- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Avon - US (19 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062872834
- ISBN-13: 978-0062872838
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 304 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fix Her Up was a complete, utter, unrelenting delight."--Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
"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
"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)
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Fix Her Up is (so far) my favorite romance of 2019. The novel features well-drawn protagonists, who are as incredibly likable as they are lovable, and endearing secondary characters that jump off the page and into your heart... an authentic romance with humor, heart, incredible sex, and a refreshing depiction of female friendship. This is a must-read for all romance fans."--All About Romance (Desert Isle Keeper)
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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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!
Georgie Castle is Fort Jefferson’s resident party clown extraordinaire; literally. Being the youngest of the Castle siblings, Georgie is used to being belittled and overlooked by her family. Even as a party planning businesswoman; no one really takes her seriously.
That is until Travis Ford returns to town.
With everybody handling Travis with kid gloves, Georgie takes it upon herself to draw him out of his slump. Even though he doesn’t appreciate her meddling, he can’t help but be impressed by her, although it’s evident that nobody else is.
“They could be friends, him and Georgie. That’s what was wrong. He didn’t want one-especially her. She was too young, too positive, and too related to his best friend.”
When Travis lets her down, its just another thing to add to her never-ending list of disappointments. Except this one hurts the most…
“The pressure in her chest had been growing stronger since this afternoon. By now, it felt like a pair of pliers was digging into her heart. God, I’m such an idiot.”
As both realize they have questionable reputations, they decide to enter a fake relationship to achieve their lifetime goals. There is no questioning that Travis and Georgie have undeniable chemistry, but can they overcome their hang-ups to admit that they can be more then friends?
Fix Her Up is a friend to lovers’ romantic comedy but with more depth then you would expect from this trope. Both characters were witty, compassionate and hot together. With Travis’s dirty talk and Georgie’s laugh out loud personality, these two burned up the pages and kept me smiling.
“I want your hands all over me. Your mouth on mine. And next time you get out of bed without giving me both, I’m going to find you, pull your pants down, and backhand that little tush you had tucked up in my lap all night. We clear?”
‘Arc’ provided by Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This was a cute read with some good emotional depth - Travis is a former MLB All Star whose career was cut short due to injury, and he has daddy issues, while Georgie is the youngest sibling in a family that won't take her seriously - and a fun cast of supporting characters. We were introduced to the couple in the sequel here and I can taste the delicious angst already.
Sidenote - I'm super here for the recent illustrated cover trend that's been taking over romance of late.
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But this is a story about two people who grew up in the same small town together. But when one comes back five years later, they both realize that maybe they can build a happier future with help from the other one.
➽ Georgette Castle – 23, An actual clown for children’s birthday parties, and the baby of her family, and they always let her know it by never taking her seriously, no matter what she does.
➽ Travis Ford – 28, Newly retired professional baseball player, because of an injury. But now he is very much struggling to be more than just a baseball player, especially after moving back to his hometown.
Both Georgie and Travis want to be taken more seriously, and they want to be more than the expectations that are already placed upon them. So they strike up a friendship agreement, that starts off with a few meals, some cleaning, and a fireplace, but eventually becomes a full on fake-dating element so they can change what people think of them. Travis wants desperately to look more wholesome to the press so that he can get a job he wants, and Georgie wants people to see her as more than a innocent comic-relief.
And obviously sex has to be completely off-limits, especially since Georgie is a virgin. Which is something that they both start to find difficult, yet Travis starts to realize that he might not want to be a steppingstone for Georgie. Meanwhile, Georgie knows that she wants things in life that Travis doesn’t want to give her. And, Lord, the angst is real, but it’s perfect, and I was living my best life watching these two also figure out how to deal with their attraction.
Overall, this book was just perfect in my eyes, and I completely expect it to make my best of 2019 list come December. The dirty talk was 11/10, the actual sex scenes were 11/10, and this was maybe the best fake dating setting I’ve ever read in my life. I am now obsessed with Tessa Bailey, and I feel so blessed that I am able to read her entire backlist now.
This book sucked me in from the moment I read the first page. I literally started it and finished it within two days. Travis is the perfect brooding, alpha male who is back home after a baseball injury ended his career. Georgie is sweet, bubbly and plans children’s birthday parties; she’s takes it upon herself to get him out of his slump.
Sparks fly when Travis realizes that Georgie is no longer his best friends kid sister and instead wants to “date” him for purely selfish reasons that will help both of them meet their end goals. Nothing wrong with that scenario right?! I love a childhood friends/fake romance trope and Tessa Bailey delivers.
Sometimes when authors write secondary characters they get lost or are underdeveloped. This was not the case in this book. I loved learning about Rosie, Bethany and the girls club that they created. The scenes with these three were some of my favorites of the book and I can’t wait to read Bethany and Rosie’s stories.
This book had it all - definitely the sizzling romance between Georgie and Travis, but also a sense of finding and believing in yourself, messy family dynamics and a great girls club to bond over. Thank you Tessa Bailey for writing an amazing book and for giving me a new author to binge read :)
**ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion**
All this rambling is to say that I want more books in this world and I want them yesterday! Really. I need Rosie & Dominic to be okay. I need Bethany to find a man that will treat her right. Kristin and Stephen? I need them to figure stuff out because they're bananas! I am 100% invested in these characters and their lives! Until the next book, I'll have to satisfy myself with the knowledge that Travis and Georgie are forever part of my keeper collection, and I can visit them anytime I want.