Review: Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered) by Tessa Bailey

Title: Fix Her Up

Series: Hot & Hammered

Author: Tessa Bailey

Rating: Adult

Genre: Adult contemporary

Summary:

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… 

My Thoughts and Feelings:

This was one fun and steamy read let me tell you. That being said, while I did love Georgette my problems with her career basically all originated from the fact that I have a deep, abiding fear of clowns. Party planning? I love it. Magic shows? Amazing.

Clowns? Not so much.

So the fact that she could have me in her corner despite her being a professional clown is pretty much amazing. Let me tell you.

She is a strong lead, and she isn’t afraid to give it where it needs to be given, in this case with one Travis Ford, who needs to learn how to check his ego at the door and who could probably use some serious therapy. However it took her a little too long, in my opinion, to stand up for herself when it came to her family. Especially her cliched overly protective big brother.

Travis is also lucky he managed to get Georgie because seriously? His attitude is pretty gross in the beginning, but also a little bit in the middle and the end. Just once I would like a man who is written as working in professional sports to not be a total…clown.

All in all this was a fun, quick read and it helped while away a day. Got it from my local library and returned it, fully ready within a day so it makes a really good weekend day.

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