Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 14, 2020 by Avon
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
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 read Love Her or Lose Her a while ago, and immediately after finishing I rated it either 4 or 4.5 stars, I don’t remember exactly. After letting it sit for a while (or a few months), I changed my rating to a 3.5 because the more I thought about it, the more I felt this was how I felt about the book.
Love Her or Lose Her is the second book in Tessa Bailey’s Hot & Hammered series, and follows Dominic and Rosie, high school sweethearts who are on the verge of splitting up. The novel opens with Rosie deciding she’s had enough and tells Dominic she’s leaving. What follows is the two characters deciding if their relationship is worth saving, and if they even have the same feelings for each other they had in the past.
I don’t read very may second-chance romances, because those usually aren’t my jam, but I really did like the second-chance aspect in this story and the fact that they’re a married couple who are still kind of together. I enjoyed seeing Rosie and Dominic learn how to communicate with each other, and share what they want and expect from a relationship, instead of assuming the other wants/expects what they want/expect.
One complaint I had was how the therapist was portrayed. He was a weird hippie dude who showed up to the sessions high. eye roll. He also made claims that he could tell if their relationship would last or not…and a therapist would never say that to a couple.
I did really enjoy seeing Rosie and Dominic learn how to communicate, and be vulnerable with each other. It’s so hard to open up and share your shame with people, and being able to see these characters do that was great.
Before starting the book, I heard a lot of negative comments about how much of an alpha Dominic is, and I agree, he’s very assertive. This isn’t something that’s let go though, there’s discussion throughout the book about how he acts so domineering because that’s how he was raised and thought a man/partner should be.
Overall this was a fun book, and I cannot wait to read the next story in the series!