A review by karina_dreamsinwords
Same Time Next Year by Tessa Bailey

funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes


“Can you not see that I’m starving to death for you?”

When aspiring pro hockey player Sumner needs a quick fix before his work visa expires, his teammates conspire to have him marry his buddies sister, Britta. She has crushed on Sumner since meeting him and is open to the arrangement if he pays her enough to gain co-ownership of the bar she currently works at.

As we see the two grow closer in their marriage of convenience, the sparks each envisioned in the relationship start to develop.

I really enjoyed this quick little audiobook! For being a novella, I thought the friends to lovers was pretty fleshed out and enjoyed Sumner’s family visit for his birthday. They were welcoming Britta to the family with open arms & were supportive of their relationship.

Sumner was a little smitten gem. He was so sweet and reassuring to Britta after learning about her family history. He didn’t pressure her into anything but allowed her to form her own informed decisions.

Britta, understandably so, is guarded and not a relationship girlie due to her father’s abandonment when she was young. She handled her half brother Bryce’s situation with grace and I loved getting snippets of their mended bond.

Overall this was a quick, fun & spicy time from Tessa Bailey. I enjoyed it and think you should definitely give it a try if you’re wanting a good time!

hockey romance 
he falls first
marriage of convenience 
“my wife” 
friends to lovers 
fake relationship

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