It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
It Happened One Summer
By: Tessa Bailey
Bellinger Sisters #1
Rom-Com, Contemporary Romance, Spicy Reads
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.
Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who is 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.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! When I absolutely regret pushing this book down my TBR for so long. This is a series that has quickly become one that I will never shut up about - also why are there only TWO sisters. I need more!
Tessa Bailey really hit it out of the park with this one - it's funny, steamy, and an all-around perfect romance. It is an L.A. party girl who meets a rough and sexy fisherman. I mean what else could you ask for? I'll be honest - at first, I HATED the character of Piper and just saw her as a superficial girl who had no idea about what the real world is like (which I think was Bailey's intention) because you will grow to love her over the course of this book. The character of Brenden was PERFECT. I loved their interaction of hating each other to slowly becoming obsessed with each other.
This book also has some very steamy and spicy scenes! More than a typical rom-com for sure. But the mixture of their characters growing together and the spice made it absolutely perfect. The character ARCs were truly perfect. I loved Piper and Brendan's relationship and the switch from the POV to see them slowly falling for each other while trying not to.
The town of Westport was perfect and I loved the small town, everyone knows everyone and everything nature of it. The atmosphere of this tiny seaport town filled with fisherman and their families was the perfect setting for this book.
Easily a 5-star read and I will be telling everyone I know to read this book - possibly shouting about it from rooftops it was so good. Highly, highly, highly recommend this to anyone!