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Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt's Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood "It Girl" who's 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. 

©2021 Tessa Bailey (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amateur sexy.

started off OK, but it soon became a cliche love story with graphic sex scenes far too often for my preference.

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Perfect summer reading / listening.

Really well narated and a very enjoyable summer listening book. Would highly recommend for light entertainment

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Loved it!

In the beginning, I was worried I won't like Piper. But she is such a cute character. I've got all the laughs and awwws from this book that I need from my rom coms. So why not 5 stars?

* SPOILERS A HEAD *

The reasons it didn't get 5 stars from me are very few.
I really thought that he was going to accidentally post her nudes on Instagram. I was dying from anxiety. When it didn't happened the actual thing really hadn't this level of impact. Crisis we've got was mostly based on coincidences and some anger that wasn't really convincing.
It kind of now feels like a lost opportunity.

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Sooooo good.

What a treat from start to finish. Probably my favourite Tessa Bailey yet. Great character development and growth, lovely humour, tenderness and charm. And brilliant narration by Ms North too - 👏

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easy listening

easy listening girl meets boy fall in love basically but nice and relaxing as you don't really have to concentrate. a good book for chilling out to

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*Deceptive Chick Lit*

The beginning of this book made me want to almost throw up with all the social media and fake friends that the star of the piece Piper had. She was basically a socialite with money financed by her stepdad. She messes up one too many times and he with the support of her mum, tells her to go to Westport where her deceased father was born and raised. She has to stay for at least 3 months. Her sister goes with her and the test is how Will Piper deal with life without her usual luxuries.

This is when the book gets interesting for me and when she meets Brendan, I would imagine there are sparks but he dislikes her from the start and they have a rocky start. Now Piper starts to come into her own and she meets a significant family member that she wasn’t aware of due to her mother leaving the area and found it too painful to discuss as Piper and her sister were very young when their father passed they barely remember him.

This book has substance and the real test for Piper is will she last the 3 months, will she find love, will she crave her old life with her fake friends or will she discover what it means to get real…..

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loved it

this audiobook was so so so good. loved this story a lot!!! beautifully written romance story.

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lost interest

I thought I would try a different author so read this book after reading all the positive reviews. I was sad to say that I lost interest in reading it on more than 1 occasion. I did eventually finish it but thought it could of been shorter and more interesting. I won't be reading this authors material and will probably be sticking to the same authors that I normally read.

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Built as it went on

I enjoyed this book from the outset, though I did wonder at first whether the heroine would grow on me as she was an LA it girl. I was delightfully surprised how the characters and the relationship grew as the story went on, and I got a real soft spot for the heroine by the end. Great book!

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  • SusanDePalma
  • 23-07-21

Get It! Get It Now!

I love Tessa's books. I've never read one I didn't love. But this. This is next level. I listened to it once and immediately restarted it and listened again. I've never ever done that with another book before. This isn't just in my top 5 faves. It soared so far past them into number one it's impressive. Just get it. Now. Hurrrrry!

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  • Chandler J.
  • 20-11-21

Pardon me while I finish my eye roll.

Started out light & semi interesting. Who knows how it ends because it got so ridiculously raunchy that I found myself in a continual eye roll. Not a raised brow with peaked interests but a full-on eye roll that could only be marveled by a teenager.
The narrator was acceptable in the beginning as the story line begins with the main female character. However, her voice does not help the ridiculousness of the story line as she slips into the male character as he describes all of the sexual acts he plans on performing on the main female character. The author clearly is looking for shock value rather than any substance.
Walk away quickly. Save your credit for better writing and narration. I’m off to try and retrieve my eye balls that have clearly rolled so far back in my head that they may never be the same.

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  • Joie Worthen
  • 05-08-21

So frustrating!

Weak materialistic female, strong earthy male....crappy
stereotypes! Not a prude, but not a voyeur either. Labored microscopic porn! Could not get past this enough to finish the book. Westport is a lovely, hardworking PNW town, not Hicksville.

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  • chris kirk
  • 21-07-21

Wonderful listen while sewing

I was pleasantly surprised to find this book wasn't about a 21 year old. I enjoyed how the relationship quickly unfolded between the characters. Situations that could be drawn out into drama were made into real life. Just don't listen to this when the kids are in the room. Very steamy love scenes.

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  • Frances O.
  • 10-08-21

Incredible!!

Such a great story and narration! Loved listening to every minute of it! Brava, Tessa! Brava, Charlotte North!!!

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  • Callie Schafer
  • 25-07-21

OMG!!!! THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC!!!!

I will definitely be rereading this one!!! crazy hotness! Fabulous character development! Prepare yourself for really embarrassing embarrassing scenes lol, but the main guy always makes them better eventually :) this one is landing in my favorites folder for sure!!!

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  • Darin
  • 19-07-21

The Queen Tessa Bailey has done again!

My best read of 2021 so far. Funny, charming, and the chemistry is electric. Brendan might be my new favorite book boyfriend. So much depth to the story between the MCs and the town the book is set in. I hope this book gets adapted for a TV series or a movie.

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  • S.Johns
  • 24-02-22

Sometimes less is more. Lol

I guess the story was fine. Beverly Hills princess meets burly rough-around-the-edges fisherman. Fine. Lots of sex. Lots. Fairly graphic. All fine. Maybe it’s just me… but the “dirty talk” that frequently happened *during* the graphic sex scenes….. uh….. had me rolling my eyes. If a guy said that stuff to me during crazy good sex, I’d have to pause, look him in the eye, and say “Ssshhhhh….” Lol.

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  • Rhonda W
  • 31-12-21

Awful

Returned. The main character is so unloveable- ditzy, annoying, needy, predictable, whiney, everything that women should try not to be. You can’t root for her because there’s nothing to like about her. Have no idea how this book has so many good reviews. Absolutely horrid. And I gave it a chance- pained through the first 4 chapters. Do not recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

😃👍

I loved it! Has all I want 😊 The narrator was perfect 😍 🤩 #romancelandia

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