Hook, Line, and Sinker
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: It Happened One Summer, book 2
Publisher: Avon (March 1, 2022)
Paperback, 400 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
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?
Tessa Bailey does such an amazing job with this series, touching on deep issues like toxic masculinity, sexualization of people at a young age, feeling like you’re not the main character in your own life… While still delivering super hot chemistry!
This one’s a friends to lovers with a dash of online romance and forced proximity, and sort of best friend’s sister adjacent. Ooh, with some mutual pining as well! Delicious.
I LOVE Hannah. She’s just so strong and amazing, and thinks she’s just a supporting character in her own life. I guess I can relate, maybe that’s why I wanted to be her best friend. I was also so ANGRY on Fox’s behalf, and spent a lot of this book with tears welling in my eyes at his skewed inner image of himself. I just want to give them both a big hug – and then tell them to go kiss, haha!
This is the second book in the It Happened One Summer series. Which I suppose it could… maybe… be read as a stand alone? You really need to read the first book, It Happened One Summer, to get the full impact of this book. I finished It Happened One Summer and started this book IMMEDIATELY after (luckily for me I had a digital ARC!). I finished Hook, Line, and Sinker in one day and am MAD that there’s not more, haha. Go read these books, they’re fantastic!
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.