by Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot & Hammered #2
Published by Avon Books
Release Date: January 14th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format Read: ARC, eBook
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New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation.
Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.
Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippy. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Y’all know a marriage in trouble book will ALWAYS be a book for me. It’s one of my favorite tropes for some reason and I immediately knew I had to read this lol
Good thing: this one did not disappoint.
I absolutely adored Rosie. I loved how much she grew throughout the book, how her confidence and strength improved… I loved how she gathered the guts to step back from what was hurting her and decided to make sure she got the life she deserved and wanted… she was amazing, relatable and a great main character.
I also loved Dominic and his love for Rosie, I loved seeing him grow in every single aspect to be happy and make Rosie happy as well. I did have some trouble with some of the things he said or thought that I didn’t agree with at all. He was definitely old fashioned with some ugly ideas, and we do see how his upbringing developed those ideas. As I said, we do see him change a lot by the end and fight what all that made of him but I would’ve liked to see more emphasis in him viewing things differently because it was wrong and not just because it would make Rosie happy.
I really liked how they worked together throughout the book to improve their marriage and to realize what had gone wrong in the first place. There was a lot of development and a lot of healing to be made and it all worked out amazingly.
I do wish we could’ve gotten more story or drama into what happened to Dom when he was at the war since at the beginning they go out of their way to insist how a lot happened there and he never talked to her about it… and that’s when shit hit the fan. But it turned out it really wasn’t anything bigger than him being at war (which I know is a big deal in itself and I guess it gives it some realism for more normal marriages showing that sometimes the love and excitement slowly dies and people need to work for it, but I still wish we’d gotten something more in regards to that. I think it would’ve given them more story, more things to work out and more development and dimension to Dominic as a character.)
Still, I truly liked the love story and the romance in this book.
There were a lot of secondary characters, as there are in any standalone series. And I really really liked the idea of the group of girls here forming this club that basically helps everyone who needs it. That was pretty awesome. Though I do have to admit that those scenes and characters didn’t really grab me as much and I didn’t find them as dimensional or interesting as the main two characters.
Love Her or Lose Her could have had a more hooking beginning, but once you go past the first pages, the drama stars immediately and it stars hard. You will be glued to Dom and Rosie for the rest of the ride.
The angst was there, the drama was there, the love was there…I really loved joining these characters on their journey back to each other.
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