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My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

The moment I read that My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey was part romance novel, part mystery novel, I knew I had to read it. After all, it's not every day you find both of your favorite genres rolled in one book. While it's by no means a complex mystery or romance, it's the type of book you want to read when you just want to have a little fun and get your spicy fix. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)

In the following article, you'll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the book, as well as a list of books like My Killer Vacation to dive into next.

My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

What Is the Book My Killer Vacation About?

When Taylor Bassey arrives in Cape Cod on vacation with her brother, all she wants is to take a bath in the clawfoot tub and relax. Unfortunately, fate has different plans. Instead, she finds the body of the rental homeowner shot dead in the laundry room, which prompts the owner's sister to call in a favor from an old friend - Myles Sumner. Myles is a closed-off, nomadic bounty hunter with one goal - get in, solve the case, and get the hell out of dodge. What he doesn't want is to have the cheery school teacher, Taylor, pushing her way onto his case, and yet, that's exactly what happens. From there, the attraction and connection between the unlikely pair builds until neither can brush it off as "just a fling."

Is My Killer Vacation Spicy?

Yes - if there's one thing you can count on when it comes to Tessa Bailey, it's that it's going to be spicy. In My Killer Vacation, the spicy chapters are chapters 8, 10, 12,16, 18, and 22.

Is My Killer Vacation a Standalone or Is It Part of a Series?

No - My Killer Vacation is not part of a series. It is a standalone that you can enjoy without worrying that you're missing something important from a previous book.

How Long Does It Take to Read My Killer Vacation?

The great thing about My Killer Vacation is that it's a quick and easy read, with How Long to Read estimating that it would take the average reader 4 hours and 38 minutes to read it.

Is My Killer Vacation Dual POV?

Yes - My Killer Vacation is told from a dual point-of-view. It switches between our two main characters, Myles and Taylor.

How Old Are Taylor and Myles in My Killer Vacation?

Our main characters in My Killer Vacation are Taylor Bassey who is 26 years old and Myles Sumner who is 34. This means there is an 8-year age gap between the two.

Who Is the Killer in My Killer Vacation?

If you're wondering who Oscar's killer is in My Killer Vacation, it turns out to be Kurt - the mayor's assistant. He did it to protect the Mayor as Oscar was going to reveal that the Mayor had been secretly buying rental properties with him, even though she was campaigning against it in public. His hope was that it would solidify his position as a valuable member of the Mayor's staff when she eventually ran for governor.

Does My Killer Vacation Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - rest assured, My Killer Vacation has a happy ending. After Kurt holds Taylor at gunpoint and is arrested, Myles apologizes to her and explains how much he wants to be with her. When Taylor and Jude pack up their car and leave Cape Cod, Myles follows her all the way home on his motorcycle. From there, Myles begins his private investigation company with his brother and moves in with Taylor. Eventually, they move to Boston for his company and get engaged.

5 Books Like My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

There's a lot to love about My Killer Vacation, it has the grumpy-sunshine trope, it takes place on vacation, and it has a bit of mystery. If you want to read something like it next, here are my five recommendations of books that are similar in one way or another.

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

1. Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

When I set out to find books like another book, more often than not they share similarities but are not what I'd call dupes. Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy though is as close to a dupe as I've ever found. It's about a people-pleaser woman whose good at "suppressing her wilder impulses." After moving to a small coastal town she meets a local bad boy. They challenge each other and before they know it they begin falling for one another even though that's the last thing they expected to happen.

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

2. Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

If you liked the element of mystery in My Killer Vacation then you'll appreciate that in Things We Never Got Over. Not only that, but Things We Never Got Over is also a grumpy-sunshine romance with plenty of spicy chapters. However, it is different in that it is much longer (the paperback is 562 pages) which gives the story more time to deepen and intensify, plus there are other heartwarming elements such as adoption and found family.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

3. Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

One of the best things about My Killer Vacation is that it's a blend of my two favorite genres - romance and mystery. If that was something you enjoyed, Dial A for Aunties is the perfect next read. Here's what it's about: "When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her aunties come to her aid. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate. But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy's great college love - and biggest heartbreak -makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?"

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

4. The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

Like My Killer Vacation, Sarah Morgenthaler's book, The Tourist Vacation, is a grumpy-sunshine romance that takes place while the female main character is on vacation. This time, however, the events take place in Alaska. Here's the description: "When Graham named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he's stuck serving an endless parade of resort visitors. But when a sweet, enthusiastic tourist who blushes every time he looks her way enters the picture, Graham is suddenly ready to break his strict no-tourists. This story marries together all the things you didn't realize you needed: a whirlwind vacation, a friendly moose, a grumpy diner owner, a quirky tourist, plenty of restaurant humor, and a happy ending that'll take you away from it all."

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

5. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

If you liked Tessa Bailey's style in My Killer Vacation then you have to check out her other novel, Fix Her Up. It's a love story between a professional baseball player who was forced to retire due to injury and his best friend's younger sister, whose a birthday party clown with dreams of growing her business and being taken seriously. I'll admit, that sounds like a weird pairing, but believe me - it works. Plus, there are plenty of Tessa Bailey's classic spicy scenes to enjoy.


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