Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 22, 2020 Format: eARC
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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!
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.
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.
Yall, I was so excited when I was approved for Tools of Engagement. I’d been looking forward for this book since seeing Wes and Bethany meet in Love Her or Lose Her. I’m so excited to say that I was not dissapointed, this book lived up to the hype for me, and is my favorite book of the series!
Tools of Engagement follows Bethany, as she breaks away from her family’s business to do her own thing because no one seems to take her seriously when she says she wants be more active in the demolition and rebuilding aspect of the business. Once she breaks away, Wes decides to join her and help her with the process. Even though they don’t like each other (they totally do), they begin spending a lot of time together and learn more about each other.
Both Wes and Bethany have walls up and never like letting people in. Bethany shuts people out after a certain amount of time, and Wes doesn’t stay anywhere long enough to get close to anyone. I loved seeing the two of them learn how to let down their walls and let each other in. Not only did they let their walls down with each other, but with everyone around them. Bethany loves her sister, her friends, and the Just Us League, but she still puts on an act with them and doesn’t show her vulnerabilities. I also loved Wes and his niece’s relationship, and him learning to open up with her, and be okay with staying in one place long term.
My one complaint about the book is that it’s an age gap romance, with Bethany being older than Wes, and it was brought up so often throughout the book. I’m not complaining that it’s an age gap, but that it had to be brought up over and over again.
Overall this was a fun book that I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to read more from Tessa Bailey!