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Fix Her Up written by Tessa Bailey
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Hot and Hammered #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Source: the Publisher
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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...
I’m kicking myself for not starting Fix Her Up right away because this book is absolutely glorious! Picture a birthday clown heroine and a retired baseball player with a touch of hate-to-love and you have this AMAZING book!
I have to tell you that I had second thoughts mainly because of the cover. The cover screams women’s fiction or at least something that isn’t too steamy. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised that this book has the Tessa Bailey steaminess and dirty-talking hero!
That’s not the only reason why I love this book so much! It has a kinda coming of age with awesome character arcs and character development!
In Fix Her Up, the heroine Georgie has been in love with her older brother’s best friend since she was a teenager. Now that she has finished college, she plans on continuing to work as a birthday clown but secretly, she wants to run her own party business. When the hero, Travis Ford, prematurely retires from MLB because of an injury, Georgie is there to cheer him up and help him through his issues. Travis absolutely hates it but tolerates Georgie until he doesn’t want to let her go!
What I loved about Fix Her Up is Georgie! She is the youngest in their family and is always treated like a child by her parents and her two older siblings. Her siblings are a few years older than her so she has always been treated as the baby. Georgie has been struggling with being treated as an adult and it doesn’t help that she is a birthday clown.
I really loved Georgie’s transformation from being someone who wasn’t sure of what she wanted to someone who was able to stand up for herself and show to the town that she is someone to be taken seriously. I’m an only child and have always been independent and mature for my age, but I felt for Georgie and her challenges!
Travis is quite damaged and really thinks that his career is over. Not only that, he has his father’s voice inside his head and he feels like he was a failure. I LOVE how Georgie made him see that his life is not over. Travis is the broody and grouchy hero and Georgie is the quirky and fun heroine that totally complements him.
I was not expecting the feels and emotions in this book and I actually shed a few tears while reading this.
I also love the different characters introduced in his book and I can’t wait to read their own HEAs!
I highly recommend this book and really, all of Tessa Bailey’s books!
Are you afraid of clowns? I am seriously afraid of them and I think they are creepy by Georgie made me rethink my thoughts about clowns!
What is your favorite Tessa Bailey book? If you haven’t read her yet, I highly recommend her Crossing the Line series!