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Same Time Next Year

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Tessa Bailey is one of my favorite authors and the cover just brings a smile to your face.

This was a cute story and to have a Hockey player setting who doesn't like that. Surprised me that this was a novella but either way i would have read it because Tessa Bailey always writes a great novel.

The Character build was good but would have loved to see more. Will read anything that the author writes.

Thanks NetGalley for letting me read and review.

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Very fast paced story! I would have loved for it to be even longer. Tessa Bailey is an awesome author that knows how to keep you hanging onto every word of the story.

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This bueno...Tessa I love your books, but this...brutal. It was unrealistic, and just so cringy every step of the way. These are some of the quotes another reviewer used, and I have to agree with them...they're bad.

“you’re the only one i’ll ever give it to, tight girl.”

“creamy wife pussy”

“let me slide my hands into those panties and play with something tight.”

“my middle finger slides down between the cheeks of her ass and jiggles that pucker.”

“ohhhh my god!” she shakes like a washing machine on the spin cycle.

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Tessa Bailey adds heart into every story, even the short ones. I absolutely loved these characters. Sumner is such a softie. I definitely got emotional in this book.

I didn’t get as much character development and back story as I would have liked. I would have enjoyed seeing Britta confront her father or at least see her point of view of the game. However, that’s novellas for you.

The “wife” and “husband” nickname is bed wasn’t for me personally.

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A marriage of conviniente that would only last a year, but time became their friend as true feelings come to fruition.

I have read Tessa Bailey books before. I read her books before she became the Tessa Bailey writer that everyone knows. And I am missing out with her new ones. I could definitely see thee improvement on how she writes her plot and even just the way her characters dialogues and flow. I am so impressed.

The only thing I disliked about this book is it's too short! I want more of the two characters! I want more Sumner that does his best to make her love him while respecting her feelings and more Britta that wants to stay true to her decisions but continuesly sees that it's okay to change. It's just so good! And the slow burn for a novella like this was done so well.

Additionally, props to Tessa for writing something she has experience with. l am an immigrant that had to apply for citizenship. And the process was so true even though there wasn't a lot of it in the novella But it's just comforting to read. I loved that she wrote about her experience with her husband!

Overall, this novella was amazing! This made me realize that I'm missing out on Tessa Bailey novels and she deserves th success she has gained now.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon for providing this ARC.

This was a cute story, with an awesome cinnamon roll, hockey player hero, Sumner. He and Britta, aspiring bar owner, had great chemistry, and the spice was well done.

The story takes place over the course of one year, New Year's Eve to the following New Year's Eve. I thought the time jumps worked well for a novella format, but honestly, I would have read this as a full novel, to see more in the gaps of Sumner and Britta's relationship progressing. Also, I wanted to see more with the Bandits teammates, Sumner's family, and Britta's dad.

As it stands, this was an enjoyable and fast read with lovable characters.

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Britta, a bartender at a local sports bar, isn't interested in relationships and definitely isn't looking to fall in love. Enter Sumner, the Canadian hockey player who has been in love with Britta since the first time they met. The only problem is, Sumner is in danger of being sent back to Canada and missing out on his dream of becoming a professional hockey player (and dating Britta) unless he can secure a green card. Britta agrees to marry Sumner and be his fake wife for a year, but is adamant that this will not be anything other than a business arrangement. Can Sumner convince Britta that they can be so much more than just a fake marriage?

Same Time Next Year was a classic Tessa Bailey story, full of lots of spice with characters that you love to root for. She is one of my favorite authors, and this book did not disappoint. Sometimes novellas can come off as underdeveloped due to their short length, but I absolutely did not think that was the case here. I was very invested in the characters (and the tension between them) and it kept me wanting to read to the end to see how their story would pan out. I think this book would be perfect for anyone looking for a fast-paced spicy hockey romance novella.

4 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Original Stories for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

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I love Tessa Bailey! I know the reviews are mixed on this novella, but I really enjoyed it! I felt connected to the characters and loved the spice!

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This was a miss for me personally and I'm not sure regular readers of Tessa Bailey will enjoy it either. I realize it is a novella, but there was some backstory that was mentioned for the main character that was never explored and it felt unfinished. The sex scenes were filled with some unusual language that was off-putting. A quick read, but felt out of character for this author, which isn't the first time I've had that experience with her recent titles.

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Book Review: Same Time Next Year: A Novella
Stars: 4 x 5
Author: Tessa Bailey @tessabaileyisanauthor
Publisher: AmazonOriginalStories @amazonpublishing

What a spicy novella to read that I enjoyed. The story is about Britta who works at a bar that her brother’s semipro hockey team frequents. Sumner is the best player on the hockey team but Sumner is from Canada and his Visa is about to expire. Brittany’s brother has a great idea for Britta and Sumner to marry. This would allow Sumner to get his green card and stay in the U.S.. It will also allow Britta to buy into the bar as a part owner. Any reader can just imagine what will happen over the next year and Tessa Bailey doe an excellent job telling the story. There are many surprises, fun and laughable antics, chaos, love and heartbrake. This was a really fun and spicy book to read. I so enjoyed it and it was definitely what I needed after a few stressful days at work!

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Cute romance, love the story. Im not sure if its very original because i can recall a lot of stories with fake marriages because of green cards, but i still enjoyed reading. Its quick, its an easy, and very fun read, and i recommend!

Thank you to netgalley and the author for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review

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I saved this one to start on NYE as the book opens and closes on that day. I’m so glad that I did! I spent most of NYE reading it and then the rest on a road trip home. Although this was a short story I was easily able to engage with the characters and their stories. I fell in love with Sumner. The way he stayed true and cared for Britta even when she made it difficult made me smile. Their story was sweet and charming. If you are looking for a short sweet love story, this is for you.

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This was a cute, spicy marriage of convenience novella, perfect for the New Year. The hero and heroine are both likeable characters and it's fun to watch their relationship change as the year goes on.

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DNF at 30%. It felt off and uncomfortable. Maybe I could have continued and it would have been fine, but there was just something about it where I just wasn't feeling it.

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3.5/5 stars

Same Time Next Year is a sexy hockey romance novella.

The narrators are Britta and Sumner.

Britta is a 26 year old bartender from Connecticut. The story starts on New Year's Eve. However I wouldn't really call it a holiday novella as much of the story takes place throughout an entire year.

This was an enjoyable steamy quick read. I really liked that Sumner was a hockey player and the main premise was fun. It was a good final read of 2023. Although I saved it for December 31st because I was hoping that there would be more New Year's Eve rep. Read it if you like this author.

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I love Tessa Bailey, but this wasn't for me. Marriage of convenience is one of my least favorite tropes but I wanted to push myself to read something I wouldn't typically pick up. Unfortunately, I was not invested in the characters or their fake marriage from start to finish. I think part of the reason this one fell flat for me was because I read a LOT of romance books in December and it was hard to not compare this to how I felt reading the standout/5 star ones.

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I love Tessa Bailey so I was excited to read this novella. It was amazing - a fun, sweet (and oh so spicy) hockey romance. A fun romcom - a must read for Tessa Bailey fans!

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC!

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As a European who's not into hockey, I just know that's not how green cards nor professional hockey work... I just don't understand why one would choose this specific premise for their novel but then not bother to do basic research 😭
The mmc was... okay, I was just bothered by the amount of time he kept repeating the word "wife" and uncomfortable as he kept sexualising the fmc when he thought she wasn't into him. The fmc was not very interesting to me (I wish both main characters' personalities were more developed tbh) and the sex scenes were pretty cringy to me.

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This was a sweet story. It hit all the expectations for the trope: emotional struggle, steamy romance, and HEA. In addition, it offered likable characters you cared about.

It was nice to read a beautiful tale of a man who believes in family. It was refreshing to see the dynamic of Sumner proving what a real partner was instead of the alpha male or damsel plot. The support our leading man offers Britta wins the reader over with its sincerity and respect.

It's an old story retold in a sporty way, but it's charming. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it. It's a feel-good romance that leaves you with a sense of hope.

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4.5 stars!! I really liked this!! The cover drew me in from the start! Britta’s growth throughout the story was a lot of fun to watch, and by the following year, she was like a new woman! I was rooting for her and Sumner the entire time, the fake dating/marriage trope is one of my favorites! I dropped half a star because I wish some of the spice scenes were from Britta’s POV, but they were still really good. Thank you to Netgalley and Amazon Original Stories for the digital arc in exchange for my honest review!

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