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Too Hot to Handle

(Romancing the Clarksons #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,138 ratings  ·  423 reviews
When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn't seen in years. When rescue shows up---six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a mo
Mass Market Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Forever (first published May 17th 2016)
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
2.5 Stars

This is what's going to pass for conversation tonight. Small talk will be my tongue flicking against your clit until you cry out my name like a swear word. My headboard slapping the wall is going to be our heart-to-heart. And that gorgeous body riding my dick is going to be our nighttime prayers. You with me, Rita?"

Ladies, guard your ovaries, because the Queen of Dirty Talk is back at it with her brand new series featuring the four Clarkson siblings and their journey to a HEA.

The Cl
Stacey is Sassy

Finding the right path to happiness.

It’s Mother’s Day here in Australia and I managed to squeeze in a little reading in before hubby’s alarm went off to get the boys up to come in for the celebrations. For a romantic Mum like me, it was the perfect start to the day finishing off Too Hot To Handle. This little gem is WHY I am a romance reader. Some might complain that it was insta love and crazy for a couple to feel so deeply after three days of knowing each other. I say it was magic and sweet an
3.5 Buried Treasure Stars

The last year of Rita Clarkson’s life has been a rough one. On top of her mother’s death, there was the infamous “knifing” incident brought on by a fallen soufflé and witnessed by millions via both television and YouTube. Then the fire that burned her aforementioned mother’s restaurant to the ground the same night Rita took over head chef duty. Top that with a strained to non-existent relationship with her three siblings and you have the recipe for a craptacular year.

The Burning Rose (Jess)
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars.
Both Rita and Jasper were amazing characters. I really enjoyed reading about their cute romance. Usually I can't figure out how you can love someone so quickly, but this book shows me it's possible.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Currently on sale!

1 Part Embarrassing YouTube video
1 Part Broke down car
3 Parts Estranged siblings

The perfect recipe for disaster, also known as Rita's life. After burning down the restaurant her late mother worked so hard to achieve Rita needs a break. So when she finds her mother's last wishes written in a journal she knows now is the perfect time to fulfill them. Even if it means a road trip with her brothers and sisters who can't seem to get along when all together.

4 Hot Stars.

After their mother, an acclaimed Michelin star chef dies, the four Clarkson siblings, that despite loving each other are not that close, decide to fulfil their mother last wish and go on a road trip together. This first book in this series following the siblings love life starts with the story of Rita, the only daughter who followed her mother steps and is now a chef as well… expect that she is one on the verge of a breakdown.
When their car breaks in a town in the middle of nowhe
Gi's Spot Reviews
Too Hot to Handle gave us the perfect introduction to the talented Tessa Bailey new series, Romancing the Clarksons!
With this first installment, we get a insight into the life of this problematic family, the Clarksons, and we see that they have a long road ahead of them, in order to find peace and who knows, maybe some love and passion, to spice things up.
And who better to start with than the super controlled, super strict, Rita, the oldest of the Clarkson girls?!
After a chain of bad events, Ri
Kelli C
2 too hard for me to handle stars

*ARC provided per publisher, via NetGalley*

Any time I can snatch up a Tessa Bailey book, I am always ready to one click. I was pretty fired up at getting the start of a new series by her as she always delivers the heat. Perhaps, it was me, but I admittedly struggled a bit with this book.

This is a story of "finding one's self." It is a journey of a family of 4 siblings with the focus on Rita Clarkson. I found the Clarkson's to be quite intriguing albeit somewhat h
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases
Somewhere between three stars and four stars but enough for me to round up. Not my favorite Bailey book, but still good.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey
Book One of the Romancing the Clarksons series
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip w
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Tessa Bailey once again proves to her readers that she can deliver a romance that is sexy, funny, witty, and ridiculously entertaining!!! And in her newest release Too Hot to Handle, Tessa opens this book with a fiery explosion. Literally, the roof is on fire and I’m not kidding. Sparks are flying and Rita Clarkson just burned down her mother’s Michelin star restaurant and the only thing that she could do was watch it go up in smokes
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In a matter of twelve hours, everything had changed. Everything.
What else could she have expected after committing arson?

Being the daughter of the famous chef, Miriam Clarkson, has never been easy for Rita Clarkson. Her life has been a series of failures and triumphs, and things haven’t improved since her mother’s death a year ago. What should have been her moment to prove her worth on national TV, instead showed her as a knife-wielding psycho. And now her mother’s restaurant has just burned do

Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 Tessa-has-a-waaaay-about-her Stars!!!!!

I don’t know what it is….but I know that I can’t live without her.

Her men are so classic, almost iconic, and I can’t help but love them. Her brain is classically dirty. She is able to capture these moments and write them so well that I feel like I’m right there.

à la Mode St. » fashion

A man who woke up, stretched his flexing biceps over his head, scrubbed a hand down his abs, and grinned before getting up to drink coffee naked in his kitchen. Because why spend one unnece
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Romancing the Clarksons
Too Hot to Handle (Book 1)
Too Wild to Tame (Book 2) *Available September 2016

Too Hot to Handle is the first book in Tessa Bailey's new Romancing the Clarksons' series following four siblings on their journey to reconnect as a family and (MAYBE) find their HEA's along the way.

The Clarkson siblings have always had a weird relationship with each other. They love each other, but they never had super close relationships/bonds with each other. But one thing that could NEVER be d
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
3 “Too Hot To Handle” Stars!!!

Rita Clarkson and her three siblings want to honor their deceased mother's last wish, so they pack up the old suburban and set out on a road trip from San Francisco to New York City to participate in the polar bear plunge on New Year’s Day, just as their mother had done many years earlier. Rita is having a hard time lately, she has just (accidentally…sort of) burned down her famed mother's restaurant where she was head chef, and had a mishap on a televised cooki
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Kitty's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

About three chapters in of Too Hot to Handle and I was worried there was going to be too much angst in this book for me to enjoy it, but I was so wrong. Without a doubt this is a love story between two people, but it is also a love story of four siblings trying to move past their awkward relationships with each other with a little help from their deceased mother, it is the story of a man trying to make the grandparents who raised him
Lana Reads
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kink
I pushed myself through this one.

It was unrealistic, over the top and way too dramatic. Plus ridiculous details (see the updates) made it hard for me to appreciate the setting and the story. Maybe I'm too obsessed with details and maybe I expect too much from my smut recently, but FFS, some realistic facts would not hurt any story.

Oh well, I'm still gonna read the other ones in the series, because... Ms. Bailey.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceToo Hot To Handle is the first book in Bailey’s “Romancing The Clarksons” series, and to be honest I wasn’t super eager for this book. Unlike many readers of Tessa Bailey, I haven’t really enjoyed the books I have read from her. She is really hard to get into her books, the writing just isn’t engaging enough for me but lately I keep hearing so many podcasters rave about this author so I decided to give her another chance with this series th ...more
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
I like Tessa Bailey's contemporary romance novels a lot. They feature that rare successful balance of humor and angst, providing fun escapism that still tugs at your heartstrings. There is a realism, too, with flawed but ultimately likable characters. And I must mention the deliciously dirty sex. Since I often end up skimming sex scenes, I only call out those that really make an impression.

All this is to say that while I generally enjoy Bailey's books, Too Hot to Handle didn't fully engage me. T
Gretchen  (About That Story)

I thought this story started well and it was rather entertaining. However, somewhere along the line I started having a complete disconnect from the characters. Rita's POV was good but I didn't really get into Jasper's at all. I normally don't mind insta-love but their chemistry wasn't clicking for me. I felt it was starting to get drawn out and I just wasn't interested anymore. I tried to get into it but this one just wasn't for me. I stopped at 60%.

Complimentary copy received for honest revi
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

As of lately I haven’t had the best of luck with it comes to Tessa Bailey books but I know so much people who love them and I wanted to see if this new series would be something I’d like. This series is all about the Clarksons, a family that is both charming and just plain weird. Typically I love series that revolve around a single family and the premise of this series is quite unique too. Rita and her three siblings will travel to New York City and as their journey goes on, Bailey will try
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tessa Bailey can always be counted on for a hot read, usually with a hero who takes dirty talk to the next level. Jasper does not disappoint...the readers or Rita. This book is hot, fun, and full of "sit in front of a fan" moments that keep you reading and enjoying the story, the characters and well, the hot sex.

But, what Bailey is also able to do is to tell a good story.

Rita isn't happy in her life, although she has started to make small steps to fix this. She is estranged from her brothers an
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
Tessa Bailey is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers so I know that pretty much anything she writes, I am going to love. No one writes a steamy sex scene quite like Ms. Bailey. So I loved what she did with the story of Rita Clarkson, who has just accidentally burned down her mother's award-winning restaurant. On top of that, it was her mother's dying wish that Rita and her siblings - who aren't exactly close - travel to the East Coast to swim in the ocean on New Year's Day.

The Clarkso
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Too Hot to Handle is the first book in a series about 4 siblings who find themselves on a road trip to fulfill their late mother’s last wish. She wants them to do a polar plunge together in New York on New Years Day. I have a brother who does this every year in Wisconsin. I absolutely adore him, but he’s obviously not right in the head. If I happen to outlive him and his dying wish is for me to jump in a freezing cold lake, I might have some explaining to do when we join up in the ever after bec ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Buried Treasure stars!

Tessa Bailey might be one of the very few authors who writes in the third person POV that I really enjoy. The introduction to the Clarkson siblings left me hooked and intrigued. That wired and unhinged chemistry between Rita, Belmont, Peggy and Aaron will have you dying of what each of their individual stories are. You'll go out of your mind trying to figure out how these siblings ended up with a very broken relationship with one another. I also loved where the auth
Siobhan Davis
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rita has to choose between her head and her heart in this funny, heart-warming tale of finding true love and happiness.

This series has a great premise, and once I read the description, I just knew I had to read this book.

The Clarksons are a mad, eclectic mix of personalities, and I can't wait to read more of this series to find out what's in store for the rest of Rita's siblings. All of them were unique in their own way, and it was refreshing to read about such different characters. Characteriz
Sara Kate
This book was really charming and HOT. Tessa Bailey definitely knows how to talk dirty and to write very steamy love scenes. The mouth on Jasper has him a spot on my book boyfriends list. I really loved this story a lot and I'm eager to continue the stories on all the Clarkson siblings.

Rita Clarkson finds a journal that her deceased mother left behind. In this journal is a wish for her four children to jump into the Hudson on New Year's Day like she did so many years ago. Rita has been having a
Jaime Arkin
This was probably 2.5 stars for me, but because I normally love Tessa Bailey’s writing I’m rounding up.

This one just did not work for me… and let me be clear… there was so much potential here, but the main reason this didn’t hit any high notes was because the sexy stuff was just so stinking unsexy for me. The dirty talking was awkward and had me cringing more than fanning myself. Like to the point that I found myself reading passages to Erin while she drove us back from Chicago this past weeken
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Tessa Bailey really knows how to get a new series up and running and have you begging for more!!

Too Hot To Handle is the start of the Clarkson’s adventures after their mother passed away. These four siblings have a very strong love/hate relationship amongst them. And learning about each of them along the way in this book is what will keep you interested in the books to come.

In this book, Rita finds herself being the black sheep of the family after a terrible incident during a show and then burni
Sam (AMNReader)
DNF @ 30%

So for a reader who unapologetically loves Beautiful Stranger (and the series for all its flaws, to be honest, but here that book feels most appropriate) -things that could be flimsily classified as romance or erotica or smromance, what made this too ... meh and creepy for me...

I love dirty talking heroes. I love intense sexual connections, and yes,insta-lust. But this book is a weird combination that I just can't quite get on board with. From the second meeting, we have the hero tellin
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

If you know me, then you know Tessa Bailey’s books are my kryptonite. Her books are just so freaking gooood. They’re full of yummy alpha heroes, kickass heroines, and dirrrty talk, all of which makes for my kind of read. Too Hot to Handle is the first in a brand new series featuring the Clarkson family as they road trip across the country to fulfill their late mother’s last wish. And just saying, road trip + Tessa Bailey? Heaven! I really enjoyed Too Hot t
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