Hook, Line, & Sinker – 4 Star Review

“You can’t live life worrying about what people will think. You’ll wake up one day, look at a calendar, and count the days you could have spent being happy.”

Tessa Bailey

I’ll be the first to admit that the first book (It Happened One Summer) was not my favorite. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as everyone told me it would be. 

This book, however, was everything I wanted out of the first book. 

Hook, Line, and Sinker follows Hannah, younger sister to Piper and Fox, best friend to Brendan. Both have lives where they are stuck in roles they are comfortable with but don’t necessarily belong to. For Hannah, her role has always been a supporting one, hyping up those she feels are more suited to the spotlight. For Fox, his role is that of a casanova–he’s a ladies man who deals exclusively in fun, one night stands. 

When Piper and Hannah first came to town, Fox and Hannah met, liked each other, and started a long distance friendship that has blossomed into something a little more. But neither of them can move past the constraints of the roles they are used to in their lives. 

This book is such a cute and sexy friends to lovers romance. It’s fun, it’s sweet, and it really shows how two people can help each other grow and create a lasting, healthy relationship. I enjoyed seeing how Hannah and Fox show up for each other and teach each other that they can be more than the roles they have been stuck in. 

Another thing I loved about this book is all of the tension. Two people who like each other and are sharing the same space creates a lot of sexy moments between them. They’re attracted to each other. They both know they’re attracted to each other. But at the same time, neither wants to act on that attraction because they believe that there can’t be anything more than friendship between them. This creates a lot of pining, a lot of tension, and a lot of miscommunication–all things I really enjoy in romance books. 

My main issue with this book is that, even though Fox and Hannah have been friends for months, we really only see two weeks of their relationship within the book. This made it a bit more of an insta-love story, which is not my personal preference (and was one of the things I didn’t like about Piper and Brendan’s book). However, having the repeated references to their friendship and even back to their initial encounters from book one helps smooth away the insta-love vibes of the story.

All in all, this book takes a deep dive into the characters of Fox and Hannah. Their characters develop individually and together over the course of the story in a way that left a genuine smile on my face when I finished the book. If you like romance books in any capacity, you will enjoy this book. 

Reviewed by Shelby

*I received a free electronic copy of this book from Netgalley
*Review also posted to NetGalley and Goodreads

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