Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1)
by Tessa Bailey
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…
Fix her up is the first book in the Hot & Hammered series by Tessa Bailey. This is my first read from Tessa, I had seen a friend on Instagram recommend it and decided it sounded right up my street. I was excited to get into a new book by a new author.
Georgie is an actual clown for children’s birthday parties. She is really good at it and wants to be taken more seriously as a business woman. As the baby of her very well known family she feels no one takes her series.
“Why do women believe they need an occasion to dress up? Dress up for life, goddammit!”
Travis is a newly retired professional baseball player, who had to retire much to early due to an injury. He is struggling with moving back to his home town feeling like a loser.
“How do you do that? You . . . accept me. Exactly as I am. But you still change me for the better.”
The chemistry she has with Travis is out of the park. It gave me little tingling feelings in my chest while reading it. This book is flirty, sweet romance and a bit ridiculous at times but kept my entertained to the last page. I loved the secondary characters which is always a big plus for me and found the dynamic they bring to this story and I can’t wait for more in this series, in fact I’ve already bough the next in the series.
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