Title: Fix Her Up
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication: June 11th 2019
Synopsis: A brand new romantic comedy from New York Times bestseller Tessa Bailey!
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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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS
I received an ARC from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for a honest review.
There is a reason why Tessa Bailey is successful and is so popular in the romance genre. This is one clear example of her proving to readers of her talent to craft a story about a clown and an ex-baseball player and make it for you to swoon/sweat over. The story was hot! hot! hot! A lot of the times so do not be fooled by the cute cover and the back stories of each hero/heroine makes you feel oddly connected to them.
Our main heroine, Georgie, is feeling rather left out and not taken seriously in her family. The joke is that it’s because her business is her dressing up as a party clown. Well, it’s also because she’s the youngest and therefore, she’s not capable of having a sensible mind or rational decision making. Her opinions are often discounted and her self-esteem plummets. This also doesn’t help that she’s in love with her older brother’s best friend, Travis.
Travis is our golden boy. He played baseball in the major leagues and up until a major injury that left him unable to play the sport he lived and breathed for majority of his years on our planet, he finds himself back in the small hometown. He feels like a loser because all these years, his mentally abusive father seemed to be right. His father had laughed at him and told him countless of times, Travis would fail and come back. Now it seems he did.
I loved the dynamic relationship between these two. Instead of Georgie allowing Travis to walk all over her, she stood up for herself from the very beginning. She took matters into her own hands, brought on a tribe of women to support each other, and left men basically for dead. However, she never failed to be by Travis’s side. She always supported and encouraged him to keep trying and to keep being a better person. And he did the same! He always allowed Georgie to have a safe space to speak her mind and felt compelled to defend her opinions.
What I didn’t like was the overused trope of fake dating. It was awkward when Georgie suggested it and it made little to no sense that Travis would so easily fall into the plan. It also was severely cheesy in the end and I couldn’t get past it.
However, you should definitely read this one.