Fix Her Up – ARC Review

Synopsis – Goodreads

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…

What can I say about this book? It is maybe one of new favorites. 

I am a sucker for a character with a somewhat checkered past and I love when its the love interest. And as I am now seeing, I’m really taking a liking to sports romances. But enough about me. Let’s jump into the review. 

Is this a cliché contemporary romance? Hell yes it is. But in the best way. 

Travis Ford and Georgie Castle are both lovable characters who I really enjoyed getting to know. Her quick wit and his really really steamy sexy talk, made for quite an entertaining read. 

Travis Ford is the predictable former major league baseball player playboy. He’s not the relationship, happy ever after type. Especially not his best friend’s youngest sibling. Travis finds Georgie to be a bit of a nuisance in the beginning. After leaving the MLB, and finding himself at a new crossroad, he’s slowly but surely trying to piece together is life and his future. 

Georgie Castle who may or may not have been in love with Travis since she was a pre-teen, also finds herself at a crossroad. Professionally she’s a clown and works her magic at local kids’ birthday parties. At home, she feels like her family views her the same way. And when her longtime crush rolls back into town on a depression binder, she’s determined to set him straight. 

Fix Her Up combines the friends – to – lovers trope with a dash of house flipping, baseball and clownery to make a fun, light and enjoyable read. 

I appreciated Tessa Bailey’s writing style. I found her main characters to be well-thought out and developed. But I will say the pace picked up quite a bit for the second half of the book. And there are scenes I wish were steadier and didn’t feel so rushed. 

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, entertaining read. If you’re a lover of contemporary romance, this book is definitely for you!

TW: Steamy romance, Explicit scenes, Explicit language

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

Special thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collin’s Publishers Avon for an e-Advanced Reader’s Copy of the book. Receiving Fix Her Up did not affect my review or rating.