When it comes to steamy romances, there are certain authors that come to mind and for me, one of those is Tessa Bailey. That’s why I was shocked upon seeing the concept for Fangirl Down.
Fangirl Down is a bad-boy golfer romance. Let’s just sound that all out and think about it for a minute. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never once thought about reading a golf romance but I suppose things change.
Given that this book was pitched to me months ago, I knew I had to pick this one up before its release and honestly, I’m happy I did. While the concept might seem a bit unorthodox, I wasn’t going to end the month without picking it up, and let’s just say I was surprised.
I’d like to thank Avon for sending me an ARC and hyping me up to read this book that I was understandably hesitant about.
Fangirl Down is a unique sports romance from Tessa Bailey.
Fangirl Down has one of the most unique starts as we meet Josephine who is a fangirl for a golfer named Wells Whitaker. It’s clear from the start that Wells’ career is on a downward trajectory and after choking at a golf tournament, he takes it out on Josephine who is truly one of his last loyal fans.
Josephine leaves in a huff and Wells doesn’t start to feel bad until later. After some reflection, he finds her and asks her to help him get back in the sports good graces. In exchange for being his caddie and much more, he’ll give her a cut of his winnings. Given that Josephine is struggling to pay for her diabetic supplies and fixing up her parent’s golf shop, she decides to agree.
From there, we watch as Josephine slowly but surely changes Wells. He goes from being a complete jerk to being a great and respectable player and man. Of course, things start to get complicated as the attraction between them sizzles. These two are brimming with sexual tension from the start in a way that only Tessa Bailey can write.
While the story does focus a lot on Wells, we also come to love and feel for Josephine. She’s doing so much yet doesn’t get nearly as much credit as she deserves. I honestly felt stressed for her when it came to certain things. Ultimately, these two end up pushing each other in the best way and I couldn’t get enough of them as I read this book in two sittings.
As for the third-act conflict, it felt a bit predictable yet I do think it had to happen to give the story more stakes. Given that I haven’t been loving some of Tessa Bailey’s recent releases, Fangirl Down ended up being a lot of fun and surprisingly sexy. Plus we get some rep for women who like big butts and cannot lie so what’s not to like?
If you’re one of those people who are wondering if Tessa Bailey makes golf sexy, the answer is not really. There’s nothing inherently sexy about the sport yet their relationship is the right amount of sexy.
Fangirl Down by Tessa Bailey is out now where books are sold.