Monday, February 7, 2022

REVIEW: Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey


How is it that I haven't read a Tessa Bailey novel in a long time? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Because now that I've read Hook, Line, and Sinker I remember how much I enjoy the worlds and characters she creates. 

In this second book of standalones in the Bellinger Sisters series, I fell in love with the small town vibe, but even more so I fell in love with the story of Hannah and Fox. I loved how their friendship/relationship developed over time --it was something I don't think I've read before and it was refreshing and fun to read. So as the blurb shows us Hannah and Fox are cohabitating just as friends, though they both have ginormous crushes on each other that they insist on stifling. This denial leads to some humorous scenes and eventually, a revelation that their feelings are mutual. He's hot. She's gorgeous. 2 + 2 = 4, right? Eventually it does, but they had to make everything hard, which made it fun, and so rewarding at the end. 

One thing I really liked about the way Tessa Bailey developed her characters is that she wrote Hannah as this forthright, to the point, do the hard stuff, confident woman (with maybe a few small exceptions). She wrote Fox as the uncertain one. I liked that. It's rare that you see a male character really struggle and delve into it the way Fox did and I really appreciated that reading experience.

I'm sure fans will appreciate the cameos of characters from the first book in this series, It Happened One Summer, but I can confirm that if you haven't read that one yet (ahem, that would be me), you can clearly follow the connections between characters. I cannot recommend Hook, Line, and Sinker enough--but I'm sure gonna try. It's romcom with depth and I can't wait to read more of Bailey's backlist. 



In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time—in bed and out—and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah's in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she's nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can't deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. 

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she'll choose him instead?

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