Hook, Line, and Sinker by: Tessa Bailey

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

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?


Content Warnings: Loss of a parent, slut-shaming, guilt, and shame.

As soon as I read that first meeting, between two fishermen and two LA sisters, in “It Happened One Summer” I knew I needed to see more of Hannah and Fox. Luckily, since I was late to the duology, HLaS was already out when I finished reading IHOS, so I only had to wait long enough for a copy to be delivered.

Raised by a mom, and town, who saw his father’s revolving bedroom door, Fox was made to believe he could never be more than a passing fling. As a child, he was told time and again that he’d grow to be just like his father.

After graduating high school he fled all those judging eyes by going cross country to attend college, hoping for a fresh start. Sadly, what he thought was a serious relationship turned into him finding out she was actually dating his roommate and he was just her “hall pass” which furthered his belief that he wasn’t good for anything long term.

Returning to Westport he fell into the role the town had already assigned him. For years he tried to act proud of his Seattle conquests and joked along with everyone who had something to say about them. That was until the Bellinger sisters came to town and Hannah started knocking down all the walls he’d built around his heart.

Growing up Hannah liked fading into the background and letting her sister Piper take the stage. She felt more comfortable supporting those around her and did her best not to stick out. But now she’s tired of her supporting role and is ready to exude main character energy while being more vocal about what direction she wants to take her career and her love life.

When Hannah first met Fox, seven months ago, she felt an instant attraction but just when she thought they were having a moment his phone started blowing up with messages from different women. Then and there Hannah decided Fox would stay in the friend zone because he seemed more like a love em and leave em and she’s always wanted more.

When Hannah returned to LA she and Fox fall into a comfortable friendship that has them messaging each other almost daily. When he’d be out to sea, and out of reception, she missed him and their daily banter. When her director Sergio, aka her crush of two years, decides he needs a new area to film his latest creation Hannah volunteers Westport. Not only does she feel that it would fit with the project but she’d be able to see her sister Piper and maybe spend some time with friend Fox.

I adored watching Hannah learn to be more confident and vocal about what she wanted while also watching Fox’s walls crumble as he slowly started to realize maybe someone could want more than just his body. Seeing the care that Hannah took by showing Fox he was worthy of love and care had me squealing like a kid on Christmas morning. It was also sweet watching Fox slowly start to realize that he could want and expect more, from himself and from those around him.

After finishing HLaS I wish there were more than just two Bellinger sisters so we could experience more of Westport and its inhabitants. This duology will definitely be one that I reread just so I can sink back into the warm and happy feelings these books give me. I was already a fan of Tessa’s after reading the Hot and Hammered series but this duology has me even more in love with her writing and looking forward to whatever other worlds she writes us.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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