Wednesday, June 12

Review: Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered, #1) by Tessa Bailey

Title: Fix Her Up
Series: Hot and Hammered, #1
By: Tessa Bailey
My Copy: Netgalley
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

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...






There were so many good things about this book.  First, Georgie was just an instant fun character.  Her constant encouragement for Travis came from the heart so that he could better himself rather than just sit in his house drunk all day.  Her love for her family (even when they forgot about her), her love for her town, and her childhood crush/love for Travis.  Georgie is sweet, innocent, and someone who I would pick to be my friend (minus the clown profession.) I loved that she started to realize who she could be and how to stand up for herself throughout this book.  She even created a girl club that stands for what they need and who they are.  

However, I think there were a few things about this book that rubbed me wrong in a big way.  First, how in the world can Georgie feel like her family and town needs to take her seriously when she is a professional clown (personal opinion...don't yell at me)? I couldn’t after seeing her in costume. 

Travis was kind and sweet at the core of himself but I feel like his character was not fully fleshed out.  Something about him was just missing in these pages so I could not develop a deep love for him. And he was a smart character but he did a lot of dumb things during this book.  However, I did like the way he fought for Georgie when it came to her family.  He wanted her family to see her for who she truly was and not some little girl/sister that they have always seen her as.  

What can I say? It was a cute book and quick read however I am sad about how stereotypical this book was.

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