Tools of Engagement: Hot and Hammered #3 by Tessa Bailey

Tools of Engagement: Hot and Hammered #3 by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey returns with the third book in the Hot and Hammered series – a favorite with  

Tools of Engagement 

Bethany Castle has it all: looks, smarts, successful and driven and as the stager for her family’s house flipping business –an eye for design. She’s gone so far as to push other women and give them self-esteem boosts with a weekly get-together to celebrate success, provide support and encourage growth – she’s ticking forward on all fronts. Except, it’s a lie. She’s desperately afraid of people knowing she’s not always ‘together’ or overthinks everything with confidence that is low and a lack of interest in men, mostly because she doesn’t want them to see she’s a fraud.  

But then there’s Wes: a former rodeo cowboy he works for her brother, and has always been attracted to Bethany. But he’s also got issues: taking care of his niece while his half-sister gets herself together – he’s determined to giveeLaura every bit of stability he never had as a child.  He’s attracted to Bethany, but when she and Steven split over her starting her own flip from top to bottom – Wes leaves to help her.  

What do you get with chemistry that is off the charts, a child who calls the heroine Elsa because of her coloring, two headstrong people and a woman who spends less time overthinking when Wes is around because he has confidence in her? You get a swiftly moving, fast-paced contest, for an HGTV-Like station, pitting her and her brother against one another – with all of the associated missteps and mishaps, and a bit of drama from Wes’ sister, the ‘stability’ for Laura, and Bethany finally learning to ask for help. 

Each book in this series has something to love – but the best of all was Bethany’s growth and Wes’ patience, with plenty of a little girl finding a ‘forever place’ and two mommies – all in a few hundred pages. Bailey dealt with sensitive issues, bringing them to life and light with plenty of opportunity for everyone to understand, appreciate and then cheer them on.  

Tools of Engagement: Hot and Hammered #3 by Tessa Bailey

Title: Tools of Engagement
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot and Hammered #3
Also in this series: Fix Her Up, Love Her or Lose Her
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Friendship, Second Chance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062872931
Published on: 22 September, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 368
Audio Length: 9 Hours
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameHalf a Flame

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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!

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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 Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-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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