Excerpt & Review: Too Close to Call by Tessa Bailey

From New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey comes TOO CLOSE TO CALL, a novella in her Romancing the Clarksons Series published by

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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.

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Draft Day was nothing like Kyler had pictured.

“With the ninth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rage select…” Kyler Tate’s parents sucked in breaths on either side of him. “Kyler Tate, receiver, University of Cincinnati.”

The tense atmosphere inside the event hall exploded with wild cheers, exclamations, and boos. His shoulders were slapped by thousands of hands, kisses landing on his cheeks. Like falling out of a kayak into a rushing current, bashing into rocks on the way toward a waterfall, Kyler stood, put his head down, and proceeded toward the stage. Cell phones rang at every table he passed, terse conversations taking place as the deadline timer for the next announcement started. Players he’d faced on the gridiron sweated in their suits, mothers fussed, water glasses were refilled.

This was it. Years of training, icing down injuries, two-a-day practices, glory, pain, and mental fatigue. All for this moment.

And it was…utterly fucking incomplete.

Before he could reach the stage, panic set in. Set in real good, like claws digging into fertile ground. A moment earlier, everyone in the room had looked familiar, but they were strangers now, spinning in a kaleidoscope. Sweat popped up on his forehead. His shoulder blades tightened, a harsh sound puffed from between his lips. From behind the podium, the announcer gave him a strange look, the Rage jersey lowering in his grip. Are you okay?

The man’s mouthed words barely penetrated over the sudden rushing stream of images. Of her. Bree Justice.

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Tessa Bailey is my go-to author when I want a love story with authentic (yet wildly original) characters, witty banter, steamy romance, and enjoyable plot. I often re-read her books, bypassing a lengthy TBR list to revisit my favorite couples.  When I heard she wrote a novella for the 1001 Dark Nights series, I was excited.  When I realized it was about Kyler Tate (a secondary character in Book 3 of Meet the Clarksons), I was thrilled!  Tessa NEVER disappoints, and this sweet & steamy short read is every bit as amazing as her various series of full-length novels.  If you have not read a Tessa Bailey book, please do. You will laugh, swoon, squirm, and immediately download everything she has written to date.

Her most recent published work is this novella, Too Close to Call – a second chance romance that is anything but two exes randomly crossing paths years after parting ways.  Kyler’s draft into the NFL is the catalyst for dropping everything and returning to his hometown to woo his high school sweetheart, Bree.  She’s not having it though, and the story that unfolds is about Kyler’s campaign to win the girl he lost.  He is tied to present-day obligations, reminiscing about the past, and daring to hope they might still have a future.  Bree is committed to her family and job, unwilling to trade in her small town for life in the spotlight.

While status and distance may be issues, the chemistry between Kyler and Bree picks up right where they left off… and mutual affection and attraction is the only common ground when they reunite. She claims its all in the past, and he’s certain it’s just getting started.  The romance that unfolds is not to be missed.

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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