Friday, November 15, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Love Her Or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) By Tessa Bailey

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Love Her Or Lose Her By Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 14th, 2020
Format: ebook*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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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 feel a little conflicted about this book. Okay, a lot conflicted. On the one hand, I was interested in it because I love finding romances about couples who are already together. As a person in a nine-year long relationship, this interests me. On the other hand, this book just made me feel sad for most of the time I was reading it. I read romance books because they are fun and happy, but this one was super angsty, that I wasn't even sure if they were going to have a HEA. 

It was nice to see them actually try to work their things out, and it was interesting to see them doing all the weird stuff their therapist wanted them to do. I have to say, the sexual chemistry between them was kind of off the charts! Oh boy, don't be fooled by the illustrated cover, because this book is steamy!!

Dom is super stoic and doesn't express his feelings (something I super understand) but he did do a lot of things like keeping stuff from his wife. I was also wondering if his time overseas had to do with him being so closed off. But nothing about his actual time there seems to be talked about. I feel like that was a slightly missed opportunity. 

This book does have a HEA, so I was happy about that, but I felt like the author really put my heart through the ringer with this one. So I'm pretty conflicted because while the book was interesting, it wrenched my heart a little bit and didn't give me those same feels that other romance books do. This totally could be a "me" thing though. 

*I received a review copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.

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