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Tools of Engagement

(Hot & Hammered #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  11,299 ratings  ·  1,852 reviews
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 t ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Avon
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Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
tessa bailey’s dirty talk gives me hives....

ok, real review incoming:

it could’ve been worse! it could’ve been Fix Her Up.

i know.. you’re thinking ”but kat, if you hated the author’s first book so much, why bother with this one?”
fair question. wouldn’t it be cool if i had an answer?

like the disorganized little shit that i am, i wrote notes while listening to the audiobook and they are a disaster. therefore, you are getting a messy pro/con list and you’re gonna like it!


-yes hello, as a genera
chan ☆
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
smells like a new all time favorite romance to me, boss

(thoughts coming in a vlog in march)
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
Two opposite individuals whom have expressed nothing more then fondness and a powerful, true chemistry...

This is the one book in this series in which I was truly hesitant to dive into because of one thing... I am not the biggest fan of younger guys, and older woman tropes. I know, I know, I wish I weren't saying that but that seemed to be the one thing in the back of my mind in which had stuck there when I was reading this novel. BUT, with that being said I still loved this story! I can neve
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
dare i say it - this is the best book in the series? TB mentions in her acknowledgements that bethany and wes are her favourite couple, and i think preferential treatment definitely shows.

i will say readers who pick this up as a standalone might be a little confused. the build up between these two characters in book 2 is soooo necessary to their story. otherwise, its comes across as a mild case of insta-love. but the relationship is super adorable, regardless.

i was also really pleased with the
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Welp, the Hot & Hammered series has officially come to an end! While this one definitely didn't top Fix Her Up for me, it did really redeem the series after a rocky second book and I am honestly pretty bummed to leave these characters behind me. I do enjoy this series for the most part, but my biggest complaint about this book (and the series as a whole tbh), is that Tessa Bailey REALLY loves herself some gendered language and it just.. sits weird with me. This book was full of phrases like ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Confession: I was a little disappointed after reading Georgie and Travis’ story and first book of the series was three starred, mediocre starting for me. But at the second book, possessive, passionate Alpha-dog Dominic and his fight to win his wife Rosie back stole my heart. And at that book: I already introduced Bethany and charming Wes including their fiery-smart-entertaining banters as a first start of their enemies to lovers story so I was so excited to read their own book.

Well: I have to a
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've been looking forward to Tools of Engagement ever since I read and loved the previous two books in the series. Sweet and steamy are its hallmarks, and this book continues to deliver!

When Bethany is dragged into a house-flipping competition to prove to herself that she has what it takes, Wes volunteers to be a part of Bethany's team. These two have a tumultuous relationship based on biting remarks and mutual hate, but could their animosity be rooted in something more? As they work side-by-sid
Hot! Hot! Hot!🔥🔥🔥
This is book three of the Hot and Hammered series. And just like the series title suggests it’s not just a rom com but a very steamy and raunchy read!

OK...You’ve been warned!⚠️

When I first started this series I had no idea what I was in for and I think I blushed through the entire book. But going into book three I was fully aware and ready! Bring on the heat!🙈

This latest installment focuses on Georgie’s older sister Bethany who is desperate to branch out on her own from her fami
4.5 stars

This series started out flat and it just got better and better. I'm now such a fan of Tessa Bailey's books. I had such a blast reading this start to finish. The epilogue wrapped up a bit too perfectly, but other than that, this was a hilarious enemies-to-lovers story, a man-child taking care of his niece and owning responsibility and an overly perfectionist woman coming to terms with her flaws. Alongside great banter, steaminess and vulnerable moments.



These two had
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-four-stars
4 stars


I’ve enjoyed Tessa Bailey’s ‘Hot and Hammered’ series so much! I’m sad this is the last book of the series, but I really enjoyed it. A bit of enemies to lovers as well as the age gap… what’s not to love!

Bethany Castle is doing her own flip and she’s doing it without the help or support of her family’s business. She is sick of not being taken seriously and being made to feel like she’s only good for decorating. When she makes her stand, Wes follows along to help her. You can tell Wes
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I'd been so excited for Bethany's story since the first Hot and Hammered book, and I became even more excited when Wes was introduced in Love Her or Lose Her. As soon as I read about them together and their clashing vibes, I knew I needed to read it. If you love enemies to lovers meets HGTV, with an older heroine/younger hero, you need to read this latest rom-com from Tessa Bailey!

Bethany is the last of the golden trio to get her romance. She's always come across as self-assured and on top of he
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
3.5 stars

this had great everything (including an adorable little niece who could do a perfect Scooby-Doo impersonation), and the age-gap was a nice touch (the H was seven years younger than the h); but, i feel like the couple deserved something more grande than this cause the storyline was too mediocre. or would that be overdoing it?? hmm, idk. i liked the flipping houses narrative, but the reality TV competition side of it was unnecessary imo.

also, its sad that when youre reading about a heroin
Brittni Kristine
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-tbr
I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars for this one, and I think it’s like a 3.5 but I’m rounding up.

Relatable main character for me, Bethany is a perfectionist who uses her perfectionism to hide her flaws. Definitely reminded me of the me of 2+ years ago.

Very sweet adopted father plot line. Wes is a 23 year old man who had to step up when his sister abandons his niece.

Great age gap romance. Quickly discovering age gap romances are one of my favorite tropes. Wes is 23 and Bethany i
h o l l i s
Possibly my favourite of the series?

We love a hate-to-love in this house, or at least a somewhat antagonistic dynamic hiding attraction, particularly when the pair are opposites, but throw in an age gap and a single dad-situation, too? I mean, c'mon. Catnip.

"I like being referred to as your foreman. It's got a nice ring."
"Especially compared to what I usually call you."
"Truth. It's a definite improvement from dickhead."

The build-up for this match up has been bubbling away in the background of th
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4.5 'Zellweger to my Cruise' Stars!
ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Romantic comedy filled with chemistry and feels. Age-gap enemies to lovers who “secretly” want each other. House renovation competition between siblings. An adorable kid. A hot alpha falling in love. A woman finding her strength. Do I need to continue stating the reasons I loved this book? Because I think I can go on and on! I was highly expecting Tools of Engagement and, of course, Tessa Bailey
Melanie (mells_view)
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Maybe I could be the one thing you don’t overthink, all right?”

Bethany, Bethany, Bethany. I’ve pretty much loved her bossy butt since book one, and I still loved her in Tools of Engagement. Sparring with Wes and just peeling back her layers while falling in love. Wes is a cowboy type guy who is stepping up to take care of his 5 year old niece, and it’s just a duo you don’t expect to be so perfect for each other, but they are exactly what each other needs. Bethany is striving for perfection, str
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
Currently reading Love Her or Lose Her, and I knew these two would be getting their own book from the moment they were introduced.

Can’t wait! Hate to love here we come 😘
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm a big Tessa Bailey fan and I've liked the entire Hot & Hammered series, so I'm happy to report that Tools of Engagement was no different. Though, if I'm being honest, I wanted a bit more from the story.

Tessa Bailey writes sexy, fun contemporary romance, and I enjoyed the banter-y dynamic between Wes and Bethany. I like an opposites attract romance, and you throw in an age gap and I'm pretty much sold. I thought the relationship was a bit too "tease-y" for a bit too long, but I liked how it
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I inhaled the first two books in the Hot and Hammered series earlier this year and with the foundations in place for Bethany and Wes’ OWYM romance, I wasted no time at all in picking up Tools of Engagement.

description Wes. The way you talk. I should smack you, but I love it.”

For me, Tools of Engagement is the weakest book of the series and whilst Wes and Bethany’s verbal sparring was bang-on as was the huge dose of cute injected by his niece, the reality show angle didn’t really hold much storyline weigh
myo (myonna reads)
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
i had fun reading this, i loved Wes and Bethany, separately and together but i listened to the audiobook and something about the audiobook just didn’t hit it for me.
Amy Imogene Reads
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

A family of house flippers with a sister fighting for her place to shine. A brother who thinks she should be limited to "decorating." You know what these two siblings need? A reality TV show to turn their drama into a sibling house flip competition. Add in a hunky construction guy on the sister's side and it's time—bring on the sparks and the drama.

Plot/Pacing: ★★★★
Standalone factor:
Romance: ★★★
Overall Enjoyment: ★★★★ 1/2

So, real quick - NO, this is not a standalone despite what the ma
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

now this was a pleasant surprise. I had no expectations whatsoever going into this and it’s literally my first book by this author so my bar was pretty low. But boy did i have a fun time reading this, phew.

Bethany(h), a perfectionist, wanting to take a big step in her career and prove herself to be worthy of her own by having a project of renovating in the construction site that she works at with her brother who doesn’t take her much seriously, thus both en
4.5 Stars

Third time truly is a charm where this trilogy closer is concerned. Featuring the best lead characters, with the most relatable insecurities and the HOTTEST chemistry, Tools of Engagement made the rest of the (already semi-enjoyable) series completely worth it.

Ball-buster, perfectionist Bethany Castle was one leading lady I could all too easily relate to. Her need to be “on” at all times, projecting an air of confidence and know-how, in all things, just so she could mask her vulnerabil
Lily Herman
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
It's no secret that I really struggled with the first two books in Tessa Bailey's Hot & Hammered series. (See my ongoing exasperation here and here.) Unsurprisingly, a "quiet but sexually domineering man overtakes a strong woman with his LARGE QUIVERING MEMBER" storyline isn't a favorite of mine. A shocker, I know.

What I loved about both previous novels, however, was how well they set up the relationships for each upcoming book. Wes and Bethany's banter was one of the best parts of Love Her or L
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
The way I loved this with my whole entire being. I WANT MOORREEE
Katie B
Normally I don't have a problem jumping into the middle of series having not read the previous books. I struggled with this book as a standalone as it constantly felt like I was a beat behind while I read. Even by the time I finished this book I still didn't feel like I completely understood one of the characters. This is a simple romance novel, it should have been an easy read but it turned into a frustrating one.

Bethany Castle has put her dating life on hold as she attempts to strike out on he
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Y' might be actually real?! I am shooketh ...more
Grace A
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the main characters, Wes and Bethany from my first encounter with them. They went from being confrontational, laced with sexual tension, to fierce lovers.
I enjoyed Wes’s possessiveness of Bethany, his “machoness”, and how he seemed to know what made her tick, yet balances her in a way no one else could.
Bethany seemed perfectly put together on the outside, but battles massive insecurities internally, the only person she couldn’t seem to fool was the 7 years younger Wes. He sa
Carmen Rae
I love this series so much, the Just Us League is a thing of beauty. But whoever classified these as romantic comedy has a mean sense of humour. There are some laugh out loud moments, generally when I am caught unaware and emit one of those snort laugh things that has the dog looking at me like I’m nuts. But these stories have so much depth and the characters are so human and flawed that they made me feel all of their insecurities and worries and fears and I spent so much of the book feeling any ...more
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
I LOVED this book. Seriously. This novel is the perfect example of where the 'enemies to lovers' trope can be done right because there isn't an underlying hatred that is too extreme making the relationship unbelievable. I loved the witty banter between these two main characters!

More than that, I loved both of the main characters both individually and as a couple. To say that I find Bethany's character and personality relatable, is an understatement. I related to her on a deep and personal level
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