Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

Secretly Yours. #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. Tessa Bailey. A steamy new rom-com about a starchy professor and the bubbly neighbor he clashes with at every turn... Available from Avon Books.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and TikTok favorite Tessa Bailey comes a steamy new rom-com about a starchy 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 their small Napa town. When Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if she’ll finally get that smooch. But the grumpy 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 grey-scale 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.


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Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the first in a new series, and I really enjoyed it. The world building is done throughout the story, so it feels very natural, and definitely sets up the problems in the Vos family vineyard to explore.

Julian Vos is an academic who, due to a colleague's burnout, has gone back to the family vineyard to hide away and write his great novel. He is trying to just stay out of the way of everyone, but those plans really, really don't work out. The person who is most affecting his equilibrium is Hallie, the gardener his mother employed to brighten up the guesthouse gardens.

Hallie fell hard for Julian when in high school – and clearly, he doesn't even remember he. She has recently inherited her grandmother's gardening business, and dealing with that is enough – but Julian returning, even if only temporarily, has really confused her. The fact that he’s doing some super kind things for his grandmother's best friend is lovely, but also confusing.

As they find how much better life is when they are communicating, we get to enjoy parts of their lives stabilising, even if other parts are ever more complicated. The vineyard's issues are going to give rise to more problems for sure, and I am already keen to see what happens next.



Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author TESSA BAILEY is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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ARC provided by

Avon Books.

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided with a free copy of Secretly Yours (A Vine Mess #1) by Tessa Bailey to read and review.

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