Hook, Line, and Sinker - Tessa Bailey | Spoiler Free Book Review

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Tessa Bailey is one of my favourite authors and It Happened One Summer was one of my favourite reads of last year. So I was extremely excited when an advantaged copy of Hook, Line and Sinker arrived through my letterbox! Hook, Line, and Sinker - Tessa BaileyBlurb 

"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?"

My Review

Hook, Line, and Sinker is the second book in the Bellinger Sister duet. While you could read this book as a standalone, I highly recommend reading It Happened One Summer first. You get a glimpse into Fox and Hannah, especially Hannah as she is Piper's sister who is the main female in that book. I would describe this book as a small town, slow burn, friends to lovers romance with close/forced proximity which are basically all of my favourite tropes. The book is written in third person which I sometimes struggle with but I always fly through Tessa's books. She is a romance writing queen and I can never get enough. 

I loved the prologue and how it is all text messages between Fox and Hannah as you instantly get a look into their relationship. They have feelings for each other from the very beginning even if they don't want to acknowledge it. One of my favourite things about Tessa's writing is that you can actually feel the chemistry between characters rather than being told it. 

Hannah is a person everybody needs in their life, she is a gem of a human. Not only does Hook, Line, and Sinker take you along for Hannah and Fox's romance but it's also features Hannah has she takes charge of her life, standing her ground and making life changes. My heart hurt for Fox for a lot of the book and the fact that he thinks it is only worthy of a good time and nothing else. He has quite a few issues and was already starting to work through them before the book even begins. The book heavily discusses slut shaming with Fox and how he has been branded as a womaniser from a young age and how it has effected him. Hannah is so protective of Fox and it has one of my favourite things about the book. 

This whole book is friends to lovers done so right and I could have read another 300 pages honestly. Tessa Bailey's books are known for the steam level and this has to be one of the least steamy books from Tessa I have read. But this book features intimacy and vulnerability unlike anything I have ever read before and that's one of the main reasons why I gave this book five stars. 

I just couldn't get enough of Hannah and Fox and if you love romance books, you have to read this book this spring. I read a lot of books and read this book back in January and I still think about it.

Hook, Line, and Sinker is out on the 1st of March 2022. You can get your copy here



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