me while I swoon off my couch in anticipation. Wound Tight is FULL of intense sexual tension and hot, hot sexy times. Definitely some dirty talking too.
If you’ve read this series, you’ve met Renner, the factory CEO guy who is more of a villain than a hero. That’s the best kind of hero, right? If you have not read this series, no worries – this will work great as a stand alone (although you should go back and read Duke because *heart eyes*).
Renner is uptight, rigid, out as gay, but very serious and not one to ever…make a scene. The newer security guard hired for the factory is named Milo and he is flirty and funny and very warm. He has made friends with all the factory workers and much to Renner’s frustration, Renner can not keep his eyes off of Milo. But Milo likes girls – or so he says. But what Milo has not told Renner is that he is attracted for the first time to a man back home in Boston named Travis. But Milo has no idea how to flirt with a man so he is feeling lost. Milo also has a secret crush on his boss (aka Renner) and has taken it upon himself to quietly be Renner’s personal security guard – as the people of Hook don’t necessarily love Renner. This is a good thing as Milo follows Renner out one night and Renner gets jumped. Holding his own ground pretty good, Milo steps in and diffuses the situation. Renner is embarrassed but there is definitely and undercurrent of attraction between them. When Milo learns that Renner had a mild heart attack the previous year, Milo insists on helping Renner learn to relax and calm down, in exchange for Renner helping Milo learn to flirt with men.
Renner is so uptight and reserved – and seven years older than Milo. Milo is more open, and wears his heart on his sleeve. Milo as Renner’s employee got away with being a bit mouthy and disrespecting Renner in a fun way, because Renner was secretly crushing on him. Treading the new waters of being attracted to men has Milo curious and horny. Oh so horny. Renner tries so hard to keep Milo at a distance, having personal rules about dating employees – but their attraction is so intense, they can’t keep their shirts on or their flies zipped! I was okay with this!
Oh my God, I’m touching Renner Bastion. Thought it was impossible.
“You’re out of control,” Renner growled, shoving his fingers into Milo’s hair. “I shouldn’t love that so much, right? Shouldn’t want to push you lower and see if you’ll be this eager with a mouthful?”
Do it. He couldn’t say the words out loud because that would require stopping.
Don’t even get me started on the dressing room scene!
While they do the hot make-out sessions for a while and try to pretend it’s only physical, feelings start to creep in. Renner is jealous that Milo holds a torch for another man back in Boston and has a hard time dealing with it. Milo realizes he really, really needs Renner in his life, and gets frustrated that Renner still holds him at a distance. So many feelings.
In the bedroom (or on the dance floor) Renner loves to be the “boss man” and Milo can’t get enough of it.
He kept them under the guise of dancing by staying in sync with the fast, pounding music, but anyone with a brain knew they were two zippers away from fucking in public. A filthy, frantic point that Renner had never reached in private, let alone in a packed club.
“I’m so hot right now I can’t hear anymore.”
“That’s too bad.” Renner scraped his teeth down Milo’s neck. “You’re going to take my cock tonight, pretty boy. I’m going to watch those tattoos flex and sweat while you take your first man and afterward…afterward, I think, I’m going to kiss you.”
At first I was worried that this book would be all physical hotness, but not necessarily falling in love – but I’m happy to say that the HEA felt real and solid. And the epilogue helped with that – we also get to see Duke in the epilogue and it was a fantastic moment.