It Happened One Summer – Book Review

Title:- It Happened One Summer

Author:- Tessa Bailey

Date published:- July 13th 2021

No. of pages:- 379 pages

Genre:- Romance


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who’s 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. 

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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. 

OK, I didn’t realize that this book was so good!

Piper Bellinger is in heaps of trouble after her wild party back in LA. Her stepfather, Daniel sends Piper and her sister Hannah to Westport, Washington to learn about their biological father Henry Cross. Piper meets Brendan who is a moody captain of the ship. The two then eventually start falling into a romantic relationship.

I actually enjoyed reading this book–it was so engaging and I really like nearly all the characters in the book. The author has done a good job of drawing the reader into the story, and I really like how the relationship slowly developing between Piper and Brendan. There were steamy scenes in the book but it was OK. I also like the relationship between Piper and Hannah as well. The description of the small town also made me feel like I was in this small fishing town with the characters as well! Overall, the ending was expected but I actually enjoyed reading the ending.

Overall, this book worth five stars and can’t wait for the Bellinger sister series Book 2, Hook line and Sinker featuring Piper’s sister Hannah.

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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