Getaway Girl (Girl, #1) by Tessa Bailey

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“When I woke up this morning, I didn’t plan on crashing a wedding…”

Hello, my name is Melanie and I am officially obsessed with Tessa Bailey, her characters, and her writing. Me and my friends all recently fell head over heels in love with Fix Her Up , so we knew that we had to continue on and read something else by her! And Getaway Girl was the perfect next pick!

Addison – Left town five years ago and hasn’t looked back, but recently has because of the passing of her grandmother, who also left her home and business to Addison. She is trying to figure out what to do next, but thought it would be okay to sneak into her estranged cousin’s wedding.

Elijah – Has a very powerful family, served three tours overseas with the army, and is soon going to take his fathers place as Mayor. He is rich, and powerful, and ungodly attractive, but that doesn’t mean anything when he is stood up at the altar on this wedding day.

Obviously, Elijah is very much in the spotlight because of his family and his upcoming election, but he escapes the disaster of a wedding in Addison’s car, while she promises him that he can lay low in her not very ordinary apartment. (Friend, you all have no idea how appealing it is to me to picture Addison living in a constantly wintery/Christmas wonderland. I loved this aspect of the book so very much, and I honestly would totally decorate my home for an all year holiday, too.) And both of them truly strike up such a beautiful friendship, that I was swooning instantly. This is like the best friends to lovers in the world.

But we get to see Addison, who is hiding from her family’s past, and Elijah, who is willing to do anything to not put Addison in the spotlight after she saved him that embarrassing day, while they come together and figure out if they want to stay best friends or become something more. All while also trying to figure out if the woman that ran away on her wedding day will ever come back into town, especially if she figures out that her ex-fiancé is maybe being naughty with her cousin who is banished from the family.

“This is what it’s like to have a man obsessed with you. Do you like it?”

Okay, let’s talk about the sex in this book. In Fix Her Up , the male love interest is the dirty talker, while the girl was innocent but very reciprocative, but in Getaway Girl, Addison truly gives Elijah a run for his money. Her mouth is so beautifully filthy, and the things that she did with it will truly keep me up at night in the best way possible. This author is truly not afraid to go there, and me and my dirty friends very much appreciate it. From the one-liners, the one-pagers, the entire book, it was all so sexy and I truly think Tessa Bailey is just on another tier in the romance genre right now.

“You own this city now, Mr. Mayor. Right now, that includes what’s under my dress.”

Yet, it was also so damn romantic. And I loved seeing both of these characters carve out the future that they truly want, instead of letting their pasts control them. And I honestly think I could read ten more books starring these two, and I wouldn’t get bored or be completely satisfied.

The only thing that I’ve come to realize with Tessa Bailey is that she writes very abrupt endings. I think going forward this is something that I’m just going to prepare myself for, but this ending in particular felt so quick and I was left feeling not 100% satisfied. Even though I still completely recommend this story with 100% of my heart.

Overall, I really loved this book. From the characters, to the setting, to the atmosphere, to the mind-explosive sex scenes, it was so damn good. Again, I just recommend you all to pick up something by Tessa Bailey if you’re looking for some sexy reading in your life. Also, me and my friends have no chill and we already read Runaway Girl, which is book two in this duology!

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Content and Trigger Warnings: talk of loss of a loved one, talk of infidelity in the past (not the main characters), and abandonment.

Buddy read with Paloma, Chelsea, Jane, & Madalyn! ❤

The Major’s Welcome Home by Tessa Bailey

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“I’m welcoming you home, Major”

It breaks my heart to say this, but this was easily my least favorite Tessa Bailey story so far! I will say that I don’t really like military love interests, or love interests that are as possessive as the one in this story, and I especially don’t like it when they like to be called daddy. Full disclosure and all that; my dad is a Marine and I just can’t, friends, I just can’t. So, I think many people will enjoy this story more than I did, but I really need to just stop trying to make military romances work for me.

Beck – Army Major Mastermind, who is currently dealing with the loss of a friend, and is finally back on US soil after many years away, and plans to stay back home.

Kenna – Daughter of a Lieutenant General, who has put the fear of God into any Army soldier who would touch his daughter, but he has asked her to pick up Beck from the airport. And after she makes some gross jokes about how he probably likes videogames; she realizes that he’s a total hottie and she would be honored to make him a sandwich and maybe welcome him home any way he would like.

You all see where this is going. Beck doesn’t realize who Kenna’s family is right away, but once he does, he is already head over heels for her. And he hasn’t thought of the woman who wrote him a dear john letter a year ago, who he thought he would spend the rest of his life with. Oh, also, Beck is a virgin and has never done anything sexual with anyone before.

I will say that I did like that the guy in this story was a virgin, and I really liked it at the start when he would desperately beg for any contact, but I didn’t love the sex scenes in this book. Now, this might be again because of what I said in the first paragraph with military guys, and daddy kinks, but I also just thought that Beck was too possessive. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good possessive lover, but he was too much, even for my submissive ass. Also, he is very southern and, if you’ve watched a certain booktube video of mine, I don’t really like cow-people/farmers/southern gentlemen/whatever love interests either, and Beck is very much that.

Plus, the sex locations and positions in this were kind of questionable, too. Again, you do whatever is safe and makes you feel good, but her just like going to town while he was walking around the gym? Baby, what are you doing? And right after messing around in a pool? Girl, no. And did you all clean up the gym/therapy equipment after you were humping away? Probably not. Yikes. Also, his first time on an armchair? I don’t know, and I’m not here to ever sex shame, but some questionable choices were made, that’s all I’m saying. Especially when so many other of Tessa’s books have 11/10 sex scenes (and positions and locations) in them!

But we get to see both characters realize that things that happened to them in the past were not their fault, and that they are both deserving of happiness. Sometimes life can just be cruel, whether that means shitty parents, or shitty heartbreak over losing someone you love. And I really did like the dynamic of him being the innocent one, while she was a “bad girl” at the start of this book.

Overall, this one just didn’t work for me. Basically, I would 100% smash Kenna, and 100% pass on Beck, so it left me in a weird reading headspace. Especially when this story started to really take a stereotypical alpha male “omg, I must give you my seed and have all the babies” turn. Again, it makes me sad, because I love Tessa Bailey’s other stuff so much! But this one just really missed the mark for me in so many different ways.

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Content and Trigger Warnings: talk of loss of a loved one, talk of war themes, use of the slur g*psy, talk of heart attacks, and abandonment.

Buddy read with Paloma, Chelsea, Jane, Joce, Emily, & Madalyn! ❤

I read this for SummerAThon! ❤

June 2019 Wrap Up

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Hey, loves! Wow, I finally feel like a regular book blogger again! So, during June I was traveling a lot! I went to NYC for a week, and I went to LA for two weekends, but I feel so very blessed that I was able to spend so much time with so many loved ones! But I won’t lie, I am looking very forward to being able to read all the things again come July! But I really did have a good reading month in June (Thank you, Smutathon and Summerathon)! June was also the month that me and all my friends fell in love with Tessa Bailey, so I was truly just living my best romance reviewer life all month long!

(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare & More ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cherry Pie by Madison Faye ⭐⭐

A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Queen of Dauphine Street (NOLA Nights #2) by Thea de Salle ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fix Her Up ( Hot & Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Final Draft by Riley Redgate ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black ⭐⭐⭐

Getaway Girl (Girl #1) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring ⭐⭐⭐

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez ⭐⭐

Runaway Girl (Girl #2) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐

The Major’s Welcome Home by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐

Well Met by Jen DeLuca ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Halfway Girl (Girl #2.5) by Tessa Bailey ⭐⭐⭐

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Okay, loves! I think that is everything! Did you have a good reading month this June? What was your favorite read? Have you ever read a Tessa Bailey book? *drinks ice water forever* I hope you all had an amazing month, and I hope the last half of 2019 is truly magical for you all! I love you and happy reading, friends!

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May 2019 Wrap Up

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Okay, yeah, I know this is very late, but better late than never…. right? RIGHT? I hope so, haha! Okay, so in May I was in Hawaii for a little over two weeks, and I only was able to read three books while there! Then, when arriving home, I was so busy getting caught up with work and with packing for NYC that I just didn’t read very much (for me) in the month of May! But I was still able to read seven books that I really enjoyed and I’d love to talk to you about them!

(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)

Arranged by R.K. Lilley ⭐⭐⭐

Enthralled (The Enslaved Duet #1) by Giana Darling ⭐⭐⭐

Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blackbird, Vol. 1 (Blackbird #1-6) by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel ⭐⭐

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman ⭐⭐


Okay, friends, that’s it! Again, I’m so sorry that this is so late! I swear, May and June have both just been whirlwinds for me and traveling! But I hope the rest of this summer I am able to focus on my reading and all my bookish endeavors! I hope you all are having the happiest of reading! And I hope you enjoy my June Wrap Up tomorrow!

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July 2019 TBR

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Hey, loves! How in the heck is it July already? I am thankful that I’m not doing any traveling this month though! Hopefully that means I will be able to read all the books and write all the reviews (that I’m a bit behind on, haha)! And I for sure am wishful thinking with this very ambitious TBR!

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff
September 3rd, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Buddy read with  Jules!

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
This is the July pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕
July 8th: (Pages 1 – 68) Zayneb Saturday March 9
Oddity: Unpredictable Creatures
July 9th: (Pages 69 – 134) Adam Tuesday March 12
Marvel: Strangers
July 10th: (Pages 135 – 207) Adam Sunday March 17
Marvel: Zayneb at the Perfect Place
July 11th: (Pages 208 – 276) Zayneb Tuesday Marc 19
Oddity… And Marvel: Plotters
July 12th: (Pages 277 – End)

Valiant: A Modern Tale Of Faerie (Modern Faerie Tales #2) by Holly Black
This is for #FaerieAThon, which I am cohosting with JaneKristin, & Alexa!
July 8: Valiant, Chapter 1-2
July 9: Valiant, Chapter 3-5
July 10: Valiant, Chapter 6-7
July 11: Valiant, Chapter 8-10
July 12: Valiant, Chapter 11-END

The Black Veins (Dead Magic #1) by Ashia Monet
July 17th, 2019
Blog Tour Stop: July 13th!
Buddy read with Fadwa!

Normal People by Sally Rooney
Buddy read with Romie!

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
December 30th, 2019 by Graydon House
Buddy read with Taylor!

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin
September 3rd, 2019 by HarperTeen
Buddy read with Lea & Jane!

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
October 22nd, 2019 by Simon Schuster Audio
Buddy read with Lea & Jocelynn!

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
August 6th, 2019 by Atria Books
Buddy read with Kristin, & Alexa!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
September 10th, 2019 by Orbit
Buddy read with  Jules!


Okay, friends! That’s my hopeful TBR! If I end up participating in The Reading Rush (@meltotheany – add me!) I will make a separate TBR! Let me know what you’re reading this month! And, like always, I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading!

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