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Secretly Yours
Secretly Yours: A Novel | Tessa Bailey
28 posts | 34 read | 1 reading | 9 to read
From #1 New York Times bestselling author and TikTok favorite Tessa Bailey comes a steamy new rom-com about a starchy professor and the bubbly neighbor he clashes with at every turn... Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at fourteen, after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his familys winery. Now the prodigal hottie has returned to their small town. When Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if shell finally get that smooch. But the grumpy professor isnt the teenager she remembers and their polar opposite personalities clash spectacularly. One wine-fueled girls night later, Hallie cant shake the sense that she did something recklessand then she remembers the drunken secret admirer letter she left for Julian. Oh shit. On sabbatical from his ivy league job, Julian plans write a novel. But having Hallie gardening right outside his window is the ultimate distraction. Shes eccentric, chronically late, often literally covered in dirtand so unbelievably beautiful, he cant focus on anything else. Until he finds an anonymous letter sent by a woman from his past. Even as Julian wonders about this admirer, hes sucked further into Hallies orbit. Like the flowers she plants all over town, Hallie is a burst of color in Julians gray-scale life. For a man who irons his socks and runs on tight schedules, her sunny chaotic energy makes zero sense. But theres something so familiar about her... and her very presence is turning his world upside down.
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TamTracy
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I liked the story and the characters but for some reason I had a hard time connecting to the characters/relationship. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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jlabombard10315
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February Wrap-up!

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TheSpineView
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Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 2mo
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect💐🩷 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute 💐 2mo
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Gissy
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Eggs Lovely 💐 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute 💐🩷 2mo
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Another_bibliophile
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Pickpick

I was in the mood for some cozy romance. Great fit for it

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jamield1911
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Panpan

My least favourite Tessa Bailey book by far.
Bland characters, cringey dialogue, and a boring storyline. I won't be reading the sequel!

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BethM
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Munches is not feeling well, cold with a lot of congestion = clingy. I was able to get this one read and really enjoyed it. Fun and flirty. Great portrayal of anxiety. Now to get caught back up on my chapter a days. 👀

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Read4life
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Mehso-so

This is my least favorite Tessa Bailey book I‘ve read. It was light & fun but parts just seemed juvenile and rushed. I usually fly through these types of books on audio but this took me a week. I just never really got hooked.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#SummerEndReadathon @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Hopefully the next one will be better. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 7mo
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wanderinglynn
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Bailedbailed

First, I keep phasing out because nothing is happening. Second, Hallie, 30 & a sm. biz owner, is irritating & juvenile. One example (of many): when Uncorked manager insulted Lorna, Hallie cuts in front of customers & steals cheese. Like a rebellious teenager.

Despite what sounded like a cute premise, I just can't. DNF at 31%. While I like “It Happened One Summer”, this is my 5th Tessa Bailey book but the 3rd I've DNF, so it will also be my last.

fv.reads I've seen a handful who DNF Tessa Bailey's books. Just removed all of them from my TBR list 😖 7mo
wanderinglynn @fv.reads there are a lot of people who still love them. This one had some 5 star reviews on Goodreads 7mo
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Read4life
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Tagged book.
I‘d be a gardener/landscaper. That would be a disaster since I have the farthest thing from a green thumb.

Texreader 😂😂😂 7mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Typical Tessa Bailey…mostly light and fun with some spice!

#bookspinbingo
#RushAThon

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Sharpeipup
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I sleep with socks on then kick them off in the middle of the night.

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rachelsbrittain I can't say the alphabet backwards. I have to go all the way through the song and work my way back. 8mo
KateReadsYA When I drink water, I feel the need to have ice in it! 🧊 8mo
Susanita I like tomatoes but not ketchup. 8mo
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ShananigansReads I‘m allergic to coconut. 8mo
Chrissyreadit I like duck sauce on sourkraut 8mo
dabbe I have to sleep on the left side of the bed--even when alone. 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
Lauram I hate cleaning the bathroom 8mo
Kappadeemom I am terrified of crickets 🦗🦗 8mo
vlwelser I don't like being sticky, so I won't touch my food. 8mo
Sharpeipup @rachelsbrittain I don't know that I've ever tried to say it backwards... 8mo
Sharpeipup @lauram It's not high on my list either. 8mo
Sharpeipup @kappadeemom My younger sister is afraid of them too because they would jump in her face as a child. 8mo
Sharpeipup @vlwelser My husband is the same way. 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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The incomparable @indiaro surprised me with this on audiobook because I had a shitty cold last week - nothing serious just a dreadful sinus headache and needing to sleep all the time for a few days - and she knew exactly what would fix me. I‘m really enjoying this, like it‘s very similar to her other books but what‘s not to like about a rom com set between warring wine shops

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themonaisa
Bailedbailed

Just didn‘t sit with me. Kind of all over

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readwithcori
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I adored Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey but I thought the storyline was just a little rushed and unrealistic.

Bookpearl How are you enjoying your Oasis? This is on my list to purchase but my Kindle Paperwhite still works and I cannot justify buying it just yet. 9mo
readwithcori @Bookpearl I really love it!! I love the buttons and that I can flip it to either hold in my left or right hand (my one complaint with my Paperwhite when trying to read in bed and trying to figure out how to hold it). The oasis battery isn‘t as great but it still hangs in there with some pretty heavy use! Definitely don‘t regret upgrading! 9mo
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Kar2b
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This was a quick summer read. I liked the anxiety rep and the fact that Hallie as the female lead is maybe not the traditional tall, lithe heroine, but she‘s confident of her body. Julian was very emotional and passionate, and I love the way he is a protector of those he cares for.

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kimmypete1
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Mehso-so

There were parts I really liked, but I did have to push myself to finally finish it. I‘ve been hella busy and mentally and emotionally exhausted from work and it took me a month to finish. I don‘t entirely want to hold it against Secretly Yours but also that‘s a super extra long time for a contemporary romance for me.

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Nessavamusic
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Bailedbailed

Bailing on this one simply because it‘s just a predictable trope fest and problematic rep. Grumpy/sunshine, struggling business, manic pixie dream girl, struggling writer/professor. I also am not liking the anxiety representation, it may be trying to be positive but it is coming off as making fun of the character‘s anxiety. No thanks.

dabbe I LOVE the DNF image! 🤣❣️🤣 13mo
Nessavamusic @dabbe placement is everything 🤣😂 13mo
Jas16 I bailed on this one too and I rarely do that. 13mo
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MaggieCarr
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Mehso-so

3.5 rounded up, unheard of for me but I just didn't enjoy the last third 😫 and while I think it was supposed to be body positive... it just didn't sit right with me. Maybe it was the over and repeated emphasis on Hallie having curves and being full figured? It felt more like a required prompt in a writing class than a rom-com experience. Open door romance × grumpy/sunshine × second chance.

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TheQuietQuill
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I‘ve never been into romance novels before…but I guess there‘s a first for everything! I‘m really enjoying this one so far!

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Preciouz29
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Breezed right through this and now I can't wait for the next book!

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Mpcacher
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While I enjoyed large chunks of this rom-com book, some of the 'dirty talk' felt a little corny. I also thought the bit about the secret admirer letters was almost unnecessary to the plot line. I did, however, appreciate that the heroine had realistic curves and loved her chaotic character. In spite of my quibbles the book was a mostly fun, light and spicy read and sure to bring enjoyment to many rom-com fans. 3.5/5 stars.

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Julsmarshall
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So funny, sweet, medium spice. This had me grinning from ear to ear! Maybe not my favorite of hers, but a great romcom to escape into and the Napa setting and cast of quirky characters makes it all the more fun. Releases February 7th and the Target edition will have a bonus chapter with the couple from It Happened One Summer so I‘ll need to own that for sure! First read of February! #arc #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #romantsy

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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romcombc
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There is not secret how much readers will love this book! A sweet treat of hope that only unrequited love can give, sprinkled with a second chance encounter, and a gooey center of grumpy vs sunshine will leave you wanting more.

Full Review: https://romcombc.com/book/secretly-yours/

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kissmehardy
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Did I absolutely rip through this book? Yes. Was I also a little nonplussed by the way the drama went from 0 to 100 at the end? Also yes. But maybe I just prefer books where the characters actually make attempts to change before the last couple of chapters. The sex was hot, though! #contemporaryromance

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KristiAhlers
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Y‘all seriously this was a legitimate laugh out loud book from the first page. I loved these characters and I loved the spicy and the storyline. This author is officially on my favorite author list. I‘m excited for romance lovers to get their hands on this one next year when it comes out! #LittensLoveRomance

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