Hook, Line, and Sinker

Avon. (Bellinger Sisters, Bk. 2). Mar. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780063045699. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Bailey’s steamy, friends-to-lovers romance is the sequel to It Happened One Summer but can be read as a stand-alone. Hannah has returned to Westport and is living in Fox’s guest bedroom while the film company she works for shoots in the small fishing village. The entire population of Westport believes Fox is a player—a reputation he’s cultivated and earned with out-of-town hookup trips. But he hasn’t had to “go to Seattle” since meeting Hannah a few months ago. Hannah knows Fox is a good guy. He’s never made a move on her; in fact, she’s been exchanging texts with him for months and considers him one of her best friends. Hannah, for her part, is nursing a crush on the film’s director. She wants him see her as more than a useful assistant but hasn’t gathered enough courage to act on her feelings. As Fox and Hannah spend more time together in Westport, their physical attraction becomes undeniable. The source of their overwhelmingly hot chemistry could just be their forced proximity, but they’ll have to risk their friendship to find out.
VERDICT Bailey’s plot is fast paced with plenty of humor laced throughout. Fox and Hannah are well-developed, likable characters with emotional depth that will resonate; they have a lot to overcome, but readers will be rooting for them. Recommended for general purchase.
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