Series: Hot & Hammered #2
Published by Avon Romance on 01/14/2020
New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation.
Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey is a sweet, sexy romance about a marriage on the rocks. And while I enjoyed it well enough, it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for.
Tessa Bailey is a great author — I’ve enjoyed many of her books. The writing in this one was still good, however, there were a few times that the dialogue made me cringe a bit. The way Dominic would talk to Rosie sometimes was off-putting, especially early on when he called her “honey girl”. I was not a fan of that nickname, but I will say that as the book went on it grew on me. I think that it was the crude way in which he spoke to her that was a turn off given the fact that they were supposed to be working on their marriage.
As I said, as the book progressed, a lot of things grew on me, Dominic being the main one. I had to warm up to him quite a bit, but when I finally did it was great. I liked Rosie from the beginning. She’s strong, driven, and was brave enough to demand more for herself. I do think that her communication could have been greatly improved, but other than that I found her to be very likeable.
I think the main reason that I’m not raving about this book has more to do with me and my preferences than it does the actual book. The reason I read romance is for the falling in love part. I love when two characters meet and then getting to experience the process of them falling in love. It’s my absolute favorite. So, reading about a couple who’s already married and then having to go through the trial and tribulations of saving their marriage wasn’t nearly as enjoyable to me. It found it to be much more stressful than the sweet beauty that is falling in love.
Eventually, that was also something that I was able to overlook, and I found things about the story that I enjoyed. And to top it off, the sexy scenes are plentiful and hot. If you’re looking for a book that will make you fan yourself, characters that you want to cheer for, and a sweet love story then you will enjoy this one.