Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey
Hot and Hammered #3
Romantic Comedy, Enemies to Lovers
Steam Level: Turning up the Heat
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.Goodreads
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I really enjoyed Fix Her Up and Love Her or Lose Her, but I knew Tools of Engagement would be my favorite. Was it because it was enemies to lovers? Maybe, but more likely, I just freaking loved, Bethany and Wes!
Bethany is a stereotypical type A. On the outside, she is perfect. From the other two books, you’d never know the self-doubt that goes on inside her mind. But I really enjoyed that we see so much of Bethany’s vulnerability in this book. And Wes, well, Wes is wonderful. He somehow brings out the best in Bethany, and when he Zellwelgered her, well swoon. Their banter was wonderful. Though I would say this is enemies to lovers, I don’t know that they were technically enemies. They certainly like to push each other’s buttons, and I loved it! I also loved seeing them fall for each other. They seemed to know what the other needed, and I liked that they realized that. They supported each other and made each other better.
I enjoyed that the story was set against the reality tv show backdrop. It was a fun twist on the story and added an element to the story that helped move it along. I enjoyed all three books in the series, but this one was by far my favorite.
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