Tessa Bailey returns to the blog with the start of a new and very fun series, Hot and Hammered.
Fix Her Up
Georgie Castle is the youngest of three, in her family that means she is the baby forever. Even though she’s turned her one-man kid’s party clown act into a solid enough business to buy her own home and dream of more, she’s still constantly dismissed or treated as a child. But when her brother’s best friend rolls back into town after an injury sidelined his baseball career, Georgie’s crush has come full circle – and is passed out and hungover on his bed, amidst piles of trash and discarded things. With her older brother and sister now running the family business, Brick and Morty, THE house flipping / renovation company in town, she’s gone her own way and rarely catches up to them. But now with Travis in town, and working for Stephen swinging a hammer, she’s interested in the whys and hows of Travis’ return.
Travis had a crappy childhood, always unwanted, always the pawn in his parents’ endless arguments, and feeling as if he’d never ‘make it’ and always be a failure, he’s decided that relationships and commitments are not for him. And, while he did bend that rule for baseball, he soon learned that without that career pushing him into headlines, there’s not many people either. Discouraged, depressed and full of doubts, he’s returned to his childhood hometown to drown his sorrows and be left alone. But Georgie won’t let him be alone, and some part of him seeks her out for her belief in him, her ability to make him laugh and (gods forbid) her sexy little self – even if she is the little sister of his best friend.
SO much fun, laughter and emotions in this story. Georgie in her clown calling is wonderful with kids – making memories, enjoying herself and utterly reveling in the childhood joys. But she doesn’t feel as if anyone takes her seriously as an adult and a businesswoman, and there isn’t anyone in her family who actually does stand up for her or take her seriously. Of course, choosing to enter into an agreement with Travis to be his ‘fake girlfriend’ in the hopes that it will help his image to land a coveted job doesn’t fill them with joy – and they are perhaps waiting for the other shoe to drop. But honestly, these two are just magical together – with her ability to honestly assess the man she knows and believe he can do more and be a better version of himself, as well as her inability to sit quietly when people’s prejudgments are unfair completely give Travis the confidence to try things that scare the life out of him, and perhaps things he never believed in before. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s willing to indulge Georgie with more than a bit of dirty talking, completely unprepared for the reactions and heat that generates. I devoured this book in an afternoon – with smiles, frustrations and sighs (and plenty of ice water) throughout – a great start to a new series that leaves you with a smile.
Title: Fix Her Up
Author: Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot and Hammered #1
Also in this series: Love Her or Lose Her
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements
Published by: Avon
Published on: 11 June, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 59 minutes
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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...
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.