Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 11, 2019 by Avon
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World... whatever that means.
Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)
Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)
Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)
Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)
Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?
Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there's Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her...
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Tessa Bailey did it again, another fun and swoony romance novel! I devoured this book, I finished it in one sitting and in only a few hours! I love Bailey’s writing style, it’s so addictive, and so quick to read, and Fix Her Up did not disappoint!
Going in to the novel I knew I was going to enjoy it, and knew it was going to be funny and swoony, but I was not expecting this novel to be so emotional! Both Georgie and Travis are at a point in their lives where they’re trying to figure out who they are and present that to the world. Georgie is the youngest in her family, and no one takes her seriously. She tries to prove herself time and time again, but her family members just brush her off. Travis moves back to his hometown after quitting professional baseball because of an injury, and is trying to get everyone to see him as more than a playboy professional baseball player.
One complaint I have is that I wish we had a little more of Travis’s backstory. We get a little bit of his story and his struggle with his parents, but not enough that I could really empathize as much with him. He also had so many negative feelings, and I wish I could see more of where they stemmed from.
Fake dating is one of my fave tropes, and I was super excited to get to that part of this novel. I was surprised at how long it took for the fake dating aspect to happen, but I get why it didn’t because we had to learn about Travis and Georgie and why they thought they needed to fake date. Just a heads up, don’t let the cover fool you, this book is steamy! I think it’s typical of Tessa Bailey’s books, but the cover seems a little misleading and might be surprising if you haven’t read anything by her before.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next in the series! I know that this will be a book I’ll definitely go back to when I need a fun comfort read.