Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey Review

Title: Fix Her Up
Author: Tessa Bailey
Format: Audiobook
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 images than the resident sports start 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 bus 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...

Gerogie Castle has always been the baby of her family. The one that nobody took seriously. So it was only natural for her to become a clown. When her old crush, Travis Ford, comes back to town after striking out in the MBL Gerogie can't help, but want him to see her than something other than the kid her family sees. And for the love of God, see past the red wig and clown shoes. She needs his help to be seen as serious and he needs her help for people to see that he has changed. That he isn't the same playboy he once was. Can what started out as a fake arrangement that both benefit from turn into something more?

This was my first Tessa Bailey book and I had to watch about a billion reviews before actually picking it up. I loved the writing style of this book, it moved quickly. The audio book I listened to created awesome voices for the characters, too, which gave them all the  more life. Georgie is a very strong female, despite being a clown. She sets Travis straight several times and isn't afraid to be herself. Most books that try to write a strong female over do it and seem fake or mocking, but this didn't at all.

I only disliked one thing from this book, but it was enough to knock a star and a half for. If he said "Baby Girl" one more time. I spent the entire book yelling at him to stop doing that. That is my pet peeve. It just sounds pervy to me.

Overall I gave this book 3.5/5 stars. I truly loved Georgie's character and her story with Travis. I just couldn't get past the "Baby Girl" thing.

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