Unfortunately Yours | By Tessa Bailey








Book Review | Contemporary Romance

Unfortunately Yours
A down-on-her-luck Napa heiress suggests a mutually beneficial marriage of convenience to a man she can't stand... only to discover there's a fine line between love and hate. After losing her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop, Natalie Vos returned home to lick her wounds. A few months later, she's sufficiently drowned her sorrows in cabernet and she's ready to get back on her feet. She just needs her trust fund to finance her new business venture. Unfortunately, the terms require she marry before she can have the money. And well, dumped, remember? But Natalie is desperate enough to propose to a man who makes her want to kill him--and kiss him, in equal measure. August Cates may own a vineyard, but he doesn't know jack about making wine. He's determined to do his late best friend proud, no matter what it takes. Except his tasting room is empty, his wine is disgusting (seriously, he once saw someone gag), and his buddy's legacy is circling the drain. No bank will give him the loan he needs to turn the business around... and then the gorgeous, feisty heiress knocks on his door. Natalie has haunted his dreams since the moment they met, but their sizzling chemistry immediately morphed into simmering insults. Now, a quickie marriage could help them both. A sham wedding, a few weeks living under the same roof, and then they can go their separate ways--assuming they make it out alive. How hard could it be? There's just one thing they didn't account for: their unfortunate, unbearable, undeniable attraction.  (Goodreads)






My thoughts







Narrative and Plot








Tessa Bailey knows how to nail it every single time. She knows what her readers want and delivers exactly that. Unfortunately Yours is yet another adorable and steamy romance that fits the brand.

Told from both the main characters’ perspectives, this is both hate-to-love and marriage-of-convenience romance trope. Something you inherently know will be a lot of fun to read. It delivers on that with plenty of banter and pranks. The plot moves smoothly and even if you know exactly how it is going to end; you are here for it.






Characters and Conflicts





For a contemporary romance, the plot is merely an outline. What you go in for are the characters. August and Natalie might have already caught your interest if you have read Secretly Yours.

Their meet-cute is already established and now you can easily start with the fun part where they enter into a fake marriage. Around the halfway point, I actually thought that this one dialed down the steam a bit. But boy, was I wrong?

While so many sex scenes might seem forced in any other romance novel, Tessa Bailey weaves a story with each scene. And it just fits snugly along with the character development and the overall plot. Also, you get some toe-curling steam on the side. Why would any romance reader complain about that?

However, the conflict here was quite evident, and you knew how it was going to play out. I didn’t get any kind of surprise in that department. Maybe it’s the oversaturation of the romance novels that I have been reading for a decade, but even as the final conflict came and went, I didn’t feel the urgency on behalf of these characters. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I was sure it could be resolved pretty quickly.

















If you are picking up Unfortunately Yours, thinking you will get a fun, steamy rom-com and you can escape life for a few hours, you are absolutely right. And the epilogue will just make your heart fill with joy. Exactly the kind of feel-good vibe, you want to walk away with.
























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