“Hannah Bellinger had always been more of a supporting actress than a leading lady.”
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Number of Pages: 400
Date of Publication: 14 April 2022
My Review Summary: A light, entertaining read that I struggled to put down!
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?
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…
I had seen the first book (It Happened One Summer) around on Instagram and had that on hold at the library when this one came up as a Blog Tour. I jumped at the chance and hoped that I would be able to read the first one beforehand! As it happened I did manage to read the first one and loved it, so I had high hopes for this one. It didn’t disappoint. In fact I would even go so far as to say that I preferred this second one, but you do need to read It Happened One Summer first, because not only are there are a few references dotted around, it also helps to give a more rounded picture of the main character in this story, Hannah.
The writing was light, entertaining and had me hooked from the beginning. I struggled to put it down and looked forward to reading more of it each evening. Some of the intimacy scenes were quite lengthy in places, but they didn’t do anything to hamper my enjoyment of the book. I enjoyed the style of writing and the fact that it was all character thought and conversation. You didn’t really need a lot of other details because you were so drawn in to what was happening to the characters.
The chapters were fairly lengthy, but it didn’t feel like a chore to get to the end. I was completly taken in and it came as a surprise when I was suddenly at the end of a chapter! Some were clearly split with little pictures of anchors, which I enjoyed (the split indicated a change in character perspective so it was always clear as to what was going on).
I liked the way that each chapter was taken from the point of view of either Hannah or Fox and were generally first one of them then the other. For a split chapter it was the same, first one and then the other. It was easy to follow and built up the story well. It was good to see what the other character was thinking at the same time as the other one. I feel like I got to know the characters really well and really routed for them.
Lastly on the chapters, I enjoyed the epilogue at the end. It was nice to see what the characters did next and gave me closure.
With regards to the characters I loved them. I loved all their flaws and the way that Hannah wanted to help Fox. It was great to be able to see their relationship grow and for them to grow as individuals. It was a generally enjoyable (and emotional!) journey to be on with them and it was this that made me prefer this story over the first one.
There were some emotional moments, and it was lovely to see the characters work through them (both individually and together) and to come out the other side stronger.
Lastly the settings. I loved the seaside village setting and think that it was a great backdrop for the story of Hannah and Fox. I loved the way that Hannah came back from LA and a little more of Westport was described.
Overall I loved it and would recommend it once you have read It Happened One Summer.
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