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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

#Review Too Hot to Handle by @mstessabailey


Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing The Clarksons, #1
On Sale: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Forever
eBook: $2.99 USD

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle---Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight---he's forever


REVIEW - 4 Stars
There are many things I can always count on in a Tessa Bailey book, but the biggest ones are knowing that the H & h will singe my fingers from the heat they blow off the pages, and the complexity of her characters.
            This series revolves around a group of siblings who couldn’t be more different. Each one is a maze that is difficult to navigate, especially as it becomes clear that they don’t really even know themselves.
            Rita has lived with the weight of expectation on her shoulders, expected to carry the legacy that was her famously talented, chef mother. But, life seemed to drop on her log by log until she couldn’t breathe and literally, burned the house down. Between her guilt and lack of conviction in who she is and what she wants, she decides to fulfill one last request of her mother’s. Along the way, she runs into a major distraction in the form of a sexy, equally emotionally broken, bartender.
            Jasper feels a deep connection with Rita the moment she climbs on his bike and despite the ticking clock, he is determined to forge a relationship with her, something he has never down before. To be something serious, not just a fling. With his own hang ups though, it’s a rocky terrain to navigate and they both inevitably screw it up.
            Their story is full of ups and downs, ones that shape their journey to finding themselves, just doing it together. At times, it got a little redundant, always making the same mistake and fighting the exact same internal battle. It was cyclical and I would have liked to see it step away from those problems, even if that meant finding new ones.
            Rita frustrated me with her tendency to be defensive and to keep her head stubbornly in the sand when she was on the cusp of realizations. However, I understood some of why she was this way and I still liked her character and wanted to see her succeed. Especially as she built new bonds with her siblings.
            Jasper was simply loveable. His new sense of chivalry was sexy. And, the way he went after Rita, never doubting that she was integral to his future, and his obvious need to help her heal . . . it was unbelievably appealing. His own struggles caused some missteps, but he always recognized them quickly and made the effort to correct them.
            This story was sexy and intense, with some sweet romance thrown in. The ending left me happy and satisfied for this couple, but it also sucked me into the next story. I was intrigued by each of the Clarksons and I’ll definitely be following up with them as the series continues. This one is on the might re-read list, it was absolutely worth the read!


Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


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