Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Monday, June 24, 2019


by Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot & Hammered #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: June 11th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I used to be a big fan of Tessa Bailey's earlier works, but her past few releases have not worked for me. I had vowed not to pick up Fix Her Up, but all the rave reviews had me re-thinking my decision. I'm glad I took another chance on her because Fix Her Up worked its charm on me. It was sweet, funny, and steamy, just like the old Tessa Bailey books I've loved!

Fix Her Up is a quintessential older brother's best friend romance. Georgie, our heroine, has had a lifelong crush on Travis Ford. He has never seen her with those eyes and he went on to become a professional baseball player. After an injury forces him to retire, he returns home and Georgie is right there to help cheer him. Georgie's arc was the best part of Fix Her Up. She was a very positive and optimistic young woman. I loved that she was an actual professional clown who was great at her job. She brought a ton of happiness to kids and that made her happy. Perhaps because of her pleasing personality and career choice but Georgie has spent most of her life being put down by others. She's the baby of her family and even though she is an adult now, she is still treated by her siblings and her parents as a baby. She wants to change that and throughout Fix Her Up we see her strengthen as a character into someone who knows how to stand up for herself. I was so proud of her!

Travis was your typical manwhore character. He has a reputation - they call him "Two Bats" for a reason, but that same reputation might be an obstacle for a job that he is really coveting. He was the silent and stoic type. I did not have particularly strong feelings towards him, but I think that's because Georgie stole the show in Fix Her Up. When Georgie suggests a fake relationship that would benefit both Travis and herself - it would show people that Travis is not the womanizer he is and it would prove to her family that she is not a child anymore - their relationship begins to blossom. Their chemistry was sizzling and Bailey does a great job at showing the development of their emotional relationship from the stages of fake dating to attraction to love. Their relationship had a lot of cute moments. I still feel like Tessa Bailey's sex scenes lately are a little off in that they are excessively crude, which leads to them being more unsexy. They didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story, but I still thought they were awkward. The friendships in Fix Her Up was another great element. There's a very fun storyline involving a "Just Us League" that Georgie and her friends create with the goal of helping each other become better. It was very charming and I loved every aspect of it.

I'm really happy that I gave Tessa Bailey a second chance. It goes to prove that I shouldn't give up on authors so easily (unless they are problematic, of course). Fix Her Up is a charming romance with excellent tropes of fake dating and brother's best friend done really well. Give this one a try if you're in the mood for a contemporary romance! I can't wait for the next book, which will be a marriage-in-trouble story! :)

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