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Secretly Yours

By Tessa Bailey
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Publisher Description


From Tessa Bailey#1 New York Times bestselling author, TikTok favorite, and "the Michelangelo of dirty talk" (Entertainment Weekly)comes a spicy small town rom-com about a grumpy professor and the bubbly neighbor he clashes with at every turn...

Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at fourteen, after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his family’s winery. Now the prodigal hottie has returned to Napa Valley, and when Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if she'll finally get that smooch. But the starchy professor isn’t the teenager she remembers and their polar opposite personalities clash spectacularly.

One wine-fueled girls’ night later, Hallie can’t shake the sense that she did something reckless—and then she remembers the drunken secret admirer letter she left for Julian. Oh shit.

On sabbatical from his ivy league job, Julian plans to write a novel. But having Hallie gardening right outside his window is the ultimate distraction. She’s eccentric, chronically late, often literally covered in dirt—and so unbelievably beautiful, he can’t focus on anything else. Until he finds an anonymous letter sent by a woman from his past.

Even as Julian wonders about this admirer, he’s sucked further into Hallie’s orbit. Like the flowers she plants all over town, Hallie is a burst of color in Julian’s grayscale life. For a man who irons his socks and runs on tight schedules, her sunny chaotic energy makes zero sense. But there’s something so familiar about her... and her very presence is turning his world upside down.

"Tessa Bailey is the queen of rom-coms. Long may she reign!" — Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Merry Little Meet Cute

554 Reviews

Slightly Smiling Face“I rarely (if ever) read purely romance novels. I was hesitant to read this, but it exceeds expectations! I loved the depth to Julian’s character. Though their journey was a bit predictable, there were small twists and cute surprises (like the end 🥹) that I loved.”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesCuteRelatable characters
Slightly Smiling Face“This read was okay- I expected more romance substance from Tessa Bailey! I absolutely loved her other reads, “It Happened One Summer” and “Hook, Line and Sinker.” I did enjoy the grumpy sunshine dynamic and the occasional sassy comments but it felt a little rushed for me! The spice was good but the communication was bad. I did appreciated the conversation around anxiety 👏🏻! I could see this being a low key beach read but not a romance reading escape!”
Characters change and growCuteEasy to readRomanticStereotypical characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This was my first time reading one of Tessa Bailey’s books, and it did not disappoint! I love Julian and Hallie’s dynamic and the way they challenge each other. Their chemistry was 🔥. I was not expecting to cry, but some of the quotes just made me feel so seen, they had me sobbing”
Characters change and growRelatable charactersFunny writingMade me cry
Expressionless Face“I wish I had liked this book more. I really enjoyed “It Happened One Summer” & “Hook, Line & Sinker” so when this was released I was excited to read it. That however ended by page 23 when I realized the focus of this book was going to basically just be on her breasts and sex. Which is fine, I just did not find this one enjoyable. I found the actions of Hallie to be incredibly creepy & alarming. I did like Julian and recognized his character growth but overall this was a total miss for me.”
Likable charactersDidn't grab my attentionDisappointing romanceUnengaging characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“this book was not the light-hearted romance i thought it was. it was AMAZING. from the way the characters really felt as if they were real people, to the way that their romance was not fake at all. from a two pov perspective, they share many similarities and differences, while falling for each other even more than they thought it was possible. a classic grumpy (and obsessed) sunshine trope, with a mix of she fell first but he fell harder. and if you are someone who likes REAL smut, I RECOMMEND”
Relatable charactersFunny writingRomanticMeaningfulRomantic

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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