Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey - ARC Review

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?

Perceptions, and how you deal with them, can be a major force in anyone's life. For Fox, they are the reason he feels he can't be the captain of his own boat (he totally can) or have a long term relationship with the woman he has come to care for.

Fox and Hannah met in the first book in the series and then she went home to Los Angeles, but they have kept in touch with one another via text and share a love of music.

When her current production decides to film in Westport, it seems like a good idea to have her stay in the empty room in Fox's house.

We all know how that ends. It ends in sparks and the crazy hot sex that Tessa Bailey is known for, and a couple of characters you really want to see end up together. I loved how Fox was able to show Hannah what she really wanted...by being there for her while she worked for it. And through Hannah, Fox was able to see that there was more to him than the perceptions of the town.

This was a couple you are glad end up together. I enjoyed and recommend this title.

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