Review: Too Hot to Handle by Tessa Bailey! @mstessabailey

Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1)by Tessa Bailey
Published May 17th 2016 by Forever
4 ½ Dirty Talking Stars to this Gem!
When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career beyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .
Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.
Jasper, you sexy, delightful, dirty-talking, recently reformed man whore you…
Rita, you fragile, strong, self-doubting, recently displaced chef you…
I loved this book. It was a few chapters to get into and get past Rita’s grunting incommunicative brothers…but man o’ man did Jasper make up for it. I loved his back story and his angst and especially his fears that he will never meet a woman who “stays”. I loved how he saw in Rita all the self-doubt and self-loathing and wanted to heal her and be her balm. He felt all those things about himself and he truly believed that if he could bring Rita joy and peace then he would be at peace.
Just a moment here to mention Jasper’s dirty-talking abilities…If there were an Olympics for smexy talk…Jasper Ellis would be right up there with Tatum Jackson (Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley) and Dawg MacKay (Nauti Nights and the whole Nauti series by Lora Leigh). The things he says…not just the smexy but “the things he would never admit in the daylight”. Be still my beating heart. He wants in there…in Rita so bad the ache is palpable from the beginning of this book right through to the end. I love that in a book, where the intensity and passion perk you up and keep you firing page after page after page.
A great start to a series and I cannot wait for Peggy’s story…who is this “one that got away”…that even 4 fabulous fiancé’s cannot replace??? Enjoy!


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