Thursday, July 1, 2021

It Happened One Summer - NetGalley Book Breakdown

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town... where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

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. 

NetGalley Book Breakdown 

I believe this is my first Tessa Bailey novel and I don’t know why I’ve not read her before! This was nearly perfection! I got my alpha hero and everything! 

It’s funny as hell! Something I needed right now. I even loved the message of not having to change yourself for love. The writing is great, not a boring moment at all. My only gripe is Piper. I felt she could be shallow, and that’s not usually the type of character I like to read about, but I loved how her bubbly personality battled against Brendan and his moody butt. 

There is some steam to this book for sure! Don’t let that sweet-looking cover fool you! I honestly thought this would be a more light steam book but man, am I glad I’m wrong! Because I just loved the sexiness so much! 

Honestly, this was great, and I loved it!