Monday, July 15, 2019

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey ~ Review

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...

Available from Avon Books

Okay, I love this author, so reading this book was a no brainer.  But did you get the fake relationship part in that blurb?  With an unrequited crush?  Oh, yes, I needed to read this one.  AND I wasn't disappointed.

Their families are friends.  Georgie grew up with a huge crush on Travis.  But he only sees her as his best friends little sister.  So when it's Georgie that throws food, yes I said food, at his sorry behind to get his head on straight, Travis takes notice.  That's the point where their friendship begins.  I loved that the book didn't bounce right into a fake relationship.  No, they became friends first.  That made the set-up perfection.  It didn't take over the story at all.  It was just a small piece.  Loved that.

The characters really drew me.  I'm interested in all of them and can't wait for more stories from this group of friends.  I loved how they supported and cared for each other.  But I will admit that the best part of the characters in this group was Travis.  There is one scene where he stands up for Georgie to her family.  I was cheering him on.  Go Travis!  He was spot on with the way they dismissed her idea because they saw her as young and not a part of the adults in the room.  I loved this better than the group meetings, the apology latte, the wardrobe makeover, and the tear stained face make-up job.  Lots of caring in this book.

Travis is one sexy baseball player.  And the attraction between them starts quickly.  As Travis begins to notice what's under that ball cap Georgie has on, he's definitely interested.  But she is his best friends little sister.  So he resists.  I love a guy resisting.  It's so much fun to watch.  And when he quit resisting?  That was HOT.

The pace of the book and the writing are awesome.  I just didn't want to put it down.  The story pulled me in and held me there.  I couldn't wait to see what would happen next until....okay there was this point.  I'll admit that when "the mistake" was made and I cringed, I was flipping to the end, just to quickly check.  Yeah, it was good, so I could go back and read some more.  I don't feel bad that I did this.  It just means that I was so invested in these characters that I couldn't stand the idea of them not getting a happy.

There is more coming and I have questions.  There is a flip I want details about.  There is a relationship that I need to know what happens next with.  There is a sister that I need to know about.  And more.  I'll be waiting for more.


The read is incredibly good contemporary romance with that excellent side of chic lit to make it better.

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