Previously released as an eBook in May 2016, the first book in Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series is now available in print for the first time!
When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .
The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita's pretty certain she's gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .
Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he's about to be sorely tempted. There's something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn't just for tonight—he's forever.
About the Author:
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved reading Too Hot to Handle, the first book in Tessa Bailey's Romancing the Clarksons series. I don't know how Tessa has managed to once again deliver an essentially flawless contemporary romance that I can't stop thinking about, but somehow she has and I am once again left in awe.
Everything about Rita and Jasper's story worked for me. That is really saying something given that I didn't originally think it would because everything in the book happens over the span of just a few days, but the author made the love that ignites between these two character's so believable that the short time span didn't bother me at all. I was 100% on board with this relationship from the moment Rita's car breaks down on the side of the road leaving her and her siblings stranded and Jasper comes across them. The chemistry between these two is completely off the charts hot and it's impossible to not absolutely think that these two are absolutely perfect for each other. Unfortunately, that also gave me some anxiety when I was reading the book because Rita is one of those excessively independent heroines and I was worried that her and Jasper's HEA would feel too rushed and not feel appropriate because the premise of the novel is that Rita and her siblings were supposed to take this road trip to New York together in their mother's memory, but it all played out perfectly.
And talking about Rita's siblings, I loved getting to know them in this book and how we were given hints about how their upcoming stories are going to play out as they continue on their trip. The author really built up my excitement and has made me desperate for the next three books in the Romancing the Clarksons series.
Anywho, overall, this book was a phenomenal start to a new series from one of my all-time favorite authors and I can't recommend it enough because it really was just that good. Seriously, Too Hot to Handle was Tessa Bailey at her BEST!
*Review originally published in a post on May 3rd, 2016*