ARC Review: Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey
Too Hot To Handle

3 Stars

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

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 eleven years and seven-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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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!

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That’s why I tried out this one. I do like the dirty talk in them. haha. Goes to show what kind of readers we are ;P


I’m intrigued by the premise of this series so I’m definitely looking forward to reading it

Amy R

I’m looking forward to reading this.

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Amy, Timitra, I hope you let me know what you think of it.


I haven’t had much like with her either… I finally stopped


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 🙂