It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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. 

My Review

This book is a sweet small-town romance about a spoiled party girl, her sister, and their unexpected late summer plans. Piper and Hannah arrive in the small town of Westport to learn about life. While there, they both learn about themselves, love, and community. This book gets steamy and includes a whirlwind of enemies to lovers; opposites attract romance that is emotional and exciting. I liked the whole premise behind this story with the Captain and the small fishing town. This story was enchanting, sweet and a great romance read.

Piper is a spoiled woman who runs with the rich and famous; her life is about being seen and noticed. Her life is upside down as she gets dumped by her prestigious boyfriend. She messes up bad, but what happens now? I love that the author includes a consequence, even this rich girl’s actions. Her sister is a breath of fresh air in the story. I love Hannah’s vibe. I love the doled-out punishment, which also seems fitting, but it truly begins this story.

Brendan is a captain in Westport who has a long history in this small town. The girls don’t like him first, but we shall see where this goes. This enemies-to-lovers romance heats up, and I love the old-fashioned style of Brendan. He is a true gentleman and so sweet and kind when he isn’t being an ass. This story gets steamy, but Piper wants a fling, and I think Brendan is in it for the long haul. They are indeed opposites.

I will admit that this story has its strange moments. I wouldn’t call them to laugh out loud funny, but they definitely hold a weird appeal in the story and might make you chuckle. I don’t think I will forget them as some are very memorable. This book does have some sad moments and a lot of steamy ones. But Piper learns to live with herself and others and not just things. Brendan knows to open his heart and his schedule. This book does end happily.

If you want to read It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey, you can find this book on Amazon. As an Amazon Assocaite, I earn on qualifying purchases.

If you like this book, you may also enjoy books with these tags and categories Billionaire, Small Town, and Enemies to Lovers.


Published by Tanya

I am an avid reader who loves amazing romance, fantasy, or paranormal books. I spend as many hours reading as I can and love to find a fantastic story,

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