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  • By: Tessa Bailey
  • Narrated by: Charlotte North
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (330 ratings)

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It Happened One Summer

By: Tessa Bailey
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Summary

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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Pure Cheese

Honestly couldn’t get into it that much (I did finish it to be stubborn) but the cheese!! Very unrealistic love story, won’t be reading the next one. This is only ok for a beach read IMO.

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Cringy in parts, but not bad if you can manage it.

I wouldn’t recommend this. I nearly stopped listening quite early on as the main character was so unbelievably shallow. It gets better, but the whole story is really quite ridiculous. The main character is set to get more independent, but it turns out the man she falls for is actually reasonably wealthy and within a month they’re living together. Going from one crutch to another. The sex scenes were unexpected, and also really cringy to listen to. It didn’t quite hit the right note for them. This was too trashy a novel for me!

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Fantastic ✨️

I've read this book before but always stayed away from the audio book due to some reviews on the performance of the narrator. After having listened to Hook, Line and Sinker (and also loving it!) I decided to take a chance and listen to this one too. The first few minutes of narration are a little cringey (as is the start of the book anyway) but after that I absolutely loved the performance and the choice of narrator - She is 100% Piper and nailed her character completely. A firm fav that I'll listen to again if I need cheering up!

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The book is way better

I've read the book and it's a 5⭐️, however, the narration was not. I only listened to it to remind me of the story before I read Hook, Line And Sinker

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Cringeworthy narration

Do yourself (and the author) a favour and just read the book. The awful narration completely killed it for me.

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Cringe, boring & very predictable

So cringe the way the spoke to each other and about on another, eww!! And the story was ridiculously predictable - definitely would not recommend to a friend!

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AMAZING

A little raunchy at times but omg I just couldn't stop listening. Hope it gets made into a film.

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Wow wow wow

Loved it sooooo much! I laughed an cried in the best way.
Very good narrator, just loved it!

Definitely 10/10

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Really nice summer read!!

A bit hot and steamy, maybe too much sometimes…But an easy listen and narration was excellent

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