Love Her or Lose Her: A Novel

Love Her or Lose Her: A Novel

by Tessa Bailey

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One of Oprah Magazine's 22 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020 + Marie Claire's Best New Books of 2020

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with a unique, sexy romantic comedy about a young married couple whose rocky relationship needs a serious renovation... 

Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be anyway. Now Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with ten years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp. 

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to-emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippie. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret... and it could demolish everything.

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ISBN-13: 9780062872852
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,688
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling 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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Love Her or Lose Her: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
gaele 4 days ago
Firstly – let me apologize for the lateness of this review – I wanted it to be ready for the release date – and I missed that mark. BUT – y’all need to go out, grab the two in this series – read them – and then wait for the next…. Because they are fabulous! From emotional impact to romantic gestures, a more than ‘retro’ marriage counselor and the solid friendships and support: Dominic and Rosie have everything that they need to repair and improve their ten year marriage, if they are willing to work at it. See, Rosie has always (since high school) dreamed of having her own restaurant and Dominic – with their own big house overlooking the water from the porch. A house big enough to entertain all of their friends and children to come, and a restaurant where she can spread that love and caring to others. Dominic always wanted to provide and be strong for Rosie – since seventh grade that’s been his entire focus – knowing and seeing HER, and making sure that she wants for nothing. Since his return from Afghanistan he’s even more determined to prove his worth to her as a provider, mostly because he doesn’t think he’s got anything else. And, since his return their relationship has become a silent one, with knock-your-socks-off sex every Tuesday night, but little else. And Rosie’s had enough – leaving Dominic to stay with one of her best friends, Bethany. Far from a story where you’d find ‘blame’ for the marriage breaking down to lay solidly at one person’s feet – Dominic’s discomfort with emotions and words, and Rosie’s need for words become the first, and most glaring difference between the two. Desperate not to lose Rosie and feel a complete failure without purpose, Dominic begs her for another chance, something he can do to try to show her how much he wants her: and she books them with a ‘relationship Boot camp” with an unusual, 60’s throwback therapist with novel ideas and several unique ‘homework’ assignments that provide them both insight. So often, communication is at the center of any and all relationship problems – far from not ‘wanting’ to be together – the connection (physical and mental) between these two is so intertwined it could be a macramé plant hanger. The sparks between them, the heat, and Dominic’s deliciously filthy mouth (oh my goodness the creativity!), along with their litany of shared memories of moments – readers NEED to see them work this out – because as they both feel it so irretrievably broken, but at a loss for the what next, making this work – learning how actions and words can be ways to say I love you, the homework assignments – it’s a clever way to bring both sides together for a common purpose. When you add in the romantic gestures (swoon) from Dominic, and Rosie’s attempts to ‘show’ and not just speak her love, the frustration of Stephen (Dominic’s boss) with his two sister’s men AND Dominic – who is marginally the favorite even as they are ‘talking relationships’, and several glorious, steam off the pages and crave a cold shower scenes with plenty of hot, filthy talk – the story packs a visceral punch that isn’t just tugging at your heart. Everyone has had a communication blip in their relationship – and if you say not me – you are lying. This isn’t a handbook, but a hope book – that no matter how bleak, how silent, or even how ‘alone’ a couple feels: there is hope and ways to make it all work. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review.
Anonymous 4 days ago
2.5 and mad about it. Way too many sex scenes, not a fan of the overly-macho possessive husband, and the actual story was repetitive as HELLLLL. I was really excited about it one and it just fell so flat for me! I think I'll still pick up Fix Her Up though since I didn't read it before this one and I've heard nothing but amazing reviews.
MBurton 3 days ago
I was not expecting how this book was going to make me cry! The feels in this had my emotions all over the place. If you got to read book one, we were introduced to married couple Dominick and Rosie. This is their story. We learned they were having some trouble in book one and in Love Her or Lose Her, Rosie is at the end of her rope and decides to do something about it. This couple needed a wake up call. The author takes us on their journey to discover if their marriage can be saved. I'm going to be honest here and say that I fell completely for Dominick. I don't want to give anything away so I am not going to go into details. I'm just going to say that this broken marriage was not what I thought it was going to be. The things you find out will make you swoon. Yes, swoon. I know that's not what you would think about a troubled marriage. Let's just say the proof is in the details. What this book taught me is that it just goes to show that you can have a madly in love couple and still struggle. We all know that it takes work for a marriage to survive but this also pointed out that we may be blind to a few details. It really was a great way to follow an already established couple and see love come alive again.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I had a hard time getting into this one. I thought the husbands behavior at the beginning was pretty aggressive sexually and made it hard for me to get into. It left a bad taste in my mouth the rest of the book.
sexyromcomreader 3 days ago
Love Her or Lose Her is not your typical romance novel - meet, fall in love, live happily every after. Instead, it is a story about a married couple that loves each other, but have to re-find their love and spark. There is NO CHEATING, so don't worry - it's a pure love story about falling back in love with your spouse. We first met Dominic and Rosie in Fix Her Up, but we didn't get to see much of their relationship. On paper, Dominic seems like the perfect husband - loyal, devoted, passionate, trust worthy, hard working. And his wife, Rosie, is clearly the center of his universe. But Dominic was struggling after serving for his country, and they slowly drifted apart. After Rosie left, feeling like they fell out of love, Dominic realized that drastic action was needed to get back to the core of their story - their undeniable love. With the help of a somewhat unconventional marriage counselor, they find their way back to each other. This book may be the purest romance that I've read in a long while. It was sweet, touching, romantic, and the love was so genuine and honest and evident. A wonderful read.
Anonymous 4 days ago
This book hit me right in the feels! I felt the pain and angst and everything Rosie and Dominic were going through - Tessa Bailey is one of the few writers who gets you so emotionally involved with her characters that it feels like what’s happening to them is happening to you. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I rarely leave reviews, but wanted to leave one since there were some ‘Meh’ reviews - who are entitled to their opinion, but I just don’t see it. These characters are heart wrenchingly real and emotional and the book is awesome and well worth the read! And, well, the crazy sex we can only all hope for, so not super realistic, but really who wants reality with sex scenes - that’s what you’re buying the book for! Anyway - but it! It’s awesome! ALL of Tessa’s books are!
AmyM43 4 days ago
Childhood sweethearts Rosie and Dominic married nearly ten years ago before Dominic's first deployment overseas. They used to spend hours just talking and sharing their hopes and dreams for their future, but over time, the talk has fizzled out. To the point where they practically live in silence - except for their routine sexytimes on Tuesdays. Then one day Rosie has decided she's had enough. She's tired of being silent, she's tired of putting her dreams on hold for no reason. So she leaves. But Rosie and Dominic's relationship is built on a foundation of true undeniable love. Neither one really wants to see the marriage end. When Dominic agrees to marriage counselling, both Rosie and Dominic will learn what the other needs in order to salvage their marriage. When they think progress is being made and they can move forward, could a long-kept secret by Dominic bring things crumbling down? I think I can honestly say that Love Her or Lose Her is the rare romance I've read tackling issues within a marriage where the people are still together. Typically they're either already divorced for years and find their way back to one another or they're just divorced. I liked seeing the work Rosie and Dominic put into their marriage, that they put into the problems in their marriage to try to fix what is broken. I loved that Tessa Bailey gives readers both sides of the coin. The story is told from both Rosie and Dominic's point of view and you can see where each played a part in how their marriage has gotten to the point it's in at the beginning. Although I will say that Dominic is painted as more of the problem with his inability to open up to Rosie. It's something that has long-reaching consequences, but by the end I don't feel like we truly figure out why Dominic slowly closed himself off to Rosie. Was is things he saw overseas? His upbringing? Is it the fact that they've been together for so long? All of these are kind of batted around as possibly reasons, but I never felt like we get down to the actual source. Likewise with Rosie. I don't know if it's supposed to be a little superfluous or vague enough that readers can see themselves in and more clearly identify with the characters so form that connection. If it's a commentary on how marriages - relationships in general - are constant work. That once you slack off in putting in the effort the results will never be good. Part of me sees this and agrees, but part of me wanted just a little more out of Rosie and Dominic fixing their problems. I didn't read the first book in the series and for all intents and purposes you don't really have to, but I do wonder if, as secondary characters, we see a little more of the marriage problems creeping up in Rosie and Dominic's relationship before where we start at the beginning of their own story. Based on how the other secondary characters are featured in this one, I'm going to assume that's a yes. Speaking of, Tessa Bailey had a few great sparking moments between a couple of said secondary characters that has completely ensnared me into needing to read the next book when it's available. Love Her or Lose Her is the first book I've read by Tessa Bailey and for all that I think it's supposed to be more light-hearted, I thought the seriousness of dealing with a broken marriage was well done. The fact that sometimes love may not be enough is startling, but that just means you have to fight harder for it if it's truly important.
Anonymous 5 days ago
This is Rosie and Dominic book, they are high school sweethearts, best friends, and the chemistry between them is off the charts!! But they’re definitely going through a rough time lately! Dominic is a great provider but the man Rosie fell in love with is nowhere to be found! When her friends talk her into taking what she wants for a change, she decides to demand more out of her marriage! She goes with: marriage boot camp! She knows her husband will never go! But Dom surprises her and agrees to meet with the weed smoking hippie! I was really surprised how much I liked this book! I kept putting it off because I really don’t like reading about already together couples I usually enjoy that first meet-cute feeling but Tessa really put a great story together here! I highly recommend reading this one! Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for sharing this book with me!!
Anonymous 5 days ago
I was a big fan of Fix Her Up so getting approved for Love Her or Lose Her was one of those "OH MY GOD!" moments for me as a new reviewer. I had read a couple other of Tessa Bailey's books and had a rather firm grasp of her writing. Love Her Or Lose Her disappointed me thoroughly. Maybe it was just that we were looking at a couple that had already been together, I know those relationships are hard to write, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out why they were supposed to be together aside from the over the top sexual energy. It felt forced. Everything about him turned her on which feels unrealistic, to me at least. Their history is glossed over, just a few anecdotes from when they first started dating and the current drama includes a wacky new age couples counselor that tells them not to have sex. For a smutty book, it was decent, but that's all it was really. No real plot or connection between the two characters and we're constantly reminded of how they're going to go insane if they don't have sex. Like Fix Her Up there's a tiny subplot with her restaurant which I think could have been explored more since the sexual tension wasn't that believable. Then there's Bethany and Wes, which the next book is going to focus on and I'm actually looking forward to. All in all it really fell flat. Dominic ignored his wife, giving her the bare minimum and wild sex for a number of years. She put her dreams on hold for no real reason, she said it was Dominic, but there isn't any real conflict there as she had a stronger support group with her friends. Everyone was basically propping her future restaurant up before it was even started. The biggest thing that annoyed me, and this isn't a spoiler as it only takes up two pages or so of the actual book conflict-wise. Dom knew she wanted to start a restaurant. That was her dream so what did he do? He freaking secretly bought her a house. Dude. What? Excuse me? No. Realistically, them being married that would be fairly sizable hit to their credit and could have kept her from opening the restaurant if she wanted to. Who buys a house and keeps it secret for years? C'mon. My eyes were rolling like crazy at Dom and the other guys. The friendships were boiled down to innuendo filled quips that were more cringe worthy than sexy. I hope the next book is better, but I will say that writing about an already established couple without going deeper into why they fit together was a bit of a yikes for me.
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BeautyBookCorner 6 days ago
I really liked Fix Her Up so I was excited to read the second book in this world. This is a second chance romance about a married couple, Rosie and Dominic. Like Fix Her Up, this was a very shmexy read. The sexual chemistry and interactions between Rosie and Dominic was super smutty, and it felt more natural compared to Travis and Georgie’s relationship. Both characters are pretty intense and the plot is about them struggling to heal their broken marriage so it’s already a darker vibe. This made it a more angsty and serious story. I enjoyed FHU more because of Georgie’s charming personality. She brought a lot of light and levity to the romantic tension. With Rosie and Dominic, they go from a level 1 to a level 10 in the tension, sexual chemistry just by breathing next to each other. And dare I say? After awhile it was too much sexual tension for me? I think I needed more humor between them. The couple goes to therapy, an aspect I really loved in the story, and that’s where we see more of them simply talking and trying to be comfortable with each other again. The book focused very heavily on the concept of 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. A concept that says people have a innate preferred way of expressing and receiving love. Dominic expresses love by service. He does little things for Rosie. Rosie expresses love through words. And because they don’t understand each other’s love language, they’ve both been feeling undervalued and unloved in their marriage. I have read the Champan’s book and while I like the concept, I think Bailey focused too much on different love languages as the issue in the couple’s relationship. This is worth reading if you liked Fix Her Up. It’s a lot more angsty and dark because of the characters’ personalities and their relationship, but it was still fun. And I loved seeing all the characters from the FHU. It looks like Bethany is next and it’s going to be a enemies-to-lovers one! ** Thank you to NetGalley and Avon for providing me with an arc to review.
CarissaR 6 days ago
I was super excited for Dominic and Rosie's book after reading them in Fix Her Up. I really loved the fact that they were already married, but for me the story as a whole fell short. I liked it, but didn't LOVE it like how I did with Fix Her Up. It was missing that spark for me that kept me from being glued to the pages. To me this didn't even feel like a "Rom-Com" for the category it is shelved in. Needless to say I'm glad for the HEA. I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Cheryl Koch 6 days ago
I was first introduced to this author with her Romancing the Clarksons series. I really enjoyed those books. I have not read the first book in this new series but I plan to go back and read the first one after finishing this book. Instantly, I loved Rosie and Dominic. I felt the sexual chemistry between them. It was "raw" and "strong". It was nice to see that Dominic was willing to give couples therapy a chance. In fact, they both were committed to the task. It showed that there was still lots of love between them. This book had me laughing, smiling, hot and bothered. It was a pure joy to read this book. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Gregory-Love 7 days ago
Dominic and Rosie have such a beautiful story! You get sucked into their emotional struggles, join in their laughter, and flame with their sexy times.
Ireadergosum 8 days ago
Okay, so I fell in LOVE with Fix Her Up, the first book in the Hot & Hammered Series. Which meant I was so excited for Love Her or Lose Her, especially because we met Rosie and Dominic in the previous book. This book was a damn journey. There are so many ups and downs, but the growth of both characters kept me completely enthralled. I've got to admit that I love a book with a good therapist, and Tessa Bailey wrote a really hilariously good one. Couples therapy for the Vega's is so eye opening, and I really enjoyed that. Sometimes we need that objective person to point things out to us that are right outside of our perspective. Rosie and Dominic kind of made me want to scream at certain points, because I felt like they shouldn't be that dense, but it is what it is. Overall, I enjoyed the second book is the Hot & Hammered Series, and I'm looking forward to the third! Thank you to Avon and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!
Naomi Denton 8 days ago
SYNOPSIS | Rosie Vega married her childhood sweetheart (Dom), but since he returned from the military he has been emotionally absent. Rosie isn't sure what has happened to the man she fell in love with but she feels like her life has kind of stalled. Her girlfriends encourage her to demand more from life and to take the leap and finally pursue her dream of opening up a restaurant and she decides to demand more from her relationship too. MY THOUGHTS | So this was even raunchier than Fix Her Up and whilst I am all for some steamy sex scenes, a lot of these just didn't sit right with me. Dom was extremely possessive of Rosie and it felt like he often referred to her as a sexual object. I also couldn't stand his pet name for her and every time he said "honey girl" I had to stop myself from cringing. BUT overall this was an enjoyable read, it felt better written compared to the 1st book in the series and I like that it was using the Love Languages as a foundation of the storyline. I am not sure that I will be carrying on in the series though.
Noire 9 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. Love Her or Lose Her is the second book in Tessa Bailey’s romantic comedy series Hot and Hammered. I recommend reading the first book Fix Her Up before reading this one as it will give you a better feel for the story if you know the characters and what happened in the first book. Rosie and Dominic Vega’s marriage is broken. High-school sweethearts, they seem to be growing further and further apart each day and even though they are still steaming up the bedroom communication has become non-existent making Rosie question whether or not she still loves Dominic. Dominic came back from his Army tour of duty a changed person and although he is trying to provide for Rosie the secrets he keeps are causing the relationship to falter. Desperate to save his marriage he agrees to attend counselling with Rosie and they learn to find their way back to each other but those secrets may prove a stumbling block that is insurmountable. The story is told with a nice balance of humor and angst and the steam level is Whoa … so hot. Publishing Date January 14, 2020 #Edelweissplus #TessaBailey #LoverHerOrLoseHer #HotAndHammered #ContemporaryRomance #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsCanada #bookstagram #smalltownromance
Michele-G 9 days ago
4 1/2 "Second Chance" Stars! I was excited to read Love Her or Lose Her and get Rosie and Dominic's story. We got a taste of their chemistry in Fix Her Up and I was more than ready to see them tackle their marital issues. I couldn't have been cheering harder for a couple to succeed! They battled through a good portion of the story though. Their communication skills were definitely lacking. Especially in Dominic's case. He didn't use words, he used actions and often they were thoughtful gestures but were done without recognition. Watching these two battle against the odds to work through their problems and find their way back to each other made for a touching story. In addition, I really enjoyed the interactions with their friends. They had a great support system of people watching out for them, I really liked that this book was a different take on romance. Instead of portraying what it's like to meet and fall in love, it dealt with what it's like to try to fall back in love. It was heartbreaking at times to watch them stumble through the process. However, when they had success, nothing could have been more spectacular. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Collins for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Rosie Vega is far from living the life she thought she'd have when she married her high school sweetheart 10 years ago. Working in a department store selling perfume and being completely ignored by her husband, except for Tuesday nights, isn't working for her anymore, she decides it's time to get her life back on track. The first step though is packing a suitcase and getting some space from her husband. Dominic Vega is loving Rosie the only way he knows how by providing for her and taking care of her with actions she doesn't even notice. Feeling blindsided, to say the least, by his wife's confession he's not sure what to do, but he'll do anything to get her back, including talking about his feelings with an old hippie. This is such an incredible book. I absolutely adore it. I loved reading about a married couple, even though the marriage was failing, where no one was unfaithful. It was so realistic in how you can just co-exist together without having any real interaction, you're comfortable to the point you almost don't notice each other, and all of the feelings that eventually come up. Two chapters in and my heart was aching for them, but part of me was really irritated with Dominic thinking that he could win her back with nothing but sex initially, how he kept pushing it, I was so glad to see Rosie stand her ground. It was almost beautiful to see both Rosie and Dominic evolve and do the work, but it wasn't without it's setbacks. Even though based on a failing marriage, it definitely had moments of comic relief. This is such an amazing, well-written book, I'm so excited to see Bethany and Wes next. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
a_girl_who_loves_to_read 10 days ago
This book has all the emotions. While reading I felt Rosie and Dominic's emotions come through in the writing. This is a powerful story of two people who deeply love each other but have been so involved in their own heads and lives and have forgotten how much loved they shared. They will take you on a beautiful emotional journey of love and life.
FCA 10 days ago
3.5 stars: This is one of those books that I know had my brain and my heart battling it out. On one hand, I felt like it had a lot of issues that were not addressed. On the other hand... *swoon.* For the swoon: Dominic. Loves. Rosie. Oh man, does he love her. I'm not a huge fan of the alpha male, but this man loves his wife. I love romances about established couples/marriages and I think Bailey did a great job of showing how people who love each other can get to a point where they are no longer together. In her introduction she talks about love languages, and she leans on that heavily in the book. It was a bit simplistic, but it definitely worked, and it hit me in all the feels. The strength in the book comes from how Bailey writes the relationship arc, how Dominic and Rosie navigate their love & their commitment. Dominic's arc is especially moving, and while a little heavy-handed on the toxic masculinity, it was food for thought. As someone who has a lot of trouble saying what they are thinking, even while my brain is screaming JUST SAY IT, I could 100% relate to what his character and his difficulties in talking. People who express their emotions easily will probably be very frustrated with Dominic, but I understood him perfectly. Like in Fix Her Up (which you don't have to read to enjoy this one, although it might help a little for background), I loved the female friendships and support. For the issues: once again, like in Fix Her Up, the sexism wasn't addressed. These men are NOT feminists. Also, while both main characters are supposed to be POC, the representation felt really forced. Honestly, it read like a white woman trying to get diversity points. And, while I can appreciate that people have strong sexual chemistry, Rosie and Dominic's was over the top and got a little tiring. The sex scenes themselves though were fine and in traditional Tessa Bailey style, very high heat. Be warned, the pet name is "honey girl," and it is used liberally. I read this book in two sittings. I really liked the relationship arc & the story; it made me laugh, it brought tears to my eyes once, and at the end I gave a great big happy-relieved sigh. That being said, the book has it's issues. **Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.**
AngS 10 days ago
I don't know if I can love this story more than I already do. Of all the characters in these two books of this series, I mostly relate to Rosie. Seeing her relationship with Dominic and how my own marriage has some (definitely not all) similarities has been eye opening. I took so much more than I had expected away from reading this story. I absolutely loved it. The story line is relatable for anyone who is or has been married. The characters are so well developed and amazing. But I have to say Travis had me laughing a ton in this book. He will always be my favorite.
DarGee 10 days ago
This was an amazing journey, getting to go along with Dominic and Rosie, as they re-found, and re-affirmed, the reasons they fell in love, and do it all over again. I admit, I cried at random spots in this book, but they weren’t as often as I thought. I also laughed while reading this book, not just with the wild antics of the side characters (and you all are going to love Armie and Wes) but with Rosie and Dominic as well. They lost their laughter, and they find it again, and it is breathtaking to watch that happen. Marriage is a struggle, and an HEA is not guaranteed, no matter how much you love each other. The heat and passion between Rosie and Dominic is without question, even in their darkest times, they spark, ignite, and burn for each other. Our couple realize they love each other, but they also, more importantly I would say, realize that there are two people in a marriage, and each have needs to be met. As Dominic and Rosie realize nearly from the start that they want to make it, they just need to approach every day life with the same passion and drive they have in the bedroom. Learning comes for both of them, and they are all the strong for it Now, about Bethany and Wes………
Sandy-thereadingcafe 10 days ago
3.5 stars-- LOVE HER OR LOSE HER is the second instalment in Tessa Bailey’s contemporary, adult HOT AND HAMMERED erotic, romance series. This is Dominic and Rosie Vega’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Rosie and Dominic) LOVE HER OR LOSE HER follows the crumbling relationship between married couple Rosie and Dominic Vega. Rosie has had enough and finally decides that she no longer loves the man her husband has become since his return from active duty, but Dominic isn’t going down without a fight. When his wife suggests ‘extreme’ couple’s counselling, Dominic jumps at the chance to make everything right, a jump that finds him relearning to seduce the woman he already loves. What ensues is rebuilding romance and relationship between Dominic and Rosie, and the potential fall-out when Dominic finally reveals a secret he has kept for close to a year. Rosie Vega has always wanted to open her own restaurant, and with the help of her friends and a GoFundMe page, Rosie sets out to make her dream come true. Dominic will do anything to put his marriage back together including following the instructions set out by their eccentric counsellor but when Dominic discovers that Rosie is going ahead with her plans for a restaurant, Dominic takes matters into his own hands thereby revealing a secret he has kept from the woman he loves. Herein lies a bit of a conundrum for me: yes, Dominic has a secret; he should have included his wife in his decision but I did not believe that his actions warranted Rosie’s response. The relationship between Rosie and Dominic has become stagnant and static. Dominic is over-protective of Rosie, but our heroine is oblivious to the extent to which her husband will go. The only thing our couple have in common is their fantastic sex life but there is more to marriage and relationships than amazing sex. The fact that Dominic was willing to give therapy a chance meant our hero was willing to step up to make things better. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and energetic secondary and supporting characters including Travis and Georgie; Stephen and Kristin, Bethany, and newcomer Wes Daniels. There may be something developing between Bethany and Wes. LOVE HER OR LOSE HER is a story of family, friendships, relationships and love. The premise is engaging and entertaining; the relationship struggles in the face of their deteriorating marriage; the characters are dynamic and captivating but I want to address the blurb that states Love Her or Lose Her is a romantic comedy because, IMO, there was very little humor or comedic text. I guess one person’s comedy is another person’s tragedy.
wendm_ccbh 10 days ago
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey is the second book in her Hot & Hammered series! We're first introduced to Rosie and Dominic in Fix Her Up and you guys I loved every moment of their story!! From the very first chapter until the very end I was swooning and emotional. This book is everything you love and want in a romance. Rosie and Dominic are soulmates who have been together since they were teenagers. They've been through it all. They're flawed. Their marriage has taken a turn. Rosie and Dominic aren't the same people they used to be when they first got married. Now the two must fight and fall in love all over again, rediscover each other, and reunite once more but for good this time. Their relationship has been all-consuming from the moment they met that at one point they forgot to communicate with one another. The passion and the fire has never waned but Rosie needs more from her husband and she takes a stand and decides to leave. Dominic gets a wake up call. All he's ever wanted is his honey girl . He's been taught to provide and now he must also learn to show his emotions and reveal his needs as well. This is hard for Dominic at first because he's such a quiet and broody man. When Rosie suggests couples therapy he's willing to do anything to win her back. So much emotion, growth, and love with amazing friendships and secondary characters who were truly adored in book one. I loved Dominic's troubled side as well as his fierce and loving side. Rosie, too, grew so much. She became independent and fought for her dreams and for her marriage. These are two people who saw their faults and worked together. I was captivated and charmed until the last page. And enough said about the new hero introduced to torment Bethany!! I'm dying for their book next and I just know it's going to be a lot of fun. That being said, please do yourselves a favor and start this series!!