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In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house...and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!

Hair, makeup, clothing, decor...everything in Bethany Castle's world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family's real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She's on a dating hiatus, and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously. 

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew, and the only member of her brother's construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany's skin on day one, and the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way. 

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It's a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany's perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke, and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.

"Her voice feels as fresh and contemporary as a Netflix rom-com." (Entertainment Weekly)

©2020 Tessa Bailey (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Don’t listen within earshot of others

Borders on porn. Way too many expletives. Could have been written without the base details and crude language and been better for it. I can’t recommend it.
Narrator needs to look up the pronunciation for banquette. It’s a very different thing from a banquet. Or, maybe it was the author’s incorrect choice of word? I may never know.

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Learning it’s okay not to be perfect.

Tools Of Engagement by Tessa Bailey is book 3 of 3 in the rom-com series. It carries on with the same characters from Fix Her Up and Love Her Or Lose Her but is a story about another couple. It is rated R in places. It is a love story about find yourself and making your our security. It is also about learning to let others into your heart. Learning it’s okay not to be perfect. People will still love you even if you are not perfect. How long have you been basing your value on how perfect you can make things appear.
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Much better than book 2

The story line and character development was MUCH better than in book two!! Don't need to read book two to jump into this one (Book 3) and I would recommend doing just that.

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Wonderful

Charlotte North is an excellent narrator and does a wonderful job voicing the different characters in the story. I really enjoyed the third installment of this series, the book is funny and lighthearted at times but also does a great job of diving into Wes and Bethany’s relationship in a way that helps you feel like you know them

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She’s obviously never met a real Texan

I cannot recommend this book. The author has obviously never been to Texas nor met a real Texan. Her “Texan” hero is very much a Hollywood/NYC version of stereotypical Texan. We don’t sound like that. She uses way too much unnecessary cursing in the narrative and in the characters’ speech. People don’t really talk that way, no matter what industry they work in. I’ve spent time in refineries with less f-bombs. Sex scenes are more towards the erotic which is why it gets 2 stars instead of 1. The narrator is decent, and with better material to read I’m sure she’s good. Though, she did try a little too hard for a male Texas accent. Other reviews said the first two books in this series are better than this one. I hope so, though I doubt I’ll spend any more credits on this author.

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What a great listen....

I loved this book it's well worth the credit an you will want it in your favorites....

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A Hilarious Romance

I loved every bit of this story. It was wonderfully written and amazingly told.

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Laugh out loud and tears of joy

This was a fantastic listen. Such a sweet story but the twist and turns were great. Some scenes will have you laughing out lord. Just enough romance to keep you interested. Worth listening to again.

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just right

it seems that books can either be too sappy or too angsty but this series, and this book, are just right. makes for a perfect listen while running around or doing dishes. I've really enjoyed them.

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Laughable Moments

I think I like this one the lost out of the 3, there were much more laughable and cute moments in this one. Also the real life of of imperfections and insecurity. Narration was flawless.

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  • 11-12-21

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I feel like it's been forever since I read a book by this author even though I've had this book basically since it came out. Shame on me. This is a very cute age gap, antagonist to lovers romance with a 23 year old reluctant caregiver and his 30 year old boss who takes on a house flipping competition against her brother. The banter between Wes and Bethany is classic Bailey as is the steam. I really enjoyed this

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  • Katie Kirk
  • 06-30-21

The best book of the series!

I have really enjoyed this trilogy. The characters, the romances, the town, the just-us league! The first one ‘Fix Her Up’ I thought would remain my favourite but this book tops it for me! I love Bethany and Wes is by far the best love interest of the whole series. He is everything and all the scenes with Wes and Lara melted my heart! A great ending to the series.

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  • Sarah
  • 01-17-21

Great audio book

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Read this whole series and this one my favourite.

I loved Wes he was amazing uncle and he was so supportive of Bethany.

I thought the way she adjusted because he helped her was amazing.

I loved the chemistry of them and catching up on both previous couples is always a massive plus

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  • Izzy
  • 10-01-20

Brilliant!

The narrator was fantastic, especially brilliant with Wes' male Texan accent. The story moved quickly and seamlessly and I fell in love with Bethany and Wes and was eager for them to be happy. It had plenty of grit and interest without being forced. The bedroom scenes are very elaborate so definitely one to listen to with ear phones!

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 09-26-20

Needs all the stars

This is one pause worthy book. Hang on you are thinking pause worthy sounds like a bad review? It’s not, I had to pause this multiple times because the banter between these enemies to lovers was just too good and I couldn’t hear the book over my own laughing. This is a book that will have you giggling then will turn up the heat to maximum level.

The characters have been well thought out and I love that they weren’t perfect they have flaws and issues. I have loved this world so much and it was sad to see it end but I loved revisiting previous characters.

If Tessa Bailey wants to write it I will happily read it because I know I’m guaranteed fantastic characters, dirty talk and a brilliant storyline to back it all up