Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

“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

Publisher: Avon

Rated: 5/5

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. 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐


#bookstagram #instabook #bookphotography #igbooks #ilovereading #bookhaul #bookhoarder #bookaddiction #bookstoread #whattoread #fortheloveofbooks #bookblogging #bookpics #weekendreads #bookrecs #booknerdproblems #bookpictures #bookstagram #amreading #booksbooksbooks #instablog #booknerds #bookphotos #bibliophile #hooklineandsinker #romcom #romance #popular

“book”, “read”, “book review”, “book blog”, “easy read”,”rom com”, “entertaining”, “what should I read next”, “new”, “what book do you recommend”, “what would get me out of a reading slump”


23 thoughts on “Random Things Blog Tour – Book Review – Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

  1. Pingback: Reading Recommendations – April 2022 Reading List | Budget Tales Book Blog

  2. Pingback: Sunday Post | Budget Tales Book Blog

  3. Pingback: April Monthly Round-Up | Budget Tales Book Blog

  4. Pingback: Places my books have taken me this April | Budget Tales Book Blog

  5. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday – One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read (submitted by Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books) | Budget Tales Book Blog

  6. Pingback: Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – New To Me Books | Budget Tales Book Blog

  7. Pingback: Friday Musings – Inspired by Six For Sunday | Budget Tales Book Blog

  8. Pingback: Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Mothers | Budget Tales Book Blog

  9. Pingback: Six For Sunday | Budget Tales Book Blog

  10. Pingback: Friday Musings – Inspired by Top 5 Tuesday – Recent 5 Star Books | Budget Tales Book Blog

  11. Pingback: Six For Sunday | Budget Tales Book Blog

  12. Pingback: 5 Star Spring Reads Part 2 (April to May) | Budget Tales Book Blog

  13. Pingback: One Word Reviews for Romance 5 Star Rated Books I Have Read So Far This Year (January to May) | Budget Tales Book Blog

  14. Pingback: Friday Musings – Inspired by Six For Sunday – Books and the Seaside! | Budget Tales Book Blog

  15. Pingback: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY | Budget Tales Book Blog

  16. Pingback: Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday – Best Kisses | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

  17. Pingback: Let’s Talk Bookish – Happily Ever Afters | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

  18. Pingback: Friday Musings – Inspired by Six For Sunday – Ice cream and Book Combinations! | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

  19. Pingback: Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this week | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

  20. Pingback: Books that I have been seeing all over Instagram this July – July Wrap Up | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

  21. Pingback: Goodreads Monday (add your links in the comments section for all to see!) – My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

  22. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite “Aww” Moments In Books | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

  23. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday – New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022  | *Budget Tales Book Blog*

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s