ARC Review & Dream Cast: TOO HARD TO FORGET by Tessa Bailey


The third book in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series about four siblings on a cross-country road trip, perfect for fans of Gena Showalter and Julie James!

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.




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My Review & Thoughts


Lawdt! Tessa Bailey has done it again! She’s gone in and ripped my heart out and then put it back together in the most beautiful way. I’m already a huge fan of fan of Tessa’s but this series has renewed my love for her even more. The Romancing The Clarkson series follows the four Clarkson siblings as they drive cross country from California to New York to fulfill their mothers last dying wish for her children.

TOO HARD TO FORGET is the third book in the series and one of the most teased books by Tessa herself.  Peggy Clarkson is the youngest sibling and the one with the most mysterious love life. Peggy and the remaining Clarkson gang make a pit stop in Cincinnati where Peggy attended college so that she can confront the man who broke her heart. Football coach Elliot Brooks hasn’t seen Peggy in three years and is shocked when she pops back into his life once again. Elliot is closed off and going through the motions in his life. He might be successful on the field, but he’s miserable in his own dark life.

I can’t tell you how emotional this book was. Full of plenty of feels. I loved how the story was told in dual POV and past and present so that we could see the real emotional pull between Peggy and Elliot. I’m usually not a huge fan of second chance romances because I always feel like I’m missing out on something that has happened between the couple off the page. But Tessa has a wonderful way of telling a complete and whole story so that it doesn’t even feel like a second chance romance. And of course Tessa always knows how to bring the steam and the sex scenes. She’s earned the nickname Queen B for having the most amazing smexy scenes, emotional, and fleshed out characters and wild good times.

And because she’s so good at leaving you wanting more, I absolutely cannot wait until September to read Belmont and Sage’s book. My grabby hands need it STAT!! Bravo Tessa for writing yet another amazing book to add to your portfolio of amazing writing!

*I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my thoughts and opinions.






Author Dream Casting

Too Hot to Handle

Dream Cast

Tessa Bailey

For the record, this is SO HARD. For the Romancing the Clarksons series especially, I have a specific image in my mind for each character and none of them match an actor/actress perfectly. So I am going to take Elsa’s advice and Let it Go (let go of the images in my head, that is). Enough rambling! Here is my dream cast (the main characters, anyway) for TOO HARD TO FORGET!


Jon Hamm

Coach Elliott Brooks: Jon Hamm. Now, I’m not talking about suave Don Draper. If Jon is going to pull off my hard-ass football coach, he’s going to need some scruff and a bad attitude. There was an episode of Mad Men where Jon went juuuuust the right amount of dominant and that’s what makes him my Elliott.


Peggy Clarkson: Ashley Greene. This one is a little easier. I think Ashley Greene is incredibly beautiful and she could also pull off Peggy’s devil-may-care flirtatious presence, while still guarding secrets with her eyes.


Kyler Tate: Christian McCaffrey. Okay, so he’s not an actor. He plays for the Broncos. But he has the perfect sexy charmer smile and a ton of charisma. I would pay for his acting classes myself!

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Alice Brooks: Kiernan Shipka. Might as well stick with a Mad Men theme, right? She already played Don Draper’s daughter (Sally Draper) and can exude angst like nobody’s business, so she’s a great choice for Alice!


About The Author


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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