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The rom-com you need to read! 

Hey readers,

Since I heard that the second book of the Bellinger Sisters was coming out, I knew I would have to have it on the day of its release! I even pointed out in my schedule so I wouldn’t forget. 

“Hook, Line and Sinker” from Tessa Bailey was released this past week, more specifically on the first day of March and saying that I ran to buy the ebook is totally a lie. Guess why? I forgot ahahah phone’s agenda didn’t warn me, and with a full time work and all the stress of the week, I ended up forgetting.

Fortunately, when I opened Instagram the first post that appeared to me in the feed was a post about this book and then yes, I ran and bought it! I’m so sad that I didn’t read it in paper format but unfortunately living in Portugal, despite being phenomenal, has its drawbacks, and one of them is sometimes having to wait forever to receive an order. Especially books. So we have ebooks, and thank god for that!

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If you follow me on Instagram or here on the blog, you know how much I loved the first book of this series! It definitely belongs to one of the best books I’ve read this year, and we’re still at the beginning of the year.

I liked it so much but so much that I was very afraid to start this second book. I already knew that the story would be about Hannah (Piper’s sister, the protagonist of the first book) and Fox (Brendan’s friend, and Westport’s incorrigible heartbreaker).
If you ask me why I was so afraid, I have several answers. First because I liked it, loved it and still think about the first book and thought that no continuation could overcome it. Second because I saw a lot of potential in Hannah&Fox’s story and I had a certain fear of leaving disappointed.

I confess that the first three chapters disappointed me a little, I started reading the book with something like…how can I say it?….Himalayan expectations, and I didn’t feel the butterflies in my stomach. That kind of butterflies that make us lose sleep and not want to stop reading the book. That make us tell all of our friends that they need to read this book asap

However, suddenly everything changed. From the fourth chapter I couldn’t land the book. And today I can say that maybe, just maybe, I like this second book even more than the first.

The scenes between Fox and Hannah are everything! I leave you here an excerpt just to make you want to read this book, if you don’t already have it. But I don’t want to leave much either, because I think it would ruin your desire to read it if I tell you everything.

“The apartment door opened and closed.

What the . . . ? she mouthed.

“Hannah,” came Fox’s voice from the other side of the bedroom door. Like the immediate other side. It sounded like he was speaking right against the wood. Don’t think of wood. “Are you okay in there? Looked like something was wrong.”

“I’m fine,” she lied—not very successfully, since her voice sounded like it had been sanded raw. “I just needed a minute.”

Too much silence passed.

Then: “I can smell the oil, Hannah.”

Fire blazed up her neck and cheeks. “Oh my God,” she said, dropping her forehead to the door again. “This is so embarrassing.”

“Stop that, Hannah.” His voice had fallen another octave. “I wasn’t embarrassed this morning when I admitted to doing the same thing.”

“You didn’t do it during business hours.”

His low laugh made the tiny hairs on the nape of her neck stand up. “If you’re done berating yourself for having natural impulses, you can open the door.”

“What?” she breathed, staring at the barrier in shock. “Why?”

A slow exhale. “Hannah.”

That was all he said.

What did he mean by that?

Hannah.”

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Tessa Bailey

This is the perfect rom-com that we need in our lives! It’s fun, sexy, romantic and has a good plot! I loved everything in this book – how similar Hannah and Fox are and how much one needed the other to assert themselves and be the best of them. While Hannah needed a little self-esteem and believe that she could take the reins of her life while achieving her professional goals, Fox needed someone to show him that he was more than her father’s reflection, and that he was worth more than everybody’s ever made him believe.

They are perfect for each other! I’ve never read a book with two characters that complement each other so much, and I loved it! I love it! And I sincerely hope that you give this book a chance and that you like it as much as I do.

“Hannah swallowed hard. “So, um”—she clutched the nylon of the seat belt—“are you sure about driving me to Seattle in the morning? I have no idea what to expect when I get to the studio. Could be a lot of waiting.”

“I’m sure, Hannah.” He cut her a sidelong glance. “Now ask me what you really want to ask me.”

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Tessa Bailey

I leave you here the synopsis of the book, according to the Goodreads website. This time I don’t want to stretch too long and tell everything that goes on, but know that the ending is happy, Piper and Brendan appear and nothing was left out, including the girls’ father story as well as their grandmother (whom I’ve loved since the first book). It’s a case to say that all the ends were tied and I would very much like there to still be a third book, a fourth and a fifth! I’d like a kind of Bridgertons series but with the Bellinger sisters!

“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?

Goodreads

What do you think? Have you read this book? What’s your favorite? Let me know everything in the comments. Let’s talk.

If you want to send me an email, you can send it to booksbytheana@gmail.com

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