FIX HER UP
by Tessa Bailey
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Reviewed by Hellie
Reviewed by Hellie
Blurb: 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...
You guys, I’m glad Chick Lit is making a retro-comeback because I have missed these rom-coms! This one--pardon the pun--hit it out of the park when it comes to clicking all the boxes for the perfect chick lit comedy. The EveryWoman heroine who is kinda awkward, secretly crushing, but sexy as hell to the hero. The Hero who is broody and dangerous (read: sexy). The classic comedy scenes that are a part of every Hallmark summer movie: the women’s only club that goes awry once word gets out and the whole town wants to participate; the Mudder Run; the wardrobe makeover. Or the emotional gotcha scenes: like when Georgie makes Travis hit a few balls at his old baseball diamond; when Travis rushes to her defense in front of her family; when Travis has a run-in with the only person he never wants to see, his father. It’s a roller coaster ride tied together with some of the hottest sex scenes and romantic tension that Tessa Bailey is well known for in her writing.
The next book is supposed to be about one of the other main characters in this book (one of the three founders of the “club”) and I cannot wait to see that story. I think there is going to be lots of food...so I hope there’s a recipe. I’m always game for a recipe in my books (am I the only one?) And I imagine the third book will be about Georgie’s sister, Bethany--and woo boy, I don’t know what kind of hero she’ll get but he’s going to have to be some bad ass.
There’s lots of baseball talk and a grand romantic gesture...and well, this book really has it all on the romantic front. If I had any critique--the hero does talk a little rougher than I normally like (and especially during sex), but I did think it was true to the character and the writer’s stylized voice. I can’t wait to read more.