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Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons) Mass Market Paperback – April 25, 2017
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"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Too Hard to Forget is a top-notch second-chance romance...The third installment in [Bailey's] Romancing the Clarksons series adds greater depth to established characters and delivers a juicy romance that flows naturally."―RT Book Reviews
"5 Stars! Top Pick! Peggy's story is EVERYTHING! Too Hard to Forget is an amazing story that no one should miss out on! This is going on my keeper shelf and I foresee many re-reads in my future! If you love contemporary romance, you NEED to read this one. Suffice to say, this is one book that I won't be forgetting! Highly recommend!"―HarlequinJunkie.com
"Poignant, emotional, yet with an air of hopefulness, Tessa Bailey's Too Hard To Forget is an exceptional romance."―GuiltyPleasuresBookReviews.com
"4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Another keeper I'll read over and over."―NightOwlReviews.com
"[T]houghtful and emotional. ... [T]he best book in the series so far."―StraightShootinBookReviews.com
"Tessa [Bailey] shines once again."―Read-Love-Blog.com
"Bailey adeptly crafts a satisfying romance between two broken protagonists, allowing them to find completion and healing in each other. A dash of humor and a heavy dose of spicy action round out this tale, which manages to be both raw and playful without losing its balance. [T]his is an entertaining and worthy installment."―Publishers Weekly on Too Wild to Tame
"4 Stars! Known for her intense love scenes and fully charged sexual tension, Bailey does not disappoint. Since neither the hero nor heroine are what they seem, their road to happily ever after is an utter delight."―RT Book Reviews on Too Wild to Tame
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About the Author
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
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Peggy Clarkson is on a cross-country road trip with her siblings to complete their mother's last wish of jumping into the ocean in NYC on New Year's Eve. They lost her older sister, Rita, in New Mexico to the amazing man she met while their car was broken down, Jasper. They lost her older brother Aaron in Iowa to the gorgeous, unique, daughter of the senator he was trying to work for, Grace. So, now it's just Peggy, who is the baby of the family, and her oldest brother Belmont. Sage, Peggy's best friend, is also traveling with them. Peggy's headed for a pit stop in Cincinnati, Ohio to her Alma Mater, for alumni weekend. But she's actually going to finally try to close the page on the one that got away, the head football coach at her University, Elliott Brooks.
Elliott is a hot mess. He's got a 12 year old daughter he barely seems to have a relationship with, though they live in the same house. He's got his deceased wife, who he knows he didn't do right by, and it kills him with guilt every day of his life. And, to try to assuage the guilt, he clings to his Catholic faith. Once upon a time, he also had Peggy. She saw the real him when no one else did, but he felt he couldn't be the right man for her, and at the end of her senior year, after a year of sneaking around together, he broke it off, broke her heart, and forced her to leave and not come back. All he felt after being with her was guilt, because he didn't deserve to have someone like her in his life. But, after she left, he pretty much numbed out to his life and didn't even realize it had happened.
Sparks flew immediately the moment Peggy stepped foot back on campus. Though her plan was to make his life hell by seeing exactly what he was missing, nothing ever goes according to plan. They really did a number on each other in the past, and it took being back together again for them to realize just how bad it was. Peggy figured out some not so great things about her self, and her self-image, that needed to change. Elliott realized how much his behavior was hurting everyone, Peggy especially, but his daughter Alice, and himself as well. They both had big hurdles to overcome. And a lot of the time it was painful to watch. You wanted so much for them to figure it out together.
There was a side plot that brought them together, that I loved. It involved one of Elliott's players, Kyler Tate (great name!) and his family in Indiana. There's going to be a novella about Kyler, and his high school sweetheart he's never gotten over. I can't wait to read that this summer!
I felt so many emotions reading this book. I cried, and I laughed, and I felt brokenhearted, and I cringed, and I smiled, and I felt relief. And LOVE. I felt love for the Clarkson family, as they've always felt so real. I was so gobsmacked by everything I felt for this book, I was afraid I wouldn't have the right words to express how much it affected me. Tessa's books are amazing because because even though they are fun, incredibly sexy stories (she's the dirty talking QUEEN!), that to the outside world (of non-romance readers) could seem frivolous, they're full of real things. Characters you can relate to, and emotions you can't hide from. I've always been a reader; a person who loves to read, and spread the love of books to everyone I know. I'm so thrilled to recommend this one.
I'm greatly looking forward to learning more about Belmont and Sage and their strong connection, and falling even deeper in love with Bel in the final book. I'm also sad it'll be the final book. I've been loving Belmont since book 1, and I just KNOW his book is going to be well worth the wait. I'm excited to see them all together again in NYC. I seriously cannot recommend this book highly enough. 5+ Stars!!
The minute I finished this book I hit Twitter to announce that this book holds it's own against the one Tessa Bailey book I hold all the others up against, Duke's book from Made in Jersey, Worked Up (click to read my review). Duke is the standard for me now, he's practically a Goliath so facing him is a daunting task but one that Elliot goes toe to toe with. While Duke is a big teddy bear of a man who holds his emotions close to his great big barrel chest and is afraid to let love in, Coach Elliot Brooks is truly flawed. He's not a hero who just doesn't know how to let himself be loved, he's a hero who has created an entire world around his belief that he is undesirable unless he's on a football field. He takes Catholic guilt to a whole new level and honestly I am never going to look at my rosary the same way again.
Sidetone: Good Night Tessa, I am going to have to go to confession just for using my rosary from now on and 10 Our Father's and 7 Hail Mary's is not going to be enough, haha!
You almost don't want to like Coach Brooks but true to a Tessa Bailey book you will end up falling in love with him, his flaws only make him more relatable in the end, more deserving of the love he finds, and more devoted when he gives it in return.
Peggy, this lady. I am going to be straight up honest, (as one should do) I did not think I was going to like this book because I did not think I was going to like Peggy. Tessa's build up to Peggy's story gives us a glimpse of a spoiled girl with commitment issues and a whole lot of audaciousness and, dare I use the term, cockiness. All the siblings on this road trip have their issues, but hers always rubbed me a bit of the wrong way and I am going to be even more honest when I say at the start of this book I still didn't think I was going to like it or her. She does to portray I suppose what we have come to see as a typical heroine. She comes across as brash, seemingly self absorbed, risky and risqué, and flippant. The thing is she is so much more that then woman we think we know. Her story is deeper and more emotional than any one realizes. Her secrets will bring you to tears and her fight for her heart and the heart she knows is hers to care for will have you falling just as in love with her as you will with Coach. Both of these characters are so deeply flawed that you want to jump in the book and try to fix them yourself.
This story is as beautiful as it is devastating at times. It is full of broken pieces being glued back together with love and hope. It's a book about commitment on so many levels, commitment to faith, ethics, values, love, hope, trust, family, friends, self. This is a book that will have you rooting for the couple from, eh, maybe to exactly at the beginning but not much later, to the end. All the couples in Tessa's books deserve happiness and I am so glad that she gives it to them, but this couple have earned that happiness and they earned it through pain and tears. They earned it by completely laying themselves open to each other and finding that having just a little faith that you deserve something beautiful opens a whole new world. I could go on and on about this book and this couple, but I will leave it with this: You know when you go into a Tessa Bailey book you are going to get ALL the steamy moments. She's going to give you a romance that is going to knock you off your feet but she gives us so much more. Every book she surprises me because every book has a story with in a story to tell. Her characters face emotional obstacles that tear at your heart. I think I say this in every review of one of her books; go for the romance but stay for the heart and soul. These books are deeper than you would expect and that just makes them all the more satisfying.
Final note, Belmont. Crap, Belmont and Sage. I do not know how I am going to make it through their story in one piece. Belmont is going to tear you up in this book so I can only imagine what he is going to do to us when he finally gets his own. I am already so in love with him and Sage and I know they are going to break me before making me smile. I feel a little twisted that I can't wait for it.
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