Release Day Review…Too Close To Call by Tessa Bailey


All-American wide receiver Kyler Tate’s life is about to change. A fairytale college career skyrocketed him to the NFL draft. Adoration and opportunity are thrown in his direction wherever he goes, thanks to being chosen in the first round by the Los Angeles Rage.

None of the accolades mean anything, though, without his high school sweetheart, Bree Justice, by his side. Four years ago, she walked away from Kyler, choosing a quiet life over the flash and notoriety his career would someday bring.

Now he’s back in their Indiana hometown, refusing to leave for Los Angeles without her. Demanding she give their life together a shot. Her heart never stopped bleeding for the love of her life, but Bree’s decision was final. Too bad their wild attraction has only been amplified by their separation, and Kyler won’t quit until Bree is wearing his ring.


My Review:

Too Close To Call is part of Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series as well as the 10th novella in the 2017 1,001 Dark Nights lineup and holy moly, I can’t even tell you how much I lover Kyler and Bree’s story.

First, I’ve gotta start this review with a confession: I totally embarrassed myself on an airplane while reading this book.  True story. But I’ll get to that in a minute…

So we met Kyler briefly in a previous book and I knew there was something special about this guy and I knew when Tessa said she was writing him in this novella it was going to be damn special.  Well, it was.  All that and a bag of chips kind of special.  I love a good second chance romance and boy, was this a doozy!  These two characters are so incredible.  Their past and their present are both equally complicated and simple at the same time.  Complicated when you overthink all of the little things but simple when you focus on the one thing that matters most: their love for each other.  I totally got why Bree was afraid to leave the small town and her family.  I understood that she thought it was better to let Kyler go off and pursue his dreams alone.  My heart broke for her but I understood why she did it.  I also understood Kyler’s need to have her back and never being able to let go of their past.  She was too much a part of him…and vice versa.  What all of that leads to is an emotion and heat packed story that I devoured on my flight.  Oh yeah, getting back to that.  So, the ending of this book was so..damn…good. Like, have a good cry, keep reading through the good cry, get to the amazing turning point, put down your kindle, close your eyes, and fist pump in the air and say “YES!” in a sort of not quiet whisper…all of which I did on the airplane. While wearing headphones.  So I was probably a teeny bit louder than I should have been.  Oh well! That’s just what happens with a Tessa book!

Thank you, Tessa, for another ridiculously awesome book.  I loved Kyler and Bree so much!

Five Loves


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About Tessa Bailey:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.



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  1. Best review ever! I’d do t he same!

  2. Kathy Valentine says:

    Awesome review Jillian!!! ,shared on all my socials except fb being punished for today will share on fb tomorrow!!

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