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Tools of Engagement

By Tessa Bailey
Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey digital book - Fable

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer and Hook, Line, and Sinker brings the heat in this rom-com about two enemies who team up to flip a house because their chemistry will either burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore...

Hair, makeup, clothing, decor... everything in Bethany Castle's world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family's real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She's on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother's construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany's skin on day one, and the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It's a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany's perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.

“Her voice feels as fresh and contemporary as a Netflix rom-com.” —Entertainment Weekly

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3.5
“This was my first Tessa Bailey book and it was not my cup of tea. I liked the premise. I also liked the female main character and the little girl that the male main character was taking care of. I thought the idea behind why he was taking care of her was really interesting and I enjoyed the idea of the contractor love interest, but the male main character was just so unattractive to me. He was possessive to an uncomfortable degree and then that was explained away as a product of his foster care childhood, like not growing was hot or something. The FMC just accepted this and pretended like it was amazing that he was so stunted. This was written in a way that was really simplistic but also supposed to be very adult - which made it cringey at times. I may or may not give Tessa Bailey another chance. This probably isn’t the greatest representation of her work, but I am not sure if I’m willing to find out what is after reading this.”

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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