Insta-Love at it’s Worst! Mouth to Mouth by Tessa Bailey [Book Review]

Posted March 8, 2019 by Zeee in Reviews2 Comments


Insta-Love at it’s Worst! Mouth to Mouth by Tessa Bailey [Book Review]Mouth to Mouth written by Tessa Bailey
Publisher Self Published
Publication Date: November 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Beach Kingdom #1
Format: eBook
Pages: 158
Rating: One StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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A man with a prison record has no place around a fresh faced college student. Tell that to Rory Prince. He should stay the hell away from Olive Cunningham. There’s one small problem, though. She won’t stop almost getting killed—and with this too-smart, too-sweet girl holding his heart in her hands, Rory is powerless to do anything but keep saving her.

Homeschooled from a young age, Olive is now out on her own and discovering the world, one milkshake flavor at a time. Until recently, she has experienced life through books. She’s walked in a million sets of shoes while flipping pages—enough to know that Rory gives her once-in-a-lifetime feelings. If only he would stop trying to protect her…from himself.

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My Thoughts

Mouth to Mouth surprisingly dropped without any notice last year and I was shocked! I did not expect this book at all and I hurriedly purchased it when it came out. Man, was I thoroughly disappointed!

I have been reading a lot of Tessa Bailey books for a while and I have enjoyed the majority of the books I read by her, so I had high hopes of the book going in. A few of my romance bookstagram friends who received an ARC for the book were singing their praises for this book, so yeah, I was definitely going in hyped up already.

There’s nothing much I can say about Mouth to Mouth than it felt like the characters were just running around all over the place. The premise is something that I usually like. To be honest, I expected to be blown away. An ex-convict hero and a shy virginal younger heroine? Those usually check all my boxes but ultimately, this book fell flat to me.

The heroine, Olive was the most interesting part of this book, by the way. She used to be really big on social media because her parents had a Youtube channel until she became older and was basically cut off from her family. I sympathized with her and felt really bad for her. However, Rory was another story. He really came off as a little bit creepy.

Mouth to Mouth was boring and I almost lost interest with it halfway through. In fact, I skimmed through a few pages, and I don’t know why I didn’t DNF it. Yes, the book was steamy, yes the hero was a dirty talker, but this book just didn’t speak to me. I also didn’t feel that the characters and the romance were that interesting.

I’m not sure I can recommend Mouth to Mouth. I will say that I will still read other Tessa Bailey books.


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Have you read Mouth to Mouth? What did you think about the romance? The characters?


About Tessa Bailey

Author: Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove 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 and 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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2 responses to “Insta-Love at it’s Worst! Mouth to Mouth by Tessa Bailey [Book Review]

  1. Hmm, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. I don’t read a lot of books by Tessa Bailey though I’m interested in trying her stuff…but I’ll probably choose another point to start. 🙂

    • Oh! You should start with her Line of Duty series and Crossing the Line series! OMG! Her standalone Follow is also amazing!