It Happened One Summer - Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer

By Tessa Bailey

  • Release Date: 2021-07-13
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
Score: 4.5
From 2,828 Ratings


The first in a spicy and unforgettable rom-com duology from #1 New York Times bestseller and tik tok favorite Tessa Bailey, in which a Hollywood “It Girl” is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town... where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

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. 

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  • Perfect

    By VKyoto
    I loved this and look forward to reading about Hannah
  • Easy Read

    By Jess- New to Audio Books
    Very easy read, the story line was a little shallow at times but overall enjoyed the book!

    By ljk712
    Took awhile for it to build up but once it did, I couldn’t put it down! I was looking for more of a spicy romantic book, compared to the PG ones I normally read, and this one did not disappoint. Love the character development and the non-cringy sexy love story.
  • This book is everythingggg

    By Courtney_Horan9798
    Finished this in less than a day. Obsessed is an understatement. Great banter between characters, amazing character development, and super steamy scenes made for an addictive book. Will definitely read again and will read more from her!!!
  • Loved it!!

    By BooksbytheFire
    I love books like these, such a great journey and the sequel delivers just as great an adventure!
  • Hey, Siri, find me apartments for lease in Westport, WA

    By Cammerable
    Let’s all just pretend for a moment that someone my age is supposed to read this book, and get passed our differences. It seems that, for some reason, I’m always traveling when I read a romance series that makes me want to chuck it into the nearest body of water. Unlucky for “It Happened One Summer” I was staying about 3 meters away from a lake in Scotland. Sadly, my brother beat me to it, and now my pages smell like hot-chocolate. Anyways, lets talk about how insufferable Tessa Bailey is when it comes to climax’s. And NO, I don’t mean the ones that happened about 2.3 trillion times in this book. I mean the literary climax, AKA when everything starts crashing down like a pile of fine china that was stacked way too high. So, the book has some build up to the climax, but it is so sprinkled and untouched that the actual climax seems almost… too abrupt? This might just be me, but when finishing this book on a train to London, my nails were creating creases in my palm. And I know that many call this good writing, so do I, but I still felt like I wasn’t worried enough before hand. I recommend Tessa Bailey to whoever wants a good ending… and I mean one that will make you stare into space, questioning your life choices to the point where you wonder if you’ve ever passed up someone as hot as Brendan Taggart. I didn’t cry, but my mom swore there was steam coming out of my ears. Characterization: 1 Plot: 1 Theme/Message: 1 Cliché: 0 Overall Enjoyment: 1
  • Didn’t love the characters.

    By easyeastt
    This book just wasn’t my favorite. I honestly didn’t like the main characters. I love how there is someone out there for everyone and opposites attract and all, but I just didn’t love them. Sad, I know! Brenden was a bit obsessed with Piper even only after 5 days of meeting her. It could have been romantic, but it sounded a bit forced. On the other hand, Piper acted like a 16 year old instead of 26 year old adult. I know that was the point of her just being this overprivileged child, but she kind of seemed one dimensional toward the middle of the book. Honestly it could have been the beanie that threw me off from the get go Lol.
  • Cute story but

    By abbymclaughlin
    The ebook version doesn’t have the chapters titled. I guess it switches point of view. It’s very hard to keep track of what’s going on. I couldn’t finish it.
  • Just no

    By Hgsawryinbss1245
    Could’ve been a really good love story but the dialogue and spicy scenes were SO cringey. I only finished it because I’m not a quitter but it was painful.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By mamajo2019
    I think I read this in about a day! They balanced each other out so well and I’m glad he appreciated her for who she was and didn’t try to mold her into someone who fit the town mold better. They were captivating!