Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Book 22/30.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man.

Hook, Line, and Sinker is book two in the Bellinger Sisters duology and I was really excited for it as I was intrigued by supportive, quirky, sensible, musical prodigy Hannah and handsome, charming, flirty, heartbreaker Fox in book one. They might have been supporting characters in Piper and Brendan’s love story but they truly deserved their own book and thankfully Ms. Bailey delivered 🤩

From the moment Fox and Hannah met, there has always been a little sizzle of attraction there. But between Fox’s reputation as a ladies’ man and Hannah being the younger sister of his friend’s fiancée, it does not seem like a good idea to take it further. Now they are solidly in the friendzone, texting every day and sharing their deepest thoughts. But when Hannah has to stay with Fox for a few weeks because of her job, will that finally nudge them towards being honest with their hearts and each other?

This started out really strong but by the middle of the book Fox or Hannah would come up with yet another reason (or the same one) for why they could not possibly be together, and the story just went round and round in circles. Which, now that I think about it, may be a drawback of the friends-to-lovers trope because there is only so much to say over the course of 300+ pages about two friends who clearly have the hots for each other but are either too slow or hung up to actually realize it. So to make a big conflict out of the whole thing, and fit in those 300+ pages, minor issues are dragged out to the max, making the book a tad tedious to read.

That said, I had a marvellous time losing myself in Hannah and Fox’s love story as I am a fan of the friends-to-lovers trope 🤩🥰 and Fox is just so 🥵🥵🥵 but I have to say that I did not particularly like the sex scenes as I found the dialogue insanely cheesy 🥴

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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