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  • Rita and Jasper

    I love Tessa Bailey's writing and I was so excited to get to begin a brand new series of hers! Meet the Clarksons is book numero uno and follows Rita, as she is kicked off of a cooking show, burns down her mother's restaurant, fights with her siblings and ultimately falls for Jasper. Characters - Rita. She's a hot mess of funny and shes very relatable. We've all been there Rita and we feel your pain. Crap jobs, nutty siblings, hot guys wanting us... ok, well most of those have applied to me. She is just trying to make it, dangit, and live up to her late mother's wishes and expectations. And if that involves driving her crazy siblings across the country to dive into the frozen ocean she will. Poor Jasper, on the other hand. He just wants to stop being a wh*re. LOL. Once the towns bad boy, always the towns bad boy, right? NO. He can reform. He wants to. He just needs to find the right lady to make it happen. Character rating - 5 Story/Mechanics - The story moved really fast and was exceptionally wordy, IMO. Im a pretty slow reader and the last few Tessa Bailey books I have read have been written in this manner which make it just a wee difficult for me to read. Sometimes I miss key parts and have to go back - retrace my steps into the story. I get lost. I got lost several times in Too Hot to Handle. Occasionally I couldnt figure out who was talking/what they were talking about. The grammar and editing in the story were very clean. I noticed nothing out of place with this. I liked the cover. Story/Mechanics - 3 I give Too Hot to Handle a solid 4**** WickedGoodStars and will definitely recommend it to readers who love a dirty talking hero! - Amber

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  • Good Read!

    Tessa Bailey has done a really good job writing a book about siblings who go one this road trip that has disaster spelled all over it. We get to see how Rita who is at a point in life where nothing is going right and she decides to follow up on their mother's dying wish for her kids. She is determined to do this with or without them but they all go. They have the type of relationship where they aren't close and but when they get the call they will come running to help. This road trip will be a memorable one to say the least. While out their car breaks down and that's where Jasper the town's misunderstood bad boy enters. He has a reputation that he can't shake in town and once he sees Rita he knows that things are about to change. He is instantly drawn to her but he has to convince this down on her luck introvert that he is the one for her and that she means more than a good time for a night. This book is about a family that will learn more about each other and a road trip that will make their relationship stronger. It is also about a couple that must overcome their failures in life and learn to trust and love one another. I really don't think you could go wrong with this book. I am really looking forward to reading more of the Clarkson's. Tessa did a really great job with this book. It was highly entertaining and had a storyline that I was drawn to. I can't wait to read more in this series and by Tessa in the future.

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  • Loving This New Series From Tessa Bailey

    To say that Rita Clarkson has a complicated relationship with her family is putting it mildly. The personalities of the four of them couldn't be more different, so when they embark on a cross-country trip based on a journal left to them by their mother, shenanigans are sure to ensue. Jasper Ellis is doing his best to live down that kind of reputation. Having spent most of his adult life as the resident manwhore of Hurley, New Mexico, Jasper has sworn off women and is focusing on creating a new version of himself, and things have been going just fine. Until the Clarksons show up in town, that is. I love a book that takes me by surprise, one that has sass, humor, and enough snarky dialogue to make me laugh out loud. And, if said book has enough heat and spark to start a fire, even better. I was delighted to find that TOO HOT TO HANDLE by author Tessa Bailey has all of these things, and more. Tessa's books never fail to appeal. In TOO HOT TO HANDLE she's written characters and a story that engage from the first page. There is no way not to be intrigued by the complex relationship of the Clarkson family. Watching them together is amusing, and sometimes heartbreaking, but never dull. Their cross-country trip promises to be one heck of an adventure from the very beginning, because there is just a whole LOT of personality packed into one Suburban. And, even though they seem like caricatures, each a cliché of a type, there is so much more to them than meets the eye. The immediate heat between Jasper and Rita could power a small country. The more time that they spend together, the more it flares, and I find it a wonder that there is no spontaneous combustion going on. Serious fan myself moments going on there. But beyond all of this, there are two people that are trying really hard to refashion themselves into rebooted "better" versions of themselves. To find out that each is what helps make them that better version is bittersweet, when they're working with a timeline of just a few days. I am so glad that Tessa has written this book, and that there are more to follow, because I can't imagine that the other Clarksons will be any less wonderful to experience. 4.5 deliciously funny, sexy, snarky, 'grab this book now' stars. Grab this book. Now.

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  • Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey

    TOO HOT TO HANDLE is the first installment in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary, adult ROMANCING THE CLARKSONS erotic, romance series focusing on the four Clarkson siblings. This is chef Rita Clarkson, and bar/restaurant owner Jasper Ellis’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Jasper and Rita) TOO HOT TO HANDLE follows the Clarkson siblings-Rita, Aaron, Peggy and Belmont as they take off on a cross country adventure. One year earlier, following their mother’s death, Rita Clarkson took over the family restaurant, but a fire destroyed everything they had built. It was then that Rita produced their mother’s journal asking that her children seek out what is important in their lives, and thusly the cross country trek began. When the car in which they were driving breaks down near a small New Mexico town, Rita will come face to face with her future-restaurant and bar owner Jasper Ellis-a man who has sworn off women for close to two years. TOO HOT TO HANDLE covers approximately three days in the life, and is an insta-lust/love story line between two people who are unable to let go of the past. Jasper’s history as a bit of a man-whore finds our hero immersed in self-loathing, insecurity and unable to accept that any woman would want him for himself. He is an alpha male with a vulnerable side that is exposed in Rita’s presence. Rita’s low self-esteem comes from a series of mistakes and failures, and rejection by Jasper adds one more failure to her list of many. The $ex scenes are erotic and intimate. The sexual energy, attraction, and chemistry is palpable. There is plenty of passion (good and bad) between our leading couple. We are introduced to Rita’s siblings-Aaron, the politician; Peggy the ‘beautiful’ one; and Belmont-a man so caught up in his own mind that no one is aware of what is going on in his life. Aaron’s story will be told next in TOO WILD TO TAME. The world building focuses on the dysfunctional nature of the estranged sibling’s relationships. It is readily apparent that something happened in the past to destroy what was once a close-knit family but present day sees the siblings as strangers with the same last name. Tessa Bailey writes a story about family and loss. She will captivate your imagination as four siblings struggle to communicate, to get along, to cooperate with the smallest of ventures. The premise is entertaining; the characters are likeable and colorful; the romance is fated and heartwarming.

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  • Through the good and bad.

    Tessa Bailey and her family of misfits took some time for me to warm up to but once it happened, I was all in. The Clarksons are a family that know what they want but lack the direction needed to get there. That guidance has always come from Miriam, the family matriach. Through the flubs she made and the love she gave, her teachings were the one constant in an ever changing world of heartaches and failure. She was the glue that held this faltering group together. Now they have too find the way on their own. With a little divine intervention. I received an ARC of Too Hot to Handle in exchange for an honest review. Rita had the heart to fulfill her dreams but lacked the confidence. Her life is quickly falling apart and she is losing herself piece by piece. Through memories, we get to explore her relationship with her mother and her personal development. I loved how Ms. Bailey wrote a tempting love story but she also explored the deeply emotional bond between a family. Through the good and bad.

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