Fix Her Up: A Novel Paperback – 19 June 2019
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- Publisher : Avon US (19 June 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062872834
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062872838
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.29 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"If you adore romance and HGTV, this is just the book for you."--Oprahmag.com
"Bailey writes banter and rom-com scenarios with aplomb, but for those who like their romance on the spicier side, she's also the Michelangelo of dirty talk. She wields filth like Da Vinci does a paintbrush, and there's a lot to be said for an author who can fill such exchanges with all the requisite heat, enthusiastic consent, and yes, even humor, of such a scenario without veering into corny territory... Bailey ties all of these elements--the perfectly calibrated tropes, sizzling dirty talk, and envy-inducing ladies' nights--together with a super-charged ribbon of emotion... a swoon-inducing ending any reader will fall head over heels for."--Entertainment Weekly
"It had the perfect amount of quirky humor with steamy romance. Bailey hits so many of my favorite romance tropes with the book and she executes them all so well... If you need a fun rom-com to take the beach this summer, then Fix Her Up is a great choice."--Bookish
"A lovely book... I'm here for ALL OF IT. Books by Tessa Bailey are an insta-buy for me."--Sally Thorne, USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine
"Fix Her Up was a complete, utter, unrelenting delight."--Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
"a lovable cast of meddling secondary characters... a charming subplot... The sexual relationship between Travis and Georgie is sizzling, but the emotional journey from fake relationship to true love is just as compelling. Don't let the cover fool you: This romance is as steamy as it self-empowering."--Kirkus Reviews
"A super delightful rom com that has the heat turned up to 11...I LOVED IT!"--Lauren Morrill, author of Meant to Be
"Bailey creates fireworks in this steamy novel as Georgie and Travis quickly break their own rules about their fake relationship. The story moves fluidly from one situation to the next, with lots of hot sex in between, and Bailey will keep readers on their toes as the "couple" starts to realize this might be the real thing. Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Helena Hunting."--Booklist
"Funny, and SUPER hot, and also full of sooooo much heart... I AM SO EXCITED there will be more books in the series!"--Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author
"FIX HER UP ticks all my romance boxes. Not only is it hilarious, it's sweet, endearing, heartwarming and downright sexy. It's a recipe for the perfect love story."--Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author of Meet Cute
"I could not stop smiling. Romantic comedy perfection."--Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author
"I love Tessa Bailey's contemporary romances... the books are super sexy, but also deliver on an emotional level, and provide a lot of re-read romantic moments."--Lucy Parker, author of Act Like It and The Austen Playbook
"Small-town atmosphere permeates bestseller Bailey's comedic contemporary... Delightfully intense and creative sex scenes and potent emotions will reward both fans and new readers alike."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Tessa does it again. I laughed, swooned and had to look over my shoulder to make sure no one was reading the sexy scenes with me. Well-written, with great pacing and lovable characters, I absolutely loved everything about Fix Her Up."--Mariana Zapata, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
From the Back Cover
Georgette Castle's family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and no one has 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: A new framework for her business (A website from this decade?)
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 out the town clown 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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Then yesterday I was looking for the perfect read to help block out the real life dramas and this popped up. And BAM Tessa Bailey bubble activated. Despite a serious lack of sleep recently I couldn't have put this down if the house was on fire.
Georgie and Travis were perfect. Both together and separately. Of course Travis was possessive, jealous, growling, dirty talking and I loved him from the first. But having his point of view made me love him more even harder. And when he came to her defense I couldn't have been happier.
The only thing that I didn't love was the ending. I would have killed for an epilogue but I am hoping we will catch up with them down the road as we get more couples. And honestly I was so in this book the whole time I was reading it that I don't think I could ever get enough. And now I am off to stalk a release date for the next book because I am thinking they are going to be even hotter and Dom is going to be even more alpha. Can't wait.
These two people have issues - Family issues. Career issues... As their maybe real, then sort-of fake, then definitely real (and totally HOT) relationship develops, they learn that together they can grow and evolve and move forward and face their stuff together. It's delightfully sweet and satisfying to go on that journey with them.
Tessa Bailey's writing is always great and this is a longer read, allowing for a satisfyingly broad cast of characters to support Travis and Georgie as they work their way to their HEA. Highly recommended!
I'm definitely going to read more of Tessa Bailey's work.
Top reviews from other countries
Georgette is the youngest of her siblings and often overlooked, not part of the family business and the family clown. Literally - she runs her own party entertainment business. Travis is an ex baseball star who’s found himself back in his hometown, jobless, prospectless and really just in a bit of a downward spiral.
This is a best friend’s sibling and fake relationship romance, with Travis being best friends with Georgie’s older brother. I loved the forbidden element of their relationship, sneaking around and both in denial a bit about what they’re up to. Georgie meddles in Travis’s life mid-wallow and pulls him out of his isolation and back to life. Both characters support each other and here comes the fake relationship. Travis has to clean up his romantic life to win a job he would love.
The banter between the characters, morphing into a sexy, steamy (fake) relationship was great to read. I loved the transition both of them went through, and as always with this plot blurring of the lines between fake and real occurs. I love the denial and natural angst that brings.
I love discovering a new author that makes me immediately want to read anything and everything they’ve ever written. As I said I immediately bought the second book in the series and I’m looking forward to the third!
Georgie is an actual clown for children’s birthday parties. She is really good at it and wants to be taken more seriously as a business woman. As the baby of her very well known family she feels no one takes her series.
“Why do women believe they need an occasion to dress up? Dress up for life, goddammit!”
Travis is a newly retired professional baseball player, who had to retire much to early due to an injury. He is struggling with moving back to his home town feeling like a loser.
“How do you do that? You . . . accept me. Exactly as I am. But you still change me for the better.”
The chemistry she has with Travis is out of the park. It gave me little tingling feelings in my chest while reading it. This book is flirty, sweet romance and a bit ridiculous at times but kept my entertained to the last page. I loved the secondary characters which is always a big plus for me and found the dynamic they bring to this story and I can't wait for more in this series, in fact I've already bough the next in the series.
I don’t know if I need to laugh, or scream, or cry, I can’t handle the level of feels this book has given me.
I absolutely love Georgie. She became the joker to be seen at a young age, and she didn’t believe in herself enough to be anything other than a clown. She found her voice, and her strength not because of Travis but thanks to him. He boosted her up and made her feel like her voice mattered.
Travis' world was turned upside down by Georgie. He pulled himself out of the gutter, or his almost rat infested apartment to be precise and found his place in the world again.
The chemistry between them was so intense I loved it right from the beginning.
It was laugh out loud funny, the things Georgie came out with. I love that it emphasized how humiliating teen crushes can be, she practised making out on her hand.. Like come on, it was just perfect.
That ending ugh, the feels are intense.
I loved all the side characters too, I can’t believe we’re getting a Rosie and Dom book, eeek! I NEED IT NOW!!! I hope we get a little of what’s next for Georgie and Travis in Love Her or Lose Her. I’m not ready to say goodbye to them yet.
The narrator Charlotte North is absolutely wonderful. I’ll be looking out for her in future.
Okay, here’s one of my many favourite moments;
“you have to fight for what you deserve. What you want is no more or less important than what anyone else wants.”
Now I am all for steam in books, but at times (I can't believe I am about to say this but) even I thought it bordered on being too much (this might be down to the fact I was trying to read it with family members around!) steam and not quite enough plot. Saying that I did still really enjoy it and I liked the secondary characters and the interactions between everyone. The over use of 'Baby Girl' did start to grate somewhat towards the end though.
I would recommend this for fans of romance, but would just caveat by saying if you don't want to read about sexual exploits it might be best to give this one a miss.
I absolutely love this story. Straight from page one, I loved this book. Georgie was the perfect heroine, likeable and sweet but enough of a backbone to not be taken advantage of. And Travis was the dreamy hero we all love. Their love was a slow burn, but once they enter into their fake relationship it doesn't take long to realize that it wasn't fake at all. The chemistry between these two jumped off the page. I could see this as a movie and could only dream of seeing this on the big screen. This book is very well written, the love scenes are perfect (and pretty dirty) I can't wait to read more Tessa Baily in the future.