Book Reviews

My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey // Book Review


An all-new, spicy murder mystery from Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer…

It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation in sweet, sunny Cape Cod—just me and my beloved brother—but discovering a corpse in our rental house really throws a wrench into our tanning schedule. Now a rude, crude bounty hunter has arrived on the back of his motorcycle to catch the killer and refuses to believe I can be helpful, despite countless hours of true crime podcast listening. Not to mention a fulfilling teaching career of wrangling second graders.

A brash bounty hunter and an energetic elementary schoolteacher: the murder-solving team no one asked for, but thanks to these pesky attempts on my life, we’re stuck together, come hell or high tide.

I’m just here to do a job, not babysit an amateur sleuth. Although…it is becoming less and less of a hardship to have her around. Sure, she’s stubborn, distracting and can’t stay out of harm’s way. She’s also brave and beautiful and reminds me of the home I left behind three years ago. In other words, the painful hunger and protectiveness she is waking up in me is a threat to my peace of mind. Before I sink any deeper into this dangerous attraction, I need to solve this murder and get back on the road. But will fate take her from me before I realize the road has been leading to her all along?

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My Thoughts // ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I absolutely loved this book!

Another Tessa Bailey masterpiece – I’m not kidding.

Myles starts off as the distant, moody and grumpy character, not wanting to commit to anything or anyone. Slowly he finds himself falling for Taylor, the second grade teacher that is basically a small ball of sunshine.

I loved the way Myles tried not to care. That is the key word, tried. He just couldn’t help himself fall for the adorable, sunshine teacher – Taylor.

While this book is a short read it was a good one. I loved the dynamics between Myles and Taylor. Grumpy vs sunshine. An absolute favorite trope of mine. I loved how slowly and then how fast he fell for Taylor. As well as how quickly Taylor fell for Myles.

I loved the murder mystery that Tessa wrote. I believe this is the first mystery book she wrote and she got it right. The only thing that I wish Tessa changed was the length of the book. This book was too good to be the length it was. I just wanted more of Myles and Taylor.

However, here comes the good news!

Tessa is said to be writing a sequel which has the main character a Panda Caretaker who is Taylor’s brother. That’s right. We’re getting a romance novel about a Panda Caretaker! I believe I know who the love interest is but because of spoilers I will not be mentioning who it is.

I am so excited about this next book. I mean a panda caretaker. How adorable is that! In fact it was one of my favorite parts of My Killer Vacation. Finding out that Jude, is a panda caretaker was a highlight!

Please please read this book! Just for the cute moments, the romance and the spice!

Book Reviews

Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey // Book Review

Hook Line and Sinker

About the Book

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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My Thoughts

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A sequel to It Happened One Summer, Tessa writes an incredible sequel focusing around Hannah, Piper’s younger sister.

Tessa Bailey does it again.

I am obsessed with her books. No, really. I am.

Hannah and Fox made this book great. The spice and the characterization of both characters is amazing. You really feel like you’re in their world. Tessa Bailey can really write a romance that draws you in and makes you feel like you are living the romance with them.

Their romance was sweet and addicting and I couldn’t read this book fast enough yet I didn’t ever want it to be over with.

Tessa Bailey has quickly become an author that can write any book and I will pick it up and read it.

Book Reviews

It Happened One Summer By Tessa Bailey // Book Review

About the Book

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.

My Thoughts // ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Five glowing stars for this book! I read this and just kept reading and I could not put it down. Tessa Bailey gives you a fantastic romcom with a heartfelt story line.

Piper is a wild child roaming around Los Angeles throwing parties. Brendan is the opposite. Settled in a small town working as a fisherman, he is stable and fixed in his life, that is until Piper comes splashing through and catching his eye.

There is nothing I can say that is negative about this book. I absolutely loved it. It reminded me of summer romance and cute romantic adventures. I absolutely adored this book.

Piper and Brendan were just adorable together. Brendan sees Piper for who she is and accepts her with everything she comes with. A story about a woman finding herself and falling in love.

This book has turned into my first 5 star of the year. Pure joy and absolutely adorable read. If you enjoy romcoms then splash right into this book. It will not let you down!