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Wreck the Halls
Wreck the Halls: A Novel | Tessa Bailey
34 posts | 30 read | 6 to read
#1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey delivers a sexy, hilarious standalone holiday rom-com about the adult children of two former rock stars who team up to convince their estranged mothers to play a Christmas Eve concert... Melody Gallard may be the daughter of music royalty, but her world is far from glamorous. She spends her days restoring old books and avoiding the limelight (one awkward tabloid photo was enough, thanks). But when a producer offers her a lot of money to reunite her mother's band on live tv, Mel begins to wonder if it's time to rattle the cage, shake up her quiet life... and see him again. The only other person who could wrangle the rock and roll divas. Beat Dawkins, the lead singer's son, is Melody's opposite--the camera loves him, he could charm the pants off anyone, and his mom is not a potential cult leader. Still, they might have been best friends if not for the legendary feud that broke up the band. When they met as teenagers, Mel felt an instant spark, but it's nothing compared to the wild, intense attraction that builds as they embark on a madcap mission to convince their mothers to perform one last show. While dealing with rock star shenanigans, a 24-hour film crew, brawling Santas, and mobs of adoring fans, Mel starts to step out of her comfort zone. With Beat by her side, cheering her on, she's never felt so understood. But Christmas Eve is fast approaching, and a decades-old scandal is poised to wreck everything--the Steel Birds reunion, their relationships with their mothers, and their newfound love.
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monibookishnerd
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The characters were adorable. It was impossible not to cheer for them. I felt so good about this couple and this book proves why I love this genre. The characters were given sufficient depth and complexity, making them feel real.

The story provided also two strong female characters as the main characters' mothers.

Only critique: There aren't really any Christmas or pre-holiday vibes in the book beside the date December 24.

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

Compared to the multitude of Tessa's books that I absolutely adore, this was just "meh". The concept was cute, but some of the dynamics were bizarre and hard to swallow (and I say that as someone who is HERE for the implausible Hallmark romance). But it was still cute... I guess. Strangely, I likely would have enjoyed it more had it been a new-to-me author. Going in with the high bar that Tessa sets herself left me disappointed in comparison ?

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Mpcacher
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Mehso-so

This book only rose to the so-so level for me. I can't believe I am saying this, but there was too much spice and not enough story. I would have liked more character development in order to connect to to them better. I also wanted the Christmas vibes the cover seemed to promise and I felt none of that. All of that being said, there were some entertaining moments and some nice humour that kept me reading. 3/5 stars.

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melissajayne
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My first read of 2024 was Wreck the Halls; no I wouldn‘t recommend it, unless you really like Hallmark Christmas movies. #sundayfunday

j.rye I would recommend it. It was a reread for me. 5mo
BookmarkTavern LOL Not quite my cup of tea. 😂 Thanks for answering! 5mo
Mpcacher I love Hallmark Christmas movies, but this book didn't seem to have any of the Christmas vibes the movies give me... 3mo
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Lunarstar27
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Pickpick

The book was a bit slow in the beginning pick up in the middle over it‘s a cute story

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Auroraafa
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Pickpick

First finished book of the year. I enjoyed the story but there was probably about 25% of the book in the middle that didn‘t really keep my attention. It slowed the pacing way down after such a strong first half. I will probably read another Tessa Bailey book again.

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 5mo
staci.reads Welcome to Litsy! 5mo
Kristy_K Welcome to Litsy!! 5mo
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melissajayne
Bailedbailed

I read 31% of the book and I just couldn‘t finish it. #2024 #bookreview #fiction #christmas #dnf #romance

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NikkiKey94
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Pickpick

I think this will be my last book read in 2023 and it was a very good book! I‘m a must read Tessa Bailey fan and I saved this one for the Christmas season. I loved the chemistry between Beat and Melody and I was there for it! I think this was a great book to end the year with.

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K.Wielechowski
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Mehso-so

When rock duo Steel Birds broke up, it left fans begging for more, even thirty years later. The band‘s success and mysterious end shaped Beat (son of the lead singer) and Melody‘s (daughter of the lyricist/guitarist) entire lives.
When they sign on to a reality show to convince their mothers to do a reunion show, sparks fly.
Melody is funny, Beat‘s motivation is weird, miscommunication tropes abound.

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katiekat311
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Pickpick

Should I be trying to clean up post Christmas? Yes. Am I behind in reading for #wintergames..absolutely. Time to get moving, but not before I had to finish following Beat and Melody‘s love drama. I was encapsulated in my cozy Christmas pants. What a love. 🎄🎅🏼 #restinggrinchface

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BarkingMadRead
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Thank you to @Meshell1313 for my amazing #jolabokaflod2023 gift! Everything is so fabulous and I can‘t wait to read this book!! Thank you to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing!!

Meshell1313 Happy happy holidays!!! 🥰🥰🥰 6mo
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mcctrish
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Mehso-so

The holidays are FINALLY here! I finished this book so it gets a so-so but it‘s pretty bad. I can handle some romance but this is not my cup of tea

dabbe All I can see are CHIPS! 🤩 6mo
mcctrish @dabbe that‘s all anyone needs imo 6mo
Tamra Yay!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾 6mo
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Tamra @mcctrish yep! 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading Tessa Bailey is just not my bag. Anyway Happy Holidays!!! 6mo
mcctrish @Tamra I just want to read ❤️❤️❤️(and no more Tessa Bailey books) 6mo
mcctrish @Prairiegirl_reading these cute covers always get me 😖 6mo
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Read4life
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December‘s #BookSpin & #DoubleSpin books have both been read.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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Read4life
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Mehso-so

This was between a pick and so-so for me. Ultimately, it‘s not one of my favorites by this author and I had to rewind because I kept losing interest. This was my December #BookSpin read.
#BookSpinBingo #BookSpin #RushAThon #WinterGames #GhostsOfXmas #DashingDecember

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 6mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 6mo
BookwormAHN 🩵🤍🩵 6mo
Andrew65 Well done 🎄🎄🎄 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Mehso-so
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Gissy
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Mehso-so

Is this supposed to be for adults?🤔It was more like a YA novel and boring🥱Melody and Beat are the daughter and son of two famous singers. Both agree to sign a contract for a reality show where they will try to reunite their mothers and the band again for a concert. Beat needs the money, why? Well you need to read this boring novel🤣Boring even in the “spicy scenes” 🙄2⭐️

TheKidUpstairs Are their names seriously “Melody“ and “Beat“? Yikes... 6mo
CoffeeNBooks I started reading this one and thought the same thing. I ended up setting it aside for later, but never got back to it. 😆 6mo
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TheAromaofBooks I've tried one another of Bailey's books and couldn't deal with how ridiculous the characters were haha 6mo
Gissy I have a couple of books by her...unread😳let‘s see if they need a new home. I‘m trying to sell them in PangoBooks because we don‘t have free libraries here or places where you can exchange books for credit, not that I‘m aware of. Sometimes in swaps I check if my match has the book in the tbr and then I send it as an extra gift but that doesn‘t happen frequently. I just need a new home for them. Friends don‘t read in English. 6mo
Gissy @TheKidUpstairs Yeap! So you can imagine the rest of the story🙄 6mo
Gissy @CoffeeNBooks What can I say? You will have like 200 pages or the rest of the book, convincing their mothers to participate in the concert, two adults behaving as teenagers with cheesy corny immature relationship 🙄🥱 6mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Vacation has begun!!

julieclair Yay! Enjoy! 6mo
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katiekat311
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I came out strong week 1..then, life. Looking forward to hopefully passing this number the next two weeks, especially with Christmas vacation! #restinggrinchface #wintergames @Julsmarshall

Julsmarshall Woohoo! Good work! 6mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

I‘ve seen this described as Daisy Jones meets The Parent Trap, and I agree. It‘s typical Tessa Bailey - funny, steamy, but with holiday flair.

#dashingdecember #AtoZ #bookspinbingo #candylandreadathon #holidayromance #ispybingo #promptmaze #RushAThon #wintercosy #adventathon #wintergames #candycanecrushers

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 6mo
peanutnine Nice! I love the cover on this one. Although it is misleading if you don't know Tessa's steamy writing style 🙈😆 6mo
Catsandbooks I love Tessa Bailey! ❤️ 6mo
BookmarkTavern Such a cute cover! 💕 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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mcctrish
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I swear stickers are getting bigger. When will I learn that in North America cute illustrated covers like this do not necessarily mean feel good rom-com stories like in England BUT very spicy romance ones 🤦🏻‍♀️ Beat ( main male protagonist) has got some weird sexual fetish thing that is only being alluded to 100 pages in - should Melody ( main female protagonist) be wary? I am 😳

DGRachel Oh yeah. Tessa Bailey does not do closed door romance. 😳 6mo
TheBookHippie 😵‍💫 6mo
mcctrish @DGRachel I‘m on a steep learning curve 🤣😳🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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mcctrish Oh @TheBookHippie I‘m learning things 😬 6mo
kspenmoll Love your tray of lights! 6mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll my hygge -ing is bringing me all kinds of joy 6mo
peanutnine 🤣🤣 6mo
5feet.of.fury Those cartoon covers, you never know what you‘re gonna get 6mo
mcctrish @5feet.of.fury I KNOW! When it‘s a semi clad chiseled torso you know it‘s going to be steamy, this is false advertising 🤣🤣 6mo
BethM I hate this trend in publishing bc @5feet.of.fury is right! Usually I want cute soft romance and end up with some death or divorce theme. 6mo
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RobES
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Pickpick

Some soft, cozy, smutty seasonal reading this week 🥰 This is actually quite funny and although some of the 'banter' is cringy, it's Christmas, so I can let it go 🎄❤️

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TEArificbooks
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Mehso-so

Read this for IRL book club. Finished in the Knick of time. Very cheesy, bit over the top and unrealistic, very millennial, and full of 50 shades level of spice. Not my favorite of the author. #wintergames #teamevergreen @Clwojick

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underground_bks
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Pickpick

This was my first time reading a holiday romance, and it was a jolly af good time! Melody and Beat must get their estranged moms to reunite their beloved rock duo for a million dollar payout—all on live TV that ends up being as obsessed with the romance between Melody and Beat as they are with any rhythm or rhyme. Much steamier than it is Christmasy, I‘d recommend for any rom-com fan looking for just a little festivity with all their smut ☺️🎄❄️

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OriginalCyn620
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This #holidayromance is one of my most anticipated reads this season, and it has a #christmastree on the cover!

#wintergames #photochallenge #decemberdreams

JenReadsAlot On my list too! 6mo
BookmarkTavern Cute! 😍 6mo
Eggs Looks fun!! 6mo
Catsandbooks I love Tessa Bailey! ❤️ 6mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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A little #wintergames fun for the day! Not my donut but I did have one today that I ate way too quickly for a picture! 😅 #snowflakesquad

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sebrittainclark
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Pickpick

4/5

Beat and Melody will receive a million dollar payout if they can achieve a Christmas miracle: reunite their mothers' band live on TV on Christmas Eve. Quickly the viewers become as invested in Beat and Melody's relationship and the drama surrounding their mothers. It's a fun and steamy holiday read.

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jackilynn
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All booked up for Christmas!! Now the question is how many of these will I actually get through since I still have bookclub books (which are Christmas related) to read 🤔🤷‍♀️😜

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kimmypete1
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Mehso-so

The first half was kind of funny, and I thought the idea of reuniting their mothers for a reunion concert was fun. But there was a sexytimes issue from the beginning that didn‘t get any better and it took me a week to finish the last 30% which tells me I wasn‘t as into the book as I thought I was.

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sebrittainclark
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ebook: Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey

audiobook: A Holly Jolly Ever After by Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone

print: Honest Advent by Scott Erickson

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Clare-Dragonfly I‘m sending a theme 😂 6mo
sebrittainclark @Clare-Dragonfly I save all my holiday romances to start on December 1 😆 6mo
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Beachesnbooks
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December TBR ❄️

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jamield1911
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Pickpick

This was between a pick and a so-so. A mix of The Prent Trap and Daisy Jones, with a lot of spice. A feel good, easy, festive rom com.

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OriginalCyn620
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These are the books I‘m going to prioritize for #wintergames…it‘s so hard to narrow down a TBR since I have SO many holiday books! But hopefully I can get all these read! 🎄🎅🏻

#candycanecrushers

Catsandbooks Great stack!! ❤️🤍❄️ 7mo
AllDebooks The Christmas Bookshop is a delight 😊 7mo
MallenNC I liked The Christmas Bookshop. I think there‘s a sequel that I need to look for! 7mo
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Clwojick 😍😍😍😍😍Holly Jolly Cowboy looks so CUTE! 7mo
OriginalCyn620 @MallenNC I didn‘t know there‘s a sequel…that‘ll go on next year‘s list I‘m sure since I‘ve heard nothing but good things! 7mo
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Finished this #ARC in my lunch hr today. Think Daisy Joes meets the Parent Trap, holiday edition. It is so funny, slapstick and laugh out loud hilarious that feels perfect for the season. Some of the spicier bits are very spicy, which feels a bit extreme, even for Bailey. While not unexpected, it did take me out of the story flow. I loved the characters, Bailey fills in the people around the MCs so well. I recommend, with a heads up for 🌶️🌶️🌶️

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Preciouz29
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I love Tessa Bailey books. That said, I had a wee bit of a hard time connecting with this one. I loved everything, except Beat‘s reason for why he‘s doing this. Also, the synopsis was definitely deceptive to me. That said, I did love the journey into some different loving. Can‘t say more cause I don‘t want to give away any spoilers!