March 19, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 2 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 15, 2019 Format: eARC
Goodreads | Amazon
3.5 Stars
Source: Author

They can't be together. They won't stay apart.

Marcus “Diesel” O’Shaughnessy is a brash, oversized CrossFit enthusiast with a naked lady tattooed on his rippling forearm. Jamie Prince is a private school teacher with an extremely low tolerance for bull. The two men have zero in common. Well, except for three things.

They’re both moonlighting as lifeguards for the summer.
No matter how hard they try, they cannot stay away from each other.
And both of them have secrets they’re determined to keep.

But what happens in the shadows of the Long Beach boardwalk can only remain hidden for so long, before the July sunshine reveals the hot, unrelenting connection they never expected, forcing Marcus and Jamie to decide if they’re simply caught up in a temporary heat stroke or if they’ve found something worth rescuing...

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I saw Tessa Bailey was releasing the second book in her Beach Kingdom series, I jumped at the chance to read an early copy. I’m such a fan of Bailey’s books, and couldn’t wait to read more from her. Even though I was super excited to read more, I was a little wary because it is a straight woman writing a m/m romance and I know the line between representation and fetishization can easily be blurred.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. It’s a typical Tessa Bailey book. Her characters are fantastic, her banter was great, and the romance was steamy. Both Marcus and Jamie were very vulnerable characters in Heatstroke, they both have issues that they don’t necessarily want to share with anyone, but they start getting closer and opening up to one another.

The setting was one of my favorite parts of the book. I really love the beach town setting. I was also super intrigued to read more about Marcus and Jamie because I really enjoyed the little bit we got of them in Mouth to Mouth. 

“You said your arms are too tired to pick up the pieces of what I broke? That’s fine. Because I’m jacked as shit, Jamie. I’ll carry us until you’re ready.”

One of my favorite parts of romance novels in general is reading the characters internal monologue about what the other person means to them. When characters feel too vulnerable sharing how much the other person means to them, but aren’t afraid of admitting their feelings to themselves is my favorite. This was done fantastically in Heatstroke, it was so cute and sweet and I loved it so much.

If you love Tessa Bailey’s other books, you’ll definitely enjoy this one as well!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 5, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
1 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

A washed-up model at the age of 27, Oliver Connely has gone from being a household name to barely making the rent. It’s time to think fast—and cash in big—with a can’t-miss idea inspired by the passion he sees in a handful of romance novel fans. Book Boyfriend Incorporated is born.

Can’t. Miss.


Except for the unexpected glitches Oliver’s business plan doesn’t cover—like falling for one of his “lonely lady” clients, Bailey Hardin, a politician’s wife who’s as smart and loyal as she is beautiful and sexy. Their chemistry, instant and scorching, is already a problem—but when Bailey’s husband turns up dead, the pair quickly learns they’re facing more than a simple PR nightmare.

The mess intensifies when Oliver’s best friend decides to put a bid in for the freshly vacated city manager position, ensuring Oliver is now caught between his longtime best friend and his new ladylove. The clock is ticking, and the political scandal is growing. Tough decisions must be made—especially because, for the first time in Oliver’s life, matters of his heart are on the line.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I didn’t go into this story with super high expectations, and I’m glad because this book did not work for me at all. Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend is a new installment in the Misadventures series, each written as a standalone by a different author. This particular story follows Oliver, a washed up model who needs to make money quickly. After listening to women at the pool talk about the heroes from romance novels they’re obsessed with, Oliver has the idea to create a business where women can go on dates with their favorite hero.

This was the first romance novel I’ve read that was entirely from the male’s point of view, and I’m not really a fan of it. I think it’s mostly because I just didn’t like him as a person? He started off okay, but then he started getting upset and complaining that his love interest and his best friend (who is a female) are so focused on their careers and have to be ruthless to achieve what they want. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes at this part, and was so frustrated that he really didn’t support these two important women in his life.

I also didn’t enjoy the book because Oliver and his love interest, Bailey, had no chemistry. I kept waiting to read more about their relationship and hope to like them as a couple, but I didn’t think they had any chemistry at all, and their scenes together were pretty meh.

I thought there would be more information about Oliver’s new business, Book Boyfriend Inc., but most of the growth is done off page. At the beginning of the novel he discusses reading popular romance novels to understand the character for his dates, but that’s only done once, and then everything else happens off page. Every once in a while we get an update about how his business is going, but it’s more of a side comment instead of something that he’s supposedly spending a lot of time working on.

Overall this was a pretty meh read. There were too many things I didn’t like and couldn’t get over to really enjoy the story.

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    • If you ever decide to read any of her books I definitely recommend her Getaway Girl/Runaway Girl series! It’s okay, I was disappointed but we can’t love EVERY book we read :/

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