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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

*Spoiler free*

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…

I’ve read a few romance books and I’ve really, really enjoyed the majority of them. But, I never really knew where to start on where to find more. Romance isn’t a genre I actively seek out! It’s more one I stumble upon a couple I want to try out haha. I’d seen so many people talking about Fix Her Up and it sounded like something I would really enjoy, so I wanted to give it a shot!

Every time I read a new romance book, I think the sex scenes (Chloe, why are you starting with the sex scenes?) are as detailed as it’s going to get. And then the next book sets out to prove me wrong. This book has the longest sex scenes I’ve ever read. It’s not a bad thing! I just wasn’t expecting it haha. I don’t think I can judge these scenes too much since I don’t have a ton of experience with them. So, I thought they were good and I enjoyed them. That’s pretty much all I can say.

The writing was so fast, fluffy, and easy. I didn’t find it hard at all to fly through this book. The writing allowed me to just keep moving and moving along until I was done. It fits with the story it was trying to tell and how the characters act. It didn’t try to be anything that it wasn’t.

I don’t know why I’m always expecting books to be told in one POV and then it’s two! But this was another one. Though, I do think that having Travis be a narrator did add a lot to the story. It was cool to be in his head and hear his thoughts. I think it added some depth.

The characters and the overarching plot were fun. It wasn’t something too serious. There was conflict and Travis has some heavy baggage, which I didn’t feel like was addressed enough. Because of this, it felt like a light book. I wanted a light book, so I don’t really mind that the emotional development could have been more in depth. That’s weird for me! The characters were cute. Each of them felt really different, they all had their distinct personalities, even the side characters. It felt like they all have their own story to tell. (Probably because I think those books are being written haha.)

There were a few things I didn’t love. Travis was super, super possessive. Some of the things he said and the way he talked sometimes just didn’t sit right with me. I kinda wanted to tell him to take it down a notch. Also, there’s a line about how “all men like sex” (I’m paraphrasing.). This really rubbed me the wrong and it wasn’t necessary at all.

There was some cheesy dialogue and some cheesy scenes, but I didn’t mind! Sure, I cringed a bit here and there, but I don’t think I was expecting a book that was literary genius. I wanted something fluffy and that’s what I got. This book worked for me, despite the few issues that I had. And I am looking forward to maybe reading the upcoming books about other characters. It sounds like those could be really good.

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Thank you for reading!

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