Fix Her Up | By Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up
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Published: 11th June,2019
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

 

Narrative and Plot

 

Before we get into this, I have heard mixed reviews about this book. So I went into it with the least of expectations. Surprisingly, the book had enough depth to pique your interest. The book shifts between the two main characters Georgie and Travis in terms of the narrative. However it is mostly focused on Georgie.The plot has some questionable motives and actions. Do they really need to go through all that to prove themselves instead of getting ahead in life? What do you know? Some people need that emotional support and mask it under pretences, apparently. Anyway even if you question the basic motive of the characters for being together (which looks pretty unnecessary to an outsider), you cannot miss the sizzling chemistry between the main characters right from chapter one. And I am not talking about the intimate scenes. Although, there’s a lot of attention to detail in that department. Not that I am complaining.

Characters and Conflicts

 

Georgie is the youngest member of the Castle family and she wants everyone to take her seriously. Travis Ford is caught up in a stereotype and when his career is at a turning point he desperately needs some image building. Those are definitely characters who can make an interesting story. However, you might question the way they chose to get what they want. Interestingly, the book itself admits that Georgie could do it on her own.

I am all for female independence but I think even a broken man would want to stand up for himself instead of being a damsel in distress. Travis was a bit too much on that side at times. As a love story, Fix Her Up, did a perfect job of building up the tension between the protagonists, giving them incentive to work on themselves. Yet, at the same time, they are completely clueless about what the other person wants. On that note, I can totally relate to this book. The supporting characters in the book are worth mentioning as well although their time in the story was too short.

Conclusion

 

Fix Her Up is your pick for a steamy romance read if you don’t dwell too much into the why’s and what’s of your MCs. Overall I enjoyed the book and wanted to know how the characters would clear up the mess they had made. That counts for an interesting read.  

 

 

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