It Happened One Summer (Bellinger Sisters #1) by Tessa Bailey

“I can be in a room full of people that I know and still not feel like I belong.”

Plot Summary

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.

Trigger Warnings: Grief

My Review

I heard so much about this book on Bookstagram that my curiosity piqued and let me tell you: Tessa Bailey did not disappoint me.

This book follows the story of Piper, a rich spoiled influencer that gets in so much trouble. When she gets arrested after one wild night, her step-father decides it’s time to teach her a lesson, so he sends her to a fishing town in Washington, to learn to provide for herself by living above the bar her deceased father left for her.

There she meets the grumpy sea captain Brendan, who is suffering with the death of his wife.

“Have you ever had a woman on your crew?” “Jesus Christ, no.” There went the smile. “I’m trying not to sink.”

Despite the banter between them and Brendan seeming to not like her at all, their chemistry starts to develop and soon they both discover they can’t actually stay away from each other.

I really enjoyed the characters: I fell in love with Piper’s joy and Brendan’s grumpiness. Their banter is hilarious and their relationship is lovely.

“I’ll love you until my heart gives out. I’ll be your man for a thousand years. Longer if I’m allowed.”

Really enjoyed Brendan’s best friend and Piper’s sister. Can’t wait to read their story!

Highlight Moments

– The frying pan incident

– Brendan getting an Instagram account

– Piper accidentally crashing the memorial dinner

– The first date

– The hospital sex scene (OMG!)

– Brendan talking to his father-in-law to tell him he loves Piper

– Brendan going to the city to get Piper back


“So what should I use?” “CaptainCutie69,” Fox spat out. “IGotCrabs4U,” Deke supplied. “SlipperyWhenWet.” Brendan stared. “You’re all fired. Go home.”

“Brendan, please. Let me cringe to death in peace.”

“Are you sure you want to kiss me with my eyes all red and puffy?” He fisted her hair gently, tugging until they were nose to nose. “I especially want to kiss you with your eyes all red and puffy.”

“Here I am, once again, in the recharging station!” Piper sang, giggling to herself. “I like it here. It’s so warm. You’re a big hard teddy bear from the sea. Like tuna from the sea, but with a bear.”

PLOT: ★★★★
COVER: ★★★

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Bellinger Sisters Series

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