Wreck the Halls
by Tessa Bailey
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2023
#1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey delivers a sexy, hilarious standalone holiday rom-com about the adult children of two former rock stars who team up to convince their estranged mothers to play a Christmas Eve concert…
Melody Gallard may be the daughter of music royalty, but her world is far from glamorous. She spends her days restoring old books and avoiding the limelight (one awkward tabloid photo was enough, thanks). But when a producer offers her a lot of money to reunite her mother’s band on live tv, Mel begins to wonder if it’s time to rattle the cage, shake up her quiet life… and see him again. The only other person who could wrangle the rock and roll divas.
Beat Dawkins, the lead singer’s son, is Melody’s opposite—the camera loves him, he could charm the pants off anyone, and his mom is not a potential cult leader. Still, they might have been best friends if not for the legendary feud that broke up the band. When they met as teenagers, Mel felt an instant spark, but it’s nothing compared to the wild, intense attraction that builds as they embark on a madcap mission to convince their mothers to perform one last show.
While dealing with rock star shenanigans, a 24-hour film crew, brawling Santas, and mobs of adoring fans, Mel starts to step out of her comfort zone. With Beat by her side, cheering her on, she’s never felt so understood. But Christmas Eve is fast approaching, and a decades-old scandal is poised to wreck everything—the Steel Birds reunion, their relationships with their mothers, and their newfound love.
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This is my first Tessa Bailey book and I’m obsessed! This doesn’t release till October, just in time for Christmas and this is truly the perfect Christmas read. Don’t sleep on it…
Beat & Melody are children of rockstars; the female duo band; The Steeler Birds; but just before they were born, the band disbanded and the whole world wants a reunion, unfortunately the 2 women haven’t spoken in 30 years and are arch-nemesis and it would be impossible to get them to talk let alone get them to perform as a duo once again.
Beat & Melody for their own reasons decides to do a reality show that would live stream as they try to get both their mothers to perform one last time at the Rockefeller Centre for New Years Eve.
As they try to put together the impossible; they realise they have a lot more in common, their 2 peas in a pod for several reasons…
This was definitely a MUST READ especially during the holidays, but I couldn’t stop once I started. I’ve been in a bad reading slump and this was the first book I devoured in MONTHS! It’s entertaining, with lots of laugh out loud moments and nearly all the characters are loveable but one.
Beat & Melody was amazing to read, loved them both from the prologue. The whole somewhat of a thrown together reality tv live stream was hilarious and loveable at the same time.
Tessa Bailey has done it again! Another amazing book. To say I devoured this book would be an understatement. I absolutely adored this story. The premise of the “parent trap” has always been one of my favourites. This book has everything you can want and expect from Tessa Bailey. A compelling love story, underlying plots, a hint of mystery, intrigue and of course our favourite “only one bed”. Wreck the Halls is a perfectly crafted Christmas read. If you haven’t preordered your copy already, why are you waiting for!?! Wonderful book. One of my top books of 2023 so far!
Melody and Beat - two intricately linked parts of a hit song. And the children of feuding, epic rock musicians. When Beat Dawson and Melody Gallard are approached by a production company to get their mother's band back together by Christmas - after 30 years of estrangement - they themselves become a sensation more stirring than their parents' chart topping songs.
This was a fun steamy read. It has all the hallmarks of a Christmas romcom, with the deprecating with of Melody offset by the protective, brooding sexiness of Beat. We have the polar opposite rock stars - Octavia in her gold and white chic apartment and Trina barefoot in a hippie commune - the behind the scenes sexual tension of the production company, the well written sex scenes themselves, and a fun romp around New York followed by hordes of adoring fans.
This isn't all fluff and influencers: we also see the less welcome side to instant fame, learn family secrets, and explore the different relationships between mothers and their children.
But it is mostly a fun, fluff read! I smashed this out in a day.
~Many thanks to HarperCollins Publishers Australia, Avon, and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~