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It Happened One Summer

By Tessa Bailey
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey digital book - Fable

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The first in a spicy and unforgettable rom-com duology from #1 New York Times bestseller and tik tok favorite Tessa Bailey, in which a Hollywood “It Girl” is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town... where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

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. 

As seen on E!Online, PopSugar, CNN, EliteDaily, Vulture, Buzzfeed, Bustle, the Nerd Daily, PARADE, LA Magazine, Country Living, USA Today, and more!

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12123 Reviews

3.5
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Bad writingPredictableUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
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RomanticBad writingLack of diversityPredictableUnengaging characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“My favorite Tessa Bailey (so far)…this was just so cute but also the spice was 🔥🔥”
Thinking Face“I normally love Tessa Bailey but this one just wasn’t for me. I could not tolerate being in Piper’s POV— she was too out of touch and (honestly) dumb for me to handle . I really dislike people who don’t realize that shit costs money or other people actually have to work for a living. Part of why I don’t really read billionaire romance. I liked Brendan a lot but didn’t get why he actually liked Piper at all. I’m planning to read the sequel because Hannah was a much more interesting character to me and I’m looking forward to her POV.”
Characters change and growEasy to readFunny writingImmersive settingComicalUnengaging characters

About Tessa Bailey

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey can solve all problems except for her own, so she focuses those efforts on stubborn, fictional blue-collar men and loyal, lovable heroines. She lives on Long Island avoiding the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of dirty talk,” by Entertainment Weekly, Tessa writes with spice, spirit, swoon and a guaranteed happily ever after. 

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