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Hair, makeup, clothing, decor... everything in Bethany Castle's world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family's real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She's on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has t Hair, makeup, clothing, decor... everything in Bethany Castle's world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family's real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She's on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously. When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother's construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany's skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way. As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It's a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany's perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster. In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house... and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!


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Hair, makeup, clothing, decor... everything in Bethany Castle's world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family's real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She's on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has t Hair, makeup, clothing, decor... everything in Bethany Castle's world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family's real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She's on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously. When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother's construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany's skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way. As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It's a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany's perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster. In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house... and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!

30 review for Tools of Engagement

  1. 5 out of 5

    CristiinaReads❀

    Two opposite individuals whom have expressed nothing more then fondness and a powerful, true chemistry... This is the one book in this series in which I was truly hesitant to dive into because of one thing... I am not the biggest fan of younger guys, and older woman tropes. I know, I know, I wish I weren't saying that but that seemed to be the one thing in the back of my mind in which had stuck there when I was reading this novel. BUT, with that being said I still loved this story! I can neve Two opposite individuals whom have expressed nothing more then fondness and a powerful, true chemistry... This is the one book in this series in which I was truly hesitant to dive into because of one thing... I am not the biggest fan of younger guys, and older woman tropes. I know, I know, I wish I weren't saying that but that seemed to be the one thing in the back of my mind in which had stuck there when I was reading this novel. BUT, with that being said I still loved this story! I can never turn away from a book by Tessa Bailey anymore. Let alone, with a synopsis and cover such as this one. Wes and Brittany are this over couple that had me catapulting for more! She is a force to be reckoned with, while he is this power oozing cowboy that knows how to sweet talk her, but also dirty talk the shit out of her. This combination is what makes them mesh together in the best of ways. Especially with the additional improntu of a semi "single parents" trope due to Wes taking care of his niece. Wes and Brittany know how to push each other's buttons, and they both also know how to properly take care of each other in a way in which romanticizes every word Tessa has written; "In the glory of the moonlight, he looked older, more worldly and wether. Or maybe it was the words coming out of his mouth. She didn't know what it was, but all of it, everything, drew her closer..." I am not sure if this is the final book in this series. I am hoping it's not, but if it is then what a way to go! ARC kindly provided by Avon Books, in exchange for an honest review... Follow Me On: Instagram ❁ Twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    dare i say it - this is the best book in the series? TB mentions in her acknowledgements that bethany and wes are her favourite couple, and i think preferential treatment definitely shows. i will say readers who pick this up as a standalone might be a little confused. the build up between these two characters in book 2 is soooo necessary to their story. otherwise, its comes across as a mild case of insta-love. but the relationship is super adorable, regardless. i was also really pleased with the dare i say it - this is the best book in the series? TB mentions in her acknowledgements that bethany and wes are her favourite couple, and i think preferential treatment definitely shows. i will say readers who pick this up as a standalone might be a little confused. the build up between these two characters in book 2 is soooo necessary to their story. otherwise, its comes across as a mild case of insta-love. but the relationship is super adorable, regardless. i was also really pleased with the overall message of this story, which hasnt happened with any of the other books in this series. i love how, even among flipping a house, the MCs realise that sometimes home can also be a person, which i think is a lovely thought. overall, a satisfying conclusion to a fun and cute series! a big thanks to harpercollins publishers for the ARC! ↠ 3.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Confession: I was a little disappointed after reading Georgie and Travis’ story and first book of the series was three starred, mediocre starting for me. But at the second book, possessive, passionate Alpha-dog Dominic and his fight to win his wife Rosie back stole my heart. And at that book: I already introduced Bethany and charming Wes including their fiery-smart-entertaining banters as a first start of their enemies to lovers story so I was so excited to read their own book. Well: I have to a Confession: I was a little disappointed after reading Georgie and Travis’ story and first book of the series was three starred, mediocre starting for me. But at the second book, possessive, passionate Alpha-dog Dominic and his fight to win his wife Rosie back stole my heart. And at that book: I already introduced Bethany and charming Wes including their fiery-smart-entertaining banters as a first start of their enemies to lovers story so I was so excited to read their own book. Well: I have to admit: I didn’t like this one as much as I enjoyed Dominic and Rosie’s love story because: Bethany is quirky, perfectionist: everything in her world should be organized, polished, in order, sophisticated. She loves to design houses and working on details. It all works well for me and I actually enjoy reading the characters with their own antics, flaws but Bethany’s extreme insecurities, judging herself so harshly made me frustrated. This hot-sex chemistry between she and Wes start to turn into something angsty- ultra slow burn romance between charming cowboy and annoying insecure woman. The other thing I didn’t like was the reality TV concept. In my opinion it slowly kills the true romance parts between characters and turning them into something unrealistic and artificial. Without the TV concept, Wes may still Rene Zellweger’d Bethany (it means he quits his job just because following Bethany because he believed in her cause just like Zellweger did at Jerry Maguire , joining her to support her against rivalry between she and her brother. (At the end: if their partnership doesn’t work, he may Cuba Gooding Jr’d her any time by requesting: SHOW HIM THE MONEY as well!) And of course: I wanted to scream at the author when I didn’t see any intimacy between the characters till the last third of the book. But I truly loved Wes and his connection with his niece Laura. And Bethany is also more secure and relaxed when she is around Laura. And the sweet-sour rivalry between Bethany and her brother, the conclusion of their fight were the sweetest part of the book. So I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars and I decided another 3,5 stars and rounding them up to 4. Because I still enjoyed the story more than the first book. Wes definitely stole my heart with his sweetness, smartass comments and his patience to earn Bethany’s heart. Special thanks to NetGalley and Avon/Harper Collins Publishers for sharing this feel-good ARC with me in exchange my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Welp, the Hot & Hammered series has officially come to an end! While this one definitely didn't top Fix Her Up for me, it did really redeem the series after a rocky second book and I am honestly pretty bummed to leave these characters behind me. I do enjoy this series for the most part, but my biggest complaint about this book (and the series as a whole tbh), is that Tessa Bailey REALLY loves herself some gendered language and it just.. sits weird with me. This book was full of phrases like Welp, the Hot & Hammered series has officially come to an end! While this one definitely didn't top Fix Her Up for me, it did really redeem the series after a rocky second book and I am honestly pretty bummed to leave these characters behind me. I do enjoy this series for the most part, but my biggest complaint about this book (and the series as a whole tbh), is that Tessa Bailey REALLY loves herself some gendered language and it just.. sits weird with me. This book was full of phrases like "her feminine flesh" in regards to Bethany's vagina, and the love interest, Wes, kept referring to women as "females" and it just personally kept taking me out of the story and made me roll my eyes a bit. With that being said, I did manage to look past those aspects and I ended up really enjoying the story and found it to be a very satisfying conclusion to the series. I'm looking forward to finding out whatever projects Tessa Bailey has next up her sleeves! TW: addiction, child abandonment

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Hot! Hot! Hot!🔥🔥🔥 This is book three of the Hot and Hammered series. And just like the series title suggests it’s not just a rom com but a very steamy and raunchy read! OK...You’ve been warned!⚠️ When I first started this series I had no idea what I was in for and I think I blushed through the entire book. But going into book three I was fully aware and ready! Bring on the heat!🙈 This latest installment focuses on Georgie’s older sister Bethany who is desperate to branch out on her own from her fami Hot! Hot! Hot!🔥🔥🔥 This is book three of the Hot and Hammered series. And just like the series title suggests it’s not just a rom com but a very steamy and raunchy read! OK...You’ve been warned!⚠️ When I first started this series I had no idea what I was in for and I think I blushed through the entire book. But going into book three I was fully aware and ready! Bring on the heat!🙈 This latest installment focuses on Georgie’s older sister Bethany who is desperate to branch out on her own from her family business and flip a house. Though her family doesn’t quite believe she is capable. To her rescue is Wes. The new young man in town who recently arrived to care for his young niece when his half sister needed to take a timeout from her life. Bethany does her best to fight the relationship. (Of course - it’s a rom com where no romance is straight forward ). She can’t seem to get past the fact she is seven years older than Wes. But he is determined to break down all of her walls and in return may end up with more than he ever imagined. The heat between these characters is palpable! The steamy scenes were risqué (to say the least) but fit the characters and storyline perfectly. This rom com had everything I ask for in the genre. Both romance and Comedy. I loved the flirtation between Wes and Bethany. And, I had many laugh out loud moments as they navigated their relationship. I’m not sure if this is the end of the series....but my fingers are crossed that it will continue!🤞 I listened to the audio version and Charlotte North once again did an amazing job bringing all of Tessa Bailey's characters to life!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars I’ve enjoyed Tessa Bailey’s ‘Hot and Hammered’ series so much! I’m sad this is the last book of the series, but I really enjoyed it. A bit of enemies to lovers as well as the age gap… what’s not to love! Bethany Castle is doing her own flip and she’s doing it without the help or support of her family’s business. She is sick of not being taken seriously and being made to feel like she’s only good for decorating. When she makes her stand, Wes follows along to help her. You can tell Wes 4 stars I’ve enjoyed Tessa Bailey’s ‘Hot and Hammered’ series so much! I’m sad this is the last book of the series, but I really enjoyed it. A bit of enemies to lovers as well as the age gap… what’s not to love! Bethany Castle is doing her own flip and she’s doing it without the help or support of her family’s business. She is sick of not being taken seriously and being made to feel like she’s only good for decorating. When she makes her stand, Wes follows along to help her. You can tell Wes has it bad for Bethany and she’s attracted to him too, but she’s older and doesn’t want to be interested in him. 
 “We can still pretend to hate each other, if it makes you feel better about accepting my help.” She brushed her hair back. “Who’s pretending?” 
Wes may be in his early twenties, but he grew up a lot over the last year. He has temporary custody of his niece who’s in kindergarten and his pace of life has changed. He and Bethany have such a connection and so much chemistry but there is something holding her back. He just has to break through that barrier. I loved the reality tv part of this book and the end left me with a giant smile. Bethany is a relatable character and I loved when she finally gave into Wes. He brought her out of her perfect facade and helped her to be her real and authentic self. That person is pretty great. Wes was fantastic and I adored him and the way he was with his niece. Also, with this being written by Tessa Bailey you know it was smoking hot! If you’re looking for an enemies to lovers/rom-com that is funny, sexy, and has just enough feels, pick up Tools of Engagement. “You’re my first home, Bethany, and my last”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    I'd been so excited for Bethany's story since the first Hot and Hammered book, and I became even more excited when Wes was introduced in Love Her or Lose Her. As soon as I read about them together and their clashing vibes, I knew I needed to read it. If you love enemies to lovers meets HGTV, with an older heroine/younger hero, you need to read this latest rom-com from Tessa Bailey! Bethany is the last of the golden trio to get her romance. She's always come across as self-assured and on top of he I'd been so excited for Bethany's story since the first Hot and Hammered book, and I became even more excited when Wes was introduced in Love Her or Lose Her. As soon as I read about them together and their clashing vibes, I knew I needed to read it. If you love enemies to lovers meets HGTV, with an older heroine/younger hero, you need to read this latest rom-com from Tessa Bailey! Bethany is the last of the golden trio to get her romance. She's always come across as self-assured and on top of her life, but the reality couldn't be farther from the truth. She's a perfectionist with anxiety, which makes for a terrible combination that constantly has her second guessing herself and her decisions. Which is why it's taken so long for her to finally leave her family's construction company to go out on her own. And all of a sudden, she's swept up in a reality show facing off with her brother to see who can do the best home renovation. To her surprise, alongside her is her nemesis Wes, a man that's far too young for her who riles her up like no one else. When I read Tessa Bailey, I always know I'm in for a fun and hot time. She writes the best dirty talking heroes, and though Wes is a bit younger than her typical hero, he can still dish it out like the best of them. I loved seeing Wes with his niece, who he currently has guardianship over. They were too adorable together! And I really enjoyed the way Bethany and Wes had so much fun banter together but also had plenty of meaningful, emotional moments. Their romance was entertaining from the get-go and I'm glad we finally get their story! This is a great finale to the Hot and Hammered series and I'm so sad to be saying goodbye to these characters. ***** Cannot wait for Bethany & Wes' enemies to lovers romance!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    Possibly my favourite of the series? We love a hate-to-love in this house, or at least a somewhat antagonistic dynamic hiding attraction, particularly when the pair are opposites, but throw in an age gap and a single dad-situation, too? I mean, c'mon. Catnip. "I like being referred to as your foreman. It's got a nice ring." "Especially compared to what I usually call you." "Truth. It's a definite improvement from dickhead." The build-up for this match up has been bubbling away in the background of th Possibly my favourite of the series? We love a hate-to-love in this house, or at least a somewhat antagonistic dynamic hiding attraction, particularly when the pair are opposites, but throw in an age gap and a single dad-situation, too? I mean, c'mon. Catnip. "I like being referred to as your foreman. It's got a nice ring." "Especially compared to what I usually call you." "Truth. It's a definite improvement from dickhead." The build-up for this match up has been bubbling away in the background of this series for a while and, for this reader, it was definitely worth the wait. Pretty much everything about this just worked for me (maybe also helped by a bit of a dry spell in the contemporary romance genre?). Besides the delightful tease and torment, the peeling back of layers, I just really appreciated all the situations navigated. Bethany's insecurities, Wes' impermanence, and the fact that as they tear down a structure to rebuild, and do it together, they realize how well the fit. How one has a house — though it isn't a home — much less one filled with joy, while the other is only ever a guest, never asked to stay. Never needed or wanted. Can you tell this book made me cry? Don't worry, though, it's also sexy and hot af, as one expects from a Bailey. "I'm not interested in a fling — and even if I was, you've wisely removed sex from the equation–" "Deepest regret of my life." "Yeah, pretty shortsighted of you." I'll admit the introduction of the reality show element wasn't my favourite, though it worked as the spark to kick things off and ramp up the intensity and the stakes. And I didn't love the big reconciliation moment (I think I said the same about book one? I'm just not always into these big showy expressions, I think). But I appreciated that things ended happily though not with every bit tied off in a bow; and but that I mean with the characters and their journeys, too. It helps shave off a bit of cheese from the whole HEA and makes it much more palateable. "That was poetic." "Your epitagh is going to be poetic once I strangle you." "Having your hands on me is the ideal way to go." If you've enjoyed the books in this series, I think you'll definitely like this one, too. ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss+ and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    4.5 'Zellweger to my Cruise' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Romantic comedy filled with chemistry and feels. Age-gap enemies to lovers who “secretly” want each other. House renovation competition between siblings. An adorable kid. A hot alpha falling in love. A woman finding her strength. Do I need to continue stating the reasons I loved this book? Because I think I can go on and on! I was highly expecting Tools of Engagement and, of course, Tessa Bailey 4.5 'Zellweger to my Cruise' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Romantic comedy filled with chemistry and feels. Age-gap enemies to lovers who “secretly” want each other. House renovation competition between siblings. An adorable kid. A hot alpha falling in love. A woman finding her strength. Do I need to continue stating the reasons I loved this book? Because I think I can go on and on! I was highly expecting Tools of Engagement and, of course, Tessa Bailey DELIVERED. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, this crew of characters and I am really sad to say goodbye to them. Thank God we still have re-reads! lol So, Tools of Engagement is the third and final book in Tessa’s Hot and Hammered series, which follows a group of girl friends who bond while going through different stages in life. It’s time for Bethany Castle to find her own happiness and who better than Wes Daniels to give it to her? Bethany wants to take the next step in her career and that happens when she starts renovating her first project without the looming shadow of her brother around. But that takes a turn when a reality TV gets in the mix and she is “forced” to spend time with Wes, who is decided to help with the whole reformation. Men and women and their mind games. Hell, he despised that shit, and yet, look at him and Bethany. They danced around each other with insults, making a big show of being incompatible when Christ knew that was the furthest thing from the truth. I think I loved the three books of the series on the same level but for very different reasons. I don’t know but since this is the last one I think I especially loved Tools of Engagement because I was enjoying every moment with these characters. I wasn’t expecting the surprise with Bethany Castle. She portrays to be this perfect woman who always takes the bull by the horns but she actually isn’t (not all the time). I related so much to her, with her need to keep up appearances when sometimes the situations are not helping. I loved how Tessa developed her strength and how it grew with the relationship Bethany shares with Wes and his niece Laura. “Just know once you’ve got my tongue in your mouth, you’re going to feel my lack of fucks that you’re thirty and I’m twenty-three. Those seven years don’t mean a damn thing to me...” He trailed his open lips along her jaw. “If anything, they’ll make us moan a little louder, won’t they, darlin’?” Obviously, the hero is as amazing as the heroine. I am a sucker for a protective alpha who adores his family and Wes is exactly that. Seven years younger than Bethany (not that he cares and I loved him for it) he is changing his life around to give stability to his adorable niece. All of that responsibility comes together while he is highly attracted to Bethany, trying to help her with the renovations and her insecurities. And all of that simply works. The connection and chemistry between this couple just burns the pages and it was impossible for them (and me as a reader) not to fall desperately in love. “I’m standing right here and I’m staying right here. There is nothing you or anyone could do to make me want to be somewhere I couldn’t hold you.” Therefore, I am rating Tools of Engagement with 4.5 STARS because it was the perfect conclusion to this series. I loved these characters and their love stories. I really, really enjoyed this last one and the beautiful, steamy and just wonderful connection between Bethany and Wes (and Laura!). I loved seeing all this crew again and I am really sad to say goodbye to them. I am loving this light and funny side of Tessa Bailey and I am sure she will continue giving us more of her talented mind. If you enjoy sexy romcoms, you do not want to miss this series! CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Currently reading Love Her or Lose Her, and I knew these two would be getting their own book from the moment they were introduced. Can’t wait! Hate to love here we come 😘

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    ”Maybe I could be the one thing you don’t overthink, all right?” Bethany, Bethany, Bethany. I’ve pretty much loved her bossy butt since book one, and I still loved her in Tools of Engagement. Sparring with Wes and just peeling back her layers while falling in love. Wes is a cowboy type guy who is stepping up to take care of his 5 year old niece, and it’s just a duo you don’t expect to be so perfect for each other, but they are exactly what each other needs. Bethany is striving for perfection, str ”Maybe I could be the one thing you don’t overthink, all right?” Bethany, Bethany, Bethany. I’ve pretty much loved her bossy butt since book one, and I still loved her in Tools of Engagement. Sparring with Wes and just peeling back her layers while falling in love. Wes is a cowboy type guy who is stepping up to take care of his 5 year old niece, and it’s just a duo you don’t expect to be so perfect for each other, but they are exactly what each other needs. Bethany is striving for perfection, stressed to let any flaws show and Wes is just winging it and hoping things go right. They just work well together. So in this book we’ve got a slow-burn romance, a heroine learning to live and breath despite life’s imperfections, a hero who is figuring out how to plant roots and be for others what he’s never had, and throw in a reality show house flip competition. So essentially it’s emotional, sweet, a bit funny, hot and tense at times, and just a great contemporary read. I think it was a great end to the Hot & Hammered series, and though I’m sad it’s over I’m glad it finished so well! AVAILABLE NOW! *ARC

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    I inhaled the first two books in the Hot and Hammered series earlier this year and with the foundations in place for Bethany and Wes’ OWYM romance, I wasted no time at all in picking up Tools of Engagement. Wes. The way you talk. I should smack you, but I love it.” For me, Tools of Engagement is the weakest book of the series and whilst Wes and Bethany’s verbal sparring was bang-on as was the huge dose of cute injected by his niece, the reality show angle didn’t really hold much storyline weigh I inhaled the first two books in the Hot and Hammered series earlier this year and with the foundations in place for Bethany and Wes’ OWYM romance, I wasted no time at all in picking up Tools of Engagement. Wes. The way you talk. I should smack you, but I love it.” For me, Tools of Engagement is the weakest book of the series and whilst Wes and Bethany’s verbal sparring was bang-on as was the huge dose of cute injected by his niece, the reality show angle didn’t really hold much storyline weight for me—Bethany was a bit of a fish out of water when it came to construction skills and rather than create the humour which I’m sure was the intention, her brother, Stephen continued to rub me up the wrong way along with his wife who can only be described as certifiably nuts. Nobody in this room is perfect.” Nevertheless, an easy enough read staying true to Tessa Bailey‘s style and which rounded off the series nice enough. . My mouth will always be the perfect age to make you come. That’s what counts, baby.” Copy received courtesy of HarperCollins for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    4 stars! A family of house flippers, with a sister fighting for her place to shine. A brother who thinks she should be limited to "decorating." You know what these two siblings need? A reality TV show to turn their drama into a sibling house flip competition. Add in a hunky construction guy on the sister's side and it's time—bring on the sparks and the drama. Plot/Pacing: ★★★★ Standalone factor: ★ Romance: ★★★ Overall Enjoyment: ★★★★ 1/2 Tools of Engagement comes out on September 22! So, real quick - N 4 stars! A family of house flippers, with a sister fighting for her place to shine. A brother who thinks she should be limited to "decorating." You know what these two siblings need? A reality TV show to turn their drama into a sibling house flip competition. Add in a hunky construction guy on the sister's side and it's time—bring on the sparks and the drama. Plot/Pacing: ★★★★ Standalone factor: ★ Romance: ★★★ Overall Enjoyment: ★★★★ 1/2 Tools of Engagement comes out on September 22! So, real quick - NO, this is not a standalone despite what the marketing says. This is the third book in a trilogy of related characters in a small town and it feels like it. This was SO not a bad thing for me, a devoted reader to the series, but might be for you so please keep that in mind. Bethany Castle lives a flawless life. No really, she totally does. Ignore the fact that she's hyperventilating in the corner and has a stress rash on her neck and is incapable of letting anyone know the crushing level of perfectionism that keeps her awake at night. Everything is fine, life is perfect, and she is a flawless 30 year old. The only thing in Bethany's "perfect" life that upends her image is Wes Daniels. A cowboy hat wearing, 23-year-old freewheeling guy who was living a spontaneous life until his half sister dumped her 5 year old niece in his lap, Wes Daniels works for Stephen Castle (Bethany's older brother) and flips houses. Wes has been circling Bethany for months and he thinks he's got her number: one day the tension will snap, and they're going to settle things in the sheets. But then Wes sees the Perfect Life™ of Bethany's dreams is actually just a flimsy sheet in the wind and he realizes that this isn't a game—it's something bigger. Now let's add in the fact that Bethany and her brother Stephen are asked to compete in a "Flip Off" HGTV reality show of epic sibling rivalry proportions and we've got ourselves some DRAMA. Will Bethany and Wes get to the good stuff, or will Bethany's need for perfection collapse on top of them under the pressure of the film lights? Ready, set, ACTION. My thoughts: What an ending to this trilogy! This installment takes the characters' careers (house building and flipping) to its most literal interpretation: an HGTV competition show. As someone who normally doesn't like the "movie set" life depicted in books, I could handle this one because it really didn't matter to the plot. This was very much a story about Bethany and Wes, and barely involved the "movie" element at all. This was also the least steamy of the three books, which was interesting. Given the crackling dialogue between Wes and Bethany in the first books, I was ready for some serious steam. There was steam... but I'd almost call it tame compared to Fix Her Up and Love Her or Lose Her. Something to note for those who really enjoyed that element of Bailey's other books. Like I said at the beginning, if you're new to this series this is NOT the book to start on. Wes and Bethany's plot line relies heavily on prior knowledge of their interactions in the previous books, and their side plots with the other characters are absolutely meaningless without that added background. Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Instagram

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    Normally I don't have a problem jumping into the middle of series having not read the previous books. I struggled with this book as a standalone as it constantly felt like I was a beat behind while I read. Even by the time I finished this book I still didn't feel like I completely understood one of the characters. This is a simple romance novel, it should have been an easy read but it turned into a frustrating one. Bethany Castle has put her dating life on hold as she attempts to strike out on he Normally I don't have a problem jumping into the middle of series having not read the previous books. I struggled with this book as a standalone as it constantly felt like I was a beat behind while I read. Even by the time I finished this book I still didn't feel like I completely understood one of the characters. This is a simple romance novel, it should have been an easy read but it turned into a frustrating one. Bethany Castle has put her dating life on hold as she attempts to strike out on her own in the real estate business and flip a house. Wes Daniels is new in town and gets on Bethany's nerves but he knows how to use a hammer so he will be helping Bethany out with the house. They will also be competing against Bethany's brother on a competitive reality show called Flip Off to see which team can do the best renovation. Again, Bethany has put her dating life on hold. Hmm... this is a romance novel, let's see how long that lasts. Bethany and Wes had good chemistry. If you are looking for a steamy read, look no further as I consider myself a seasoned romance reader and a couple of their scenes made me blush. So the romance elements of the story worked well in my opinion. The character I had a hard time with was Bethany. I didn't really get her personality and it seemed like most of her character development happened in previous books. If you are a fan of the other books in the series, I would imagine this would be a good read for you. But coming in without having any background info, was a challenge and that shouldn't have been the case. Needed a little more setup so both old and new readers could fully enjoy the story. With that being said, I would like to go back and read the first two books as good chemistry is my number one requirement in a romance novel and the author definitely demonstrated in this novel that is one of her writing strengths. Thank you to Avon Romance newsletter and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Y'all...love might be actually real?! I am shooketh

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I'm a big Tessa Bailey fan and I've liked the entire Hot & Hammered series, so I'm happy to report that Tools of Engagement was no different. Though, if I'm being honest, I wanted a bit more from the story. Tessa Bailey writes sexy, fun contemporary romance, and I enjoyed the banter-y dynamic between Wes and Bethany. I like an opposites attract romance, and you throw in an age gap and I'm pretty much sold. I thought the relationship was a bit too "tease-y" for a bit too long, but I liked how it I'm a big Tessa Bailey fan and I've liked the entire Hot & Hammered series, so I'm happy to report that Tools of Engagement was no different. Though, if I'm being honest, I wanted a bit more from the story. Tessa Bailey writes sexy, fun contemporary romance, and I enjoyed the banter-y dynamic between Wes and Bethany. I like an opposites attract romance, and you throw in an age gap and I'm pretty much sold. I thought the relationship was a bit too "tease-y" for a bit too long, but I liked how it evolved over time. The plotline with Wes's sister was a bit muddled, but I liked how he had to take responsibility for a child and the emotion that brought to the story. I wish we saw more of Wes's southern side as I kept forgetting that he wasn't from the North East constantly. I few y'alls would have been nice. I also related to Bethany's insecurities and the desire to be perfect all the time, though they got to be a bit much for me, as a reader. Also, something about the ending felt off to me. Hot sex, as usual for Tessa Bailey, especially if you like alpha-types, and an engaging plotline, but not my favorite book in the series. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I fell in love with the main characters, Wes and Bethany from my first encounter with them. They went from being confrontational, laced with sexual tension, to fierce lovers. I enjoyed Wes’s possessiveness of Bethany, his “machoness”, and how he seemed to know what made her tick, yet balances her in a way no one else could. Bethany seemed perfectly put together on the outside, but battles massive insecurities internally, the only person she couldn’t seem to fool was the 7 years younger Wes. He sa I fell in love with the main characters, Wes and Bethany from my first encounter with them. They went from being confrontational, laced with sexual tension, to fierce lovers. I enjoyed Wes’s possessiveness of Bethany, his “machoness”, and how he seemed to know what made her tick, yet balances her in a way no one else could. Bethany seemed perfectly put together on the outside, but battles massive insecurities internally, the only person she couldn’t seem to fool was the 7 years younger Wes. He saw through her facade, often called her on it, and on many occasions, helped soothe her anxieties. He was not phased by her “princessy high maintenance demeanour”, as a matter of fact, he found it sexy. Wes felt he had to put it together for the both of them, and tried not to fall apart as he dealt with personal family issues himself, but it got too much for him, at one point he felt the weight of the responsibility. I savoured this book, towards the end I started reading in bits because I didn’t want to part with the characters yet. I really had a great time with this one. 5 stars!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    Pre-ordered! These two had the one of the most hilarious 'meet-cutes' in Love Her or Lose Her and I can't wait for all the banter and snippy remarks that is about to ensue in this one. Also, forced close proximity anyone?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    It's no secret that I really struggled with the first two books in Tessa Bailey's Hot & Hammered series. (See my ongoing exasperation here and here.) Unsurprisingly, a "quiet but sexually domineering man overtakes a strong woman with his LARGE QUIVERING MEMBER" storyline isn't a favorite of mine. A shocker, I know. What I loved about both previous novels, however, was how well they set up the relationships for each upcoming book. Wes and Bethany's banter was one of the best parts of Love Her or L It's no secret that I really struggled with the first two books in Tessa Bailey's Hot & Hammered series. (See my ongoing exasperation here and here.) Unsurprisingly, a "quiet but sexually domineering man overtakes a strong woman with his LARGE QUIVERING MEMBER" storyline isn't a favorite of mine. A shocker, I know. What I loved about both previous novels, however, was how well they set up the relationships for each upcoming book. Wes and Bethany's banter was one of the best parts of Love Her or Lose Her (which, hell, wasn't even about them), and it really pumped me up for Tools of Engagement. Because I seem to inhale any enemies-to-lovers romance in a single sitting without fail, it's no surprise that this book was a highlight of the series for me. Tropes aside, this novel just felt more even-keeled to me. Wes and Bethany were a strong match. Their barbs were equally scorching. Both had realistic issues that were larger than simple miscommunications. The reality show storyline was a tad goofy, but I could forgive it. After three books, I've concluded that Bailey's sex scenes (while steamy AF) aren't really my vibe, but these ones worked much better for the most part. (I'd never refer to anyone as having a "smart mouth" in the throes of passion, but eh, to each their own.) This series is ending on a higher note for me, because this one's 3.5 stars.

  20. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    So Tools of Engagement popped up when I was lurking on Edelweiss+ in the late hours of the night and um, oops I read the whole thing already? Readers, I laughed and I loved it. Full review to come closer to the publication date (September 2020 sounds like a lifetime away). Wes is a smitten kitten and a sexy stud all rolled up in a hunky cowboy wrapping and I felt very seen reading about overthinking Bethany. Thank you to Avon for the advanced reading copy! So I read this right before our first loc So Tools of Engagement popped up when I was lurking on Edelweiss+ in the late hours of the night and um, oops I read the whole thing already? Readers, I laughed and I loved it. Full review to come closer to the publication date (September 2020 sounds like a lifetime away). Wes is a smitten kitten and a sexy stud all rolled up in a hunky cowboy wrapping and I felt very seen reading about overthinking Bethany. Thank you to Avon for the advanced reading copy! So I read this right before our first lock down here in the states. What a different world that was. I originally rated this five stars, but am rounding down to 4 after listening on audio. I very much enjoyed the narrator, and Wes is an absolutely delicious cowboy who can ma'am me anytime please and thank you. I have a very big soft spot for Bethany, and her journey to realizing masking her insecurities with a big case of perfectionism isn't healthy or the right way to be. Then entire concept of the flipping TV show was basically a throw-away and really didn't need to be there (could have simply competed amongst themselves and had relators appraise the flips to determine who won), but again, I'm a huge Tessa Bailey fan and basically I'll read whatever she puts out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    I love this series so much, the Just Us League is a thing of beauty. But whoever classified these as romantic comedy has a mean sense of humour. There are some laugh out loud moments, generally when I am caught unaware and emit one of those snort laugh things that has the dog looking at me like I’m nuts. But these stories have so much depth and the characters are so human and flawed that they made me feel all of their insecurities and worries and fears and I spent so much of the book feeling any I love this series so much, the Just Us League is a thing of beauty. But whoever classified these as romantic comedy has a mean sense of humour. There are some laugh out loud moments, generally when I am caught unaware and emit one of those snort laugh things that has the dog looking at me like I’m nuts. But these stories have so much depth and the characters are so human and flawed that they made me feel all of their insecurities and worries and fears and I spent so much of the book feeling anything but laughter. Bethany was the sort of character I can only imagine, I am so far from that A type personality that reading her thoughts made my heart hurt for her. She was perfect, in that entirely broken way every human is. And I loved that Tessa wrote her warts and all, but more, I love that Tessa lead her to showing her warts to everyone that loved her. Although seriously if Wes were chasing after me wanting to hold all my broken pieces and whispering dirty nothings in my ear, I’d probably show him whatever he wanted. Because damn was Wes mature beyond his young years. And getting to know him and see where life had taken him, I just loved him even more. Of course Laura was an absolute star and no one could help but fall in love with her. She was perfectly age appropriate and I enjoyed watching her worm her way into everyone’s hearts and make them want to be better people for her. Hopefully this isn’t the end of our Just Us League members stories because I have had so much fun watching them support each other to pursue their dreams.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Real rating: 3.5! I just got tired of Bethany's insecurities a lot and i just never saw much growth towards the end. I also wasn't a fan of the whole perfect ending but it had to be done. However, I cried and laughed and loved how real they were with each other.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Malene

    Tools of Engagement is a cute and funny enemies/friends to lovers romance. It can easily be read as a stand-alone. Wes is just the sexiest cowboy who pursues Bethany with a passion. He doesn’t give up and believes in her and the work she does when she flips houses. So much that he switches teams, from her brother to her, even though they but heads numerous times. Their chemistry is terrific and together they’re so much fun. Wes and his niece Laura is the story’s highlight. He’s a bachelor and has Tools of Engagement is a cute and funny enemies/friends to lovers romance. It can easily be read as a stand-alone. Wes is just the sexiest cowboy who pursues Bethany with a passion. He doesn’t give up and believes in her and the work she does when she flips houses. So much that he switches teams, from her brother to her, even though they but heads numerous times. Their chemistry is terrific and together they’re so much fun. Wes and his niece Laura is the story’s highlight. He’s a bachelor and has no experience with kids but he does an amazing job at taking care of her. They slowly get to learn and love each other. The other characters from the previous books appear as well and it was great to be back with them. The main issue for me was Bethany. She was just so insecure and didn’t believe in herself and what she was capable of. Work wise and also when it came to relationships. She was very focused on the age gap between her and Wes. So much that it just became annoying every time she mentioned it. The conflict was predictable and I could’ve done without it. I enjoyed Tools of Engagement despite my issues and struggles. It wasn’t as good as Love Her or Lose Her but it was a great ending to the series. 3 Cowboy Stars *ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss*

  24. 5 out of 5

    TheBibliotheque ♡

    If you think Wes Daniels is not going to melt you into a puddle of sticky feels, think again. Dang, here I came looking for banter and got much more than that in exchange. Take this as a warning folks, Wes is probably the sweetest Bailey hero to date.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 Building It Together Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free What do you get when you put together a sexy, swaggering cowboy with a fast-talking under-appreciated woman who has had to deal with men all her life...You get this book. Tessa Bailey takes the characters we were all curious about from the other part of the series and has them on a collision course to have the sext time relationships Bailey is known for. She took Bethany who has been staging all the houses for her brother, making them look grea 3.5 Building It Together Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free What do you get when you put together a sexy, swaggering cowboy with a fast-talking under-appreciated woman who has had to deal with men all her life...You get this book. Tessa Bailey takes the characters we were all curious about from the other part of the series and has them on a collision course to have the sext time relationships Bailey is known for. She took Bethany who has been staging all the houses for her brother, making them look great, telling him what to do with his fixer-uppers, and have him tell her she is not doing her own flip as she wants. It is time, due her and he sort of laughs at the idea. Well, hell no. That is not happening. Instead, she takes on the project, gets roped into doing a Tv show about it, and lasso Wes, the new guy into helping her. Wes has been flirting and teasing her since he first got to town, so it was a no-brainer to help her with this project... Because he has a [project of his own...Getting Bethany to see he is the one for her...and he will use any trick in the book, including dirty talking his way into her heart. This had lots of sexy fun moments, conflicts to work out, and the usual Bailey happy ending. This series has been up and down for me, with me adoring Love Her or Lose Her. Bailey has a way and I will keep on reading her until she stops. [bookcover:Fix Her Up|39854434]Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered, #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... What's Bethany To Do... She has Talent... She Has the Ability... And Most Important... She has the Drive... The Only One Stopping... Her Advancement in Her Career... Is Her Friggin' Brother... Well, When an Opportunity Comes... To Prove Her Brother Wrong... Bethany Does What Must Be Done... She Steals Wes Daniels... He Is Her Secret Weapon... And Partner in This Flipping House Show... Does She Really Want... To Be Working Oh, So Close to Him... Having to Hear that Texas Drawl... Saying All Those Things In Her Ear... Not Really... But Winning is Something... That Must Be Done... And Little Does Bethany Know... Wes Daniels Has Vowed... To Win Bethany With All His Personal... Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered, #3)- September 22, 2020 A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie

    My favorite of the series! Loved the hate to love elements, the premise of the HGTV style reality show/ competition element, and this couple has ON FIRE chemistry. Many of the issues I had with the previous books were solved in Tools of Engagement. Both Wes and Bethany were well developed, complex characters with believable backstories and issues and I so enjoyed watching them navigate these issues first as reluctant partners, then as friends, then as more. My faith in Tessa Bailey is redeemed! - My favorite of the series! Loved the hate to love elements, the premise of the HGTV style reality show/ competition element, and this couple has ON FIRE chemistry. Many of the issues I had with the previous books were solved in Tools of Engagement. Both Wes and Bethany were well developed, complex characters with believable backstories and issues and I so enjoyed watching them navigate these issues first as reluctant partners, then as friends, then as more. My faith in Tessa Bailey is redeemed! ---- ---- ---- Favorite of the series, hands down. I looooove me a good hate to love romance. Full review to come closer to the release date. ---- ---- ---- Thanks to netgalley and Avon for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm not going to lie, I hesitated to start this book even though I've been a fan of the series so far. But for me the younger man/older woman trope isn't a favorite and there aren't many that I don't find eye-roll inducing with the constant need to remind readers that the hero is young. But after finally reading Tools of Engagement I'm now kicking myself for waiting because I actually really enjoyed it. Brittany and Wes had the best witty banter and it kept a huge s NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm not going to lie, I hesitated to start this book even though I've been a fan of the series so far. But for me the younger man/older woman trope isn't a favorite and there aren't many that I don't find eye-roll inducing with the constant need to remind readers that the hero is young. But after finally reading Tools of Engagement I'm now kicking myself for waiting because I actually really enjoyed it. Brittany and Wes had the best witty banter and it kept a huge smile on my face the entire time I was reading. Despite having a great connection between all the verbal-sparring, they didn't have the easiest time giving in to the attraction and I thought that was fun to read and see how long they could hold out from giving in to each other. Brittany surprised me in this book with how much I came to like her character. I wasn't a huge fan of hers from the previous books and even though I didn't dislike her I wasn't expecting to come out of her own book actually loving her character like I did. Overall, it's a book I would recommend with no hesitation. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the third and final book in the Hot and Hammered series, and now that I’ve read the entire trilogy I can definitely recommend them as a whole. The second book is my fave followed by this one and then the first. Just wanted to tell you guys that because before I start a series that’s already out I like to know if the whole thing is worth it! This one follows Bethany and Wes as she begins to flip houses on her own without the help of her family company. You have a hot cowboy, a reality TV s This is the third and final book in the Hot and Hammered series, and now that I’ve read the entire trilogy I can definitely recommend them as a whole. The second book is my fave followed by this one and then the first. Just wanted to tell you guys that because before I start a series that’s already out I like to know if the whole thing is worth it! This one follows Bethany and Wes as she begins to flip houses on her own without the help of her family company. You have a hot cowboy, a reality TV show and a single dad trope. For me, some of my favorite things/tropes so I was alllllll in. Bethany and Wes have great chemistry and an enemies to lovers thing going on with fun banter and sharp wit. This one is steamy but it takes awhile to heat up, wait was worth it for me though! Definitely recommend reading this series in order as the characters all overlap from book to book and I think you’ll get more out of it that way.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I’ve loved both of the books prior to this one and I’ve been waiting for Bethany’s book since the beginning. This didn’t disappoint. I love love loved getting in Bethany’s head. She’s such a good person, just a little tightly wound, and getting to read her relax was fantastic. Wes is everything I expected: all charm and swagger on the outside and a full on squishy marshmallow on the inside. Together, these two had barbs and button pushing that was really thinly veiled flirting and more chemistry I’ve loved both of the books prior to this one and I’ve been waiting for Bethany’s book since the beginning. This didn’t disappoint. I love love loved getting in Bethany’s head. She’s such a good person, just a little tightly wound, and getting to read her relax was fantastic. Wes is everything I expected: all charm and swagger on the outside and a full on squishy marshmallow on the inside. Together, these two had barbs and button pushing that was really thinly veiled flirting and more chemistry than I knew what to do with. Plot wise, it was really good. There was a good amount of push and pull, but I was here for it. I loved reading them figure things out personally, professionally, and everything else in between. I could have done with just a little more conversation, but I think I’m just being greedy. The angsty times didn’t last long and the epilogue was perfect. Overall, this has been a great series that I know I’ll revisit again and I can’t wait to see what Tessa comes up with next. **Huge thanks to Avon for providing the arc free of charge**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥

    Is there anything better than a great steamy Rom-Com to put a smile on a reader's face? Tools of Engagement is hilarious with chemistry that sizzles and pops. Bethany and Wes are almost exact opposites - perfect meets chaos - and when they start working together on a reality show about flipping houses . . . well, let's just say there's more than the competition heating up! Bethany is out to prove herself to her brother and family and Wes - Wes is out to prove he's more than a gorgeous cowboy. To Is there anything better than a great steamy Rom-Com to put a smile on a reader's face? Tools of Engagement is hilarious with chemistry that sizzles and pops. Bethany and Wes are almost exact opposites - perfect meets chaos - and when they start working together on a reality show about flipping houses . . . well, let's just say there's more than the competition heating up! Bethany is out to prove herself to her brother and family and Wes - Wes is out to prove he's more than a gorgeous cowboy. Tools of Engagement is witty, electric with great chemistry. A brisk pace keeps the plot moving forward and the banter between these two is hilarious. I love the soft side of Wes brought out with the scenes between him and his niece Laura. I haven't read the first two books in this series, but the author includes enough background information that I was never lost. Having said that, it would have been nice to have known more about the other couples/characters. If you love witty, snarky, opposites attract romances, grab Tools of Engagement and swoon and laugh! One other thing - Narrator Charlotte North does a fantastic job bringing these characters to life. She nails these characters making them authentic and adorable. I highly recommend the audiobook. *Thanks to Avon/Harper Collins Publ. and Libro.fm and Hatchette Audio for arcs of this book. **Reviewed at: Cross My Heart Reviews

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