My Killer Vacation – Tessa Bailey

Genre: Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 295
Release Date: June 6, 2022

It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation in sweet, sunny Cape Cod—just me and my beloved brother—but discovering a corpse in our rental house really throws a wrench into our tanning schedule. Now a rude, crude bounty hunter has arrived on the back of his motorcycle to catch the killer and refuses to believe I can be helpful, despite countless hours of true crime podcast listening. Not to mention a fulfilling teaching career of wrangling second graders.

A brash bounty hunter and an energetic elementary schoolteacher: the murder-solving team no one asked for, but thanks to these pesky attempts on my life, we’re stuck together, come hell or high tide.

I’m just here to do a job, not babysit an amateur sleuth. Although…it is becoming less and less of a hardship to have her around. Sure, she’s stubborn, distracting and can’t stay out of harm’s way. She’s also brave and beautiful and reminds me of the home I left behind three years ago. In other words, the painful hunger and protectiveness she is waking up in me is a threat to my peace of mind. Before I sink any deeper into this dangerous attraction, I need to solve this murder and get back on the road. But will fate take her from me before I realize the road has been leading to her all along?


My Killer Vacation is a fun, light, and spicy murder mystery.

My Killer Vacation is the perfect beach read to get lost in as readers experience a thrilling and high stakes murder mystery coupled with a whirlwind romance. Taylor booked a relaxing vacation for her and her brother only to be surprised by a dead body in their rental. Enter the brooding bounty hunter sent to investigate after the police deem the case closed.

When Taylor was first introduced, I thought she was going to be a demur protagonist who was going to be walked all over by her love interest. Fortunately, Taylor is independent with a spark of her own as she learns to be more accepting of her wants and needs. Taylor’s goal in My Killer Vacation may have been centered around her brother, but she finds herself learning that her perceived weaknesses might not be weaknesses after all.

Myles is a brooding and mysterious love interest. He’s a abrupt, direct, and closed off but oh so swoon worthy. Taylor and Myles are completely different, but their differences contrast in ways that highlight their strengths together as a couple. They push and pull each other to their breaking points making My Killer Vacation emotional with the perfect amount of tension and spice.

My one criticism of the novel is that it’s light on the mystery. It’s clear that the focus of the novel is Taylor and Myles’ relationship, however I wish Bailey would have focus a little more on the mystery so that the conclusion didn’t feel so rushed. Taylor’s interest in true crime podcasts was almost non-existent considering it was mentioned in the synopsis.

Side note: I hope Taylor’s brother gets his own M/M romance novel.

Overall, My Killer Vacation is the perfect beach read to get lost in with the sound of the waves as a soundtrack. Bailey delivers on delicious tension and spice with a quick whodunit.

*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


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