Title: Love her or lose her.
Author: Tessa Bailey.
Format: E-ARC (Thanks to Edelweiss).
Publisher: Avon, HarperCollins.
Page count: 255.
Release day: January 14th 2020.
Genre: Adult, romance.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
*See my review for the companion novel, Fix her up, here!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
New York Times bestselling author Tessa
Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple
whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation.
Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodelled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.
I was so pleasantly surprised when I read Fix her up, so I was very happy when I received an E-Arc for this one! I have to say, I think Fix her up was slightly better then this one, but I still enjoyed this one quite a bit. Again bear with me, I’m not sure how to review adult romance books!
I really liked that we got to explore Rosie and Dominic’s relation in this book, since it is a bit different than most romance books. Normally we get to see a new relationship develop, in this one we see them trying to get their marriage back on track! I really liked Rosie as a character, she made a switching point in her life and decided to stand up for what she wants, so she would actually be able to get there. I also think Dominic was very cute, since he did all these small things for Rosie, without her even noticing.
Besides I also really enjoyed the side characters, who we already know from Fix her up. And I can’t wait to see other books from their perspectives!
But at some point I felt like the plot was a bit lacking or something?! Not much was happening, and things started to feel a bit repetitive? I also wasn’t a huge fan of Dominic keeping so many big secrets for his wife. I mean not telling her you warm up her car every morning is cute, but hiding some other way bigger things (not saying, in case of spoilers) wasn’t really okay.
I did really enjoy the ending, and it made me very happy!
I was a huge fan of her writing, and I will definitely pick up the next companion novel, since I’m very curious to Bethany and Wes!