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It Happened One Summer

(Bellinger Sisters #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  285,513 ratings  ·  31,288 reviews
Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar. ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published July 13th 2021 by Avon
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wow! So far this is my favorite Tessa Bailey romcom! The chemistry of Piper and Brendan can put entire La La Land or thousands of harbors into fire! They were so good together! Their sizzling romance, steamy , pant melting love making hook you up! You cannot put this feel good romance down! It warms your heart and captures your soul! Even though the characters are polar opposites, they perfectly complete each other.

Piper was Hollywood “it” girl, young Posh spice girl meets Clueless’
chan ☆
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
update 2022: still fucks & my husband thought so too

at the risk of sounding melodramatic, tessa bailey has brought me back from the brink of "do i actually like books" not once but twice this year

and that is extremely magnanimous of her, if i do say so myself.

this romance was fucking perfection. i was a little wary going into this because right off the bat, piper is beyond airheaded. which can certainly be fun but i didn't know how that would translate into a romance. but almost instantly she's
Apr 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
i read this book and now i don’t wanna unalive myself. all this grumpy man does is grunt and why did that make my coochie tingle? this book had my back arching, toes curling, neck cracking, bed sheet gripping, knee trembling, and ass smacking. 😏😫😤😩🥵🤬😶‍🌫️🥶🤯🫥

#1 it was down right hilarious like for real i was laughing out loud. that memorial party scene? i was in fucking tears y’all. if it ain’t obvious already this book had me going feral.🏄🏻‍♀️🔥💥💖😜😝🤪

piper is such a lovable character. she carried t
Aug 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
i hope i never hear the phrase "recharging station" in reference to a HUG ever again ...more
Aug 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i would sell my soul to be spoiled by this bearded fisherman
mina reads™️
Any rich crab boat captains named Brendan wanna spoil and fall in love with me??
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2021, audiobooks
This book was marketed as a Schitt's Creek-inspired rom-com, so I'd been looking forward to it. The good news is that I'm no longer looking forward to it, since I've now read it 😃. The bad news, is that I didn't care much for it 😏.

The story started out great but quickly fizzled. Why?
🔸Too short enemies-to-lovers phase took away opportunities for witty/sassy banter.
🔸Lack of humorous or awkward situations made the story feel mundane.
🔸Piper and Brendan's characters were one-dimensional and heavily b
Apr 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every time I'm about to embark on a Tessa Bailey book, I'm just filled with glee. She has always spoken my love language, and with this Bellinger Sisters series, I feel like she's really hit the top of her game.

Why did it take me so long to get to this book? I kept putting it off because I'd seen some mixed reviews and was afraid I wouldn't enjoy it. But of course Tessa Bailey wouldn't let me down. I should've known better than to doubt her.

Piper is a wealthy socialite who passes her days with s
Aug 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
if you read and loved KATs ‘the simple wild,’ you are going to want to pick this up immediately. instead of an alaskan pilot, this features a pacific fisherman who also falls in love with a city girl who finds herself in an unfamiliar place.

and even though the stories are similar, i think i actually loved this one more. and mainly for the humour. oh my gosh. i was grinning like a fool the entire time i was reading this. i also enjoyed how the romance progresses from strangers to friends to
3.2 stars

I don't think there is anything more disappointing than audibly thanking god with a deep sigh of relief for finishing a book. Especially when you thought this would be a solid 4-5 star read.

💄 Wildchild
💄 LA party girl
💄 The center of every scandal
💄 Famous for being famous
💄 Often misjudged for being a blonde bimbo
💄 Longest relationship - 3 weeks
💄 So much more than the seemingly shallow exterior

She was courageous, sweet, clever, seductive, adventurous, kind, guileless one
“Home. He’d made it.”

This book was fuckin delicious! It’s books like these that have you setting fictional men as the standard, as the baseline which has you judging real-life men on.

Because am I really expected to settle for anything less than a Brendan?

It’s easy to dismiss someone like Piper, she's very much painted as an airhead, who indulges in the frivolities and luxuries of life but also chooses to use that as a coverup. Social media was her coverup. Not that she’s necessarily consciou
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books, favorites
Angst building, panty melting. Just another novel that describes the work of art that comes from Tessa, featuring a fierce character named Piper, and her soul mate of a grumpy yet sexy character named Branden...

The synopsis itself draws your name to the page and wanting to add this beauty to your TBR one hundred percent. And just the fact that it's a Tessa Bailey book speaks highly of itself. At least for me. I know what to expect, a grumpy sexy, handsome and possessive alpha that makes me d
Inject this book into my veins. Pure joy!
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

The way i would die for Brendan…

I honestly started this book worried I wasn’t going to like it. The beginning is obviously introduction and there are just some books for me that i love from the first page, so when i started this, i was iffy because i wasn’t feeling that immediate pull.

But daaaamnnn, wait until you get a few chapters in. Wait until you meet the grumpy fisherman.

THIS MAN IS THE BLUEPRINT!!!!! Literally him having a handyman install a foam cover on the b
Aug 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
When the cover is innocent but the book is wild >>>>

Can't believe it took me so long to read this.
It is simply too good, close to perfection (had the unnecessary drama at the end not happened).

Tessa Bailey can write good spice and it is a fact. Also, I finally get the hype about Brendan. Man is too hot. Piper's character development was chef's kiss 🤌

But I do have a feeling that I might just like Fox more. I'm so ready to find out 😩😩
Katie T
Jul 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
Jesus this was bad. Well, the romance before the sex was cute enough. The sex was ridiculous and graphic and cringy. I've never read anything so profane. Will never attempt to read another by this author. This isn't a cute romance with some sex. This is just pure pornography. Not my thing. ...more
TJ ☾
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
dnf @ 70%

“Her soul was made of musical notes.”

🐠 there's nothing wrong w this book i'm just... struggling
🐠 i liked piper
🐠 brendan was fine he's just not my type
🐠 it was a bit too hallmark-y for me i think? v cheesy and the relationship development felt a bit weird to me
🐠 the way i need hannah and fox's book tho 😅😭 i was way more interested in them than the main romance. the tropes might kill me... friends to lovers, 'not each others types', fuckboy turns soft simp for one girl i need it 🙇🏽‍♀️
aly ☆彡
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is officially the best contemporary romance I've read this year! And if you happened to dislike this, or find it 'just average,' I simply couldn't trust you because It Happened One Summer is upright a perfection. The story is very heartfelt and entertaining, I cried and laughed at how diverting this book has been.

The characters are also easily likeable and fun. I wouldn't think the spoiled rich girl would succeed in making me love the book but Tessa Bailey made it work. And I wouldn't
Jul 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Small town romance: 🌟
City girl moving into a small town where she discovers her true self: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I didn’t have much luck when it comes to tessa Bailey’s books, they just kind of never worked for me, but the synopsis of this one sounds like something that is totally my thing. An unapologetically spoiled city girl in a fishermen small town?? Alexis from Schitt’s creek vibes?? Wrong first impression? Yes please!!

I just totally love this trope. I loved the character development of Piper. I just reall
Dr. Appu Sasidharan

Tessa Bailey tells the story of Piper, a wild child who loves the LA lifestyle of attending parties and celebrating life. When her celebration started to exceed expectations and test the tolerance level of her stepfather, he decided to send Piper and her sister, Hannah, to a small Pacific Northwest beach town to run their late father’s dive bar. There she meets Brendan, whom she immediately dislikes. The author tells us about the beautiful relationship that develops between Piper and Brendan
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
dec 2021 update - not sure what possessed me to finish this but no. just no. if i see piper on the streets she can catch these hands.

foxhannah i'll see you cuties in march tho xx


july 2021 - dnf @ chapter 9

i tried guys. i really did but why did she have to make brendan a fisherman??? i don't want that smelly man anywhere near me.

i made it to chapter 9 but i just can't connect with this book, my slump is real and it's a bitch.

one day i'll pick this back up an
Did I absolutely love this book? Yes. Yes I did.


I've been sitting with my thoughts on It Happened One Summer for a few days now because I loved it so much, I wasn't in the mood to explain why. (Do you ever feel that pressure as a reviewer? Like sometimes you just don't want to justify your enjoyment...you just want to sit in a pleasant bubble of swoony comfort and joy as long as you can? Or is that just me? 😍)


This book left a permanent smile on my face. It's feel-good romance with a side of ste
Phuong ✯
– 3.5 stars 🐠

Best character development goes to Piper.
Cutest cinnamon roll goes to Brendan.
Best crew goes to the Della Ray crew.
Dads that I don't claim goes to Piper and Hannah's stepdad.
Someone I wouldn't let into my kitchen goes to Piper again.

But best relationship of this book? I'm sorry to say this to you Piper x Brendan and Hannah x Fox, but that one actually goes to ✨ Piper & Hannah ✨ ! I loved their sibling relationship the most. They were so supportive of each other. I mean, Hannah f
Sep 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
"I'll love you until my heart gives out. I'll be your man for a thousand years. Longer if I'm allowed."

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spice Meter: 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️,5

This review contains no major spoilers

So I started my summer reading in September. Yeah...I know. 😅😅 Anyhow, this was a ton of fun to read. There wasn't anything particularly exceptional about the story, more like your average, quirky rom-com book, but the execution was fairly well done. I've had some trouble liking the writing here and there but other t
Aug 12, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: romance, audiobook
DNF @ 10%

Piper is shallower than a dry seabed. This is definitely not a character I can spend an entire book reading about.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
Omg, I absolutely ate this up. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because I didn't really vibe with Piper during the first few chapters, but once we got to Washington and the story really started I could not put it down. This had all the steam you would normally expect from a Tessa Bailey novel (see also: butt stuff!), but it came served alongside an extra heavy dose of emotional connection and this just really, really worked for me. While I did clearly really enjoy this, I will say, this b ...more
3.5-3.75 stars
This was so cute, and I absolutely adore Pipers character, she is MAJOR Alexis from Schitts Creek vibes. I also love that this takes place in Washington. The vibe of this book reminded me a lot of The Simple Wild by KA Tucker.

Reading vlog where I read it: https://youtu.be/8s5cz0XmpY0
Claude's Bookzone (semi hiatus)

This has heaps of rave reviews.

I can genuinely see why this book is so popular but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. I'll explain. I understand Piper came from a life of privilege, but to me she was written in an almost childlike way that felt incredibly unrealistic for a person this age (spoilt upbringing aside). Paired with the possessive, caveman-like and oddly paternal instincts of Brendon, the relationship felt a bit weird to me. I've written weird but really I want to say icky. She
Margaret M - semi hiatus  (With lots of catching up to do)
2.5 stars rounded down

Sail away with this feel-good factor book of growing up and second chances as the gorgeous sea faring Brendan Taggart meets crazy tinsel town socialite, Piper Bellinger.

If you want a book with a feel-good factor then this book might be for you. It offers total escapism, that all important love-in, no shortage of sex, and a pleasant read.

However, if like me you dislike excessive lewd language and mushy dialogue then you might feel a little seasick. Nauseous at least.

The Plo
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

Book Board: https://pin.it/4dIFYZI

[2nd Read]

Sept. 2021 5 Stars

Brandon’s hugs are Piper’s recharging station. Well, this book is MY recharging station.

You can bet I’m voting for this gem in the Goodreads Choice 2021 for “Best Romance” (even though I have a stinking suspicion the winner is going to be that damned Hating Game Rip-Off, The Spanish Love Deception). Honestly, she can have the “Best Debut Novel” trophy. Just let my baby win this catefory.

(Read as an Audiobook)

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New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey can solve all problems except for her own, so she focuses those efforts on stubborn, fictional blue collar men and loyal, lovable heroines. She lives on Long Island avoiding the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of dirty talk,” by Entertainment Weekly, Tessa writes with spice, spirit, swoon and a ...more

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