Release Week Blitz, Review, Author Top 5 & Giveaway: Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons #3) by Tessa Bailey

Posted April 28, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review, Release Event With Review / 3 Comments

Happy, happy, happy book birthday to Tessa Bailey and Too Hard to Forget! Ooooooh boy, this was a good one.

Release Week Blitz, Review, Author Top 5 & Giveaway: Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons #3) by Tessa BaileyToo Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey
Series: Romancing the Clarksons #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Format: ARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

This time, she's calling the shots.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he's been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy's determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she'll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Y’all, I have a new favorite Romancing the Clarksons book. I’d been itching to get my hands on Peggy and Elliott for ages, so naturally I dove right into the book almost immediately after receiving it. It did take me several days to finish, but that was only because I was at Apollycon doing social things. But trust me, I couldn’t stop thinking about this book once I picked it up. I was totally addicted to Peggy and Elliott’s story and I couldn’t wait to see how it all went down. So freaking good.

The characters were one of the things that stood out to me the most in this book. I didn’t expect to love Peggy or Coach Brooks as much as I did if I’m being totally honest. I was down for the idea of the cheerleader going back to her alma matter to get even with and get over the coach who left her broken and devastated in college. Woman power FTW and all that. Being that it’s a Tessa Bailey book, I was looking forward to the sexy times and the dirty talkin’ hero who was all in for his woman. I did get those things, but I got so much more than that. Both Peggy and Elliott were flawed, but there was so much more to each of them than met the eye. They were both complex and I loved how much they grew together and separately during this book.Their chemistry was crazy intense and you could just tell neither of than had been whole since things ended between them. Their journeys to pick up the pieces and move forward in this book was a beautiful one. One that came with a fair amount of feels to go with those super hot sexy times and swoons.

So yes, this is my favorite book in the Romancing the Clarksons series and definitely in my top 5 of all time favorite Tessa Bailey books. I love everything she writes, but this one felt like a whole other level of awesome to me. Even writing this review has me thinking about going back and rereading this book because I loved it that much. One of my favorite books of 2017 so far!

Oh, and BTW, I’m pretty sure Belmont and Sage’s book is going to ruin me completely. But I can’t wait to read it. I’ll just stock up on wine and Kleenex in anticipation for it.


“Giving into temptation this satisfying can’t come for free.”

“Finger me, Coach Brooks. Wet me up. Make me shiny. Isn’t that how you like me?”

“A fool is the kind of man who pushes away someone who makes me laugh. Makes him think. Makes him want to try harder and love harder and live harder. Live at all. That’s what Peggy Clarkson did for me. Twice in my life. Twice more than I earned. And this heart she woke up inside me loves her. it’ll beat for her until it stops altogether.”

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 nine 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.

Top 5 Favorite Romance Books

There are too many to count, so I’m going to go with my semi-recent favorites!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Slow burn friends to lovers romance that changed my life. It’s just one long swoon from start to finish and it left me happy crying on my couch, pining for more.

Taken by Charlotte Stein
I loved this book so much. Heroine gets caught robbing a bookstore and the owner chains her in his basement. Sounds dark, but it’s also funny and sweet and sexy as hell.

Kulti by Mariana Zapata
Lord, this book. An ex-German soccer star becomes the coach for the heroine’s team. It’s all in the heroine’s POV so you’re kept guessing about his feelings and the payoff is extraordinary.

After Hours by Cara McKenna
The hero in this one made me so happy. He just wanted to be relied on. Of course, the heroine doesn’t want to rely on anyone. It was amazing watching their dynamic transform.

The Player by Kresley Cole
The final book in her Gamemakers series, which if you haven’t read it, run don’t walk to buy! It’s the hottest series I’ve ever read. The final installment got me by the heartstrings big time. Heroine is a con artist and the hero pursues with single-minded intensity. Hello cat nip!


Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons #1)
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Too Wild to Tame (Romancing the Clarksons #2)
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