Review: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Title: Fix Her Up
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Avon
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Paperback, 400 Pages
Published June 2019

Summary: After an injury ends Travis Ford’s major league baseball career, he returns home to start over. He just wants to hammer out his frustrations at his new construction gig and forget all about his glory days. But he can’t even walk through town without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his buddy’s little sister, who is definitely not a kid anymore. Georgette Castle has crushed on her older brother’s best friend for years. The grumpy, bear of a man working for her family’s house flipping business is a far cry from the charming sports star she used to know. But a moody scowl doesn’t scare her and Georgie’s determined to show Travis he’s more than a pretty face and a batting average, even if it means putting her feelings aside to be “just friends.” Travis wants to brood in peace. But the girl he used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman who makes him feel whole again. And he wants her. So damn bad. Except Georgie’s off limits and he knows he can’t give her what she deserves. But she’s becoming the air he breathes and Travis can’t stay away, no matter how hard he tries...

I finally jumped on the train of wanting to read this book after the nine hundredth person in my Twitter feed mentioned loving it. Plus, I felt like I was in a little bit of a rut reading-wise right after my college graduation, since things were all sad and done virtually and just didn't feel right. So I decided to cheer myself up by ordering some books from my local indie, and obviously FIX HER UP was one of my choices. It came highly recommended from several bloggers and friends, and the summary made it sound like a book that was right up my alley, so I decided to go for it. Once it came, I originally intended to add it to the end of my TBR since I have a whole bunch of ARCs that I needed to get through, but something about having a swoon-worthy summer rom-com in my hands right at the start of the sunny season called out to me, so I skipped ahead and dove right into this one. And let me tell you guys, it CERTAINLY did not disappoint!

As the summary explains, Travis is an ex-baseball player whose career goes down in flames due to an injury, and he finds himself having to return to his hometown with his tail between his legs. But Georgie, the younger sister of his longtime best friend, refuses to let Travis wallow, and insists on helping him get back to his old self. Through a complicated series of twists and turns, the pair agree to fake-date for the cameras as a way of bringing Travis back into the family-friendly light and also for Georgie to finally be taken more seriously by her family. But what they're not expecting is for their fake feelings to turn real...and for the expiration date on their scheme to start haunting them.

This book was actually like an addiction to me. I had so many things that I needed to be getting done for writing my own book, and working out, and just generally staying a productive human being even while I was locked at home, but I decided to push all of those things to the side and curl up with this book. Georgie and Travis's story was equal parts tense, hilarious, and swoon-worthy. It was also really cool to see a book set on Long Island, since that's where all three of us grew up, so recognizing town names and the island's culture was just a neat little easter egg that kept me smiling. I tore through this book, reading almost 200 pages in a single sitting just because I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. Their relationship and all of the antics that they get into is just so fascinating, and the chapters are short enough to keep you drawn in and wanting more.

Also, I'm going to level with you guys -- this book is NOT for the faint of heart! You will swoon, you will blush, and you will probably want a glass of water after several scenes. If you're more of the "I'd rather have the romance be more of the fade-to-black" type, then this book definitely isn't for you. But I was absolutely LIVING for it. Georgie and Travis's chemistry leaps right off the page and gets right into the reader's heart, and some scenes are so intense that you'll be sweating and fanning yourself me. 10/10 in the romance novel department, that's for sure. Tessa Bailey has signed me on as a reader for LIFE.

(MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH! Skip to the next one to avoid them!) The ending of this book absolutely melted my heart in all of the best ways, and it definitely left me a little swooning puddle on the floor. That on-air proposal?! Meeting each other on the Northern State?! The whole thing just had me swooning and sighing of happiness. It's perfect rom-com material, and if you're a romance junkie, then you absolutely need to pick up this book. The chemistry is seriously OFF THE CHARTS and the sweet moments mixed with the swoon-worthy are just...*chef's kiss* pure perfection.

Overall, I absolutely LOVED FIX HER UP and will absolutely be reading the other books in the series. In fact, I think as soon as I get my next paycheck, I might go order them both, because I want to know what happens with Rosie and Bethany as well! If you're a romance fan -- particularly a Christina Lauren fan, since this book gave me major CLo vibes -- and you haven't picked this book up yet, well then let me tell you that you're severely missing out!


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