ARC Review: It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Thank you so much to Avon Books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of It Happened One Summer! I love every book I’ve ever read by Tessa Bailey, so I was the most excited when I was approved for this one! It Happened One Summer is out now, so make sure you go grab it ASAP!

It Happened One Summer 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

Oh I really liked everything about this book! It was cute and super spicy and with the contrast between super bubbly and outgoing Piper and slightly grumpy and very set in his ways Brendan was great. I really liked the way the story progressed and the way the characters grew and learned from each other to grow. One thing that really annoyed me was the fact that Piper’s stepfather was so rude to her- I get that she was spoiled, but who creates spoiled children? The people who raised them. If Piper never had to work for anything and never thought she had to do anything besides be social media famous, then why should her stepfather think that she would have any reason to do anything differently? And then, when she calls him later, he doesn’t even show up because something else came up?! What the heck! That’s unacceptable! And Piper and Hannah are never anything but grateful towards him and see him as their father and everything, so why the heck doesn’t he act like it??? Ok rant over about how much I dislike their stepfather. I really liked Piper and Hannah’s relationship with each other- they’re best friends and while they still have some arguments, they’re always in each other’s corner. I also liked Brendan’s relationship with his crew- they seemed like siblings as well, which was cute. I didn’t realize how much money crab fishermen made- millions of dollars for their 80,000 pounds of crab? That sounds like a lot (although I’m sure they get that and more since it’s such a dangerous job). In terms of the book itself, I really liked the plot and the pacing and honestly, it lived up to all of the other Tessa Bailey books I’ve read and loved (there’s a reason she’s one of my favorite authors). I definitely highly recommend It Happened One Summer and I cannot wait to read Hannah’s book in 2022!

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