Friday, January 17, 2020

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey ~ Review

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 always enjoy this author and this one is no exception. 

While it's the second book in the Hot & Hammered series, it stands alone.  This is a companion series where secondary characters become the main characters in the next book.  It's not necessary to read the first book.  

This book belongs to Rosie and Dominic.  They are married but who could tell.  Dominic hardly talks.  Their relationship is all but gone.  When another man notices Rosie, she's startled.  That doesn't happen.  And it spurs her into action.  This is a second chance marriage romance with lots of heat.

I need to say, mostly for my friend Jess, that there is no cheating in this book.  I admit to being worried about that when I read the blurb.  Dominic's secret had me nervous, despite the word faithful in there.  But, alas, it's totally something else.  

The characters in this book are great.  It feels real, especially with the topic, but it's not heavy.  The marriage counseling is a great acknowledgement that we all have a role to play in the problems in our lives.  I enjoyed Rosie working on her dream.  And I left Dominic's love for her.  It was nice to share in the more real issue of what happens after the happily ever after.

The heat is this book is high, as is normally the case with this author.  There is no lack of chemistry between these two.  Very sexy read.

This is a quick and enjoyable read.