Hot And Hammered, Book 3
From the publisher:
In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house… and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!
Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.
When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, and the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.
As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.
I loved the first two books in this series – and yes, I even read them in order. But this one was a bit of a letdown for me. I think it’s because I didn’t really like the main protagonist, Bethany. When I’m thinking Wes could do better, that’s never a good sign.
I was so excited when I got this book because I loved Bailey’s other books, I am an HGTV junkie, and the book is set on Long Island in an area not far from where I went to high school. But it felt like it was missing something. I drive myself crazy when I don’t love a book I was hoping to, and I can’t exactly explain why. I guess it was just a culmination of little things, but certainly not enough to say skip it. I liked it, I just didn’t love it but you can be sure I will read the next one!
10/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT by Tessa Bailey. Avon (September 22, 2020). ISBN 978-0062872937. 368 pages.
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