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Release Blitz + ARC Review: ‘Sink or Swim’ by Tessa Bailey

We are excited to celebrate the release of SINK OR SWIM by Tessa Bailey!


Sink or Swim is the final installment of the Beach Kingdom Series (following Mouth to Mouth and Heat Stroke). Sink or Swim is Andrew and Jiya’s story (friends to lovers!) and can be read as a standalone title, although the characters are introduced in the two previous series books. Sink or Swim is NOW AVAILABLE!


Andrew Prince wakes up before everyone else. He schedules the bar shifts, demands perfection from Long Beach’s lifeguards—most of all himself—and makes sure the family debts are paid. His unfaltering worth ethic might leave him exhausted, but it comes with one advantage. It distracts him from the love he’s been harboring since childhood for the girl next door—who he cannot have.

Jiya Dalal has dreams. To fly a plane, see the world below…and prove irresistible to her best friend, Andrew. But she needs to be a good daughter first, which is becoming an increasingly difficult task, since her parents expect a good marriage and the man she loves with all her heart refuses to pursue the blistering connection between them. Just when she’s beginning to believe Andrew truly doesn’t want her, a moonlight tryst on the beach exposes his true feelings.

But an echo from the past kept them apart before…and it’s only growing louder with every stolen kiss…

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4.5 ‘Ask me the question’ Stars!

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you have read Tessa’s Beach Kingdom books, you’ve been expecting this story since the very beginning. We’ve had teasings of Andrew and Jiya all over the other two books and finally we are getting what we’ve been waiting for: the conclusion of this series with a wonderful friends-to-lovers romance. And of course, queen Tessa Bailey did not fail us!

Sink or Swim is the final installment of Tessa’s Beach Kingdomseries following the stories of the three Prince brothers. It’s now time for the oldest, Andrew Prince, and the woman he’s been loving in secret for years: Jiya Dalal. These two have been best friends since they were very young but they also have been pinning for each other in secret for years. Just when Jiya’s beginning to believe Andrew doesn’t want her, something magic happens between them and that is the start of their love story. Will they finally get their happily ever after?

“You’ve got the one remaining shred of my decency protecting you from a messy bang right now, Jiya, but understand that I’d love to be buried so deep I could feel that place where your screams build.”

Obviously, as always, I am extremely excited when it comes to Tessa Bailey realizing anything. She is one of my favorite romance authors and I loved her works for years. This series I also loved because it was focused on three brothers and I was so curious about Andrew and Jiya since the start. And Sink or Swim was definitely what I expected: entertaining, filled with sexual tension, sexy AF and emotional (with even a little of suspense/drama in it). I loved the family interactions and all the moments between Andrew and Jiya. Andrew is so protective and alpha and I loved him! Jiya is the perfect match for him and together they melted my Kindle with their chemistry and feels. I am so happy all the Prince brothers finally got their HEAs!

“We’ve belonged to each other since the beginning of time. I’ve loved him since the day he walked through the gap in our fence.” 

Therefore, I am rating Sink or Swim with 4.5 STARS because it was a great conclusion to the Beach Kingdom series, especially with this story that we have been waiting for since we first saw this amazing couple. I loved Andrew and Jiya together, they just are so good for each other and their chemistry was explosive! Yes, Marcus and Jamie are still my favorites though! But again, I really enjoyed the whole series and these characters so if you are a fan of Tessa, you definitely should check these novels out!

The Author

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 eleven years and six-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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