ARC Review: It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer

Title: It Happened One Summer

Author: Tessa Bailey

Publisher: Avon

Published: July 13, 2021

Pages: 416

Format: e-ARC through Netgalley- Thank you, Avon & Harper Voyager US!

Blurb from Goodreads:

“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.”

My Review:

I blanked and thought this was releasing next week.. so sorry for the late post! I guess, that happens when you take a couple of weeks off. lol

This is my very first book by Tessa Bailey. I know that she’s got a huge following and I always see her books popping up. I’ve never grabbed one but when I saw this pop up on Netgalley, I wanted to give it a go.

Just a tidbit- the author said this book was based on the character Alexis from Schitt’s Creek. OMG. I was so in after that. I love that show and Alexis!

One of my favorite tropes is enemies-to-lovers. I was so excited to see that this was characterized as such. Well, my friends, I’m sad to say that it’s not really. The enemies-to-lovers starts but then fizzles out extremely fast. It was maybe a couple of chapters and we went from enemies to pretty much being in love. It’s not what I’m about.. I love that angsty banter that you get, ya know?! I didn’t get that here because we quickly jump to in love and it seemed unrealistic.

On the other hand, I did love the characters. Piper did have some Alexis vibes and it was so great to see what was under the exterior. She has heart, motivation and is much more than she appears. I loved seeing her character arc throughout the book. I was way more invested in her character than the actual romance.

Brendan’s character was sad to learn about. He’s got a bit of a tortured past and it’s hard for him to move on. I did think it was a little quick how he jumped to Piper and I do think he went about some things the wrong way. Regardless, he was one of your swoon-worthy romance interests.

Since this is my first Bailey book, I didn’t know what to expect in the love scene department. Holy cow. I was not expecting that. haha. It’s not bad but I did find some of it to be a bit too corny. All the “honey” and “baby” talk was a little much for me. Am I being nit-picky? Maybe so, but it felt out of place at times.

To be honest, in the third part of the book, I was way more interested in Hannah and Fox. This is a couple that I can’t wait to read about! I get a strong enemies-to-lovers vibe because Hannah is much more snarky than Piper. Regardless, I will be picking up that one!

Overall, this was a fast-paced romance. Even though I’m not a fan of insta-love and I didn’t get the trope that I was looking for, I had fun with it. I loved Piper’s character arc. I do look forward to reading the next one!

Thank you to the publisher, Avon/HarperVoyagerUS(& Netgalley), for providing me with an e-ARC!

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