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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 dete 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...


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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 dete 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...

30 review for Fix Her Up

  1. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    This book is five years behind its time, as seen in its creepy, overprotective, easily-angered love interest and an air-headed, literal clown main character. My list of things I disliked about this book was vast, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I cannot BELIEVE this book was published in 2019, especially through such a massive publisher. For me to have enjoyed this, I think it would need a huge facelift in how the love interest treats the main character, the descriptions were written, This book is five years behind its time, as seen in its creepy, overprotective, easily-angered love interest and an air-headed, literal clown main character. My list of things I disliked about this book was vast, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I cannot BELIEVE this book was published in 2019, especially through such a massive publisher. For me to have enjoyed this, I think it would need a huge facelift in how the love interest treats the main character, the descriptions were written, and how childish the characters came off. Here’s a breakdown of everything I didn’t like: The writing style From metaphors and similes that literally made no sense to cringey dialogue to sexual descriptions that made absolutely no sense, this book needed an editor, bad. Some things I let slide more than others but the phrasing of this book was just SO awkward and I didn’t vibe with the writing at all. Travis’s personality Travis was..... the worst love interest. He considers Georgie his little sister for half the book but still sexualized the hell out of her in literally every single scene she’s in. He was also SO jealous and overprotective of her even when they weren’t even together, and Georgie let him get away with doing super sketchy stuff like sabotaging a date just because she thought he was ~so hot~. The pacing I can’t tell you if this book took place over 3 days or 3 weeks. It was so messy and the author would throw in random scenes with random side characters to make it look like the book wasn’t just focusing on the two main characters, but those scenes were so dry and pointless and you could tell they were included just so a token POC could have some time on the page. I was so confused why these women made a “club” whose focus was hating men and yet all they did was get together and talk like...... friends do. I skim read anything that wasn’t the main drama because it was so boring and half baked. The cringeworthiness The main problem in this book that made me cringe was the fact that Georgie is literally a clown as her career, which is a fact that the author brought up—i shit you not—almost every page. From there being so many references to her clownery to the terrible dialogue (especially during sex, or telling her things like “You’re about to meet your God” in reference to his dick), I was cringing so often while reading this. I cannot believe this author has dozens of previous books because this was so unpolished and needed a lot more editing or at least someone to point out when dumb lines should’ve been cut. Dumb/childish main character I mentioned before that this main character is a clown, and I cannot emphasize that enough. She is completely stupid in a way that makes me ashamed that this book was written by a woman. From letting herself be walked all over by Travis to enduring a “whoAAAaA i didn’t know i was hot!” transformation to literally being considered a child by everyone around her, it was just unbearable. Her entire conflict in the book was trying to be more legitimate so that people would take her seriously, but I still considered her a joke by the end of the book because her actions and dialogue were so ridiculous. The sex Yikes. Any enjoyment that could have been gleaned from the sexy scenes was ruined by Travis’s completely disgusting/cringey/terribly written dirty talk and the author’s absurd descriptions. From both a storytelling/craft perspective and the actual situations themselves, the sex was horrid. It didn’t help that Georgie was a virgin, which Travis glorified really creepily and then the author later glossed over unrealistically. There’s public sex at a baseball field which definitely is a felony, and the rest of the scenes were either so absurd or so badly written that it was difficult to get through them like Travis fucking her wedgie or something equally as groan-worthy, and not in a good way. Also, the entire book Travis calls Georgie “baby girl” every other word, which quickly became a sure way to induce vomiting. This book just wasn’t for me whatsoever. I feel like I read a 2014 Colleen Hoover romance. If that’s your jam, then go for it and enjoy it, but I could not get past its issues in order to read this story for what it is. It just read SO childish and corny and borderline creepy and abusive. The title should have warned me away from it, but I thought I would at least hang around for the smut. Spoiler alert: the smut is uncomfortable and cringey at best. For screenshots of cringey quotes and my reactions, see my full thoughts here: https://mobile.twitter.com/whittynove...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 4/18/20: I stan Georgie so hard, wow. This book makes me so!!!! happy!!!! Re-read 7/13/19: I know this book doesn't do it for everyone, but it really, REALLY does it for me. It's SO CHARMING and SO FUNNY while also being SO SEXY and I just really fucking love it. Also I would 100% die for Georgie, she's just SO CUTEEEEEEEEE. Honestly y'all everything about this book makes me grin from ear to ear and I'M NEVER GONNA BE OVER IT Original read 6/13/19: Do not let this adorably unassuming cover Re-read 4/18/20: I stan Georgie so hard, wow. This book makes me so!!!! happy!!!! Re-read 7/13/19: I know this book doesn't do it for everyone, but it really, REALLY does it for me. It's SO CHARMING and SO FUNNY while also being SO SEXY and I just really fucking love it. Also I would 100% die for Georgie, she's just SO CUTEEEEEEEEE. Honestly y'all everything about this book makes me grin from ear to ear and I'M NEVER GONNA BE OVER IT Original read 6/13/19: 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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    “Dammit, Georgie. You had to be exactly what I need, didn’t you?” Best romance of 2019? Probably. Holy shit, friends, Fix Her Up blew me and every expectation I had out of the water. I will say, don’t let the *cute* cover fool you, this book has many explicit sex scenes, but it was some of the best sex, and best dirty talk, I’ve ever read in my entire life. BRB, buying everything Tessa Bailey has ever written. But this is a story about two people who grew up in the same small town tog “Dammit, Georgie. You had to be exactly what I need, didn’t you?” Best romance of 2019? Probably. Holy shit, friends, Fix Her Up blew me and every expectation I had out of the water. I will say, don’t let the *cute* cover fool you, this book has many explicit sex scenes, but it was some of the best sex, and best dirty talk, I’ve ever read in my entire life. BRB, buying everything Tessa Bailey has ever written. 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. Also, another reason this book means a lot to me is because of the story as to why I picked it up. Basically, me and three of my best friends have a group chat that we constantly talk in throughout the day, and Chelsea set that group chat on fire describing the first sexual encounter in this book. So immediately, me, and Jane, and Madalyn all went and bought the audiobook. And we all listened together, updating swooning constantly, at our very different workplaces, and I will remember and cherish that experience forever. Fuck, my friends are the best, truly. 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. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Content and trigger warnings for abandonment and an emotionally abusive parent. Buddy read with Chelsea, Jane, & Madalyn! ❤

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    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 keep 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. ♥

  5. 5 out of 5

    CristiinaReads❀

    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 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

  6. 5 out of 5

    . (not active on this account stop adding me)

    edit: if you're going to be offended enough to shit talk me in a group chat and get all of your friends to block me because of this review, that's a bit immature. 1 star reviews and people's opinions aren't a direct attack against you. grow the fuck up. The best thing about this book is my reading of it got multiple people to remove it from their TBR's and lower their ratings. I've read a lot of romance books in my time. I've seen as many descriptions of a man's genitals as you could imagine. I' edit: if you're going to be offended enough to shit talk me in a group chat and get all of your friends to block me because of this review, that's a bit immature. 1 star reviews and people's opinions aren't a direct attack against you. grow the fuck up. The best thing about this book is my reading of it got multiple people to remove it from their TBR's and lower their ratings. I've read a lot of romance books in my time. I've seen as many descriptions of a man's genitals as you could imagine. I've heard the vilest things from a male's perspective. But this book might be one of the worst. I only read this because I heard the sex scenes were phenomenal, but I was literally crying laughing throughout them. It felt like a joke I wasn't privy to. Were they part of Georgie's clown routine? me before this book: i can't wait! i've finally found another 5 star romance book! i can't wait for the steamy sex scenes! me after reading the first chapter: Georgie is over her family and friends not taking her - or her job - seriously. As a clown who performs at parties, it's difficult for her to find someone who views her as an adult, instead of a little kid. Travis has recently injured his shoulder after a successful baseball career and is now in remission. His team no longer wants him, and he can't find a purpose anymore. After he's offered a position as a sport's caster and discovers they're looking for a man who's settled-down, Georgie proffers they fake date. Not only will it help with the job offer, but she desires to expand her business, and having a man by her side may make that easier. Something I want to point out that irritated me personally was the depiction of Travis' shoulder injury. I also have a torn rotator cuff, except I'm not a professional athlete and have been denied treatment or surgery to dull the pain. I've endured eight-hour shifts in complete agony, been told the pain is in my head by my own parents and doctors and forced to just live with it. However, poor little Travis is given multiple surgeries because he's an athlete, and a little bump from Georgie makes him feel the need to rest for hours. Not to mention, he takes Advil for the pain. Anyone with an actually torn rotator cuff can tell you that regular pain killers do absolutely nothing to dull the agony it leaves you in. Absolutely nothing. This is such a dramatic thing to be annoyed with, but I haven't lived with this chronic pain since I was two years old to see a male act like it's no big deal, even after he was privileged enough to receive treatment. I'm fuming even thinking about the things I've withstood while he rests for hours after a little pain. If you believe this is an insignificant thing to criticise a book for, imagine being in agony for hours and withstanding it because people dismiss your pain. Imagine a man getting treatment for it, getting knocked a tiny bit, then resting for hours. Not to mention, it was a pretty shitty representation. Where do I begin with my critiques of the romance? Firstly, Travis literally isn't interested in her until she 1) gets a haircut and wears tighter clothes and 2) another man takes an interest in her. I don't understand how that's romantic in the slightest? It takes him a significant amount of time to realise his opinion should've been the same before she changed, but I still thought it was gross behaviour. "With a handful of little-sister tit. 'Christ, Georgie.' He let her go like she'd caught fire, but not before registering the fullness of her breast, the way it tucked into his palm like a sweet little peach, her nipple tightening on contact." Y'all were really thirsting over a man who referred to a girl as his "little sister" during sexual acts. He literally grabs her boob early in the book and says "little sister tit". LITTLE. SISTER. TIT. Then, during a sex scene, he proceeds to think about her as a little sister again. It's disgusting and I don't understand why it's supposed to be sexy. Please read the above quote and acknowledge that he thought of her in a young, sisterly way while TOUCHING HER BOOB and LIKING IT. Again, how is this romance? Why does everyone think it's sexy? "Virgin or not, you've thought about riding this dick or you wouldn't have dropped your skirt for me. Tell me I'm right." In addition, I hated how Travis would constantly point out Georgie was a virgin and he was the first man to participate in sexual acts with her. Even the thought of kissing her "virgin lips" and being the "first man to claim her mouth" had me cringing so hard, I think I have a kink in my back now. I despise the notion that all women in romance books have to be virgins and only have sex with one man in their lives, while their male counterparts have slept with the entire population of a small country. "Sexual pain slashed across his face, his body growing rigid. 'Baby girl. I pump against this pussy one more time and I'm not coming anywhere but balls deep. Those panties are history. You hear me? You see how fucked up I am?" "An earthquake. Her orgasm obliterated her, twisting her loins like a pretzel and squeezing while her legs fought for purchase against the overwhelming nature of it." My dinner came back up my throat multiple times while reading this book. The sex scenes - that everyone said were phenomenal - were the most cringeworthy things I've ever read. I sat in my bed with tears streaming down my face, cackling uncontrollably because none of this was steamy. It made me never want to read a romance book ever again. The above quote wasn't even the worst of it. "But he'd get over that part. They hadn't engaged in the main event, so he probably just had some extreme form of blue balls. If it meant spraining his fucking wrist, he'd handle the problem sooner or later." "She was the epitome of wholesome. Until he got her on her back, apparently. Nothing wholesome about how she came. His dick pushed against the front of his fly and he cursed." If I discovered a man had these thoughts about me, I would fucking floor it to a separate country. It's disgusting. The sheer amount of references Travis made towards his hard dick was disgusting and off-putting. These characters are both constantly objectifying each other, though, I'll balance it out. I don't think anything that seriously utters the phrase "concrete buttocks" should get more than 1 star. I'm serious. Read the first chapter. DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE FUCKING "BABY GIRL" PET NAME. I gagged. It wasn't cute in the slightest. It additionally helps that he always refers to Georgie as a "little sister" and a fucking "baby" girl. What are you trying to tell us, Travis? Romance aside, this book was fucking boring beyond words. The fake dating aspect doesn't begin until 40%, with Travis being an absolute asshole the entire time, only just learning from his mistakes. The only thing I could appreciate about this was Georgie and Rosie's characterisation, otherwise, it was an absolute hellish experience. My eyes are sore from rolling them back into my head so often. This book has honestly put me off reading romance books. And that's a lot coming from me. I'm sorry if this review is abrasive and informal, but I'm genuinely mad people advertised this as the best romance book of our time, and it absolutely sucked ass. I wish my expectations weren't so high for it, then I would've at least given it a 2 star rating.

  7. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    pros - proposal cons - "baby girl" - he calls his dick "two bats" - dude don't deserve her

  8. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    confession - i was completely prepared to hate this book. truly. ive read pretty much nothing but bad reviews for this but, like a car wreck, i just couldnt stop myself from looking. so imagine my complete shock when it turned this wasnt a total car wreck of a story, but a story that gives you the same feeling you get when you hit every green light. just a constant go, go, go feeling of everything great. humour and banter and love and friendships and woman empowerment and crazy hot baseball playe confession - i was completely prepared to hate this book. truly. ive read pretty much nothing but bad reviews for this but, like a car wreck, i just couldnt stop myself from looking. so imagine my complete shock when it turned this wasnt a total car wreck of a story, but a story that gives you the same feeling you get when you hit every green light. just a constant go, go, go feeling of everything great. humour and banter and love and friendships and woman empowerment and crazy hot baseball players. like, athletes have never really been my thing, but wow. travis could seriously get it. the idea of the story isnt super original - ive read countless variations of this story across multiple romance novels - but thats why i liked it. its familiar, wholesome, entertaining (albeit sometimes cringy), and comforting. the writing/storytelling style actually reminded me a lot of ‘the bromance bookclub,’ which i also adored. so im excited to see what this series will offer next! ↠ 4 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    calling your dick two-bats isn't cute 😣 Travis is a dummy bitch is he trying to be batman??? baby boy, you could never 🙄🙄🙄🙄 also, Georgie from this book reminds me of Georgie from IT and the Georgie in this book is a clown but the Georgie in IT got eaten by a clown 🤡🤡🤡 this book was boring and the only thing giving me motivation to read this were the sexy scenes 🤷‍♀️ Travis is the actual clown 🤡 I also cannot get over how he said “My dick aches so bad. Make it stop.” LMAOO it's just so.... funny. You calling your dick two-bats isn't cute 😣 Travis is a dummy bitch is he trying to be batman??? baby boy, you could never 🙄🙄🙄🙄 also, Georgie from this book reminds me of Georgie from IT and the Georgie in this book is a clown but the Georgie in IT got eaten by a clown 🤡🤡🤡 this book was boring and the only thing giving me motivation to read this were the sexy scenes 🤷‍♀️ Travis is the actual clown 🤡 I also cannot get over how he said “My dick aches so bad. Make it stop.” LMAOO it's just so.... funny. Your dick is always aching. It will never stop 😪 this book was trash buddy read w a Sol

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    3.75* It’s quite possible I’m still blushing!☺️ I read all the reviews! I heard it was a steamy read! Yet I failed to believe a story revolving sweet little innocent Georgie having a long standing crush on a washed up baseball player could be a hot read! Well ladies and gentleman…the gloves are off! Yikes! Heed the warning! I listened to the audio which gave it that much more of a steamy air! If this is your cup of tea... I recommend the audio! The narrators were a perfect match for the characters. 3.75* It’s quite possible I’m still blushing!☺️ I read all the reviews! I heard it was a steamy read! Yet I failed to believe a story revolving sweet little innocent Georgie having a long standing crush on a washed up baseball player could be a hot read! Well ladies and gentleman…the gloves are off! Yikes! Heed the warning! I listened to the audio which gave it that much more of a steamy air! If this is your cup of tea... I recommend the audio! The narrators were a perfect match for the characters. They did a fantastic job! I have the follow up Love Her Or Lose Her on hold at the library! Just need to recover a bit from this one before diving back in! (Is it hot in here?)💁🏻‍♀️

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Well, it's official: Tessa Bailey is my love language. That was so incredibly satisfying, and I'm thrilled to see that a sequel featuring Rosie and Dominic is in the works! Also? I highly recommend doing yourself a favor and snagging the audiobook if you're the listening type, because Charlotte North is a confirmed angel. *Audiobook borrowed from the library via Hoopla.

  12. 4 out of 5

    BernLuvsBooks

    Holy Steamy, Explicit Sex Scenes! Do NOT let that cutesy cover fool you, 😉. 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the story, definitely 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the steam (sorry, not sorry! 😘) so I'm going with the in-between rating of 4! Georgette Castle may be a professional clown (hmm, can a clown make for a sexy leading lady? I had some trouble accepting that but I digress) but as the youngest in her family, all she wants is to be taken seriously. Travis Ford is forced into early retirement from baseball due to a career endi Holy Steamy, Explicit Sex Scenes! Do NOT let that cutesy cover fool you, 😉. 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the story, definitely 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the steam (sorry, not sorry! 😘) so I'm going with the in-between rating of 4! Georgette Castle may be a professional clown (hmm, can a clown make for a sexy leading lady? I had some trouble accepting that but I digress) but as the youngest in her family, all she wants is to be taken seriously. Travis Ford is forced into early retirement from baseball due to a career ending injury. In order to pursue a different career in baseball he has to ditch his "bad boy" image. Can a "staged" romance help both of them achieve their goals? Here's the thing - this is not a serious book. It's fun, it's flirty and yes, it's ridiculous at times (can I just mention that Travis' nickname is Two Bats! Two BATS and one is not referring to his baseball bat! 😉) and it's chock full of steamy sex scenes. So if that's the type of read you love or are simply in the mood for - pick it up! 😘

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    How about this radical idea for a 2019 best friend's little sister romance trope - he meets his best friend's younger sister after years of being away, finally gets to know her as a person, appreciates her maturity and all her great qualities, doesn't need her to go through a waxing/clothing makeover and show her ass in a tight skirt to get his attention, or bring him food, or clean his place, falls in love with her and DOESN'T CALL HER "BABY GIRL" AND BRING UP HER FATHER DURING SEX? I didn't ent How about this radical idea for a 2019 best friend's little sister romance trope - he meets his best friend's younger sister after years of being away, finally gets to know her as a person, appreciates her maturity and all her great qualities, doesn't need her to go through a waxing/clothing makeover and show her ass in a tight skirt to get his attention, or bring him food, or clean his place, falls in love with her and DOESN'T CALL HER "BABY GIRL" AND BRING UP HER FATHER DURING SEX? I didn't entirely hate this (there is an attempt to write a sex-positive, open about her self-pleasuring virginal heroine and a group of women who help each other out) , but from all the hype I had expected something much more progressive and deliciously explicit. What I got was a retrograde romance with a lot of off-putting dirty talk and eww, male-pleasure-centered, woman-as-a-prop sex described with words like “pounding" and "milking." And, sorry, but I couldn't get past the clown thing. Maybe this should have been a straight up clown erotica? No shame in that. It would have been more honest that way. And just in case you forgot - Georgie is a clown.

  14. 4 out of 5

    paula.

    right from the start i have to tell you that i am aghast that this is a published book in 2019. i understand that this is an adult romance and a lot of books in this genre have problematic elements. i don't understand, however, why it is necessary to include them in a 2019 release. the possessiveness, the sexism, all of it is just so wrong and just plainly bad. first of all, travis literally isn't interested in georgie until she changes her style (haircut + tighter clothes) and another man takes right from the start i have to tell you that i am aghast that this is a published book in 2019. i understand that this is an adult romance and a lot of books in this genre have problematic elements. i don't understand, however, why it is necessary to include them in a 2019 release. the possessiveness, the sexism, all of it is just so wrong and just plainly bad. first of all, travis literally isn't interested in georgie until she changes her style (haircut + tighter clothes) and another man takes an interest in her. travis seems to have a very bad possessive streak. but not only him. everyone else seems to be of the opinion that women belong to men. in this case georgie either belongs to stephen, georgie's brother (who can honestly CHOKE) or travis himself. travis always seems to be apprehensive about getting physical with georgie becaue she's his best friend's little sister and because he might have a problem with it. like, boy, she is her own person, she is 23, she knows how to make her own decisions. in the end he says: “some part of me still thought of you as my friend's little sister. not anymore. you're all mine now. i'll take you how i want.“ where do i even begin explaining what's wrong with this? stephen also almost punches travis because of his relationship with georgie (at this point, they are still only fake-dating, but obviously, stephen doesn't know that) and says stupid shit like "i think you know i have to", like no, you literally don't?? this "woman belongs to man" thing also appears when they are in bed together. "i've got no fucking right to be between these legs." "you do. i gave it to you." and this is so important. travis still doesn't see georgie as her own person, but still as someone who belongs to stephen. he apparently thinks that he needs stephen’s permission to be "between her legs" when no, that's not the case. she gave you her consent and that is the only thing you should worry about right now. she wants this. give it to her. start thinking of her as a human being and not as a property of someone else. travis also seems to be of the conception that georgie needs his help and that she can't be around other men when he's not around because she can't protect herself, or, i don't know, i have no idea what that boy thinks half of the time. she talks FOR her when she is standing directly next to him. like, shut the fuck up and let HER talk. he seems to have the priority to keep other men away from her and that is just one step too much over the line; his jealously (that really is unreasonable because georgie's been in love with him for, like, forever) really got out of hand here. he feels SO threatened by other men, it's not healthy. georgie mentions a lot how her family and the town they live in still see her as the child, the little sister she was when she was younger. travis assures her that he sees more than that. but he destroys his case when he calls her "baby girl" constantly. i probably missed a few, but i have counted 49 times. i can get behind the concept that he calls her that during sexy times, but outside of bed it's mostly inappropriate. if you see her as an adult, don't call her BABY girl all the time. what i found a bit questioning was the repeated mention of georgie being a virgin. hear me out, it's totally okay and realistic for a 23-year-old woman to be a virgin, yes. georgie, howevery, is incredibly sex-positive so she definitely doesn't wait until marriage, and she masturbates frequently with the help of her vibrator dale (a fact that travis still doesn't seem to get behind and also feels threatened by??). of course, none of these are reason why she couldn't be a virgin, i just find it a bit unrealistic and it only seems to be an added feature to make her that "wholesome woman" travis can "deflower". travis thinks a lot abut her being a virgin and it's a motivation but also a reason for him to back away, i really don't get him. travis is supposed to be this very mature guy who has all this sexual experience. if he really would have had all this experience, one could think he'd have his sexual arousal a bit more under control. he doesn’t. travis is literally a 16-year-old teenager. there is not one chapter where he doesn't have a boner, thinks about sex or imagines a very normal situation in a sexual context. this boy is horny ALL OF THE TIME. he gets a boner from a hug. this is so incredibly ridiculous. i'm also very confused if he call his dick "two bats" or himself (because he has two bats: his baseball bat and his dick)?? we start this book off with travis basically being depressed because he lost his position as a pro baseball player due to a shoulder injury (that's never really talked about?), in the end he says that without georgie he never would've gotten out of that hole. he just seems very dependent on her, like, if she would leave he would just crumble back into his little cave. that, to me, seems very unhealthy because it sounds like "i'm better BECAUSE of her" and not "she helps me getting better". let's come to the writing. it wasn't particularly bad but also not good. there were a lot of ... treasures that i have to share with you. • “the pleasure of the flesh” (which only sounds like a really bad band name) • “classic sign of AN AROUSED MALE” • “the giant appendage that made Georgie feel like she was sitting on a full aluminium foil roll” (I MEAN WHAT IS THAT? WHY IS SHE USING THESE WORDS TO DESCRIBE TRAVIS’S DICK WHAT) • “his flesh” (a synonym for his dick? c'mon) • “the organ in his chest” (you know, his HEART) • “a cornered male” • “the look of pure male exasperation (how does that differ from normal exasperation, please tell me) • “contentment spread like JAM ON BREAD in her belly” (why do use these words for this comparison, I have so many questions) • “male rapture” honestly, i'm gonna kill myself if i have to read any of that one more time. "he couldn’t help speculating on how her neck would taste. or the inside of her wrist." this just sounds like he's a vampire and wants to drink her blood, why. the sex scenes were ... an adventure. in general, they weren't too bad, the best one is probably is still the first one (at least they do the do in the bed). all of them are rather ridiculous instead of steamy, but to be honest, i have read worse. the only thing i wish to unsee is "with a handful of little-sister tit.". i am honestly crying because what the hell is that supposed to mean, please do not refer to her breast as LITTLE. SISTER. TIT. you have to see how wrong that is. "sweet girl. so beautiful." "sweet man. so strong." at this point, i was mostly laughing, what even is that. (but can you see the difference how the refer to each other. girl. man. girl - not woman. but apparently he sees her as an adult, hmm) aside from the problem with the amount of possessiveness there's also a hell lot of sexism (looking at you, stephen): • “what he said yesterday wasn’t arrogance talking – it was simply more common for women to get attached when sex was part of the equation. basic science, right?” • “there’s something up with the womenfolk” • “by georgie’s third attempt to back into a parking space, travis was shaking his head.”(this is funny because women can't drive???) • “typical feminine urge to squeal to her friends” • stephen not allowing bethany, his sister, more freedom in their company when both of them inherited it because he’s a traditionalist?? wow, no, women can’t take on more responsibility than men or what I DON’T GET YOU, STEPHEN, HONESTLY last but not least, the fucking proposal. what the hell was that. he proposed to her on PUBLIC TELEVISION. i honestly couldn't believe what i was reading. i just wanted to die and not in a good way. why the sudden change of heart? don't tell me georgie just changed your whole personality, wtf wtf wtf no i'm throwing up and crying and just BYE this all sounds very negative, which it also is. but not everything was a total disaster. the Just Us League was great. women supporting women? hell yes, that's what i want to see. especially, since their goals weren't male related. they wanted to achieve their goals and dreams, and that was really nice to see. also georgie in general was a good protagonist. yeah, she is a bit naive, but she grows and it mostly her own person with strengths and insecurities. the pacing of this book was good. even if i had a lot of problems with it, i didn't want to put the book down. i just continued reading. i wouldn't reread this book because honestly, i couldn't take another 400 pages of travis and stephen. (i also just really hate the name travis) 1.5/5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *4.5 stars* Fix Her Up was my first book by Tessa Bailey and, to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. Reviews from my friends are all over the map, and people seem to love this book or hate it. Frankly, I was expecting to hate it. But I didn't. I actually adored this one and wanted MORE. I have issues with contemporary romance, especially those that most people seem to love. Don't get me started on the uber-popular Kristen Ashley books (no shade, they just don't work for me), and some of my l *4.5 stars* Fix Her Up was my first book by Tessa Bailey and, to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. Reviews from my friends are all over the map, and people seem to love this book or hate it. Frankly, I was expecting to hate it. But I didn't. I actually adored this one and wanted MORE. I have issues with contemporary romance, especially those that most people seem to love. Don't get me started on the uber-popular Kristen Ashley books (no shade, they just don't work for me), and some of my lowest ratings are on over-hyped contemporary romances. But I'm a sucker for humor, and Fix Her Up made me smile. Like, a lot. Dominate men don't always work for me, and this book is a book for those who like the more alpha male, super-masculine type of guy. I do, however, like a dominate man IN BED, and I found the sex and the dirty talk to be suuuuuuuuper hot, which is actually pretty rare for me in contemporary romance. I really enjoyed everything about the story. I can see why my friends didn't like it, but I smiled, laughed, and was turned on pretty much the whole way through, which for me is a big win. Fix Her Up is way, way steamier than that cute cover would suggest, and I was HERE FOR IT. Read with caution, as feelings on this book are very polarizing, but if you like dirty-talking, lightly kinky, dominate men, and you like humor, a fun female MC (I loved her too!), and a super romantic HEA, then try this book. I'll be reading more Tessa Bailey from this point on. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  16. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    actual rating 3.5/4 i really liked the characters but the plot was fairly basic. 11/10 for the dirty talk

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    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' 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 review Find me on:

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I honestly didn’t quite dislike this book as much as I thought I would when I first started it and immediately got weird vibes, but a lot of my issues with it are that it is so over the top. This is a fake dating romance between a “good girl” who is the baby of the family and not taken seriously (not helped by the fact that she’s an actual professional clown) and a “bad boy” former baseball player who has a history of hookups. They have known each other since childhood and she has always harbore I honestly didn’t quite dislike this book as much as I thought I would when I first started it and immediately got weird vibes, but a lot of my issues with it are that it is so over the top. This is a fake dating romance between a “good girl” who is the baby of the family and not taken seriously (not helped by the fact that she’s an actual professional clown) and a “bad boy” former baseball player who has a history of hookups. They have known each other since childhood and she has always harbored a crush on him. When I say over the top, I mean numerous things. Georgies career as a clown is a bit much, considering she owns a house with that career. Travis calls her “baby girl” so much that if you made it into a drinking game every time he says it, you’d be dead. The miscommunication at the end is dramatic (although most romance books don’t quite hit the mark there for me). And the quick ways the Travis changes his mind about life plans is also a bit unbelievable. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about Travis being a bit alpha and possessive which is definitely true. Something I noticed while reading is that the book almost reads as a dom/sub relationship without fully taking it there. There’s a fair number of sex scenes (so be warned), and the language used by both parties reads more kinky than I would have expected from a mainstream romance. There are moments where the language veers into some virgin or even little kink (as Georgie is a virgin and it’s made a big deal of and she also comes off as very innocent). I honestly think if the author embraced that a bit more and made it more explicitly kinky, people might have had less issues. But since it’s not discussed by the characters, it comes off a bit weird. Overall, not my favorite. I might consider reading more books in the series, particularly the one with Georgies sister, but I’m in no rush and would mostly use it as a filler read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t love this one because everyone seems to think this book is so sexy and steamy but I personally thought it was super cheesy and annoying. -Started off really promising, loved the characters and their chemistry -This story features some things I love: a baseball player, fake dating trope -It also has a trope that I don’t typically enjoy: when he was her childhood crush and now she gets the chance to be with him (idk why I never tend to truly love books with t I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t love this one because everyone seems to think this book is so sexy and steamy but I personally thought it was super cheesy and annoying. -Started off really promising, loved the characters and their chemistry -This story features some things I love: a baseball player, fake dating trope -It also has a trope that I don’t typically enjoy: when he was her childhood crush and now she gets the chance to be with him (idk why I never tend to truly love books with this plot line) -Their banter is hilarious though -Travis Ford is a bit too much of a hot-head controlling type for my personal taste in male love interests. And he’s cocky to the point where it’s annoying as fuck, they call him two bats for fucks sake. And when he’s in bed with her he’s like: “you’re about to meet your god” about his dick like bitch pleasssseee stop -Along the way I feel like the story started to fall into the “one sex scene after another” and the plot doesn’t go anywhere trope -Too many “baby girls” it was cute the first time but when he says it three times every single page I start to roll my eyes -Of COURSE Georgie is a virgin and that only makes him want her more because she’s so innocent~ -The dirty talk is sooooo cheesy and cringe worthy and I honestly don’t get the hype with this book This is my third book I’ve finished for the Reading Rush and this completes the challenge for read a book with purple on the cover! 💁🏻‍♀️

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Wells

    It's been a while since I hated a book from start to finish, but WOOOOW. This was not even on my radar until I saw people starting to give it 5 or 4 stars and raving about it. I respect that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but y'all done LIED to me. I'm so annoyed that I don't even wanna type this review and I'm certainly not gonna say all that needs to be said, but here we go. First of all, the writing. My god. I should have known that a book that starts with "No freaking way" was going t It's been a while since I hated a book from start to finish, but WOOOOW. This was not even on my radar until I saw people starting to give it 5 or 4 stars and raving about it. I respect that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but y'all done LIED to me. I'm so annoyed that I don't even wanna type this review and I'm certainly not gonna say all that needs to be said, but here we go. First of all, the writing. My god. I should have known that a book that starts with "No freaking way" was going to be cringe-worthy, but that line was nothing compared to everything that I actually had to read with my own two damn eyes. I'm going to be doing a video that goes into way more detail because I have a whole list, but from "baby girl" to things be described as male for no reason??? Like a male sigh, male sweat?? Or sometimes even lady stuff, like a lady shrug and lady brain. W H Y. Don't even get me started on some of the similes this sis tried to use. Stuff that just does not make sense. Other descriptions too, like when she said something about a koala bear doing flips inside of her?? The tick tock of hips??? And this isn't even including the way they'd talk to each other, mostly Travis, during sex and even not during sex. It was not cute. It was not sexy. Oh, and did we really needed to be reminded on every other fucking page that she's a clown? We GET IT SHE'S A GOD DAMNED CLOWN OH MY GOODDDDDDD. Okay, so the writing? Terrible. But one of the biggest problems for me was the pacing and the way events were placed in this story. From the very beginning, shit was just off. The first scene we're given feels like it should have been further into the book, not the introduction. The whole Just Us League (which is literally just women hanging out??? and having drinks????? IT'S NOT A CLUB IT'S JUST HANGING OUT GOOD GOD) should have been something that was introduced way earlier on if it was supposed to be the "heart" of this book or whatever. It was literally just a way for the author to introduce Rosie so that she could get us interested in a spinoff. Narrator voice: it did not get me interested, I skim read most of these parts because they did nothing for the plot and felt so randomly thrown in. If it was introduced way earlier, it'd be different. But nope. Things like this just made the entire novel feel off. It felt like a first draft, where you just get it out and then adjust as you go along, moving around scenes to make the story flow. This story had no flow. It was just oh I love this dude hehehe I'm a clown ugh I am angry caveman for no reason wait what is a feelinG????? These characters were like aliens trying to be humans at times. There was so much extra inner monologue explaining that just did not!!! need!!!! to be there!!!!! SHOW not TELL! All this did was tell and it made for a complete disconnect from the story and the characters. There is certainly more I could say about this. The sex scenes? Ugh. Nope. The very last one was fine, but because of how awful everything else was it didn't matter. Little scenes in this were swallowable but everything around it made it unsalvageable. There is a bare boned story in here that could be alright, but it needed so much editing and arranging to get there. I'm shocked this was a book published in 2019 because it feels so outdated. The ~drama that happens during the last 20 pages? HATED IT. Travis as a character? HATED HIM. Georgie? Fine I guess but tell me you're a clown and act immature then complain about being treated like a child one more time!!!! These characters had so much growing to do, and if that was shown in a complete, complex, thought out, well developed arc, this could have been great, but alas, it's trash. It was fun to hate read because I read it with my best friend, but had I been alone? Probably wouldn't have even finished it. Don't give this book the time of day if you love yourself.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ALet

    ★★½ /5 This was very fast, summery read. The main character had a big personality and was fun to follow her around. The love interest wasn’t that interesting as I hoped he would be. The plot was nothing special; it hadn’t a lot of depth and didn’t reach its potential, because the premise sounded a lot more intriguing. The writing style was simple and easy to understand. For my this book was very average, but I am not mad about it, I do not regret reading it. I would recommend this book for people ★★½ /5 This was very fast, summery read. The main character had a big personality and was fun to follow her around. The love interest wasn’t that interesting as I hoped he would be. The plot was nothing special; it hadn’t a lot of depth and didn’t reach its potential, because the premise sounded a lot more intriguing. The writing style was simple and easy to understand. For my this book was very average, but I am not mad about it, I do not regret reading it. I would recommend this book for people who just want to have fun afternoon reading a book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    Ummm, HELLO NEW FAVORITE.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    2.5 stars. This is a very hard book to rate and also to review IMO . It is my first Tessa Bailey book so I am not sure if this is typical of her writing style or not!! I found it a little weird to be honest, the characters didn't always make sense to me, aka the virgin "clown" girl (yes, that is in fact how she makes a living) and the depressed, ex-manwhore, ex-baseball player. Georgie came across as a sweet and sassy 23 year old gal but she just wasn't believable to me in any way- for some reason 2.5 stars. This is a very hard book to rate and also to review IMO . It is my first Tessa Bailey book so I am not sure if this is typical of her writing style or not!! I found it a little weird to be honest, the characters didn't always make sense to me, aka the virgin "clown" girl (yes, that is in fact how she makes a living) and the depressed, ex-manwhore, ex-baseball player. Georgie came across as a sweet and sassy 23 year old gal but she just wasn't believable to me in any way- for some reason the author saddled this character with a totally unrealistic job, a zero dating history and up until recently she had worn "hand-me-down" clothes for her entire life. The book also didn't flow well for me. I found it distracting and confusing how the writing changed from the steamy sex scenes and then back to the more bizarre storyline. There were several parts that I had to skim through but though this book wasn't really a hit with me, there was still something about Tessa Bailey's writing that I liked enough that I would consider giving this author a second chance with a vastly different storyline. ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    3 stars. “The quiet got too loud once you’d come and gone.” Many people would find it an entertaining cute read, and I can totally understand why they loved it. It just wasn’t for me. For a really hyped book, this was such a disappointment. Or maybe I just put my expectations up too high. I couldn’t connect with the characters no matter how much I tried, neither could I feel any chemistry between them. The flow of the book wasn’t really satisfying. I was so bored, I just wanted it to be over. Also 3 stars. “The quiet got too loud once you’d come and gone.” Many people would find it an entertaining cute read, and I can totally understand why they loved it. It just wasn’t for me. For a really hyped book, this was such a disappointment. Or maybe I just put my expectations up too high. I couldn’t connect with the characters no matter how much I tried, neither could I feel any chemistry between them. The flow of the book wasn’t really satisfying. I was so bored, I just wanted it to be over. Also this may be personal, but I hate unnecessary grand gestures at the end of the book that tend to fix everything. Maybe it’s because I had really high expectations for it and I got disappointed. Or maybe this book just wasn’t for me. ”Dammit, Georgie. You had to be exactly what I need, didn’t you?”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sam (AMNReader)

    ETA 6/27 Ok, my husband and I have now had an extensive Convo on this because I couldn't stand either nickname. I told him Travis's (two bats) and he said"I don't get it." My husband is "evolved" but makes awful sophomoric sex jokes. Basically, there's times I wonder if he switched places with an eighth grade. A few seconds pass: Mr S:"Oh, I get it now. He swings a bat, and he's swinging a bat." To this, I admit, "that might be funny and did not occur to me. I'm not sure that was the intention" He r ETA 6/27 Ok, my husband and I have now had an extensive Convo on this because I couldn't stand either nickname. I told him Travis's (two bats) and he said"I don't get it." My husband is "evolved" but makes awful sophomoric sex jokes. Basically, there's times I wonder if he switched places with an eighth grade. A few seconds pass: Mr S:"Oh, I get it now. He swings a bat, and he's swinging a bat." To this, I admit, "that might be funny and did not occur to me. I'm not sure that was the intention" He remains stumped. Stares blankly at me. S:"I think it's supposed to mean he's supposed to be well-endowed," Mr. S:"Yeah, that doesn't make any sense." S:"That's what I said!! Like is it width or length?" To which he effortlessly adds, "is it cylindrical? Does it have a skinny part and a fat part? Or is it like two bats taped end to end: skinny - fat- skinny?" Yep. Worst nickname ever. This might be the thing that keeps this from me actually forgetting their names. FTR, my husband played baseball. Like I said, he's not mature. -_------_------Original Review Full disclosure here: Tessa Bailey has been largely epic misses for me. I knew trying this was a risk, but the reviews are so strong, and by many of my "influencer" reviewers. Once upon a time, there was a 21 week wait for this book at the library. I'll pay$9.99 for an ebook for some authors, but for Tessa Bailey, I wasn't committing. But it's a quick, ridiculously consumable read, so it took a week before the hold times were up and it was on my Kobo. My friends' ratings, I've seen them. I can also see what's so horribly addictive and lovely about this book. But… I've got a lot of buts… So this book opens with a virgin and a brother's naked best friend. I can let go reality but this was just….so many questions all the time (transitions were often weird in this book) I liked Georgie, I did. And frankly, it's my heroine-centric tendency that could even keep me reading. She's sweet and unassuming. But she also forgot to wear a bra on a date… And like, I don't forget one taking out the trash. Must be nice to be 23. She's trying so hard to adult, dammit.I guess the 23-year old owned her house on Long island on her own, contracted job. Gotcha. Instead of finding her own footing with her family, she relies on her boyfriend Travis to show them her place. I liked the development between her and Bethany, her older sister, so much better. But if she's treated like a kid, he's treated like a walking dick. And herein lies my problem with the men-folk. They are all incredibly one-dimensional with only a woman to show them the way into dimension. Their relationships don't develop, and they treat each other with a mix of masculine fear and respect. In fact, I felt the dynamics of the men for this contemporary novel so thinly skirt toxic masculinity, it's a wonder I read past the first half. The dirty talk was an absolute mixed bag. So oddly a disgusting turnoff and sometimes scorching. And I'm missing something with the third person dirty talk. I just HATED it. Sometimes, this book was really effective. The grovel wasn't bad, but unfortunately, entirely manufactured. That conflict at the end had me thinking Georgie and her brother were massive idiots and didn't warrant the chain of events that followed. Oh, here I'm trying to say good things and ending up with a laundry list of dislike again. And,ugh, if you could not get me started on BOTH nicknames, that'd be great. Or that cover. I think, honestly, the only thing I liked was Georgie-until the end. Luckily it was heavily focused on her. And neck licking in rain on a baseball field isn't half bad, nor was his apology "romantic gesture," but all in all, I was left with two characters who have no business being together till they can learn to speak for themselves. (Sidenote: I think their initial intimate encounter far more vulnerable than many things?) Typically, this would've been a DNF with the weird, what I felt, nearly misogynistic tendencies from the men in the book (I have so many examples, I won't list them here) Unfortunately, the redemption wasn't enough to wash the taste from my mouth, and this was not it for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    4 stars! Well, HELLO Tessa Bailey. I don't know where you've been all my life, but I'm thrilled to meet you in Fix Her Up and I can't want to devour ALL of your backlist. I thoroughly enjoyed this mix of steamy with emotional. Romance: ★★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Steam Factor: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★ 1/2 Meet Georgie Castle: She's the youngest of three in a family that's well-known in Port Jefferson for their home renovation business, and she makes her living as a clown-for-hire at kids birthday parties. Her life 4 stars! Well, HELLO Tessa Bailey. I don't know where you've been all my life, but I'm thrilled to meet you in Fix Her Up and I can't want to devour ALL of your backlist. I thoroughly enjoyed this mix of steamy with emotional. Romance: ★★★★ Characters: ★★★★ Steam Factor: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★ 1/2 Meet Georgie Castle: She's the youngest of three in a family that's well-known in Port Jefferson for their home renovation business, and she makes her living as a clown-for-hire at kids birthday parties. Her life, like her business, isn't taken terribly seriously and she's ready to become more than just the family's kid sister. Meet Travis Ford: He's a former MLB baseball star on the rise who took a serious injury to the shoulder at the beginning of his leap to MLB fame, and has returned home to Port Jefferson to re-calibrate his life goals. It's not going well. Travis grew up as the best friend of Stephen, Georgie's older brother, and was always aware of Georgie. Georgie harbored a crush for Travis, but it never went anywhere due to her permanent status as Stephen's younger sister. Now that they're adults and in each other's atmosphere, things might change. Will a kick in the butt from spunky, all-grown-up Georgie be just the motivation Travis needs to get his life back on track? Fix Her Up is the ideal summer romantic read...if you like your romances extremely steamy. Don't let the cute cover fool you—this is not your mother's chaste meet cute. Tessa Bailey has written some adults-only scenes that you normally only find in fanfiction, so be warned (or intrigued, per your fancy). I found Travis and Georgie's dynamic to be the selling point of Fix Her Up. They're not quite enemies-to-lovers, not quite second chance romance, and not quite meet cute—it's somewhere in that grey middle zone of all three. It left just enough prior context to feel their complicated emotions for each other, and enough difference to keep their dialogue tension-filled. I loved every cute, dirty, romantic, and angsty second of it. The one caveat that kept this from being my new favorite was the occasional nonsensical moments and general bizarreness of Georgie's career choice. Not sure why she had to be a clown for a living (also, can that be a sustainable living with enough income for a house??) and >it threw me out of the story frequently as a) clowns are not my (or most people's) thing and b) it was such a weird career move that I kept trying to figure out her finances and lifestyle situation. I don't know. I'm an overthinker. If you can suspend your belief and do not have a clown phobia, I imagine it's a home run. (Ha. Baseball pun.) ***** Original notes: Well. Well. Well. My glasses are fogged up from this steam and the teary-eyed feelings. Review to come!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    DNF at 69% "Look at me while I'm teaching you how to fuck" is when I quit this book. This book is run amuck with misogyny, like to the point where I'm convinced it had to have been ghost written by a man. The main female character is Georgie, a woman defined by her virginity, her clown career, and her unexplained crush on her brother's bestie Travis. Travis is a well known womanizer and retired baseball player, also known as "two bats" because his dick is also a bat I guess, which must explain the DNF at 69% "Look at me while I'm teaching you how to fuck" is when I quit this book. This book is run amuck with misogyny, like to the point where I'm convinced it had to have been ghost written by a man. The main female character is Georgie, a woman defined by her virginity, her clown career, and her unexplained crush on her brother's bestie Travis. Travis is a well known womanizer and retired baseball player, also known as "two bats" because his dick is also a bat I guess, which must explain the many, many times the author tells you it's getting hard. I kid you not, if I had a dollar for every time Travis gets an erection I could buy a couple copies of this book. Georgie frequently complains about people not taking her seriously or treating her like an adult and 'business woman' but she's a freaking clown for a living. She doesn't mind Travis calling her baby girl though, which is literally the most infantizing nickname a man could call a woman. Travis sometimes realizes Georgie is a person with feelings but mostly he sees her as a sexual object and is obsessed with "breaking in" her pussy cause ya know she's a virgin. Georgie is obsessed with losing her v card to Travis because... he's hot? I guess he's super hot because women shamelessly offer themselves up to him throughout the book, in fact he's SO HOT that a man tells Travis he can sleep with his wife because he's on her 'hall pass'... Did you just throw up in your mouth? I probably should have told you to grab some water earlier, sorry about that. I could go on and list more offenses but I'd rather stop thinking about this garbage.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    1.) Fix Her Up ★★★★.5 2.) Love Her or Lose Her ★★ ----------------------------------------------- definitely some questionable content, but hoooo boy am i a sucker for that romance holy moly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    This wasn’t as addicting for me as I hoped it would be, neither did I get as obsessive as I would’ve liked, but enjoyable nonetheless. Travis is an asshole but I loved him okay? Baby girl handled his ass and I loved seeing her growth, her standing up for herself, taking care of herself and supporting all the women in the club they formed as a form of support for each other. I’m glad the sequel will be about Rosie and Dominic. That is a dynamic I’m interested in. ———————————— In need of something l This wasn’t as addicting for me as I hoped it would be, neither did I get as obsessive as I would’ve liked, but enjoyable nonetheless. Travis is an asshole but I loved him okay? Baby girl handled his ass and I loved seeing her growth, her standing up for herself, taking care of herself and supporting all the women in the club they formed as a form of support for each other. I’m glad the sequel will be about Rosie and Dominic. That is a dynamic I’m interested in. ———————————— In need of something light to calm me down after the damage Colleen Hoover caused with Verity.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by HarperCollins) Georgette Castle is a 23 yr. old woman who feels like nobody really takes her seriously. Her family rules the real estate scene in her town of Port Jefferson, Long Island with their popular renovation business. Georgie has always done her own thing, and enjoys planning children's birthday parties, but lately she wants more, and is ready to live her best life, and make all her dreams come true. This is the year she's going to have it all. She's prepare 4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by HarperCollins) Georgette Castle is a 23 yr. old woman who feels like nobody really takes her seriously. Her family rules the real estate scene in her town of Port Jefferson, Long Island with their popular renovation business. Georgie has always done her own thing, and enjoys planning children's birthday parties, but lately she wants more, and is ready to live her best life, and make all her dreams come true. This is the year she's going to have it all. She's prepared to work to fix herself up, from career, to wardrobe, to dating, she wants a full makeover. She's a woman in charge, who's tired of sitting on the sidelines, and is going to make things happen for herself. Then a curve ball is thrown her way when the guy she's loved and had a king size crush on since her teens moves back to town. She's thought Travis Ford was her soulmate for as long as she could remember. He'd always been her hero, and the object of all her fantasies, but as her older brother Stephen's best friend he was untouchable. Travis Ford had amazing success as a professional baseball player, and now he's returned home to Port Jefferson feeling like a failure after an injury leaves him facing retirement at age 28. His career has gone up in flames, and he didn't know what to do with himself anymore. Georgie is shocked to see this confident, beautiful, man all broody, and on a downward spiral. She's always thought he was extraordinary, but apparently he couldn't see it right now. He was currently participating in, and leading his own pity party, and it was time for him to snap out of it. She was determined to show him his worth. That he was more than the towns baseball star, and a famous athlete. Both wanting to change their image they come up with a plan to fake date. Travis wants to shed his bad boy image, and Georgie wants people to finally notice her. The longer they pretend the more real their feelings become. They are in dangerous territory when the passion between them can't be contained any longer. The unattainable guy Georgie has been infatuated with suddenly wants her. Travis knew his best friend's little sister should be off limits, but he couldn't fight his attraction. She'd become the best thing in his life, and his biggest temptation. She was stunning, so sweet, and real. Small, but fierce, Georgie accepted him as he was, and helped him be a better version of himself. The once annoying friend's little sister was now the woman he craved and felt like he couldn't live without. -She’d always found him the most attractive man on the planet. -Was he the only man alive who could get to her like this? Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey is a fabulous romantic comedy I adored! This book is a hilarious, super cute brother's best friend romance that had me smiling throughout. I loved this couple together, but especially loved Georgie. She's one of my favorite heroines I've read. She was just such a kind, positive person with a huge heart, but she knows her self worth, and tells it like it is. Then there's Travis. The man is so unbelievably sexy, and his chemistry with Georgie is sizzling hot! I can't wait for more in this series,and look forward to Rosie & Dominic's book next! ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/2wL9Qwn

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