Tools of Engagement is the third and very last ebook in Tessa Bailey’s present day Hot & Hammered series, and it’s each bit as fun and sexy as her readers have come to expect. Wes Daniels and Bethany Castle’s tale has been building over the series, and it sooner or later involves a head whilst he signs on to assist Bethany turn a residence for a television competition.
Wes is a person after my very own heart, with his “winging it” approach to life. When his sister desires a damage after isolating from her husband, Wes flies to New York to take care of his 5-year-antique niece. He takes on a job with the Castle own family’s construction enterprise and starts offevolved to work with Bethany, a perfectionist domestic stager who’s looking to get her family to take her seriously. Her type-A, anxiety-driven persona is the right foil for Wes’ easygoing, earnest appeal for connection. She’s seven years his senior, which is a brilliant plot device in developing the appeal between the two most important characters.
The key factors of a Bailey rom-com are absolutely present: snappy dialogue, likable characters and red-warm chemistry. But it’s the plot that makes this romance feel flawlessly of the moment, and readers quickly examine that the residence the principle couple is flipping isn’t the best aspect that desires a bit overhaul. It’s hard to be perfect all the time, and Bethany embodies each modern girl I recognise who juggles profession and relationships, self-confidence and vulnerability. Wes is a very adorable hero, stepping up to take care of his niece at the same time as preventing his personal insecurities from bouncing around distinctive foster homes whilst he became younger. He, too, has to find the perfect stability of self-reliance and vulnerability.
This is this kind of timely story for an era of quarantining and social distancing, while families have needed to reconfigure their own gear of engagement, mastering how to shift gears and work from domestic, entertain less personal space or maybe take on new tasks like cooking and homeschooling. Bailey’s characters face their fates with suitable humor and hope, which is a good aspiration for her readers. I assume she’d also like to recognize that, as usual, I laughed out loud while studying her e book . . . and I can also have even snorted.