REVIEW: Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey

by |July 11, 2023

I’m back again with yet another romance review! Grab a cup of tea (or maybe a glass of milk) and strap in because this one is spicy.

Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey, the second book in the ‘Vine Mess’ duology came out in June, and I ran to read it. I enjoyed reading its predecessor Secretly Yours when it came out in February, and I was 100% ready to fall in love with Natalie Voss and August Cates (can we also talk about how rad these names are?).

The plot: Natalie Voss has fallen from grace in her career as a high-profile stockbroker on Wallstreet, and in Secretly Yours, came home to her family’s vineyard in Napa Valley with her tail between her legs. She made a really bad decision, was fired and then her fiance broke off their engagement, and she wants to show them how wrong they all were. To do that, she needs money!

August Cates, on the other hand, is an ex-Navy Seal who has started a wine business to fulfil his dead best friend’s dream. However, it isn’t going too well as the wine is awful. Natalie and August clashed briefly in Secretly Yours and ‘despise’ (read: attracted to) each other. His business is about to close and he needs a loan to stay afloat.

Enter the marriage of convenience. Natalie can access her trust fund under one condition: get married! August and Natalie decide to enter into marriage to fulfil both of their dreams. Turns out though, while they don’t like each other, they do have sizzling sexual tension that can’t be ignored.

This one is spicy, fun and emotional: all the things you could want in a romance novel. You don’t have to read them in order, even though the main female character is initially introduced in Secretly Yours.

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Unfortunately Yoursby Tessa Bailey

Unfortunately Yours

by Tessa Bailey

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey returns with the hilarious follow-up to Secretly Yours, in which 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.

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