Title: My Killer Vacation
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Romance, Mystery
❝When we walk into the ice cream shop, I barely resist the impulse to shout, “Everything. Give her one of everything.” I want to buy her a scoop of each flavor. Hell, I want to buy her the whole fucking shop and hang a sign on the front with her name on it.❞
Taylor and her brother decide to take a relaxing vacation in Cape Cod, only to find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. When the tall, dark, and handsome bounty hunter shows up looking for answers, Taylor does her best to convince him to allow her to help solve the case. As clues are uncovered, the sexual tension between Taylor and Myles grows and so does the danger that follows them.
I am struggling to write this review because I have very mixed feelings about My Killer Vacation. On one hand, it was a fun and easy read with some great spicy moments mixed throughout. I like where the author was going with the story, but she didn’t execute it well. I enjoy reading romance books with a “protective” male character, but there is a very fine line between protective and controlling. I feel Tessa Bailey went a little too far over that line. Myles was controlling to the point that he wouldn’t allow Taylor to go anywhere without him “in fear of her safety.” A lot of things that Myles did were also super cringy. For example, the first time they meet, Myles steals Taylor’s panties from her suitcase and then carries them around in his pocket for the rest of the book…I mean WTF…I wasn’t a huge fan of Taylor’s character either. Tessa Bailey made her out to be this self conscious, insecure woman who needed Myles’s validation to feel confident. I would have liked the book a lot more if the main characters weren’t so disappointing.
❝We experienced more in five days than most people experience in a year together. We got to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and fears and dreams. Fast. And I’m drawn to every single piece of you.”
There are some elements of the book, however, that were successful. For one, I really liked the character, Taylor’s brother. I wish he would have had a larger role in the book because the scenes with him in it were some of the best. His character was really funny and the relationship between him and Taylor was wholesome. Also, the spice level of this book was high which is always a good thing in my eyes. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a Penelope Douglas book (in the best way possible). Tessa Bailey did a great job building the sexual tension between Taylor and Myles and setting the scene for those hot and heavy moments.
There are a lot of people who have rated this book a 5/5, so if you are on the fence about reading it, I recommend you give it a try. Like I mentioned, it is a very quick and easy read and although it has its flaws, it is still enjoyable.