cover image Love Her or Lose Her

Love Her or Lose Her

Tessa Bailey. Avon, $15.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-287285-2

A married couple rediscovers their passion in the charming second installment in Bailey’s Hot and Hammered romantic comedy series (after Fix Her Up). Twenty-seven-year-old Rosie Vega feels that she and her high-school sweetheart turned husband, Dominic, have drifted apart. Though their sex life is still undeniably sizzling, communication has broken down between them, spurring Rosie to move out of their Port Jefferson home. When Dominic asks how he can repair their marriage, Rosie tells him that he needs to agree to last-ditch therapy. Their wacky hippie therapist bans them from having sex and encourages them to learn one another’s love languages. To both their surprise, the methods work, and Rosie and Dominic discover that simple acts of kindness create an emotional attachment that had disappeared from their marriage. The possibility of saving their life together looks brighter, until a secret Dominic has been keeping comes to light, threatening to ruin their fragile, newfound love. Bailey loads the story with humor and chemistry while still tackling heavy emotions. Sensual sex scenes and irresistible characters will draw readers in to this sweet romance. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary. (Jan.)