Today’s feature post is my book review as part of the Review and Excerpt Tour via InkslingerPR for Tessa Bailey’s newest release Too Hot To Handle, book one of Romancing The Clarksons, available now!
I am laughing out loud just writing this review, remembering the various chapters that kept me giggling and witty lines that brought out the smiles 😀 . And that’s not even the best part. The story as a whole was full of depth, believability and what felt like genuine characters. Their pain, challenges and triumphs pulling at the heartstrings and emotions of this reader. Rita’s character was written with flawless magnificence. Her character, while often vulnerable, still held much strength, and was written with credibility. Jasper was an absolute swoonfest, loveable, “can I have one too, if only” character that absolutely just jumped from the pages for this reader. His big heart and caring, focussed character was entertaining and superbly portrayed. Both characters shined in a story I couldn’t get enough of. Such emotion packed reading that made for a read not to be missed. Not to forget Rosemary – what a hoot of a character lol There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t like. Rita’s siblings – Belmont. BELMONT – OMG his character had me speechless in all the right ways – intense (ahem, Ms Bailey #PMB ring any bells lol) and Sage’s introduction in Belmont’s circle will make for a great, cannot wait, read. Aaron – bahahahaha rightious, funny, sarcastic and pristine to boot, and Peggy lmbo – sweet, sassy and a whole lot of smooth – all of their characters have their own tale to tell and if it’s anything like how they grabbed this readers attention in Too Hot To Handle, with their funny multi-liners and smouldering smexiness that burnt the pages on every page turn, then I can not wait to read each of their stories. I cannot say enough how much I truly enjoyed reading this story and the characters within. All of it just blissful reading 😀
Advanced review copy received from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley for an honest rating
About Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey
When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .
The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .
Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.
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Excerpt – Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey
“Believe this, Rita. I think you’re gorgeous as sin and I need your mouth on mine.”
Rita nodded, meshing their wet lips together in the process. “I want to believe that. You might have to help me.”
Their mouths slanted and somehow—somehow—that feast of lips and tongue and teeth was even more potent than the night before. His knee rammed into the bike—almost as if his leg had tried to buckle—shooting pain up his right thigh, but it vanished under the pleasure.
Vanished into vapor. The stroking, hot, abandon of Rita. They were both breathing through their noses so as not to break the voracious mouth-fucking they were engaging in, and that shouldn’t have been so all-out sexy. But it sure as shit was. They were attacking each other with seeking tongues and open lips, playing chicken to see who would give in first.
When her hands slipped under his shirt and pulled down on his belt buckle, putting pressure on Jasper’s cock, he cursed into her mouth, securing his fist in her hair like a goddamn barbarian. And she liked it, too. Why else would she be tugging on his belt, encouraging him to rock into the notch of her pussy? Too far. This was going too far. Any farther and they’d end up somewhere naked.
She’d leave the encounter with no doubt of his experience, because, hell, Jasper knew every button to press, when to change rhythm, when to be forceful or pull back. Knew it all. But Rita wouldn’t look at him the same way afterward. She’d see the local tramp, like everyone else.
She’d leave. And he’d have failed in his one attempt to be more to someone.
Jasper tore his mouth free, releasing a gruff exhale into her neck. “You have me ready to bust in my jeans, beautiful. I was smoother than this in high school.”
“That’s a scary thought,” she breathed out in a rush, her fists still curling in his shirt.
“Was that the other half of your apology for last night? B-because I have to say, it was pretty effective.”
“At the risk of sounding arrogant, Rita, I haven’t even moved my hips yet. You’ve barely gotten a preview of how thoroughly I can…apologize.”
About The Author
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
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