Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

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Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

Rating : ★ ★ ★

Thanks to Avon Books for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

We finally get to Bethany and Wes’ story after it being set up in the second book. Bethany clearly needs to be in control at all times which means that men tend to find her cold and withdrawn which las lead to her taking a break from men. Then came Wes, who is 7 years younger and does nothing but get under her skin. The two are constantly at each other’s throats, but it feels like there’s something more to their verbal sparring.

I was really excited to get to this book because it felt like the enemies to lovers book of my dreams, but it ended up being only lukewarm to me.

Tessa Bailey is the queen of dirty talk, but I have learned after reading a number of books that her alpha heroes are mostly afflicted with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type syndrome. Wes is snarky and confident and when he’s not giving Bethany hell for her age and pretty much anything else with his jabs, he’s laying it on thick with the alpha talk. Then going back I kind of remembered other men in her stories flipping from normal to Alpha mode when things get steamy. It just stuck with me.

Some of the tongue in cheek humor that I gave a pass in the other books tended to grate on my nerves a bit more in this one. I guess it just didn’t feel very organic and almost felt like things were stuck in as a wink and a nod from the author.

I really liked the subplot with Wes’ niece but I feel that the home renovation tv show subplot was a bit tacked on. I think there could have been a lot more drama than using it as a backdrop for certain scenes and for a potential romantic rival to pop his head in and say “sup?” before being thrown out of the running completely.

That said I didn’t hate the book. I’d say this would be more of a 3.5 stars than a flat 3 that I am allowed in most review sites. I really did like their chemistry and I related heavily to Bethany’s issues and their dynamic was very sweet as was their happy ever after.

If you’ve liked the rest of the series so far this will likely be a homerun. For me after not liking the second book whatsoever, it was just okay.

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