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Hanging by a Thread

(Riley O'Brien & Co. #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Third in the “sweet and sumptuous”* romance series from the author of Coming Apart at the Seams...
Thirty-year-old Bebe Banerjee is desperate to get rid of two things: her fiancé and her virginity. Escaping her arranged marriage might be impossible, but she refuses to give her firsts to an entitled jerk who lives on another continent. Instead, she devises a plan that gu
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Berkley
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So...was it good? Should you read it?

Am I angry?, no, no. I'm pissed the fuck off.

Where do I even begin? There's so much wrong here that I won't even be able to to cover it all. For a start, if you were hoping for a dive into Indian culture, sorry to disappoint. The closest Bebe gets to being desi is drinking chai tea, so that should tell you something.

Honestly, I wasn't going to read this. I'd forgotten about it until I saw the author dismiss my earlier concerns about the book. After th
Jul 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was just offensive and corny and I will elaborate when I'm less worked up

I’m not too sure where to begin with this book. Let me start with this: I have not read any of the other books in this series, nor have I read anything else by this author. I began reading this book because I wanted to see how a non-Indian author could write an Indian character. If you’ve been around for a while, then you may remember my review of Grin and Beard It, where I addressed that “I’d be pissed off if a white
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016-reads, rom-com
4 Stars

Bebe Banerjee and Cal O’Brien are a match made in heaven, but they don’t know it yet! Bebe is Cal’s sister best friend and for years, they have been the best enemies, launching verbal missiles at each other. Bebe can’t believe that Cal is friendly to everyone but around her, he is a jackass. Both of them are bothered by the situation, though. Talk about a misunderstanding!

Bebe was born and raised in the United States, but has Indian ancestors. Years ago, her parents have arranged her enga
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Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Whoa. It completely exceeded my expectations, and I am SO IN LOVE with Cal O’Brien right now, I might struggle with this review a little.

I quite enjoyed Coming Apart at the Seams, which is the second in this series, and the only other Riley O’Brien & Co. book I’ve read. But as much as I enjoyed it, it pales somewhat in comparison to this book…

Book two was good. Book three is EXCELLENT. Funny, smart, charming, sexy AF and with enough tension to keep me coming back for more, I fo
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4.5 stars

While the concept isn't anything new, the circumstances of her arranged marriage and the arrangement with Cal, kept me reading.

You could feel the distance and the cold and aloof behavior of Cal and Bebe early on in their relationship. Like his friends and family, I wasn't sure that their pseudo relationship was going to work.

Bebe is looking for her parents approval when she decides that an arranged marriage, brokered by her parent
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars, gr2016, mine
“I want your sweet little cherry.” She gasped softly, and he tightened his fingers on her hips. “Are you going to give it to me?”

Bebe Banerjee has two problems that she needs to resolve as soon as possible: the first is her fiancé, a jerk she agreed to marry when it seemed like the arranged marriage would make her parents finally love her, and the second is her virginity. While getting out of the arranged marriage will be tricky at best, her virginity should be easier. She only has to find a

Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Amazing Stars!! Cal is your typical womanizer but has always had his eye on Bebe, who happens to be his sister's best friend. Bebe is engaged to a man that her parents chose for her. One day Cal overhears Bebe telling his sister that she needs someone to help her lose her virginity. Cal decides to be noble and volunteers to help Bebe lose her virginity. What will become of the two in a "friends with benefits" relationship, could they end up becoming something more? The author writes a very ...more
Heather andrews
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cal is a compromising man, “I’ll show you my sock collection if you’ll show me the lingerie you bought when you went shopping with Teagan.” I loved Cal's personality he was a great guy, " I came to get you. I loaded you into Belva, and I easily carried you up three flights of stairs because I’m strong and manly. Once we were here, I stripped off your clothes with my eyes closed to preserve your modesty and tucked you in.” He gave an exaggerated wink. “From now on, I expect you to refer to m ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As someone who grew up in the melting pot that is Los Angeles with friends of every color of the rainbow, I can vouch for the authenticity of Bebe. Having known people who are of Indian descent with strict family traditions, I felt that the author totally nailed the concept of someone who wanted to have independence but also wants to live life on their own terms without disappointing their family.

Having actually read the book, I can say that this novel is another win for Jenna Sutton. I have no
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
HANGING BY A THREAD is a really sensuous treat; charming, sweet, funny and passionate. I loved Coming Apart at the Seams, but Cal O’Brien has become my favorite male in this series.

There is nothing sexier than a confident, successful man who loves his family and is incredibly tender with the woman in his life. Oh, and can cook and Cal checks every one of those boxes. I'm not even going to lie, the steam factor was set to very high and the air sizzled when Cal and Bebe were in the same vicinity.
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Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-rated-reviews
Opening another book in the Riley O'Brien Series is like slipping into your most favorite pair of the blue jeans. They just feel right! And, everything about this book feels so right! I desperately hope this isn't the end of this series.

The characters seem like old friends that you want to catch up with; just hang out and have a beer. They're charming, but down to earth and authentic. It was great to check in with Quinn and Amelia, Priest and Teagan, but hands down, Cal and Bebe are my favorite
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

HANGING BY A THREAD is the third in the Riley O’Brien series and it’s definitely a sweet one. I have a love for series that revolve around family and this one is endearing. I don’t know why I didn’t realize where this pairing was coming from, but I was surprised when I started to realize this was an interracial romance (obviously I don’t read blurbs or look closely at covers once I’m following a series).

So Cal and Bebe have all had a hate relationship, on the outside. They’re actually
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Bebe and Cal were meant for each other! There was so much tension I couldn't put it down! Cal is such a damn sweetheart. ,My heart broke for him so many times!

Bebe is determined to give him all her firsts! I truly enjoyed this entire book!

ps. the epilogue will make your heart swell.

I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley for review.
Janett The Pleasure of Reading Today
I found the blurb of this book very interesting, that's what got my attention first, but once I started reading it I loved the storyline and the characters.
When I was in college one of my good friends who was Indian had an arrange marriage, I was a witness of what she went through and I think the author did an excellent job portraying Bebe and her situation.
I loved Bebe's chemistry with Cal, you can see they have feelings for each other than run deeper than the way they think the other feels. B
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Completely charming. Fantastically funny. Sweet. Smart. Sexy. Swoon worthy moments. Cal and Bebe are truly a passion that will never wear out. The misconceptions of each other. The one family's expectations. The plan put in place change a future. The firsts shared, obtained, claimed. I wanted to put it down for a day and start all over again.

You will find intelligent conversation/banter. A deep/profound passion and chemistry. Humor/fun. Most of all the sweet endearing innocents of Bebe and the
Barbara Leuthe
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book.BeBe and Cal were a great story.I need to read Quinn and Teagans stories and will actively look for them .I think i found a new favorite author!!!! I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book!!
My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin:

Sparks fly right and left in Hanging by a Thread . I was so excited to see Bebe and Cal finally give into their mutual attraction that has long been obvious to everyone but them. Author Jenna Sutton does not disappoint. Bebe and Cal’s story is romantic, sensual, and simply lovely to read.

I absolutely adored Bebe. She is utterly brilliant, but all her life she’s focused her studies and then her work at the cost of h
Barb Lie
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hanging by a Thread by Jenna Sutton is the 3rd book in her Riley O’Brien & Co. series. The focus of this series centers on Riley O’Brien & Co denim empire, and the O’Brien family who run it. Wheras, the earlier books centered around the business, Hanging by a Thread is fully a sexy steamy romance throughout.

Cal O’Brien is our hero, and a known womanizer. Cal has always had his eye on the unattainable, his sister Teagan’s best friend, Bebe. But every time Cal and Bebe are in the same roo
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Oh how I love this series! Sexy, playful, make-you-smile romance. Hanging by a Thread totally won me over.

Okay so the quick of it is Cal's sister is Bebe's best friend. Problem is...they can't stand each other or resist throwing a snarky barb in the others direction. Really, though, they're both harboring some hardcore lust and trying desperately to hide the fact. Until a little bit of eavesdropping presents a very interesting turn of events. Bebe...i
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Family can be your biggest source of support and love, or the place where insults are common, and verbal abuse galore.
Bebe's life choices have rarely been hers. Her powerful family has dictated most of her life decisions, or influenced the rest. Her life has been a void of the 'normal', and most of the 'first' young people have, had been missing in her life. The pain, hurt, and harm her family had delivered to her over the years was countless, and how she had survived it, and triumphed in her l
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Every time I pick up a Riley O’Brien and Co. book, I am once again reminded of why I love the series and this author so much. Not only are the books extremely well-written and completely entertaining, but Jenna Sutton’s characters are always multi-dimensional, vastly intriguing, and utterly compelling. There hasn’t been one character I didn’t like and immediately feel a connection with, and all of them stand out long after the b
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Every time I pick up a Riley O’Brien and Co. book, I am once again reminded of why I love the series and this author so much. Not only are the books extremely well-written and completely entertaining, but Jenna Sutton’s characters are always multi-dimensional, vastly intriguing, and utterly compelling. There hasn’t been one character I didn’t like and immediately feel a connection with, and all of them stand out long after the b
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I really love the O'Brien family! This story involves Cal, one of the O'Brien kids and Bebe, his sister BFF. Sparks are evident between the two, even though they each pretend not to stand the other one. For Bebe, its hands off because a) he's her bestie's brother, 2) he makes her feel things no other man ever has and 3) she's engaged, albeit it a fake engagement, but still.

For Cal, he's been interested in Bebe from the firs
Becky Burciaga
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I enjoyed most about this book, was the intellectual banter and hilarity...wry humor and whip smart, witty banter. The author does a wonderful job of drawing you in with the differences in the dialogue that was unique to each character. There is such a sweet innocence to Bebe, a juxtaposition to her over the top intelligence. Never having found love within her family, she is finding it for the first time through Cal...who is introducing her to all her "firsts".

There are many different aspe
I knew I was going to love this book and I did.

I loved the Bebe the heroine who is a super smart overachiever. I loved watching her come into her own.

The hero is lovely. They are great together.

The conflicts come from parts of themselves they need to work through as well as some external issues. She has to learn to esteem herself and he needs to come to terms with how careless (emotionially) he has been sex at times and taking for granted the love of his family.

There are all sorts of great de
Gwyn Plummer
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a tangled sheet we make, when we practice to procreate!


Cal O’Brien has stolen my heart and what a handsome thief he makes! He cooks, he cleans, he gives numerous orgasms. His charm should be patented and sold as an accessory with his jeans (yes, read the book and you’ll get that). There must be something about him not to like, but I’ll be damned if I know what it is!

And Bebe (aka Bindu)…what can I say about Bebe? She’s definitely a unique character. She’s sm
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cal and Bebe's relationship may have started as an arrangement for her to lose her virginity, but neither of them went into it thinking it was just about sex. It became about Bebe experience a long series of firsts, that would eventually be only's for both of them. They had a few things going against them - her secret fiancé, blackmail and the truth about their feelings for each other - but Bebe figured out a way to finally deal with her problems and Cal showed her how loveable she was. Sweet, f ...more
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

This series just keeps getting better and better with each installment, and Hanging by a Thread is now my favorite book in the Riley O’Brien & Co. series…so far. Although we’ve met Cal and Bebe in the previous books, we didn’t learn enough about either of them to keep someone new to the series from enjoying this book as a standalone. That said, if you’ve read and enjoyed the previous books, then you’ll be happy for the c

My first book by Jenna Sutton...and it will certainly not be the last! Wow. This book actually took me by surprise. I loved it even more than I expected. Some days it's hard to find 5 star reads. The books that will grab your attention, with a unique plot line and set of characters. Books that makes you want to re-read when you have a bad day. When I reached the last page, I wanted to re-read it all over again. Hanging By A Thread was one of my 5 star reads and I hope it will be one of y
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