It Happened One Summer
Author: Tessa Bailey
Expected Publication Date: July 13, 2021
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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.
It was so easy to like Piper right off the bat. Yes, she was spoiled and never had to do anything for herself, but she was so relatable. She was a good sister, wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, and had a good personality. Now Tessa almost lost me when I found out that Brendan was a widower. If you’ve read my reviews then you know I hate that in my romances. Thankfully, time had passed and he wasn’t hung up on his dead spouse. I thought that he was perfect for Piper. He was willing to wait her out and he always let her know how he felt about her.
The chemistry was there from the beginning and the banter between them was so good. The sex scenes were *chef’s kiss*! Don’t let the cover fool y’all, this was full of the dirty talk that Tessa is known for.
Now since I didn’t rate it 5 stars I can’t say that I loved it. I thought the drama around whether Piper was going back to LA was drawn out and I was over it pretty quickly. Along with some things that felt unfinished. We never really get a conversation between Piper, Daniel, and her mother after her time spent in Westport. It would have been nice to have some insight or closure there.
Overall, I did enjoy it and would reread it in the future. The next book is about her sister and Fox and I’m super excited about it! If you’re a fan of Tessa or want a feel good romance, then I recommend this!