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Wreck The Halls

Tessa Bailey's new stand-alone holiday rom-com rocks!

Melody and Beat, the adult children of two rockstars, team up together on television to convince their estranged mothers to play a Christmas Eve concert. But a decades-old scandal threatens everything, including their growing love for one another.

I loved this stand-alone holiday rom-com! And even though I don't always go for the insta-love trope, Tessa Bailey might have just converted me! Melody and Beat had only met once before, briefly as teens, but through their unique position as children of celebs, I readily accepted their connection and how it bonded them. Plus, they had great chemistry.

I really like Bailey's FMCs, but Melody is my new fave! She was sweet and genuine and never changed for the TV cameras or recognition that came her way. She was also adorable and witty and delivered many of the funniest lines in the book! And to top it off, Melody was bookish and worked in old book restoration. Beat was handsome, charming, and kind-hearted. Bailey writes great banter, which was on full display with these two, along with some spice!

This had such an escapist feel it almost felt like watching a movie with its glamorous rockstar/reality TV elements and the NYC Christmas setting, complete with a snowball fight! Fast-paced, sexy, and fun! I could not put this down. Spicy rom-com lovers and Tessa Bailey fans will want to add this to their tbr!

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Harper Voyager for the opportunity to review this ARC!

My steep was Christmas Cake from Mariage Freres. A festive and delicious blend of black tea, candied fruits, vanilla, and caramel!


Melody Gallard may be the daughter of music royalty, but her world is far from glamorous. She spends her days restoring old books and avoiding the limelight (one awkward tabloid photo was enough, thanks). But when a producer offers her a lot of money to reunite her mother’s band on live tv, Mel begins to wonder if it’s time to rattle the cage, shake up her quiet life… and see him again. The only other person who could wrangle the rock and roll divas.

Beat Dawkins, the lead singer’s son, is Melody’s opposite—the camera loves him, he could charm the pants off anyone, and his mom is not a potential cult leader. Still, they might have been best friends if not for the legendary feud that broke up the band. When they met as teenagers, Mel felt an instant spark, but it’s nothing compared to the wild, intense attraction that builds as they embark on a madcap mission to convince their mothers to perform one last show.

While dealing with rock star shenanigans, a 24-hour film crew, brawling Santas, and mobs of adoring fans, Mel starts to step out of her comfort zone. With Beat by her side, cheering her on, she’s never felt so understood. But Christmas Eve is fast approaching, and a decades-old scandal is poised to wreck everything—the Steel Birds reunion, their relationships with their mothers, and their newfound love.

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