BOOK REVIEW: It Happened One Summer
by Tessa Bailey
ABOUT THE BOOKS (from Amazon):
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.
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This book turned out to be much more of a romance (read: risqué) than I was expecting it to be. It’s classified as a romantic comedy, which I typically think of as PG…maybe PG-13. This one was definitely R rated. I feel the need to warn my readers about that since I don’t typically review romance books.
That said, I did really enjoy this story. Piper Bellinger, a rich socialite, ends up in a small town for the summer with her sister. She meets Brendan, a local fisherman, with whom she doesn’t quite hit if off at first. But things change as they keep running into one another and, in the end, opposites attract.
I discovered Tessa Bailey on TikTok. I really love her writing style. The story was light-hearted and funny.