Named one of the Best Romances of 2020 by Insider and Oprah Magazine + Marie Claire's Best New Books of 2020
New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation...
Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippie. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.
“Her voice feels as fresh and contemporary as a Netflix rom-com.” —Entertainment Weekly
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What happens after happily ever after? That’s the question Tessa Bailey tackles in the second book in her sweet and steamy novel, which begins long after the point where most romances end: a decade after the wedding. Rosie and Dominic’s marriage is starting to fizzle, but they still connect—boy, do they ever—in the bedroom. A last-ditch attempt at couples therapy might be the only way these two can start talking again. Bailey does a great job of exploring the realities of long-term relationships, how easy it can be to slide into bad habits with a spouse even when the love’s still there. Love Her or Lose Her proves that there’s still plenty of entertaining stories to be told after “I do.”
House-flipping leads to a love connection in Bailey's sweet and super-spicy third Hot and Hammered rom-com (after Love Her or Lose Her). When San Antonio cowboy Wes Daniels's sister decides to take a break from her responsibilities, Wes travels to Port Jefferson, Long Island, to take care of his five-year-old niece, Laura. Home renovator Bethany Castle is competing on the house-flipping reality TV show Flip Off and hires Wes to be part of her construction crew. The reality show setting adds both tension and comedy as the macho Wes immediately begins pursuing perfectionist Bethany. As Wes settles into his uncle duties and his chemistry with Bethany evolves into bold, erotic sexual encounters, his resolve to return to Texas once his sister comes back wavers. Wes's swaggering, often expletive-filled flirtations, and Bethany's insecure internal monologue paint clear pictures of both characters, but sometimes slow the plot. Though Wes and Bethany are solidly drawn, it's adorable Laura who sparks the most authentic and evocative moments. Chick-lit lovers will flip for this sexy, heartwarming story.
Emotional Roller Coaster
I'm a huge fan of Tessa Bailey and this was so not what I was expecting. But it was so good. Very emotional storyline about rebuilding a broken marriage. Made me laugh, made me cry.
I was not expecting how this book was going to make me cry! The feels in this had my emotions all over the place. If you got to read book one, we were introduced to married couple Dominick and Rosie. This is their story.
We learned they were having some trouble in book one and in Love Her or Lose Her, Rosie is at the end of her rope and decides to do something about it. This couple needed a wake up call. The author takes us on their journey to discover if their marriage can be saved.
I'm going to be honest here and say that I fell completely for Dominick. I don't want to give anything away so I am not going to go into details. I'm just going to say that this broken marriage was not what I thought it was going to be. The things you find out will make you swoon. Yes, swoon. I know that's not what you would think about a troubled marriage. Let's just say the proof is in the details.
What this book taught me is that it just goes to show that you can have a madly in love couple and still struggle. We all know that it takes work for a marriage to survive but this also pointed out that we may be blind to a few details. It really was a great way to follow an already established couple and see love come alive again.