It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey is a fun, sweet, steamy, and swoony opposites attract romance featuring a grumpy fisherman and a pampered socialite.

It Happened One Summer

Thank you for the advanced copy of IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER by Tessa Bailey.  All opinions are my own.


If you only read one romance book this summer, please let it be this one. 

It Happened One Summer is a fun, sweet, steamy, and swoony jaunt to the Pacific Northwest featuring a grumpy widowed fisherman and a pampered socialite.  It is small-town romance and opposites attract and grumpy/sunshine to the max, and it made me tear up and laugh out loud, and I loved everything about it.

It Happened One Summer Backstory

Piper is in her late 20s and hasn’t ever had a ‘real’ job or responsibilities outside of being Instagram famous.  Growing up in LA, she has relied on her looks and social connections to get through life, and when a revenge party goes wrong, she can’t charm her way out of the consequences. 

After one too many screw-ups, her step-father cuts her off and banishes her to a tiny coastal town to teach her a lesson about real life.  While there, Piper and her sister make the best of the situation while reconnecting with their roots along the way.

Brendan Taggart is a grumpy, set-in-his-ways fisherman who lives by his routine and risks his life every few weeks while seeking the next big catch.  He’s responsible, an upstanding member of the community, and loyal to a fault. 

When Brendan meets Piper, not only does she throw a couture and sequin-encrusted wrench into his carefully crafted life, sparks fly and all bets are off. 

Sweet and Swoony Romance with Lots of Dirty-Talk

Oh my.  Did I mention that this book is steamy?  Because it is.  Tessa Bailey is known as the Queen of Dirty-Talking Heroes for good reason, and she did not disappoint with Brendan. 

Aside from his gruff exterior, he’s so very sweet and caring and accepts Piper for who she is.  I just loved him to pieces. (I also loved Piper in all her quirky glory, by the way.)

In addition to the steam, Ms. Bailey delivers swoon by the bucketful.  There are also flawed and sometimes insecure characters who grow throughout the book, supportive side characters, a charming small town that you can’t help but love, and oodles of feels.

I absolutely adored this book, and I can’t wait for more in this series.  If you’re looking for a beach read with tons of simmering chemistry, bubbly banter, and a big-hearted cast of characters, do not miss It Happened One Summer!

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About Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey aspires to three things. Writing hot and unforgettable, character-driven romance, being a good mother and eventually sneaking onto the judging panel on a reality show baking competition. She lives on Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter, writing all day and rewarding herself with a cheese plate and Netflix binges in the evening. If you want sexy, heartfelt, humorous romance with a guaranteed happy ending, you’ve come to the right place.

About the Book


date published : July 13th, 2021

publisher : Avon

pages : 397

narrator : Charlotte North

length : 10 hrs, 48 min

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey is a fun, sweet, steamy, and swoony opposites attract romance featuring a grumpy fisherman and a pampered socialite.

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