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From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Tessa Bailey comes a new story in her Made in Jersey series....

God help the woman I take home tonight.

Band manager James Brandon never expected to find the elusive satisfaction he'd been chasing, let alone stumble upon it in some sleazy Hollywood meat market. Yet the girl's quiet pride spoke to him from across the bar, louder than a shout. Troubled, hungry, and homeless, she'd placed her trust in him. But after losing the grip on his dark desires that one fateful night, James has spent the last four years atoning for letting her down.

This time I'll finally crack him.

Rock band drummer Lita Regina has had enough of James' guilt. She wants the explosive man she met that night in Hollywood. The man who held nothing back and took no prisoners - save Lita. And she'll stop at nothing to revive him. Even if it means throwing herself into peril at every turn, just to get a reaction from her stoic manager.

But when Lita takes her quest one step too far, James disappears from her life, thinking his absence will keep her safe. Now it's up to Lita to bring James back...and ignite an inferno of passion in the process.

Listener Advisory: Rough Rhythm contains fantasies of nonconsensual sex acted upon by consenting characters. Readers with sensitivity to portrayals of nonconsensual sex should be advised.

Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a stand-alone story. For new listeners it's an introduction to an author's world. And for fans it's a bonus book in the author's series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.

©2016 Tessa Bailey (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • carvanz
  • 22-02-18

Hot, hotter, hottest!

Audiobook: Narrators – Molly Glenmore and Joe Arden
Holy Wow!!! This duo did an absolutely mesmerizing job as James and Lita. The fluctuation of their voices was spot on and when they hit the steamy parts it was so intense I felt like a voyeur. And the pain! Oh my lord! When James felt the pain of Lita walking away I again felt as though I were standing next to him, feeling it, hearing it, experiencing it with him. My heart literally broke for him. Thank you Molly and Joe for bringing this story to life in such an amazing way!


Oh my freaking gawd!!! This book just blew me away!! I have never, ever listened or read anything that had such intense passion, feelings and true depth of character in it!
Lita and James met four years ago and spent one night together. Since that time James has been trying to make amends for his actions. Lita is constantly causing a scene and stirring up trouble. All in an attempt to gain James’ attention. Now it’s time to take a chance to correct what happened that night and it’s going to be up to Lita to show him she can handle anything he wants to dish out.
This couple! Holy crap! The steam from this novella just about melted my phone as I listened to the dirty talking James. And yet it’s so much more than just sex. These characters are each broken in their own ways and trying to stay afloat in whatever manner possible. However, together they find the perfect combination of acceptance and support to face their demons.
This is a short read/listen and I’ve done both. I won’t recommend one method of experiencing this book over the other because they are both incredible in their own unique ways. You can’t go wrong no matter which format you enjoy this book with.
Book purchased via Amazon; audiobook won via author giveaway. This is my honest and willing review.

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  • Patricia Villali Koett
  • 26-04-19

Dirty talking Joe Arden... Enough Said!!

I got this audio because of the narrators and because I have heard great things about the author. This story is dark in many ways and it might have themes that might not be for everyone, but it is well written and performed to perfection.

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  • Lovingbooks1
  • 15-11-18

A poetic dark and sweet story

This is a dark but oh so poetic story.
James is afraid of his darkness but Lots craves it. I love the writing style in this story, it’s like a poem but so dark.
The characters is slowly becoming known to you throughout the story
There’s no unnecessary descriptions of surroundings and the dialogues is heavy and filled with emotions
Love scenes is steaming hot, dark and little twisted.

I love the narrators, they have clear pronunciation and read with feelings

5 stars 🌟

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  • MHunter
  • 01-05-19

Mixed Bag

Rape fantasy stories are both scary and stimulating. For some more real then fictionalized horror-drama. Filled with seemingly insane behavior; since when has lust, love or life ever been sane to begin with?

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  • R M A
  • 02-03-19

The audio is bad

I really wanted to hear this story, I loved book one; however, Molly Glenmore’s voice sounds like a robot. I couldn’t listen to her. I’ll read the book instead.

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  • Dani Reviews Things / Love in a time of Feminism
  • 07-02-19

A tough fantasy to get right, and Tessa succeeded

Tessa Bailey just gained herself a new fan. She managed to write a novella with a fully developed storyline and character arcs. Plus, she navigated the treacherous waters of rape fantasy while showing willing consent and sensitivity towards abuse victims. Listened to this in an afternoon and enjoyed it!

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  • Bookaday
  • 12-01-19

Darkness in the light of day.

Audible makes the darkness possible in the middle of the day. Who knew you could make cleaning day one you look forward to.? No one disturbs mom whole cleaning so thank you Tessa Bailey for making my house sparkle.

Oh and in as usual Tessa rocks so listen in!