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Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

I'll be honest, for a long time, the Christmas romance genre didn't appeal to me. But when I realized one of the authors who I cannot seem to get enough of right now - Tessa Bailey - had written one, I just had to give it a go. Plus, the description and the reviews of Window Shopping, promised me it wouldn't just be endearing, it would be fun, sexy, and smutty too. What's not to love? (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


Now that I've finished the book, I've answered all of the questions I had about it, as well as included a list of books like Window Shopping to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

What Is the Book Window Shopping About?

Stella is 25 and living in NYC, but she's not your average 25-year-old. Stella Schmidt was just released from prison for a botched armed robbery she committed four years prior. Unfortunately, this makes it impossible for Stella to ever land her dream job of designing window displays for stores. That is until Stella meets Aiden outside of Vivant, a department store on Fifth Avenue, a week before Christmas. After asking for her opinion on the store window, Stella offers a blunt assessment and an inspired alternative that makes Aidan, the store's General Manager, sure she's right for the job - record or not. However, what Stella and Aiden feel for one another is far from professional. Can they keep it above board or will the attraction become too much?


Is Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey Spicy?

Yes - Window shopping is spicy! If there's one thing you can count on Tessa Bailey for it's that she will always give you the good stuff.


What Are the Spicy Chapters in Window Shopping?

If you want to jump to the spicy chapters in Window Shopping, head straight for chapters 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, and 14.


Can Window Shopping be Read as a Standalone?

Yes - Window Shopping was written by Tessa Bailey as a standalone. It is not a part of one of her other series and does not share characters with other books, so there's no need to worry that you might be missing something.


How Long Does It Take to Read Window Shopping?

It will take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 8 minutes to read Window Shopping, according to How Long to Read.


How Old Are Stella and Aiden in Window Shopping?

In Window Shopping, Stella Schmidt is 25 years old and Aiden Cook is 32 years old, which means there is a 7-year age gap between the two.


Does Window Shopping Have a Happy Ending?

If it's important to you that your romance novels have a happy ending, then rest assured, Window Shopping does have a happy ending.


After sending standing up to Nicole, her best friend, Stella rushes to the Christmas party. She arrives dressed in a plaid robe, holding a matching robe for Aiden. They tell each other they love one another and are engaged within the next year. At which point, Stella anxiously brings Aiden to meet her parents, though her fears are quickly eased as her parents greet her with a big hug and she sees that Aiden has been sending them pictures of each of her window displays for Vivant.


5 Books Like Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

If you're looking for a book like Window Shopping that is Christmas-themed, you're going to love this list of 18 Christmas romance books that I put together. On the other hand, if you don't need your next read to be holiday-inspired, then I'd suggest these five books which are similar in some way to Window Shopping:


 Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

1. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

First and foremost, I'm going to recommend that you check out another one of Tessa Bailey's books, such as Fix Her Up, if you haven't already. In Fix Her Up, we leave New York City at Christmas and arrive in a small beach town, where a grumpy retired ex-baseball player and his best friend's younger sister make a pact to pretend date. The last thing they expect though is for their fake relationship to stir up very real feelings.


Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

2. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

When I read the description of Colleen Hoover's, Reminders of Him, I immediately noticed the similarities it has with Window Shopping. Just read this description: "After serving five years in prison, Kenna returns to the town hoping to reunite with her daughter. While everyone seems determined to shut Kenna out, the only person who doesn't is Ledger, the local bar owner. The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk." The only thing is that you need to have a box of tissues ready for this one because there's a 99.9% chance you will cry.


By a Thread by Lucy Score

3. By a Thread by Lucy Score

For those of you who enjoy the boss-employee trope as we saw in Window Shopping, then By a Thread by Lucy Score is a must-read. Here's a brief description: "A steamy, swoony workplace romantic comedy with a grumpy boss hero determined to save the day and a plucky heroine who is starting to wonder if there might actually be a beating heart just beneath her boss’s sexy vests."


The Fine Print by Lauren Asher

4. The Fine Print by Lauren Asher

I'm a sucker for a series, so sometimes standalone romances like Window Shopping kind of bum me out because all you get is that one book. If you feel the same way and you like the workplace romance trope, then I'd recommend the Dreamland Billionaire's series by Lauren Asher, specifically the first book, The Fine Print. Here's the description: "After submitting a drunk proposal criticizing Dreamland's most expensive ride, I should have been fired. Instead, the new director, Rowan Kane, offered me a dream job. The catch? I had to work for the most difficult boss I'd ever met. Rowan was rude and completely off-limits, but my heart didn't care."


Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

5. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

One of the things I loved about Window Shopping was that in it the male main character was the sunshine, and the female main character was grumpy. If you did too, then I'd suggest Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. Plus, it's also workplace romance. Here's what it's about: "Jacob Wayne is always in control. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission and he expects nothing less than perfection. But when a purple-haired tornado of a woman named Eve Brown turns up for an interview and hits him with her car, everything changes. Now the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer he spends with her, the more their animosity turns into something else."

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