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AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER

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?

©2022 Tessa Bailey (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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❤️ 🦊

I like the struggle with Fox and his past. The idea that being promiscuous is also an issue for men. I like how they spoke of sexualising men from a young age too. I like that it wasn’t just a quick mention that came and went, you actually see the negative thinking and how he keeps bringing it up because it actually affects him, the thought is so ingrained in him and Hannah has to break it. 5 stars

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A sweet sequel

A story with all the best tropes and a great follow on from the first book.

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Not as good as the first book

I loved the first book and was really looking forward to this one. it starts off good but by the end I found myself skipping through alot of it. the constant internal dialogue fox keeps having with himself gets repetitive in the end. It just seems to drag on unnecessarily with him repeating the same things over and over.

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disappointing in comparison to first book.

sadly this book was so predictable. I cannot say exactly what ticked me off about it as book 1 was a solid 5 stars for me, but both characters were outright annoying. especially Fox, so hung up on his past, and the thing with him mum (predictable 🙄) was waaaaaay too dragged out, it seemed like he was feeling sorry for himself quite a lot. On the flip side, Hannah grew quite a lot as a character, but towards the end, I really struggled with her a bit too. Her sister and her husband meddling was also incredibly cliche and annoying... I hate it when either others or the love interest MAKES THE DECISION for one of the love interests.

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  • Elizabeth Velazquez
  • 11-07-22

Not a great follow up

I was really excited about this story since I absolutely loved, “It Happened One Summer” and hoped then that the obvious connection between Hannah and Fox would be fleshed out, but this book was so painstakingly drawn out that I just found myself rolling my eyes over and over again and wishing it would just end already. Even when they (FINALLY) got to the steamy parts I found myself completely bored!

They narrator’s voice really bothered me. Her accents and voices for other characters was nothing short of cringey. And the way she said, “Hannah” (her own name!) drove me up the wall. And it was said A LOT.

Honestly, I’m surprised I made it past the first chapter which was a LONG string of back and forth texts between the two main characters read as: “Sept. 15th, Hannah, 10:22pm……” and “Fox, 10:22pm…..” FOR. EACH. TEXT. It was excruciating to listen to and I almost quit right then and there thinking that was how the whole book was going to play out because it went on for so long. Maybe this one is just better off as a physical read and not an audio one.

The overall story could’ve been a lot better and I’m just left disappointed that this wasn’t even close to how good “It Happened One Summer” was. Shame.

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  • A. M. Meinhardt
  • 06-07-22

Another great Tessa Bailey book

This was perfect to listen to after it happened one summer. Easy to love these characters and just enough spice. Not my favorite narration but not bad! Just wish it could have had a male and female narrator.

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  • Gabrielle Negrillo
  • 06-07-22

Entertaining and Exciting

Tessa Bailey is a wonderful author. That paired with the narrator for this was great. I enjoyed listening to this story come to life. The smutty goodness is top tier.

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  • Catt Maczko
  • 29-06-22

Just good

The readers voice was just bad and really took away from the story itself. The story was fine but not half as good as it happened one summer.

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  • Lisa
  • 01-06-22

X Rated

This was a good story, but I found the sex scenes a bit cliche and over the top. Additionally, these scenes seemed to prove, especially the degrading dirty talk, that sex was still way too much of a priority even when the characters supposedly changed.

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  • Tiffany Foote
  • 13-08-22

Ughh

This book is tedious, juvenile and quite boring. I read the 1st book and thought it was ok. I have my issues with that one as well. But this one was hard to get through. I hate when there is little dialogue between characters and the whole book is just inner thoughts. Fox is extremely self loathing and it comes off as pathetic not endearing. Hannah keeps acting like she’s clueless and doesn’t realize how much Fox likes her. It just isn’t believable that they are living under the same roof and are acting so dense 🙄.

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  • Lys
  • 09-08-22

Let down

I was really excited for this follow up book and it is a complete let down. I hate that her writing style is completely different than It Happened One Summer. They text and having to keep hearing the time of their texts is annoying. The narrators voice is horrible. Hannah is not portrayed to be so valley girl in the first book. She’s chill. She’s not chill in this book. Disappointing.

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  • Brianna Monzo
  • 09-08-22

Just meh

Wish I read the reviews before I bought this because they aren’t lying. The story is redundant and drawn out. The overall problem in the story is kind of weird and over dramatized. Not my favorite. While there were some cute parts it was underwhelming after the prequel. The reader is ok but her attempt to make the male character voices is flat and would be better off if she didn’t try.

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  • Max
  • 29-07-22

Loved it! Make sure to read the first one too

I loved this book and the story. I listened to it twice and enjoyed every bit

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  • Danielle Hicks
  • 24-07-22

better than book one!

this was a excellent book. the first one was cute and I liked it well enough, but this one made me happy!