Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Love Her or Lose Her
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot & Hammered #2
Genre: M/F Contemporary Romance
Length: 347 pages
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
I’m usually not a fan of second chance romances, especially when it comes to married couples, but I was very interested in Rosie and Dominic when I first met them in Fix Her Up. Unfortunately, I really didn’t love Travis and Georgie’s story in the first book. But, on a whim, I requested a copy of Love Her or Lose Her and took a chance. And ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod it was nothing I expected and everything I hoped it would be.
Dominic and Rosie are high school sweethearts, but ever since Dominic returned from deployment five years ago, her husband has been distant. They do not talk. They do not spend time together. Every Tuesday night they finally give in to their sexual frustrations and fuck like bunnies. All sex, no talk. Afterwards, they both go back to existing. So the passion is there, but the words are not. Until Rosie decides to blow everything up and walk out the door.
I could NOT put this book down! I started and finished all in one day, and I totally would have read it in one sitting if real life did not get in the way. Rosie and Dominic spoke to my heart. I felt their issues on such a real level that I just wanted to scream a them both to “open your mouth and talk!” They both have their own “love language” they need to navigate I loved seeing the emotional journey from beginning to end.
One of the main reasons I’m not a fan of reading second chances or married couples is that I always start with the assumption there will not be enough sexual tension to keep me on the hook. But let me tell you Rosie and Dominic have some of THE BEST sexual tension between them! Seriously, I can’t even count how many books I’ve read since the last time there this much explosive sexual frustration. Plus, when they finally do succumb to their urges, ohmygod it is scorching hot! I will never not remember that hotel scene!
The ending was more than a bit predictable, but ohmygod it was good!
No worries, there was plenty of interference from the Just Us League. Bethany and Georgie…and even Kristin get involved. Plus, Stephen and Travis are not going to stay out of their friends’ marriage while it’s falling apart. Oh oh oh! Bethany’s prospective beau makes his appearance and ohmygod do they hate each other. Their book is guaranteed to be delicious.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*