ARC Review: Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey

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ARC Review: Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey
Too Hot To Handle
Book Info

Released: May 17th 2016
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #1

“I’m not fully sold on this book just yet and I’m not sure if it’s because of the characters or if the author’s writing is no longer a match for me anymore.”
~ Under the Covers

As of lately I haven’t had the best of luck with it comes to Tessa Bailey books but I know so much people who love them and I wanted to see if this new series would be something I’d like. This series is all about the Clarksons, a family that is both charming and just plain weird. Typically I love series that revolve around a single family and the premise of this series is quite unique too. Rita and her three siblings will travel to New York City and as their journey goes on, Bailey will try to pair each of the siblings off. That’s tough to do and that was what I was so interested to see how she was able to pull it off.

And I think she does pull it off for the most part. In the beginning of the book, it takes a little while to set up because Bailey does have to state why the siblings are travelling to New York and also introduce each of the siblings. Essentially she has to start writing each of their stories as soon as this book starts so by the time their book arrives, it’s smooth sailing from there.

Generally speaking, I did like the Clarksons. I think I like them more when they are together rather than on their own. They have that banter and that playfulness that I think all siblings seem to have. However, the problem for me was everything seemed to a little rough around the edges. I didn’t think the characters were as polished as they could’ve been. And the romance, while hot, could’ve developed more slowly to make it more believable. The writing also seemed to jump around too much for me to really sit down and enjoy it. So I’m not fully sold on this book just yet and I’m not sure if it’s because of the characters or if the author’s writing is no longer a match for me anymore.




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About Tessa Bailey

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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  1. Nice review, Annie. This author has been hit or miss for me in the past. I can’t let her go, though, because I do love her dirty talk!

  2. I love, love books by Tessa Bailey, but same as you Annie, I didn’t have best luck with the last book from TB, I hope this book will be better and I will love it 🙂
    Thanks for the honest review 🙂

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