Tessa Bailey comes to the blog with the second in her Hot and Hammered series, this one brings our couple around to discovering who they are and want to be in
Love Her or Lose Her
Firstly – let me apologize for the lateness of this review – I wanted it to be ready for the release date – and I missed that mark. BUT – y’all need to go out, grab the two in this series – read them – and then wait for the next…. Because they are fabulous! From emotional impact to romantic gestures, a more than ‘retro’ marriage counselor and the solid friendships and support: Dominic and Rosie have everything that they need to repair and improve their ten year marriage, if they are willing to work at it. See, Rosie has always (since high school) dreamed of having her own restaurant and Dominic – with their own big house overlooking the water from the porch. A house big enough to entertain all of their friends and children to come, and a restaurant where she can spread that love and caring to others. Dominic always wanted to provide and be strong for Rosie – since seventh grade that’s been his entire focus – knowing and seeing HER, and making sure that she wants for nothing. Since his return from Afghanistan he’s even more determined to prove his worth to her as a provider, mostly because he doesn’t think he’s got anything else. And, since his return their relationship has become a silent one, with knock-your-socks-off sex every Tuesday night, but little else. And Rosie’s had enough – leaving Dominic to stay with one of her best friends, Bethany.
Far from a story where you’d find ‘blame’ for the marriage breaking down to lay solidly at one person’s feet – Dominic’s discomfort with emotions and words, and Rosie’s need for words become the first, and most glaring difference between the two. Desperate not to lose Rosie and feel a complete failure without purpose, Dominic begs her for another chance, something he can do to try to show her how much he wants her: and she books them with a ‘relationship Boot camp” with an unusual, 60’s throwback therapist with novel ideas and several unique ‘homework’ assignments that provide them both insight.
So often, communication is at the center of any and all relationship problems – far from not ‘wanting’ to be together – the connection (physical and mental) between these two is so intertwined it could be a macramé plant hanger. The sparks between them, the heat, and Dominic’s deliciously filthy mouth (oh my goodness the creativity!), along with their litany of shared memories of moments – readers NEED to see them work this out – because as they both feel it so irretrievably broken, but at a loss for the what next, making this work – learning how actions and words can be ways to say I love you, the homework assignments – it’s a clever way to bring both sides together for a common purpose. When you add in the romantic gestures (swoon) from Dominic, and Rosie’s attempts to ‘show’ and not just speak her love, the frustration of Stephen (Dominic’s boss) with his two sister’s men AND Dominic – who is marginally the favorite even as they are ‘talking relationships’, and several glorious, steam off the pages and crave a cold shower scenes with plenty of hot, filthy talk – the story packs a visceral punch that isn’t just tugging at your heart. Everyone has had a communication blip in their relationship – and if you say not me – you are lying. This isn’t a handbook, but a hope book – that no matter how bleak, how silent, or even how ‘alone’ a couple feels: there is hope and ways to make it all work.
Title: Love Her or Lose Her
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot and Hammered #2
Also in this series: Fix Her Up, Tools of Engagement
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Interracial, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Avon
Published on: 14 January, 2020
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 40 minutes
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ Barnes&Noble ♦ iTunes ♦ Kobo ♦ Downpour ♦ IndieBound ♦ Google ♦Audible ♦Direct from Publisher
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 remodeled 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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.