Summary of Book: Perfect Bethany Castle wants to take a step away from staging and try her hand at flipping a house from scratch. When no one takes her seriously and a local television show comes to her to film her renovation against her brother’s renovation, Wes, a Texas man with a wicked tongue, volunteers to help Bethany not only win the show but win her heart as well. As well as following the renovation, we see Wes and Bethany verbal spar with each other nonstop, family tensions making and breaking, and personal issues being dealt with. With an Home Improvement vibe and an enemies-to-lovers rom-com mix, Tools of Engagement is the perfect book for you!
Right off the bat (or should I say sledgehammer) if you looking for a very well put together older woman who can’t resist a younger, hot as sin, irresistible, charming countryman, then Tools of Engagement is the book for you! Also, if you love the old TV show Home Improvement as much as I do, (still watch it on repeat to this day) then you will absolutely love this book!
If you have read any of Tessa Bailey other books in the Hot & Hammered series, then you already know a little bit about Bethany. She is a perfectionist, knows what she wants, and is very headstrong. We see Bethany and a slightly younger man named Wes go at it from page one, flinging verbal insults at each other to disguise their attraction for each other. The insults are hilarious, witty, and clearly filled with lust, something that I found absolutely charming and made the two characters easily likable.
In this book, Bethany decides that she doesn’t want to be a stager in the family construction business anymore and in turn, wants to try her hand at fixing a house from the ground up. Wes volunteers as tribute to help her get this fixer-upper done and ensues lusty chaos. Truly I don’t understand why they didn’t just get together from the first chapter, but I was able to read the hilarious verbal war between Wes and Bethany so I’m not complaining too much.
I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anything but not only is there the amazing brick and mortar thick chemistry but Wes is dealing with a personal issue that slowly bleeds into his relationship with Bethany and Bethany is dealing with her perfectionism and other family tensions as well so don’t think this book is just hilarious banter and nothing else. Their relationship and lives are much deeper, and Bailey takes her time delving into that (and the amazing TV show).
I absolutely devoured Bailey’s first book in the series, and I thought that there was no way I could love this book as much as the first but I was wrong. So wrong. I will forever love Georgie and Travis (we also see them in this as well!) and now Bethany and Wes are right up there with them.
While I would definitely call this a light, rom-com sort of a book, there is some drama, a lot of tension, and a small twist that I was not expecting. You don’t have to read the other two books in the series first, but I would highly recommend it as it sets up the scene for this book. All in all, I adored this book and will continue to read anything Tessa Bailey puts out!