Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered, #1)
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...

Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered, #1) Details

TitleFix Her Up (Hot and Hammered, #1)
Author
ReleaseJun 11th, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062872845
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered, #1) Review

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    Once you read a Tessa Bailey romance, there is no going back... And FIX HER UP is not an exception because you will fall in love with Travis and Georgie instantly... Instantly you are drawn to this marvelous cover, and then you read the synopsis and you think... "WOW GIVE ME THAT BAD BOY RIGHT THIS MOMENT! Let me just start this review by saying that if you have not read a book by Tessa Bailey then why are you even here? I mean, why are you waisting your time by reading this review? (Totally ki Once you read a Tessa Bailey romance, there is no going back... And FIX HER UP is not an exception because you will fall in love with Travis and Georgie instantly... Instantly you are drawn to this marvelous cover, and then you read the synopsis and you think... "WOW GIVE ME THAT BAD BOY RIGHT THIS MOMENT! Let me just start this review by saying that if you have not read a book by Tessa Bailey then why are you even here? I mean, why are you waisting your time by reading this review? (Totally kidding... maybe not... I don't know...) But in all seriousness, if you have not read a book by Tessa then I HIGHLY recommend that you start as soon as you can. There is no denying that Tessa's writing is unique in its own way. The best kind of way that will have you drawn to the page, making you crave more and more through every turn of the page, every swipe you make, every word you may listen. With FIX HER UP, she has gained so much more respect than what I original had towards her, because of how she describes the female main character—Georgie. When you are first introduced to Travis and Georgie, you do not expect the scene that you read. That's how Tessa bring the BAM to the beginning of the story. Known from their childhood, and been neighbors who live in Long Island (which is where I am from **squeals**), and grew apart because of their own differences. Travis becoming a professional baseball player, whom throughout out ends up getting injured and his career comes to an end. Georgie has known him since she was little, the youngest sister of Travi's best friend Steven. Always running around and following them as a child. She always attended all his games, Travis' biggest cheerleader, Georgie became enamored by him. To him, Georgie has always been Steven's little sister that no one pays attention to. But after one hangover morning, Travis' perspective towards her changes in the best of way. She is now all grown up, has bought her own house, is a clown for a living... YUP! You read that correctly, one of my favorite female characters of 2019 is a CLOWN FOR A LIVING!Georgie is a clown for a living ladies a gentlemen, it does not get better than this. And I am not being sarcastic at all. Seriously... I am NOT! I love that Tessa has created a female role in which she enjoys the perspective of entertainment for kids. Yes, it is a fictional story in a fictional world but I just adore how unique her career is in comparison to other careers we read about in romance novels. She is an independent individual, in which is also another shot of perfection about this novel. She is all grown up now, but grown up in the best of way that Travis slowly learns to adore and love most about her. The affection he has towards her charisma and attitude really warms your heart. You just want to hug Travis, you want to ravish him! Of course in the best of ways... **wink wink** But he is not only sweet, he is this possessive, jealous, delicious and scrumptious of a specimen. Seriously ladies (and gents, depending on your taste) you will be enthralled at how lovable Travis truly is. Especially when he is in awe of Georgie; "He wanted to give her pleasure. Wanted to protect her. And fuck the consequences, he wanted to turn himself into her addiction..." The story plot itself continues after agreeing to a deal of being in a fake relationship for the sake of his career and hers as well. Pretending turns into wanting more between them both when it comes down to the emotional and physical side of a relationship. Travis' restraint is at its thread or truly wanting Georgie, while she is virgin who is still enamored with her childhood/teenage crush. Once they are together however, everything around dissolves and it's only them two. The witch craft that Tessa has with her writing is one that always fascinates me and truly does leave me flabbergasted. And once you read their story, your heart will forever be melted with Tessa's writing.Overall, FIX HER UP is a comedic romance novel that will forever be engraved to your heart. Once you read Tessa's writing, there is no going back. There is no thinking "Oh should I read it?" There is only thinking "adding to my TBR and my bank account is going to hate me." (**laughs at own joke) Thank you to Tessa for always being a sweetheart, Long Island girls have to stick together in the best of ways ;) ARC galley kindly provided by Tessa, in exchange for an honest review...Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Do not let this adorably unassuming cover fool you: this book was NAUGHTY AS HELL and I loved it SO MUCH. I buddy read this with Melanie and Jane and it was such a fucking great experience. Brb while I immediately re-read this bc I have a mighty ass need. Holy shit, y’all. READ DIS BOOK
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit, I read this in one sitting and LOVED it! And the sex scenes are dirty talk? 11/10! RTC! <3 When Chelsea sets the group chat on fire describing this book, and you and all your friends immediately run to listen to your first smutty audiobook. 💖Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with Chelsea, Jane, & Madalyn! ❤
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/If you haven’t seen me mention it an infinite amount of times before, these cartoony cover romcoms have become my kryptonite. Meaning, I want them all and I want them now. There’s no need to read a blurb, or reviews, or look at ratings, I just know I need them in my life. The title/cover of this one led me to believe the action was going to center around my other guilty pleasure – house flipping. Little did I know that the flippy famil Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/If you haven’t seen me mention it an infinite amount of times before, these cartoony cover romcoms have become my kryptonite. Meaning, I want them all and I want them now. There’s no need to read a blurb, or reviews, or look at ratings, I just know I need them in my life. The title/cover of this one led me to believe the action was going to center around my other guilty pleasure – house flipping. Little did I know that the flippy family business was not going to be the focus at all (I bet book #3 is because Bethany is gonna need some luvin’ eventually too!!!!), but rather it was going to be about a FORMER BASEBALL PLAYER . . . . . Oh my lort. Any time I can picture Clayton Kershaw as the leading male I get all double-leg-kicky . . . . But then the female lead was a CLOWN . . . . . Literally. A C.L.O.W.N. No one enjoys a clown for cripes sake! However, I am nothing if I’m not a masochist trooper, so I marched on with just a bit (translation – A LOT) of trepidation. For any of you who are also super not interested in reading about Bozo getting her groove on, have no fear! Despite our leading lady legit wearing the white face paint and honking nose, she also had goals of becoming THE name in children’s party planning and was not a manic pixie dream girl like I feared she would be.And then. THEN! It was a FAKE ROMANCE TROPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I love the let’s pretend we’re in love trope. The terms this time around were MLB bad boy Travis suffered a career-ending injury before ever reaching 30 and went into a downward spiral. When a chance at a broadcast career becomes available, Travis has to make quick work of spit-shining his image. Enter his bestie’s sister, Georgie. In love with him since they were in kids, she’s willing to put her feelings on the backburner in order to help Travis achieve his goal as well as for her to achieve hers (*cough losing her V-card cough*).Not only was this completely adorable, but also? They went to pound town before the 50% mark and lemme tell you, Travis had more than just magic hands . . . . You know what that means, right? Sploooooooooooooooooooooosh . . . . There’s only one thing I have to say about Travis: #hecangetitBottom line? All the Starz. I’ve had a shitty couple of weeks and this baby turned my frown upside down. A perfect poolside read!ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS One second, laughter kindled in his throat, and the next, it was tight. Just tight. Because flushed and looking up at him with her bright green eyes, Georgette Castle was the most beautiful thing on the planet. This was so stinking cute! A lighthearted and steamy romance full of laughs and sizzle the likes of which only Bailey can write. I read it with a smile on my face from beginning to finish.Georgette Castle is the perfect amount of quirky that I love in my heroines. She's the yo 4.5 STARS One second, laughter kindled in his throat, and the next, it was tight. Just tight. Because flushed and looking up at him with her bright green eyes, Georgette Castle was the most beautiful thing on the planet. This was so stinking cute! A lighthearted and steamy romance full of laughs and sizzle the likes of which only Bailey can write. I read it with a smile on my face from beginning to finish.Georgette Castle is the perfect amount of quirky that I love in my heroines. She's the youngest sibling in her successful siblings and a bit of a black sheep. Her older siblings have their careers and life together, and Georgie is a professional clown. I mean, c'mon! How often do you read that? She's incredibly endearing and loves her job entertaining kids. But she also wants her family to finally see her as the woman that can do something right in their eyes.There's a dash of unrequited love when it comes to her and Travis. She's always harbored a secret crush on her older brother's best friend but she never had a hope in snagging his attention outside of being the annoying little sister that tagged along and mooned after her brother's friend. Travis is a professional MBA player whose career comes to a crashing halt after a bad injury. Now he's back in the small town he couldn't wait to get away from and dealing with his new reality. I loved the relationship development between Georgie and Travis. They start as unlikely friends and confidants that soon leads to something more when Travis finally sees the woman Georgie always was. I loved that it wasn't about Georgie changing herself to be seen in a different light by him but rather just coming into her own and comfortable with it. I loved the way that Travis brought her strength and helped her bring out the best version of herself and have her family finally see her. I loved that Georgie was a strong heroine outside of everything too. She didn't need Travis to help her, but she also brought out the best version of him.This was such a cute, endearing, and sweet romance. I loved the women's friendships and Georgie's brother's kooky wife. I loved the secondary characters and the dynamic they bring to this story and I seriously can't wait for more in this series!ARC courtesy of author in exchange for an honest reviewFind me on:
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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW TO COME4.5 Stars!(ARC provided by HarperCollins) ***NOW AVAILABLE***https://amzn.to/2wL9Qwn
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. When I read the premise of this book I was sold. A romance about Georgie, a young woman who wants to be taken seriously despite her job and her age. Yes to that! The fake-dating trope with Travis, her brother’s best friend and former baseball star, yes please!So, as I said, the premise was good, but then it went downhill pretty fast for me. The beginning of the book was fine, it starts off with Ge The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. When I read the premise of this book I was sold. A romance about Georgie, a young woman who wants to be taken seriously despite her job and her age. Yes to that! The fake-dating trope with Travis, her brother’s best friend and former baseball star, yes please!So, as I said, the premise was good, but then it went downhill pretty fast for me. The beginning of the book was fine, it starts off with Georgie intervening in Travis’s life and trying to make him realize that he should not waste his life drowning his sorrows in alcohol on his couch. It was okay, she was helping an old friend and I was fine with that. I liked Georgie’s character straightaway, she seemed to behave like an adult and I was really sorry that her family could not see it. A family of stubborn people, that’s what they were. I also liked the initial interactions between the two main characters. They were friendly and flirty, it was going great. But then Travis became way too controlling in bed and I was so not into it. I did not appreciate this aspect of his character. Spoilers down below I also wasn’t a fan of the marriage proposal at the end. Could he not just have said he was sorry and be done with it? Was the proposal really necessary after a month of fake dating? To me it just felt out of place and also a bit out of character. I understand his love for Georgie and his desire to make her happy but I would have been happier with just the two of them reconciling. Now let’s talk about what I did like very much. I liked Georgie’s character development. She was always an adult to me but I was happy to see the others realize this truth. She worked on herself and also on her company and I was so happy to see her succeed. Also, the Just Us League was such a nice idea and I think the women in it could really benefit from the support of other women that might be going through that very same stuff. I understand that this book is the first in a series so I hope the next ones are about Bethany and Rosie, I want to see them happy and I think their stories could be very interesting to read, considering they have such different aspects involved. Another thing I appreciated was how the prejudices and the hearsay about Travis were dismissed. He had a reputation before coming back home and people kept reminding him of that, which could be okay if you know him but not if you are a total stranger in a bar. Georgie stood up for him and he also stood up for himself by believing and accepting that he could be better than his past self. It was nice to read. Overall this was not the read for me, even though I found some elements enjoyable. If you’re a fan a romance like me and you find the premise interesting you still might find this book great, so you might want to check it out.
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    You have to fight for what you deserve. What you want is no more or less important than what anyone else wants.Such a great read!Travis is down on his luck after an injury. Add that to his man hooch reputation, and he’s practically shunned from the sport he considers his life, professional baseball. He’s grumpy. He’s depressed, and he’s pretty much a sloppy hermit. Georgie is just his best friends little sister, who has had a crush on Travis since she was a pre-teen. Travis has never taken her s You have to fight for what you deserve. What you want is no more or less important than what anyone else wants.Such a great read!Travis is down on his luck after an injury. Add that to his man hooch reputation, and he’s practically shunned from the sport he considers his life, professional baseball. He’s grumpy. He’s depressed, and he’s pretty much a sloppy hermit. Georgie is just his best friends little sister, who has had a crush on Travis since she was a pre-teen. Travis has never taken her seriously though. I mean, she is a professional clown now, but that’s beside the point. Georgie is the one who kicks Travis into gear. She believes in him! Although reluctantly, under Georgie’s supportive attention, he blossoms like the prettiest flower.Add in; a fake relationship, unexpectedly real feelings, hot naughty bits, a fire place renovation, meddling side characters that you can’t help but love (Hi. I mean Bethany!), and you have Fix Her Up!It admittedly took me a few chapters to really get invested in Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey, but once I did I was full on in love. This story is sweet, steamy, funny, and has a heartfelt message weaved into the rest.https://instagram.com/p/BxvQYA7HVzl/^fan edit on IG!*ARC provided by Edelweiss+*AVAILABLE NOW!!
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  • Isabella.R
    January 1, 1970
    4 Baby Girl Stars ⭐ Travis Ford moves back to his hometown Fort Jefferson after an injury ends his baseball league career. Seeing his future implode before his eyes, he has no immediate plans apart from drinking himself into a coma.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. Th 4 Baby Girl Stars ⭐️ Travis Ford moves back to his hometown Fort Jefferson after an injury ends his baseball league career. Seeing his future implode before his eyes, he has no immediate plans apart from drinking himself into a coma.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.It would be an absolute honor to have you as my guest on my blog too. Stop by anytime you want :)www.mypinkfairytales.com
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    Some time has passed since I’ve put my nose in a Tessa Bailey read and it’s only a reminder how assured Bailey is with words. Though I’ll be the first to say that her stories can be a hit or miss for me. I wavered on ‘Fix Her Up’ despite the cute blurb. Tackling the brother’s best-friend, fake dating trope (crossed with the manwhore/guileless virgin one which I didn’t expect and detested), it actually started off pretty damn well, then turned predictably cringeworthy because the blurb hadn’t qui Some time has passed since I’ve put my nose in a Tessa Bailey read and it’s only a reminder how assured Bailey is with words. Though I’ll be the first to say that her stories can be a hit or miss for me. I wavered on ‘Fix Her Up’ despite the cute blurb. Tackling the brother’s best-friend, fake dating trope (crossed with the manwhore/guileless virgin one which I didn’t expect and detested), it actually started off pretty damn well, then turned predictably cringeworthy because the blurb hadn’t quite revealed the intricacies of the characters that could make or break the story for me. Georgie had always been overlooked, or rather, looked at as the annoying and forgotten little sister, the one who never mattered enough to be other than that label. Worse yet, she’d spent her entire life in love with the famous homegrown baseball player who’s now a failure and a washout while he hopped into bed with as many women as he could while leading that famous sportsman lifestyle, then helps him indirectly pick up the pieces when he comes home wallowing in self-pity. In fact, I felt sorry for her for getting short-changed in so many ways but liked her for being the somewhat quirky, pushing-back-sort of girl who made the best she could of her situation. Some dick-waving in the face of male competition and fake dating and some machinations later…well, their story goes as you’d expect as Travis Ford somehow manages to see past what he’d always thought of as the best friend’s pesky sister because she made him laugh and talk again and want things beyond the physical. Having his well-earned reputation thrown in my face repeatedly however, even if it was to show superficial his conquests and hundreds of one-night stands were didn’t help this while she pined afar. That Georgie—comfortable in her own clothing—seemed to have needed a makeover before Travis could see her as someone to lust after was a bothersome reminder that her looks ultimately mattered as well. Travis’s lack of commitment was mentioned to many times and the reason for that was also given as an insecure childhood, and predictably, both his and Georgie’s issues came to the fore, or rather, where it hurt the most at the climax, after which the typical grovelling started—when the manwhore suddenly became a family, committed man out of the blue after a bit of self-talk and self-actualisation. ‘Fix Her Up’ is a classic Bailey read, nonetheless. I could power through the pages because of a writing style that I am comfortable with; my own complaints about the tropes are my own prejudices showing up here. *ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ CHAPTER 14 After several starts and stops, its official, I’m pulling the plug on my first Tessa Bailey. I kept telling myself that if I just pushed through a little further, at some point the story would really grab me. At 182 pages, that little exercise has proven futile. So, in the name of living reading my best life, I think it’s time to cut my losses and move on to something more worthy of my time.I can’t deny, the uber-cute, smile-inducing cover made it darn near impossible to stop th DNF @ CHAPTER 14 After several starts and stops, its official, I’m pulling the plug on my first Tessa Bailey. I kept telling myself that if I just pushed through a little further, at some point the story would really grab me. At 182 pages, that little exercise has proven futile. So, in the name of living reading my best life, I think it’s time to cut my losses and move on to something more worthy of my time.I can’t deny, the uber-cute, smile-inducing cover made it darn near impossible to stop the runaway train of possibility in my brain. But, as we all experience at one time or another, the cover—no matter how great—is in no way indicative of the journey that awaits the reader. It all comes down to the combination of words and the feelings those words happen to inspire.I found Fix Her Up to be a recycled mix of one too many romance tropes, told through a cast of characters I couldn’t take seriously, and sorry to say, all done with a bland delivery. Bailey’s words lacked the charisma necessary to keep this finicky reader engaged.And while there are bound to be hoards of readers who find virginal 23-year-old Georgie quirky, I’m not one of them. How was I supposed to take the girl seriously when (1) she’s a clown (are there even any children on planet Earth that like clowns anymore?), (2) she’s never been on a date (say what?) and (3) she just realized after a childhood of hand-me-downs that she could shop somewhere other than the thrift store (insert eye-roll here)? In Georgie's defense, *fix her up* correlates to the growth she strives for in multiple facets of her life—career, home, and physical appearance improvements—not only the fake relationship that she lands herself in. Yawn.Those who know me best, know my inner giddy girl is not one to shy away from the steamy scenes. BUT when that seems to be the only part of the story that’s managing to hold my interest, it’s time to cut and run. Although, I’ve gotta say, good ole “Two Bats” really knows how to make a girl blush. *wink*As always, this is simply the opinion of one reader; and a picky one at that. You shouldn't let my thoughts hinder your own experience or stop you from delving into Georgie and Travis’ little scheme. You never know, this might be your next favorite. *Thank you to Avon Books for sending a review copy. ♥
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  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
    January 1, 1970
    There's this trend at the moment for romance book covers that is usually used for chick-lit and rom-com.Personally, I LOVE THEM and even prefer them to the genre defining chest and six packs covers we often get in romance or erotica. That being said they can be somehow... misleading.I honestly started this one thinking it was pure chick-lit, and the cover being overly cute I thought it would be some "Tessa Bailey'lite" novel. It wasn't. I'm so glad it wasn't!THE SEX WAS GLORIOUS. UNF!THE SLOW BU There's this trend at the moment for romance book covers that is usually used for chick-lit and rom-com.Personally, I LOVE THEM and even prefer them to the genre defining chest and six packs covers we often get in romance or erotica. That being said they can be somehow... misleading.I honestly started this one thinking it was pure chick-lit, and the cover being overly cute I thought it would be some "Tessa Bailey'lite" novel. It wasn't. I'm so glad it wasn't!THE SEX WAS GLORIOUS. UNF!THE SLOW BURN WAS PAINSTAKINGLY HEAVY.THE LOVE UNREQUITED WAS ANGSTY AS HELL.THE FORBIDDEN TOUCH WAS DELICIOUSLY FILTHY.But let's be clear for one hot minute here : This book was not chick-lit in any case, and if you know your Tessa Bailey's and appreciate her filthy mouthed heroes, a side of kink in the sheets, this one is definitely for you.This book had so many elements I crave in my romance : -Love unrequited, best friend little sister, pretend relationship, slow burn : angst galore!!!-Snarky heroine/ broody hero (not a complete asshole but close : Divine banter!-Great supporting characters, humor (wait until you hear more from the "Just Us League"), and strong family/friends background. (could be the rom-com touch in this book)And I've fallen in love with Georgie Castle. She was a real sucker yes, but paradoxally such a strong character, vibrant and really fun! Possibly my favorite Tessa Bailey heroine thus far.I'll be sure to remind you to pick this one up closer to release time... but really, you should pre-order this gem, it's a solid 5 stars for me! "Who knew she was just a sucker for a filthy mouth" More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞
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  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsOH EM GEE! I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!.For perhaps the first time this year, a book that I've been highly anticipating FINALLY lives up to my expectations. And let me tell you, it feels so damn good to be able to say that. This book is the perfect blend of fake dating meets I've been secretly crushing on my older brother's best friend my entire life. Normally I'm not a fan of when the heroine has been secretly crushing on a guy and he's been oblivious and never noticed 4.5 starsOH EM GEE! I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!.For perhaps the first time this year, a book that I've been highly anticipating FINALLY lives up to my expectations. And let me tell you, it feels so damn good to be able to say that. This book is the perfect blend of fake dating meets I've been secretly crushing on my older brother's best friend my entire life. Normally I'm not a fan of when the heroine has been secretly crushing on a guy and he's been oblivious and never noticed her. But Tessa Bailey did that trope justice. Georgie is a heroine that I truly don't think many could hate. I don't want to dramatic but I really don't think it's possible to read this book and NOT fall at least a little bit in love with Georgie. She is awesome, she's sweet, she's strong and yet at the same time, she is still trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs. I love that she works as a clown and is confident in what she wants as a career and in her life. Travis was also a hero that typically, probably wouldn't work for me much but it was very hard to not fall for him as I kept reading. I love how this book is about so much more than a love story. It's about Georgie and Travis going through their own personal struggles and character growth. I appreciated the hell out of the way Travis deals and grows from the man he was at the beginning of the book virus the end. The romance is perhaps my favorite part of the book because it was so damn swoony. I love how it was kinda the perfect blend of friends to lovers and fake dating. I love how despite their being so much damn attraction and steam between these two that the pages legit sizzled on my kindle, that we get so much development and page time of them actually talking and trusting, getting to know each other outside of that. It's what made me fall in love with their romance and believe in it so much even though this book does not a span a big amount of time. Another thing I'm usually picky about and notice but with this book, I couldn't even think about that because it felt like they knew each other in a way that felt akin to soulmates. It's like they were always meant to be together and from the first moment they are back in each other's life, everything just clicked. I also need to say that I loved and appreciated the girl power scenes and friendships in this book. I love how we got to see Georgie grow and develop her relationship with her sister and make new friends as well. I love Rosie and Bethany so damn much and I'm ecstatic that Rosie's book is next because I need it badly. I also love how close Georgie is with her family and how even though they're close, things weren't perfect. It was messy and sometimes heartbreaking to read Georgie's struggles with them but I loved it nonetheless. It was perfectly imperfect in the way that family's usually are. I haven't read a Tessa Bailey book in a while but this book has me refueled and eager to get my hand on more of her books ASAP. This book is a winner in my book and I think that many contemporary romance fans with be very pleased with this book as well!*Arc given in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    Let’s start with the main characters – Georgie and Travis. They both grew so much over the course of this story, which I lived for. Not only them, there were also side characters showing obvious signs of growth. Any author capable of doing that deserves an extra star in my book!When it comes to Georgie, I specifically loved seeing her go from being and feeling the “little sister” towards being her own woman, standing up for herself and fighting for what she wants. Seeing that evolution was wonde Let’s start with the main characters – Georgie and Travis. They both grew so much over the course of this story, which I lived for. Not only them, there were also side characters showing obvious signs of growth. Any author capable of doing that deserves an extra star in my book!When it comes to Georgie, I specifically loved seeing her go from being and feeling the “little sister” towards being her own woman, standing up for herself and fighting for what she wants. Seeing that evolution was wonderful.As mentioned in the triggers, there are quite a few explicit sex scenes in this book. I didn’t mind them at all – but I know some people don’t care for that type of thing. All in all, I found them well written – apart from all the dirty talk. I’m simply.. not that kind of person so I wouldn’t have mind had that aspect not been present, haha.In my intro, I mentioned the renovating company being one of the things that piqued my interest. It wasn’t that present, but it was there enough for me to be satisfied. As for the fake relationship-trope? I loved how it was done! Not every author is able to pull it off, but I enjoyed seeing Georgie and Travis struggle with their feelings, doubting the realness of their fake relationship and eventually having to admit to themselves what was going on. Yup, definitely my cup of tea!I only have ONE but:Travis, our other main character, definitely had his own demons to fight. Unfortunately, the story focused way more on Georgie’s growth, struggle and evolution than it did on his. I would’ve loved to have more insight in his past, his brain and his feelings. It would have added so much more to the story!4 / 5!I cannot wait to read the sequel - which focuses on two characters present in this one: Dominic and Rosie. So curious to find out their story!--------I adore romance novels that start out with a fake relationship so SIGN ME UP!
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Avon for sending this to me on Netgalley!!!I LOVED IT!!! It was so incredibly sweet, adorable, and STEAMY!! Don’t let the cover or title fool you, this book is HOT! The sex scenes had me fanning myself but then something really cute would happen and make me smile huge!! I couldn’t get enough of this book, it was addicting to read and flew through it in two sittings. I literally spent the entire day in bed reading this and it was wonderful. The story follows Georgie and Travi Thank you so much to Avon for sending this to me on Netgalley!!!I LOVED IT!!! It was so incredibly sweet, adorable, and STEAMY!! Don’t let the cover or title fool you, this book is HOT! The sex scenes had me fanning myself but then something really cute would happen and make me smile huge!! I couldn’t get enough of this book, it was addicting to read and flew through it in two sittings. I literally spent the entire day in bed reading this and it was wonderful. The story follows Georgie and Travis who have known eachother forever because Travis is Georgie’s older brothers best friend. He’s a play boy, baseball athlete until an injury makes him retire super early and he has to go back to his childhood town. He’s trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life while Georgie, who is the youngest sibling and a clown for a living is trying to reinvent herself so people would take her more seriously. And she’s ALWAYS had the biggest crush on Travis which just made it all even better. This also has the fake dating trope which I LOVE!! The two of them help eachother out and help make each other better and it’s just beautiful to read!I really loved them not only as a couple but as individuals. So much family and a lot of personal growth but I love how it stems for them helping eachother our of their comfort zone. I was so proud of both of them by the end of this book and the ending was SO CUTE!!I loved how involved Georgie’s family was and especially her friendship with Rosie and Bethany! I loved them and all the moments in the Just Us League! I loved how they each had their own goals and would cheer eachother on, so refreshing to read about! I can’t wait for Rosie and Dominic’s story!! Hearing about it in this book just makes me so eager to find out how those two are going to work it out and find their HEA! So many favorite parts in this book but I will say that I’ll probably never look at a baseball dugout the same way again! If you read the book you’ll know what I mean! I loved watching Travis fall for his best friends little sister and how deep in love with her he was by the end of the book! It was so angsty while still adorable at the same time. I really love the fake dating trope! It just pulls at your heart in all the right ways. I loved watching Georgie fall for who Travis really is, this imperfect man. I loved all her awkward moments with him, especially in the beginning. She was so strong and knew what she deserved! Plus her job was so unique and led to some really cute and eye opening moments for Travis! I loved these two together so much and by the end of the book, I really felt like they were fully in love. I hope to see them again in the next book!!This book is the perfect summer read, especially if you’re looking for something light, fun, and STEAMY!!! Definitely pick this up on June 11th, and I’m so excited to read more from Tessa Bailey!
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to judge a book by something that's possible just me struggling with personal pet-peeves - but for me this book never took off.The book was filled with popular tropes:brother's best friend  |  fake relationship  |  man-whore and jock  |  virgin heroineAnd the author succeeded in tackling some of these tropes better than others. But the overall plot will be satisfying for many readers. It's a sweet, and well written novel, unfortunately it wasn't the right book for me.full review to com It's hard to judge a book by something that's possible just me struggling with personal pet-peeves - but for me this book never took off.The book was filled with popular tropes:brother's best friend  |  fake relationship  |  man-whore and jock  |  virgin heroineAnd the author succeeded in tackling some of these tropes better than others. But the overall plot will be satisfying for many readers. It's a sweet, and well written novel, unfortunately it wasn't the right book for me.full review to come✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.For more book recommendations, follow me on Instagram✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    “Maybe it was the way she only reached his shoulder that sent protectiveness surging up to his jugular, while somehow—at the very same time—he wanted to seek refuge in her.”If I were to categorize my 2018 reading highlights, discovering Tessa Bailey would be in my romance top three. Shoutout to CristiinaReads for making me pick up Runaway Girl - I will be forever grateful. The reasons why I instantly fell in love with Bailey are simple. For one, this woman’s writing style is uncommonly good and “Maybe it was the way she only reached his shoulder that sent protectiveness surging up to his jugular, while somehow—at the very same time—he wanted to seek refuge in her.”If I were to categorize my 2018 reading highlights, discovering Tessa Bailey would be in my romance top three. Shoutout to CristiinaReads for making me pick up Runaway Girl - I will be forever grateful. The reasons why I instantly fell in love with Bailey are simple. For one, this woman’s writing style is uncommonly good and addicting. There’s just something about the way her characters are written that makes you care about them easily and deeply. Which brings me to the second reason why her books are my personal brand of addictive and why they will not be for everybody. The character formula Bailey uses for her stories: alpha male + inexperienced/sweet/quirky heroine. Or in other words, a relatable heroine for many.As for the hero, let’s just say that little old me has an old little sweet spot. The alpha *cue to happy sigh* There’s nothing I love more than a well written alpha male in romance. That trope it’s never a miss when it comes to make my heart beat faster. And Bailey happens to write the sweetest most delicious alpha dirty talkers.In Fix Her Up we are presented with our relatable heroine, Georgie, who is a full time birthday clown - I knooooow right? -. She also happens to have the hugest crush on her oldest brother’s best friend Travis since she was a kid. Baseball star and manwhore Travis, who now, is back in town nursing a life crisis after being injured and prematurely retiring from his successful career.It was so very easy to connect with Georgie’s emotions, fears and insecurities. No one in town took her seriously, not her family given that she is the youngest (and a clown), and not Travis, who never paid much attention to her when she was merely a little kid. Little does Travis know, that the one with the power to amend his past and open a door for his future is the one and only Georgie. This girl that blossoms into this adorable, funny and caring woman that never stopped having feelings for Travis. Of course, Travis’ character did his own growing and maturing too. And that was my favourite part of this novel. Dirty talk, alpha maleness and apparent roughness aside, Georgie’s quirkiness makes its way through Travis’ heart and smooths out all his sharp edges turning him into this big piece of man cake. You know, that kind of cake you lick the dish after you’re done.So, if you are looking for a fun, light hearted read with the power to ignite your insides and raise the temps big time, Tessa Bailey is your gal. And Fix Her Up is definitely a good start.Delicious tropes: childhood crush, older brother’s best friend, fake relationship, inexperienced heroine, alpha heroRating: 4.5 stars*I received an eARC from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Fix Her Up Series: Hot and Hammered #1Author: Tessa BaileyRelease date: June 11, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: contemporary romance The rom-com has made a huge comeback and with the increase in popularity, the illustrated cover is literally everywhere you look. I'm a sucker for these adorable covers. I get why they're being used to attract readers in romance, but I believe the cover should be a representation of the inside and I really don't think that's the case with this one. It's even pro Title: Fix Her Up Series: Hot and Hammered #1Author: Tessa BaileyRelease date: June 11, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: contemporary romance The rom-com has made a huge comeback and with the increase in popularity, the illustrated cover is literally everywhere you look. I'm a sucker for these adorable covers. I get why they're being used to attract readers in romance, but I believe the cover should be a representation of the inside and I really don't think that's the case with this one. It's even promoted as a rom-com which implies something light and sweet, and again, I don't think that's very fitting. To me this is general contemporary romance with very smutty, erotic parts. I'm not saying it was on the angsty side, or that there wasn't humor, but it was far from what I thought I was getting when I opened it up. Honestly, I came close to quitting in the first half of the book because Travis is exactly the cliche cocky bad boy hero that I dislike. Though I will admit that he worked through his relationship fears in the end and made quite the grand gesture to convince her that he was not only sorry, but committed for good. Travis was the town hero and always destined for the major leagues. Everyone knew it, and when he finally made it, his popularity only increased in the public eye. Until the injury that robbed him of his hard earned career and left him bitter and angry at the world. He's back home feeling like a failure, wallowing in self-pity. Enter Georgie: his best friend's little sister. Instead of joining his pity party and patting his head, she gives him a dose of tough love. I enjoyed Georgie from that very first scene. She has spirit and pulls no punches with Travis. However, with her family she struggles to stand up for herself and fails to make them respect her for the intelligent adult she is. They love her, but tend to underestimate her and treat her as if she's a silly child. In fact, in one scene, the whole family is arguing and she tries to interject with her opinion. Only to be shut down by her dad and told to "Let the adults handle this." The woman is 23 years old! You can imagine how embarrassing and frustrating that is. She's the only one who was not allocated a spot in the family company. Instead, she works as a clown entertaining children at birthday parties because she feels as if that's all she'll ever be in their eyes anyway. The dismissive texts from her siblings were nothing new. But this desire to prove to them she was a capable adult only grew stronger.Which brings me to his nickname for her. It's pretty much the worst thing you could possibly come up with for a heroine who is upset about being treated like a child. Yet he calls her baby girl and she melts into a puddle. I never understood what it was that she liked. He would regret when it would slip out, and she even found that sweet. “Move up a little, baby girl.” Baby girl. She loved when he called her that. Probably because he winced every single time, like he couldn’t control the endearment.When it came to Travis, I should have felt sympathetic because of his sudden upturned life. But he was too unlikeable for too long. In the beginning he didn't seem to care about anybody other than himself. Even Georgie's brother is supposedly his best friend yet he showed zero affection to him, never spent time with him, and they had nothing in common. Their friendship just wasn't believable to me. When it came to the heroine, he had to come to terms with the fact that she wasn't the little kid that he remembers when he left town for college. He's dismissive to her kindness to him and selfishly stands her up and breaks a promise to her without even planning to apologize. He did this knowing how much it hurt her when her family was a no-show to the brunch she worked really hard on. He does make amends later, but by that time I think it was a lost cause for me. The two tropes listed in the synopsis are brother's best friend, and fake relationship. We also had the experienced guy with a reputation and the "good girl" virgin. I wasn't a fan. First of all, when he starts to notice her as a woman (of course only seriously after she ditches her thrift store clothes and dresses in expensive, revealing clothes) she hints that she's inexperienced and he immediately knows she's a virgin. He follows this internal revelation by thinking:If he didn't kiss her, someone else would claim that first kiss. No. No, he didn't want that.So now he's figured out that she has never been kissed? At 23 years old, a virgin is believable though not common. But I must be missing something. There is no way she graduated college and reached that age without EVER kissing anyone. It's really emphasized how she has no knowledge about boyfriends and relationships, and she's never even flirted on the phone. There wasn't actually a plausible reason given for the fact that she's supposedly never interacted with guys at all beyond the "friend zone." Despite this inexperience, she automatically "submits" to his orders in bed and demands rough sex. She begs him to teach her in bed, and repeatedly reassures him that she's fine with a temporary physical relationship that will end when their fake relationship ends in a couple of weeks. This is a guy she crushed on as a kid, fantasized about, and is now growing very adult feelings for him. But she'll take a couple of fake weeks with him. Later in the book, we delve into why he keeps pushing her so firmly away the second he realizes he shows her affection. When he finally did break himself free from the chains of the past it was a brief moment of self-reflection and abruptly he was ready to enter into a serious relationship with her. There was finally some sweetness at the end, but it was mostly not a romance I would typically read or enjoy. Many will disagree. If you like a domineering, self-absorbed player, this could be just the book you're looking for. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge sports romance fan, especially baseball, so when I saw Tessa Bailey's upcoming romance was with an injured baseball player, I wanted to get my hands on it as soon as possible. And, considering the cover is just too darn cute, I had a good feeling about this book. As the youngest in her family, Georgie has never been taken seriously. Throw in the fact that she's a professional clown for a living and nobody sees her as the grownup she wants to be viewed as. When baseball player Travis I am a huge sports romance fan, especially baseball, so when I saw Tessa Bailey's upcoming romance was with an injured baseball player, I wanted to get my hands on it as soon as possible. And, considering the cover is just too darn cute, I had a good feeling about this book. As the youngest in her family, Georgie has never been taken seriously. Throw in the fact that she's a professional clown for a living and nobody sees her as the grownup she wants to be viewed as. When baseball player Travis Ford returns to town after a career-ending injury, Georgie doesn't know what to do. She's been in love with Travis, her older brother's best friend, for years and she just can't seem to stay away from him. Travis doesn't know what to do without baseball and takes a job working for his best friend's construction company. When Georgie is the only one in town to give him a reality check and help him cope with his lost life, Travis starts to see her in a whole new light. When I first started this book, it did start off kind of slow. We had Georgie trying to first be a friend to Travis after he was so broken up over losing his career. Travis had a hard time trusting people because of his past and Georgie was the last person he wanted helping him. Once Travis saw Georgie as a possible something more, which was about 45% into this book, I really enjoyed this story. Georgie and Travis were just so cute together and I loved their different reactions to this newfound chemistry between them. Their time together was fun and I loved watching Travis start to see Georgie as a real woman. Georgie was definitely a quirky character and I don't think I've ever read a book about someone whose job was to be a professional clown. I did love how she was ambitious and bonded with the other women in this novel who had their own ambitions as well. This book had a lot to do with characters who were at a lost point in their lives who were aspiring for, or needed the push to aspire for, a better life. The whole cast of characters were fun and I already can't wait for book two!Overall, this was a fun romance with a lovable main character. You want nothing less than the best for Georgie, and Travis ends up being so sweet and swoonworthy. I loved where this romance went and I couldn't recommend this enough!
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  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsMy first Tessa Bailey, but not my last! Fix Her Up is a fun romantic comedy with an older brother’s best friend trope (one of my favorite). While Georgie and Travis initially come together for a mutually beneficial fake relationship, it never feels that way, and honestly they were kidding themselves from the beginning. Georgie wishes for her family (and others in their small town) to treat her and see her like the adult she is; Travis is coming off of a career-ending injury and finds hi 3.5 StarsMy first Tessa Bailey, but not my last! Fix Her Up is a fun romantic comedy with an older brother’s best friend trope (one of my favorite). While Georgie and Travis initially come together for a mutually beneficial fake relationship, it never feels that way, and honestly they were kidding themselves from the beginning. Georgie wishes for her family (and others in their small town) to treat her and see her like the adult she is; Travis is coming off of a career-ending injury and finds himself needing an image remake in order to land a job as a baseball commentator. Thus the basis of their "relationship" is born.There were times I wish the characters were a little more fleshed out (Travis’ backstory in particular), but they both had clear voices and reasons for why they chose to enter into a farce. It's clear they both feel something more than friendship for each other and in the end they seem to hide the truth from themselves more than anyone else. Once they get together it is steamier than the cover leads you to think. I like that the cute and fun dynamic that started their friendship didn't disappear though. Georgie's family served as great side characters, even if at times they seemed a little self-involved (at least in regards to her) and over the top. I am glad to see that this will be a series, as we are introduced to others, such as Rosie, who clearly have stories to be told. (And, I believe Rosie's is the next one we will get.)Of course, our main characters suffer from the requisite misunderstanding that leads to the big gesture of every rom com movie and book out there, but I didn't mind it as we all read these to get to that happily ever after.I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    oh. my. gawd.this was everything.it's adorable. it's sexy AF. and then some. the banter! the funny! the characters are strong and realistic and i loved them all. it's fast paced and well written, no shocker there it *is* tessa bailey. there wasn't a single thing i didn't like about this book. okay, i wasn't totally in love with the fact that she's (view spoiler)[a virgin (hide spoiler)], but i didn't hate it either. it was done well. i put it down at 930pm to go to sleep and i was at 52%. i acci oh. my. gawd.this was everything.it's adorable. it's sexy AF. and then some. the banter! the funny! the characters are strong and realistic and i loved them all. it's fast paced and well written, no shocker there it *is* tessa bailey. there wasn't a single thing i didn't like about this book. okay, i wasn't totally in love with the fact that she's (view spoiler)[a virgin (hide spoiler)], but i didn't hate it either. it was done well. i put it down at 930pm to go to sleep and i was at 52%. i accidentally picked it back up and finished it because i just had to, okay? who needs sleep anyway! overall, if you are a tessa bailey fan you NEED this in your life. if you have never read a tessa bailey book, you NEED this in your life. just be warned, don't be fooled by the cute cover, this is steamy as all get out. if you are a romance fan, seriously. you NEED this in your life. i am so buying this when it comes out. SO GOOD.-------------------------------when i saw this i was like YAS TESSA BAILEY GIMME. the cover was super cutsey and there was a teeny part of me that was worried that this wouldn't be the tessa bailey i know and love.... but it was. lord. goodness gracious me this is my favourite tessa bailey yet!! full review to come but SO GOOD.ARC received from Edelweiss in exchange for honest review
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  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    January 1, 1970
    I love books that have the fake relationship trope and ones that have the hero or heroine in love with a siblings best friend. In this case, it’s the heroine, Georgie, who’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Travis. What didn’t work for me was the fact that Georgie’s in love with Travis for pretty much her whole life. She puts him on a pedestal and I don’t like the fact that she waited and waited just for him. It was kinda pathetic. Especially when Travis is a huge manwhore and never gives I love books that have the fake relationship trope and ones that have the hero or heroine in love with a siblings best friend. In this case, it’s the heroine, Georgie, who’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Travis. What didn’t work for me was the fact that Georgie’s in love with Travis for pretty much her whole life. She puts him on a pedestal and I don’t like the fact that she waited and waited just for him. It was kinda pathetic. Especially when Travis is a huge manwhore and never gives any indication that he feels anything for her until she changes her appearance. Not cool. I wasn’t satisfied with the way things ended because I never truly felt like they belonged together to begin with. Georgie was very quirky and witty; so I give bonus points for that.
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  • Alba and Her Secrets..♥
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 'Sweet man. Strong man' Stars!Of course, queen Tessa Bailey strikes again! This time with a new series that starts oh-so-sweetly! And in typical Bailey style, we get a love story with a quirky and amazing heroine and a cross but freaking sweet dirty talker. A couple that simply has completely stolen my heart with the development of this "falling for the best friend's brother" romance. Fix Her Up is Tessa's newest release and it is the first installment of her new series: Hot and Hammered. We 4.5 'Sweet man. Strong man' Stars!Of course, queen Tessa Bailey strikes again! This time with a new series that starts oh-so-sweetly! And in typical Bailey style, we get a love story with a quirky and amazing heroine and a cross but freaking sweet dirty talker. A couple that simply has completely stolen my heart with the development of this "falling for the best friend's brother" romance. Fix Her Up is Tessa's newest release and it is the first installment of her new series: Hot and Hammered. We do meet a group of people that I simply cannot wait to get to know more but this story is focused on Georgie Castle and Travis Ford. Travis has been Georgie's forever crush and now she is decided to get him back into life. Travis is not in his best moment, especially after losing what he thought was the actual love of his life. But Georgie is about to change everything with a crazy idea of a fake relationship that turns out to be the start of a beautiful love story. “I see you,” he rasped. “Dammit, Georgie. You had to be exactly what I need, didn’t you?”How far was she willing to go, when every second together deepened the love she’d always felt? You all know by now how much I adore Tessa Bailey. She is one of my top favorite authors and I always get so freaking giddy when she comes with new stuff. The woman simply never disappoints me! She writes unique characters, with fresh and complex personalities and relationships full of banter, sweetness and, let's not forget it, a scorching hawt chemistry. I mean, I just love that Georgie is a freaking clown! How awesome is that?! I just loved how this quirky woman got under Travis' skin like no other and brought him back into life. These two, GAH! So much cuteness, sweet moments, sexual tension, emotion and explosive chemistry. OBVIOUSLY, Travis is one heck of a dirty talker and I just melted with his interactions with Georgie. It was impossible not enjoying to see these two fall in love. I do wish we got an epilogue to wrap everything up but the ending was just adorable! “How do you do that? You... accept me. Exactly as I am. But you still change me for the better.” I love you. That’s how. So, I am rating Fix Her Up with 4.5 STARS because Tessa Bailey has given us a stunning new crew to love and this couple and their love story definitely a great way to start. Travis and Georgie are just perfect for each other and the development of their relationship was so freaking cute (and sexy, of course!). You know how much I just adore Tessa's dirty heroes ;) And those sassy heroines too! Also, I am so freaking ready for the next story because the woman surely teased us about it throughout the whole book. Guys, if you are fans of Tessa or you enjoy sweet and sexy romantic comedies, do check this one out!CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:
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  • Rachael*Caribbean*girl*bibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    Spoilers ahead, 2.5*Whoa, this one is tough to rate. The H/h have been friends for years but as his best friend's younger sister he's only viewed her as a pest while she's been in love with him since puberty. He left town to play professional baseball and was a MANWHORE ↩see those caps??? It's because he was a super duper manwhore extraordinaire,so much so that he was nicknamed two bats......one for his baseball bat and the other......well you get it. When he's injured and ends up being traded m Spoilers ahead, 2.5*Whoa, this one is tough to rate. The H/h have been friends for years but as his best friend's younger sister he's only viewed her as a pest while she's been in love with him since puberty. He left town to play professional baseball and was a MANWHORE ↩see those caps??? It's because he was a super duper manwhore extraordinaire,so much so that he was nicknamed two bats......one for his baseball bat and the other......well you get it. When he's injured and ends up being traded many times he decided to retire and returns to his hometown where he stays drunk for a month until Georgie kicks his ass.They propose a mutually beneficial agreement to pretend to be a couple but of course real feelings develop out of the fake relationship.This was a good story except that the H's past created some really distasteful situations. No matter how it's dressed up his decisions in his past caused cringe worthy embarrassment. Georgie didn't dwell on it but I read with one eye closed many times. Thankfully we were spared details, comparisons or OW drama though there were a group in town trying to catch him.Georgie too, was a bit cringeworthy. She went all out for him and from her inner monologue we knew she loved him and was willing to do pretty much anything for him. But she was also funny, sweet and able to stand up to and for him. I liked her but really the situation was a bit much.With the emphasis on how big of a whore the H was it's a good contrast to show how far he'd come. He was jealous and possessive of Georgie and there could be no doubt that he absolutely loved her.I liked them as individuals and as a couple, I liked the story and enjoyed it for the most part but the H's past unfortunately cast a shadow that loomed so large it spoiled my enjoyment of this book.I've enjoyed some of this author's books before and though this one ended up not being the hit I'd hoped for I'd definitely try more from her.*Virgin*Former SUPER MANWHORE*Friends to Lovers
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  • Lien
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so freaking excited! This is my first approved ARC from Edelweiss, so thank you very much!----------------------------------------Who would have thought that this book was going to be the one that would jar me out of my book funk? I was so afraid that I wouldn't like it because of the mood I was in lately but OMG! This book came at a perfect time and was exactly what I needed.Fix Her Up was such a fun and heart-warming story! I honestly didn't expect it to tug on my heartstrings in one momen I'm so freaking excited! This is my first approved ARC from Edelweiss, so thank you very much!----------------------------------------Who would have thought that this book was going to be the one that would jar me out of my book funk? I was so afraid that I wouldn't like it because of the mood I was in lately but OMG! This book came at a perfect time and was exactly what I needed.Fix Her Up was such a fun and heart-warming story! I honestly didn't expect it to tug on my heartstrings in one moment and make me squeal in the next.I really loved seeing Travis and Georgie together. The banter was great and Georgie was hilarious, I loved her so much!What didn't work for me- There was too much sex in it for a rom-com and the dirty talk was so cringy sometimes.- Where the hell was the epilogue? I'd say this is a HFN ending.- The conflict that happened at the end was kinda unnecessary but well IT IS a romance book and for a romantic comedy it was ok I guess.----------------------------------------So I'll be honest. Don't rely too much on my review. Now that I'm writing down my thoughts I realize that this book had its faults. Probably even many. But the book made me feel good and I really enjoyed reading it which is why I'm giving it 4 stars. I'd say those who are a little "pricklier" in their tastes should stay away from it. You'd find a lot of things to point out and not like. In other circumstances, I would probably be one of them but it worked for me this time. For the rest? Go for it.
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  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    Travis and Georgie are an unbeatable team together. It just took a while for Travis to get there! Fake boy friend trope is not my favorite, but I really enjoyed this. I loved how Travis slowly became aware of how fabulous Georgie was and became her champion. Stephen was a bit of a jerk, but he did mange to see reason in the end. And I loved the set up for the future books. But I think my favorite bit was that Travis haD every intention of making it real. Tessa Bailey did not take the easy route Travis and Georgie are an unbeatable team together. It just took a while for Travis to get there! Fake boy friend trope is not my favorite, but I really enjoyed this. I loved how Travis slowly became aware of how fabulous Georgie was and became her champion. Stephen was a bit of a jerk, but he did mange to see reason in the end. And I loved the set up for the future books. But I think my favorite bit was that Travis haD every intention of making it real. Tessa Bailey did not take the easy route for the conflict; where he would just walk away. Plus, her dirty talking bad boys are THE BEST!!!
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from Edelweiss for a fair review. Full RTC!! SO CUTE!!
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Fix Her Up was my first Tessa Bailey book and while I was excited to get in on the ground level of a new series, I was also a little nervous. I think it was the combination of best friend’s little sister trope combined with a family business trope – both of which are hit-or-miss for me depending on how they are written and so while excited to give a new-to-me author a try, I approached cautiously.But all that nervous hesitation was for nothing because this book sucked me in almost immediately an Fix Her Up was my first Tessa Bailey book and while I was excited to get in on the ground level of a new series, I was also a little nervous. I think it was the combination of best friend’s little sister trope combined with a family business trope – both of which are hit-or-miss for me depending on how they are written and so while excited to give a new-to-me author a try, I approached cautiously.But all that nervous hesitation was for nothing because this book sucked me in almost immediately and my heart swooned and thumped away happily over the course of Travis and Georgie’s love story. One thing I will never get enough of is strong, plucky, quirky heroines. Georgie fit the bill on all counts and then some. I mean, she’s a clown by trade and part of me thought that might be a little over-the-top for me. But…it wasn’t. It was somehow perfect for her and handled in a way that didn’t seem too zany or weird. I also loved how she wasn’t afraid to call Travis on his bad behavior, she wasn’t afraid to push him, and she wasn’t afraid to walk away when it seemed like he wasn’t good enough for her. I absolutely adored her. The chemistry she had with Travis was on point. It sparked and sizzled and gave me that highly coveted achy, swoony feeling in my chest as they flirted and bantered their way into real feelings. I loved Travis’s story arc just as much as Georgie’s, and while he proved to be a bit more frustrating as a character than Georgie was, I still loved him pretty intensely. He was all growly alpha male, but also wounded and I seriously couldn’t get enough of all the ways those two healed each other.There were some things that I felt maybe deserved a bit more resolution. Travis and Georgie’s story tied up beautifully, but I would have liked some more closure with Georgie’s family relationships. I mean, there were some pretty broken, icky relationships there and it maybe wrapped up a little too neatly for me. But overall, my heart felt full and happy with how this book played out and I absolutely will be back for more! ~ Shelly, 4 Stars
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Fix Her Up is the first book in the new sexy adult contemporary romance Hot and Hammered series. This series features blue collar men who flip houses. These books are interconnected standalones.This book takes place in Port Jefferson, Long Island (NY).The narrators are Georgie/Georgette and Travis (both 3rd person POVs).Travis is 28 and was a major league baseball player. Georgie is 23 and she is a clown at children's birthday parties.I really liked the first half of this book. The characters ar Fix Her Up is the first book in the new sexy adult contemporary romance Hot and Hammered series. This series features blue collar men who flip houses. These books are interconnected standalones.This book takes place in Port Jefferson, Long Island (NY).The narrators are Georgie/Georgette and Travis (both 3rd person POVs).Travis is 28 and was a major league baseball player. Georgie is 23 and she is a clown at children's birthday parties.I really liked the first half of this book. The characters are all fun and interesting. And the story kept my attention. I enjoyed this book. But just beware that the second half is very sexy.I loved Georgie. She is so cute and sweet. And her job was the best. Travis was a great hero. And I found his story (and backstory) to be very interesting.Was this book unpredictable? No. But going in I knew what type of story this would be. But what I didn't realize was that much of the second half of the book would be more sex than story. Did I think that this book would be sexy? Yes. I am sure that the majority of this author's readers want it that way. I know a lot of people like this. But for me there has to be a balance between story and sexy scenes. And for me it was too much.Also the cover does not match the story. I like the cover. But this is a Chick Lit cover. This would be the cover for the first half of the book. But this is not the cover for a steamy read.But overall I still really liked this book. I was invested in the characters and the story.Thanks to edelweiss and Avon for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS! Fix Her Up was adorably witty, sweet, and oh so sexy #rawr. Now, before I get into talking about this wonderful book I should let the cat out of the bag and state that this is my first book read by Tessa Bailey. And yes I know, what the H am I thinking!? (Idk if listening to Reniassance Man counts, hm). Anyways, let's talk about this book... I absolutely loved it! It was so angsty, le sigh.Georgette Castle is our heroine. She's quirky, funny, and states what's on her mind. Young at he 4.5 STARS! Fix Her Up was adorably witty, sweet, and oh so sexy #rawr. Now, before I get into talking about this wonderful book I should let the cat out of the bag and state that this is my first book read by Tessa Bailey. And yes I know, what the H am I thinking!? (Idk if listening to Reniassance Man counts, hm). Anyways, let's talk about this book... I absolutely loved it! It was so angsty, le sigh.Georgette Castle is our heroine. She's quirky, funny, and states what's on her mind. Young at heart and for a living she's a... clown. Literally. I ain't joking! That alone makes her awesome. But Georgie feels unappreciated. No one takes her seriously nor treats her like a grown woman. That doesn't stop her from smiling at the world even when the world tends to bring her down. Then one Travis Ford returns to Port Jefferson; the guy she's always crushed on.Travis Ford sustains an injury, which ultimately ends his baseball career. Returning back home to Port Jefferson is a rude awakening for him. People only see his status, how famous he once was, and how he used to be a ladies man. Now he's depressed, angry, and mopes around. Eventually, Georgie shakes him back to reality and makes him see that he's more then another famous baseball player.Georgie and Travis form this unlikely friendship. With change and time, Travis begins to see Georgie as a beautiful woman and not as his best friend's little sister who used to be a pest. Sparks fly. The chemistry is phenomenal. Soon feelings get involved and oh the angst! #feels.Overall, this story is perfect for audiences who love contemporary romance involving best-friend's-sister/brother tropes and just a good sexy story that will have you laughing and your heart hurting. I'm definitely excited for the next book in this series! 💃🏽*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Avon Books (HarperCollins Publishers) through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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