Title: Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered #3)
Author: Tessa Bailey.
Page count: 368.
Release day: September 22nd 2020.
Genre: Adult, Romance.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.
When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.
As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.
In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house… and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!
Average: 8.00 (which means 4 stars!)
I actually have no idea how to review this one. But to summarize, I had such a great time listening to this one! Honestly, I loved listening to this whole series!
The banter between Bethany and Wes was definitely my favourite thing of the book! Both characters were so interesting and had great character development. I loved that they both had their own thing/problem which they worked on. But being with the other person helped them develop/go through this even better!
I loved seeing how Bethany learned that she is allowed to make a mistake once in a while or ask for help, and that no one would judge her for it! (And if they do, who cares!?)
The relation between Wes and his niece Laura was the best! My heart melted a couple of times during this book. I loved to see how Wes was learning how to become a father figure throughout the book. Which also helped him a lot with his personal development!
The idea of the house renovation contest was fun to read as the background. But it was actually a way smaller part of the book then you would expect from reading the summary.
I just could not stop listening to the book, which is because of a combination of the interesting plot, amazing writing and the really good narration (Charlotte North)!
I definitely recommend this series, also on audio if you’re into audiobooks!
Since I really enjoy Tessa Bailey’s writing, I feel like I need to pick up more work by her!