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Happenstance by Tessa Bailey

1st Book of 2023 is finished! 🙌🏼


By: Tessa Bailey


Romance, Spicy Books, Contemporary, Erotica, Reverse Harem




Nov. 7, 2022

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars


From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer comes a romantic comedy about an accidental relationship between three smitten men...and one commitment phobic woman.

Elise Brandeis has never won a Pulitzer—and she never will. At least not while she’s delivering sandwiches at the Gotham Times, instead of working there as an actual reporter. Her only shot at seeing her byline in print is to prove to the no nonsense managing editor that she has a nose for news. And she’s got just the story to grab her elusive attention.

Right after she delivers this turkey on ciabatta.

Chasing down leads brings Elise to Roosevelt Island, but just when the trail of clues begins to take shape, she gets stuck. Literally. On a cable car with three strangers who couldn’t be more different. An uptight rugby coach, a construction worker and a former adult film star she pretends not to recognize a little too well.

At first, Elise wants nothing more than to be rescued ASAP.

An hour later, everything has changed. By pure happenstance, four separate journeys have collided in an intense, meaningful way. Suddenly, disentangling their lives feels more impossible than winning that Pulitzer. Good thing Elise is too busy proving herself at work to consider three boyfriends. Nobody has time for that—even if they make giving in feel oh so right. But three heads are better than one and these loners will teach themselves to work together to win Elise over forever…

And more importantly, keep their dirty socks off her floor.

My Thoughts:

I honestly don’t know what I expected going into this book … I don’t even think I read what it was about since Tessa Bailey has become an auto-buy author for me. But this was definitely different than her other books … and I don’t mean this in a bad way!

It was definitely more steamy scenes than plot but I did enjoy the plot points that went along with it. There was a little mystery along with the romance. If you aren’t a fan of more erotic books and ones featuring RH then this won’t be the book for you.

The MC Elise ends up trapped on a gondola-style tram and falls in love with not just one - but 3 men. What I didn’t expect was that these relationships would go on all on at the same time. I was expecting more of a love triangle (square?) type of thing.

I’ll be honest when I say RH in a book that ends up in a relationship normally isn’t my go-to but somehow Bailey made it work for me. Which furthers my obsession with pre-ordering everything she will ever publish. This wasn’t my favorite of hers and it could have been a bit longer in my opinion instead of taking span all in a weeks time. I feel like more character development could have been done that would have made me fall in love with this 4-way relationship a little more.

I ended up giving it a 3.5 star rating rounded up to 4. If you are a Bailey fan and an RH fan definitely give this one a go. But if you are a newer romance reader who just fell in love with It Happened One Summer and bought this because of the author and thought it would be a similar story then you probably won’t enjoy it.


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