One of my favorite reads of last year was It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey (review here), so I was thrilled when I received an early copy of the companion novel, Hook, Line, and Sinker.
|Pub Date: 3-1-22|
Adult - Contemporary
Hannah Bellinger isn't leading lady material. Or at least she doesn't feel like she is. She's never been one who enjoys being the center of attention-- she leaves that to her sister, Piper-- and she's more likely to stick up for someone else than herself. Hence why she's spent years being a lowly PA rather than pursuing her dream career of scoring movie soundtracks. Hannah's determined to take charge of her life and her first step towards that goal? Convincing the movie she's working for to film in the small fishing town of Westport rather than LA. Hannah's sure the moody atmosphere would be perfect for the indie flick, but that's not the only reason for her suggestion. She can't seem to get her mind off of Fox Thornton, the playboy relief skipper she met last summer.Fox Thornton is an unapologetic playboy. He knows he's good-looking and doesn't shy away from female attention. He has a reputation around Westport as being a carefree flirt, and it's one that he's always been happy to live up to. Until he met Hannah. She was the one woman who never seemed to fall for his tricks. Instead of being interested in his looks, Hannah was more interested in becoming his friend. The pair have spent months trading texts and music back and forth, and Fox can't help his growing feelings. So, when Hannah comes into town and crashes in his spare bedroom, it takes all his willpower not to screw up the fragile balance they've got going on. As the weeks go on, the line between friendship and relationship starts to blur, and neither Hannah nor Fox can deny the sparks between them. Fox knows if he wants what he has with Hannah to last, he'll have to confront his deepest insecurities, but will his true self be enough for someone to finally choose him?
I've wanted Hannah and Fox to have their own story from the moment they met, and it was everything I was hoping for! They had this fun, flirty banter in the first book, so I was very excited to see how it would play out here. Spoiler alert: it was amazing! I loved how they built this solid friendship based on sharing different music and loved seeing them bond through songs they'd send one another. The dynamic between them just felt so natural and sweet, and their chemistry was through the roof. Not only that, but their development both as a couple and as individuals was excellent. I could relate to Hannah feeling like the secondary character in her own story, and Fox had all these deep insecurities that he kept locked away that just tugged on your heartstrings, and it was so satisfying watching them both grow and better themselves. The only reason this wasn't a full 5 stars for me was that I thought the third act conflict was resolved rather quickly, but that's just me being nitpicky. If you're looking for a breezy but steamy friends-to-lovers book, I highly recommend running to pick this one up.