Review: Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey

Posted September 1, 2023 by Stephanie in 4 Stars, Bellinger Sisters, Contemporary Romance, Review / 3 Comments

Title: Hook, Line, and Sinker
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Bellinger Sisters #2
Publication: March 1, 2022 by Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Rating: 4/5★

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time–in bed and out–and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his… personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah’s in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she’s nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye… yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can’t deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost.

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and… and… man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she’ll choose him instead?

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…


After reading It Happened One Summer I just had to get my hands on Hook, Line, and Sinker. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen between Hannah and Fox. I already loved them in It Happened One Summer and I’m so glad they got their chance to shine in a book all of their own. I couldn’t put the book down, which didn’t really came as a surprise to me and now all I want to do is read Tessa Bailey books.

So this book is about Piper’s younger sister Hannah and Brendan’s best friend as well as notorious womanizer Fox. Hannah comes back in town for her work and is staying with Fox. In the last few months they’ve been texting a lot, mostly about music and have developed a friendship. But now that they’re roommates for a few weeks and in such close proximity to one another it’s starting to get harder to resist each other.

This was such a great friends-to-lovers romance. I adored Hannah and Fox just as much, on their own as characters. They both had a lot of character growth through the book and found strength and steadiness with each other. Even though Fox didn’t see himself as being good enough for her and only thought of himself as hook-up material, Hannah saw right through him and made sure that he know she saw him and that he was good enough. I just… *sobs* loved it so much.

I felt that the romance this time around was more of a slowburn. The pining and longing between the two of them was really delicious to read about. And even though it was more slowburn it was all still hot as hell. Not surprisingly, Fox was very skilled at the dirty talking. How Hannah didn’t burst into flames I will never know. Because whew!

Of course we had some fun cameos featuring Piper and Brendon, which I obviously loved as well. It was really nice to see that they were still going strong, are even engaged but that they’re still the same characters from It Happened One Summer.

I think It Happened One Summer is still my favorite out of the two because it made me discover the amazing characters and the setting of Westport but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy Hook, Line, and Sinker any less. It was an amazing read and once again such a page-turner. Now I’m off to buy more Tessa Bailey books because I’m obsessed now.





About the author:

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. Catch her on TikTok at @authortessabailey or check out for a complete list of books.

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