Books | Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Tessa Bailey—#1 New York Times bestselling author, TikTok favorite, and "the Michelangelo of dirty talk" (Entertainment Weekly)—comes a spicy small town rom-com about a grumpy professor and the bubbly neighbor he clashes with at every turn...Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at fourteen, after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his family’s winery. Now the prodigal hottie has returned to Napa Valley, and when Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if she'll finally get that smooch. But the starchy professor isn’t the teenager she remembers and their polar opposite personalities clash spectacularly.One wine-fueled girls’ night later, Hallie can’t shake the sense that she did something reckless—and then she remembers the drunken secret admirer letter she left for Julian. Oh shit.On sabbatical from his ivy league job, Julian plans to write a novel. But having Hallie gardening right outside his window is the ultimate distraction. She’s eccentric, chronically late, often literally covered in dirt—and so unbelievably beautiful, he can’t focus on anything else. Until he finds an anonymous letter sent by a woman from his past.Even as Julian wonders about this admirer, he’s sucked further into Hallie’s orbit. Like the flowers she plants all over town, Hallie is a burst of color in Julian’s grayscale life. For a man who irons his socks and runs on tight schedules, her sunny chaotic energy makes zero sense. But there’s something so familiar about her... and her very presence is turning his world upside down."Tessa Bailey is the queen of rom-coms. Long may she reign!" — Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Merry Little Meet Cute
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"Having read this book while I was in a wine field over the weekend just made it so much better. 💖🍷🌸 This book was very much needed right before Valentine’s Day. 💗🥰 I loved Hallie’s character and her bubbly personality with so much love for flowers,🌸🌺🌷🌼 wine, her friends, and family she cared for. Julian the professor, 😅wow! The mouth on this man was ❤️🔥 fire!! 🔥 "
"I like Tessa Bailey’s writing style so I was sure I’d enjoy this book. It was cute but nothing I’ll think about long after. It had little to no plot and mostly focused on the characters’ personal growth. It had miscommunication trope elements which is a trope I can’t stand so that definitely made me like the book less. Overall it was cute. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 and 🌶🌶.5/5 Tessa Bailey writes great dirty talk. Overall not my favourite book by this author but it was enjoyable. "
"It took me months to get through the book. It was so full of cliché, unnecessary details, and cringy dirty talk I barely finished it. I've read 3 books by Tessa Bailey by now, and all of them seem to have nearly similar main characters and same spice. It's predictable and boring even for a simple romance book. Such a shame, becase the idea behind it was realty interesting."
"this one was so sweet! hallie was such a lovely, bubbly character and julian gah! we love a quiet and straight laced man who becomes undone in the presence of the fmc!! an opposites attract, sort of second chance, small town romance! the anxiety representation was so nice to see :) all in all - not my favourite tessa bailey book but still so cute with some of her signature spice!!"