Series: Romancing the Clarksons #1
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary
Tessa Bailey is a new author to me so when I read the blurb of Too Hot to Handle it sounded like a story that I wanted to read. Of course I wish it would have been on my radar sooner but that’s okay, I have it now. I don’t believe I have ever read a romance story that has siblings taking off on a road trip and I really liked that about Too Hot to Handle. From that moment on I knew I was going to enjoy whatever Ms Bailey threw at them and boy was I right.
The Clarkson siblings are on the road to fulfill their mothers dying wish. While they all might live close together they are anything but close. Somewhere along the lines they each took their own path so this road trip can either reconnect them or put even more distance between them. While this story was a romance it was also about finding themselves and making their way back to each other as a family which I thought was spectacular and an added bonus.
The characters are just simply to die for! They stood out and I don’t mean just their personalities but the uniqueness that was brought to each and every one of them. The descriptions on their individual looks also made me take notice of them, especially Rita, who really stood out. Jasper also did some standing out; he used to be the guy who women went to for a good time but he took time off from that to really figure out what he wanted. When Rita meets him on the side of the road when their ride breaks down I knew he would be trouble but he was definitely the good kind of trouble. Jasper was smooth and total sex on a stick. Instantly you can tell that Jasper is interested in Rita but she doesn’t seem interested at first. All I kept thinking is if Rita didn’t want him I would gladly step in to have his flannel wearing babies.
I don’t want to spoil too much but when these siblings are together they have some ridiculously funny moments and arguments. They are trying so hard not to kill one another but you can see it all comes from love. One of my favorite parts is when they’re at a bonfire in the middle of nowhere and they tell a secret that no one else knows. Honestly Peggy’s secret had me laughing for a good long time before I could continue the story. Ms Bailey’s humor was out of this world and it made the book more enjoyable.
The romance progress between Jasper and Rita went at a believable pace. It wasn’t rushed and yet it wasn’t smooth sailing either. These two fall in love in just a matter of days but the way it was written it felt like this couple knew each other longer which I liked. They had great chemistry and Rita fit well into Jasper’s world when it sounded like she was used to being such an outsider in general. The love scenes are smoking and that includes a very dirty talking Jasper which of course I totally had to swoon over. He is one of those heroes that when he starts talking you have no choice but to listen and because of that he has been added to my book boyfriend list, flannel shirt and all.
Of all the books I am looking forward to reading the rest of this year I can happily say this series is at the top of my list. I can’t wait to see who will be next and what else will happen on their adventure to fulfilling their mother’s last wishes. This story was funny, sweet and had a happily ever after that I will forever remember.