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Same Time Next Year is a cute novella from Tessa Bailey that has a fake-dating/marriage trope for a green card situation as well as being a hockey romance. This was kind of a swing and miss for me, I didn't super vibe with either of the characters even though the plot was right up my alley. Still a nice quick read overall.

Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc for an honest review.

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While I didn’t hate it as much as it seems some people did since hockey is not my thang, but I didn’t love it either.

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An easy read about a strong female character who helps out a friend and ends up falling in love. Britta has put her heart into Sluggers since she was young covering shifts for her mom. Her stepbrother's hockey teammates frequent the place, and Sumner, a hockey player from Canada, is about to lose his visa to stay in the states. When Bryce suggests Britta marry Sumner, she is hesitant until she finds out it could help her get ownership of Sluggers.
New Year's Eve is the beginning of the "marriage." They would give it a try for a year. Though living apart, Britta and Sumner start learning about each other so they can pass the interview. Is Sumner the man of her dreams? Can they pass the interview?
It's a great story of family, relationships, and falling in love.

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This book was such a quick, easy and fun read! I got this one on netgalley and was so excited to read it! It was my first Tessa Bailey book and what should I say, for such a short book it was really really good. I had fun reading it and liked the characters and the hockey theme. So if you on the hunt for a quick and fun read I can definitely recommend it to you. All in all a 3 ⭐️ star read!

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I love when I see a new Tessa Bailey book! This was a quick read and had just the right amount of spice.

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I finished this in a day! A quick, easy read filled with lots of hot, steamy sex and funny situations, this was a great little love story. Definitely check this one out if you need a quick pick me up.

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This was a cute little romance.

I loved the fact that Sumner, our Male MC, was obsessed and in love from day 0, while Britta was a bit more hesistant because of her backstory. I mean who doesn’t love the „he falls first“ trope?!?!
I also loved that he didn’t hide his feelings, because ein some books it is „he falls first but keeps it a secret“.. but not our boy Sumner oh no he said it with his chest any chance he got!

Britta was a tougher nut to crack. I didn’t really fall in love with her as the Female MC, but i feel like that’s the case in many short story because the characters aren’t fully fleshed out and sometimes one character (Sumner in this case) is just more fleshed out than the other.

Overall this story is a quick and easy read, I spent about 1-2 hours on this book.
The spice was good, the chemistry was good even though it’s hard to achieve that in only 100 pages, and the overall story line was enjoyable even though we didn’t really spent a lot of time on the whole marriage of convenience/fake finance part of it.

Give it a try and let me know what you guys think!:)

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While this was a quick read and somewhat interesting, it wasn't my favorite Tessa Bailey book. I also was under the wrong impression that it was a full-length novel rather than a novella, which could lend to the lack of details and development. Overall, it was cute and enjoyable, just not my fave.

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Tessa bailey is a hit or miss author for me, and just like the other books she released recently this was a miss. This was just so cringy and completely unrealistic. I’m sad to say, but I feel like lately her books have lost their appeal to me.

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3.5 ⭐️

Here is the thing… if you go into this looking for details and research 🧐 you’re going to hate it. This is not a literary masterpiece (And I mean that with the upmost respect to Ms. Bailey) It’s not even well researched. If you stop to think about the details while you are reading it you are going to get annoyed. Of course green cards don’t work that way and I think the extent of the hockey 🏒 knowledge might come from watching a single game.

So if you can’t suspend your disbelief and get caught up in the vibes, stop reading. If you try to read this in less than one sitting and you have time to think about the plot holes, it will probably bother you as well.


This book has love stuck golden retriever vibes and they work for me. Someone is in these reviews pointing out that the word wife is used 145 times. They thought about it too much, you had to feel it. You had to feel the vibe of someone who thought they would hate that realize it’s creating an all together different feeling. The vibes are golden. Read this for vibes and vibes alone with some spice. 🌶️

Vibes > Logic

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This was such a super cute short read.
Sumner is a hockey player from Canada and if he doesn’t get married, he will be sent back to Canada.
Britta doesn’t believe in relationships but agrees to marry Sumner.
This is the story of them falling in love.
So cute!!

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3.5/5 rounded up

Thank you Amazon Original Stories for the advanced reading copy!

Everyone knows Sluggers' most adored bartender, Britta, but no one adores her quite like the Bridgeport Bandits hockey team. With her half-brother being on the team and a traumatic history of trust being broken, Britta maintains a strict no-dating policy with the team members. But what she never thought to have, however, was a strict no-marriage policy. When her lowkey favorite member of the team, Sumner Mayfield, is about to be deported back to Canada, only inches away from his NHL dreams, Britta is forced to acknowledge her soft spot for Sumner and help him out in the only way she can...

This was a super quick, cute and steamy novella! It felt a little bit rushed to me but that might be because 1) novella -- naturally short and 2) I wanted more of Britta and Sumner! Despite this book being short, I fell so in love with these characters. The way they interacted, their banter and their character/relationship development was great for such a short book, and I was surprised when I got emotionally invested in them (even shedding a tear or two)! I think this could have been a 4-5 star book easily had it had more plot and content, but I loved it for what it was, and highly recommend if you need a quick burst of spice in your life.

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never have i ever met a tessa bailey book i didn't devour and squeal over like a lovesick teenager (note to parents: these books are NOT for lovesick teenagers).


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tessa baileys books are always a hit or miss for me. i was really excited to see where this one fell.

this novella was short and sweet and a good book to kick off the new year with! the writing felt different from Tessa’s previous work which i enjoyed.

i would recommend this to people looking for a cute hockey novella/ fans of marriage of convenience.

overall this was a cute book but not one i would pick up again.

thank you to netgalley and amazon original stories for an e-arc of this book!

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This was a cute spicy novella.

The story was solid and I loved how Sumner was so persistent in getting Britta to fall for him but he wasn’t ever intrusive about it and respected her boundaries.

Towards the end the cheesiness kinda went up though. So that wasn’t my fav.

Excited to check out more books from Tessa Bailey

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Adorable. Spicy. Wish it had been a full length novel! Britta marries her brother’s hockey teammate who needs a green card. It is purely meant to be a marriage of convenience, but it doesn’t stay that way.

Sumner was an adorable book boyfriend, and enjoyed his wholesome family vibe. Britta’s character development was also pretty heartwarming.

What to expect:

- novella
- marriage of convenience
- he falls first
- very spicy

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Cute story, you just have to not focus on the hockey inaccuracies as you read. Hockey fans will know that the main man would be about to age out of hockey not age in for his big break at that age. And having to return to Canada and worry about not getting a shot in NHL there that he would get in US is off because hockey is huge in Canada. But over look types of obvious issues the book was cute.

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I loved some books by Tessa Bailey but this one is unfortunately not one of them. It is a novella so it was a quick read but I did not like the characters. The smut was not my taste and I feel like the author did not really know what she was writing about. I am so sorry to say it but I actually think this is one of the worst books I read in a while.

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I expected so much better from Tessa Bailey but this was not for me. It was a quick read but it wasn’t the fun smut I was expecting. I only finished it because it was a novella so it didn’t take me long. The sex made me physically cringe. Sumner constantly calling Britta wife during sex was too much and some of the dirty talk or descriptions were just a turn off. So damn cringey

I know it’s a novella so there’s a limit on how much can be covered but there are a lot of time jumps so everything felt underdeveloped. This meant I didn’t really love either main character. My final gripe is if the whole premise of your book is hockey and visa’s maybe do some research because that is definitely not how green cards work. I’m also pretty sure Canada is the birthplace of ice hockey so I don’t understand why going back would kill his career.

I received a copy of the ebook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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This was a cute, quick spicy read to start the new year!

Read if you like:
•hockey romance
•brother’s friend/teammate
•he falls first
•marriage of convenience
•golden retriever MMC

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