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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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  • taylor brown
  • 29-06-22

Better than the first in the series

I really enjoyed the characters journey in this story. The MC in the first books was super generic. Hannah felt more real.

A fun read.

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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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  • Rachel
  • 24-06-22

Cute but redundant with the story

Such a cute follow up book. You knew what was coming. But the same story line was over and over and over. Still a cute listen.

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  • Arianna R Garutti
  • 03-06-22

Not as good as it’s prequel

Echo some of the other reviewers! Lots of time spent in the main characters’ heads, describing the same repetitive negative spirals & self-doubts. By comparison, main characters in the first novel were far more fleshed out & had some depth. Plus, where were those characters in this book? The MCs of this book were present (at least Hannah) in the first book as supporting characters to the MCS of that book, but they, or any others, don’t show in this book. The MCs might not spend so much time in their own heads if they just talked to some other characters!

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  • Emily
  • 02-06-22

Eeh, not a great follow up to the first one.

Waaaay too much time spent in the character's heads going through the same self-doubt thought spirals. The main characters weren't fleshed out enough to be super interesting, not in the same way that the MCs were in the first book. Narration was pretty good, though her depiction of Fox's voice weirded me out.

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  • Lisa
  • 01-06-22

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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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  • Mom of Two
  • 31-05-22

Repetitive thoughts of characters take up half the book.

This story could have been condensed into half its length by taking out the constant repeating self doubts from both characters. More books should be written with positive self views of the characters. Book needed more dialogue and laughter.

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  • Arctic Sugar
  • 28-05-22

What you would expect to enjoy from Tessa Bailey

Overall the story is great, but kind of dragged a little in spots. The main characters are solid, but some themes were overly emphasized in that regard- making it somewhat repetitive. All in all, a great story with fun dirty talk and spicy scenes. Lauren Sweet is a great narrator, however her male vocal fry is a little off putting- which is common in female narrators. 7/10 would recommend.

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  • J
  • 27-05-22

Ugh no

The 1st book was well rounded and the story line predictable yet so good!! This one… just no. The male lead character is extremely pathetic, annoying, and repetitive with storyline interruptions of “I’m not good enough…” by the end of the book I just skipped through these parts. They occurred at a minimum of 6 times. Each time it would hold up the story and wasn’t a heart wrenching moment… it was exasperating. I love charming love story’s but MAN this one was rough to finish.

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  • Talie
  • 22-05-22

Cinderella saves the Prince

Tessa Bailey never disappoints. This was well crafted and it’s great having a heroine with emotional intelligence and a hero absolutely worth saving.

As well as the narrator did (she’s really good even if she doesn’t modulate her voice for the male stream of consciousness, it somehow works for THIS narrator), it would be great if future Audible Tessa Bailey reads could be read by two different voices.

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