• Hook, Line, and Sinker

  • A Novel
  • By: Tessa Bailey
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,656 ratings)

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Hook, Line, and Sinker

By: Tessa Bailey
Narrated by: Lauren Sweet
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AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND #1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER

In the follow-up to It Happened One Summer, Tessa Bailey delivers another deliciously fun rom-com about a former player who accidentally falls for his best friend while trying to help her land a different man…

King crab fisherman Fox Thornton has a reputation as a sexy, carefree flirt. Everyone knows he’s a guaranteed good time—in bed and out—and that’s exactly how he prefers it. Until he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charm and looks, but she seems to enjoy his…personality? And wants to be friends? Bizarre. But he likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is.

Now, Hannah's in town for work, crashing in Fox’s spare bedroom. She knows he’s a notorious ladies’ man, but they’re definitely just friends. In fact, she's nursing a hopeless crush on a colleague and Fox is just the person to help with her lackluster love life. Armed with a few tips from Westport’s resident Casanova, Hannah sets out to catch her coworker’s eye…yet the more time she spends with Fox, the more she wants him instead. As the line between friendship and flirtation begins to blur, Hannah can't deny she loves everything about Fox, but she refuses to be another notch on his bedpost. 

Living with his best friend should have been easy. Except now she’s walking around in a towel, sleeping right across the hall, and Fox is fantasizing about waking up next to her for the rest of his life and…and…man overboard! He’s fallen for her, hook, line, and sinker. Helping her flirt with another guy is pure torture, but maybe if Fox can tackle his inner demons and show Hannah he’s all in, she'll choose him instead?

©2022 Tessa Bailey (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not a great follow up

I was really excited about this story since I absolutely loved, “It Happened One Summer” and hoped then that the obvious connection between Hannah and Fox would be fleshed out, but this book was so painstakingly drawn out that I just found myself rolling my eyes over and over again and wishing it would just end already. Even when they (FINALLY) got to the steamy parts I found myself completely bored!

They narrator’s voice really bothered me. Her accents and voices for other characters was nothing short of cringey. And the way she said, “Hannah” (her own name!) drove me up the wall. And it was said A LOT.

Honestly, I’m surprised I made it past the first chapter which was a LONG string of back and forth texts between the two main characters read as: “Sept. 15th, Hannah, 10:22pm……” and “Fox, 10:22pm…..” FOR. EACH. TEXT. It was excruciating to listen to and I almost quit right then and there thinking that was how the whole book was going to play out because it went on for so long. Maybe this one is just better off as a physical read and not an audio one.

The overall story could’ve been a lot better and I’m just left disappointed that this wasn’t even close to how good “It Happened One Summer” was. Shame.

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Another great Tessa Bailey book

This was perfect to listen to after it happened one summer. Easy to love these characters and just enough spice. Not my favorite narration but not bad! Just wish it could have had a male and female narrator.

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Entertaining and Exciting

Tessa Bailey is a wonderful author. That paired with the narrator for this was great. I enjoyed listening to this story come to life. The smutty goodness is top tier.

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Just good

The readers voice was just bad and really took away from the story itself. The story was fine but not half as good as it happened one summer.

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This was a good story, but I found the sex scenes a bit cliche and over the top. Additionally, these scenes seemed to prove, especially the degrading dirty talk, that sex was still way too much of a priority even when the characters supposedly changed.

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So cute and steamy

Great follow up . Very cute but definitely fit to listen to in public! Lol lol

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So incredibly painful

I did finish this book, but it was painful to do. Half of this book is repetitive inner dialogue that just keeps you rolling your eyes and cringing. How many times can two characters have the same conversation with themselves? According to this book, a lot.

Also, I know the story was about Hannah and Fox, but the lack of interaction between Hannah and Piper was unrealistic.

The first one was cute, this was not.

One positive note is the epilogue. I did appreciate a future glimpse into everyone’s lives.

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Fox is superior

Tessa Bailey can never write a bad book. Hook, Line, and Sinker is a friends to lovers that follows Piper’s sister Hannah and Brendan’s best friend, Fox. The banter is somehow even better than It Happened One Summer and there’s nothing I love more than someone learning they ARE worth it.

Loved it!

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Maybe the paperback would’ve made it better…?

You can honestly skip reading this.. I absolutely LOVED ‘It happened one summer’ and was disappointed not knowing what happened between Hannah and Fox. This took me FOREVER to get through. It felt very drawn out and long for no reason. The narration was extremely annoying. It was SO cringey making me not want to finish. The voices were so bad, the spicy parts disgusted me because of the narration lolol. It just ruined how I wanted to see the characters and I think that this affected the way I perceived the book. However, this didn’t deserve a 10 hour story. It could’ve been wrapped up a longgggg time ago.

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Cute Story, Awful Narration

While not quite the same caliber as "It Happened One Summer", the story line is cute enough. However, the narration was so odd and painful. It was like listening to Moira Rose pronouncing her own name, "Hannah", every other sentence. "H-aaaah-nuh." It was so weird and distracting.

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  • Tammy
  • 03-30-22

❤️ 🦊

I like the struggle with Fox and his past. The idea that being promiscuous is also an issue for men. I like how they spoke of sexualising men from a young age too. I like that it wasn’t just a quick mention that came and went, you actually see the negative thinking and how he keeps bringing it up because it actually affects him, the thought is so ingrained in him and Hannah has to break it. 5 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-22

Loved it

Definitely recommend!! Sometimes second instalments can disappoint but this one definitely did not. In fact I’d say I slightly preferred it

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  • Simona
  • 10-18-22

Amazing

I really liked this book, definitely recommend if you read and liked It happened one summer.

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  • Thereyougo
  • 10-06-22

It’s just so good

I liked the first book but I loved this one. Fox is such an interesting character and his development draws you in. The dialogue is well written and it makes you care about the characters.

Only criticism was the lack of use of existing characters from the previous book, it felt like they were missing rather than having a smaller part of the story.

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  • Jaye22
  • 09-24-22

*The Title is Apt*

This is book two of two in the - ‘It Happened One Summer’ series. Brendan is the Captain Fisherman & Fox is his second in command and they live in the town where Piper and Hannah’s late father grew up in.

In book one we see what happens when Brendan and Piper meet.

Towards the end of book one Hannah, Piper’s younger meets Fox with a reputation of one night stands. She see’s through his act and is immune to his charms, but they connect through their love of music. As she lives in a different town After 7 months of texting back and forth as friends and using songs to describe their days or moods, her work takes her to his town.

Fox has never had a female friend. As Hannah will be in town coincidentally Brendan’s parents are also in town so it means she will be staying in Fox’s spare room.

What happens when the town bad boy who only ever has one night stands has Hannah staying with him. Everyone sees him as a good time guy with no substance, but how will Hannah affect him. His father was a good time guy and because he looks like his father as much as his mother a travelling hilarious bingo caller loves him she flinches every time she sees him why? Fox lives up to his reputation but is there more to it?

For the first time in his life he is out of his depth with how Hannah makes him feel and in his mind he must keep away from her as she is too good for him and he does not want her tarred with the insults that fly at him.

He has not bargained on her strength and how he would feel with her sharing the same space as him, do they both feel the same? Or will they remain as just good friends?…

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  • tilly
  • 08-30-22

Easy listen

Not going to lie it took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did I really liked the story. Fox’s battle with his inner demons was really refreshing and Hannah’s determination and character is so enjoyable to read.

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  • Patricé Mc Cormack
  • 08-27-22

I love this book

I love this book but I am don’t really like the narrator. I much prefer the narrator from it happened last summer

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-22

A sweet sequel

A story with all the best tropes and a great follow on from the first book.

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  • Sarah Marshall
  • 04-05-22

Not as good as the first book

I loved the first book and was really looking forward to this one. it starts off good but by the end I found myself skipping through alot of it. the constant internal dialogue fox keeps having with himself gets repetitive in the end. It just seems to drag on unnecessarily with him repeating the same things over and over.

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  • Jane Kelsey
  • 03-05-22

disappointing in comparison to first book.

sadly this book was so predictable. I cannot say exactly what ticked me off about it as book 1 was a solid 5 stars for me, but both characters were outright annoying. especially Fox, so hung up on his past, and the thing with him mum (predictable 🙄) was waaaaaay too dragged out, it seemed like he was feeling sorry for himself quite a lot. On the flip side, Hannah grew quite a lot as a character, but towards the end, I really struggled with her a bit too. Her sister and her husband meddling was also incredibly cliche and annoying... I hate it when either others or the love interest MAKES THE DECISION for one of the love interests.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-22

Loved This!

I enjoyed this book so much more than It Happened One Summer (which I throughly enjoyed by the way)…I think the development of their relationship was so much more realistic, Fox is ADORABLE, the spice was delightful, and the performance was perfection!

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  • Monica
  • 11-30-22

Was okay

Would of enjoyed it if there was a male narrator as well. Was not a bad story line, overall was enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-22

Bit boring

I have to say compared to It Happened One Summer, I found this one a bit slow moving and repetitive. I got a bit sick of Fox banging on about how he could never get past being a f*ck boy and started to find it a bit tedious and slow moving. I found Piper's story much more exciting and dynamic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

Below average

Not a great story, unfortunately the narrator did not help at all - the different tones were terrible. Don’t waste your time.

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  • Tay
  • 08-03-22

friends to lovers

I loved this book! So freaking cute and the epilogue! The narration was also really great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-22

Cringe disappointing

This book didn’t have a lot of content. It just went on and on with very little substance.
The characters were so gushy and it was all a bit fake and disappointing.

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  • Brady
  • 04-18-22

Don’t bother.

Not nearly as enjoyable as book number one. Story could have been condensed into half of it, disappointing.

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  • Erin
  • 03-08-22

My heart

I didn’t realise how much I needed this book, absolutely incredible! Tessa Bailey is such an incredible author and I think Lauren Sweet did a really good job with brining this book to life.

Thank you 👏👏