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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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Publisher Description

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. 

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2372 Reviews

Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Everything I wanted in a ROM-COM!”
Characters change and growLikable characters
Thumbs Up“This book was just okay for me. It occupied me while I was on vacation otherwise I might have struggled to read it. It’s an easy read and predictable. I’ve never read anything by this author before and most likely won’t again. Not sure if it was her style of writing or just the predicable plot that left me wanting more depth with the characters and the plot. There was a lot of opportunities the author could have added more spice to engage the reader.”
Easy to readRomanticLack of diversityPredictable
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This was absolutely amazing. It was my first time reading anything by Tessa Bailey but it made me want to binge read every single one of her books. My God, and Brendan Taggart? What a man! At first Piper annoyed me a bit, but I grew to like her, even understanding her fears and wishing to nothing bad ever happen to her. Absolutely loved this book and this isn’t even my type of read.”
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingAddictiveBeautiful settingRomantic
Slightly Smiling Face“I'm of two minds when it comes to this book. It's a summer rom-com beach read, and if you take it at surface level, it's fun and light and engaging (with some unexpectedly graphic sex - hello, anal play!). On the other hand, the characters and storyline are just so unrealistic. Piper and Brendan are meant to have depth, and you're supposed to see them learn and grow and transform, but they feel two-dimensional. And ultimately, the plot and ending are predictable.”
Easy to readFunny writingFeel goodPredictableUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying plot
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Love love LOVE this book. It was such a easy read and I was already hooked by the end of the first chapter. I usually don't enjoy rom-com books but I can be easily persuaded to read more by this author. 10/10 recommend!!!”
Characters change and growLikable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readAddictiveBeautiful settingImmersive settingRealistic settingRomantic

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

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