Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up appeared on a bunch of best new releases in romance lists this year, so when I saw it was available immediately though my local library, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. Honestly, this book wasn’t what I expected at all – the cover is very cutesy and the summaries I have read are all pretty light and airy, but that is a far cry from what this book actually was.

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…

It felt like a lot of the effort went into the explicit scenes of this book and not the rest of the story. Important events between Georgie and Travis felt really rushed, and their relationship felt very forced. Even worse, the book set itself up like it would focus on Georgie’s new effort to establish her own business, but that plot was mostly swept under the rug and was only given the bare minimum of plot time. There were a few cute events between all of the explicit scenes, but they were few and far between – the pacing was really poor and it was hard to get invested in the plot. If more attention had been paid to the scenes outside of the sex scenes, this could have been a very cute book.

I thought Georgie was going to be a strong, independent woman who was trying to prove to her family that’s she’s an adult and shouldn’t be treated like a child. And that’s what the book seemed to want you to believe about Georgie – however, she was a weak willed pushover with little backbone. Romances led by strong, career driven women are becoming more and more prevalent, so it was pretty disappointing when Fix Her Up tried to convince its reader that Georgie falls in that category. She did grow a little bit by the end, but not nearly enough.

Travis, on the other hand, was just a plain old good time. He started as a cocky douche who lost his dream career, but developed into a man who made the best of his new life and stood up for the people around him. The rest of the side characters were pretty cliche, with the exception of Georgie’s sister who was also trying to strike out on her own. I wish more time had been dedicated to contrasting the two women’s journeys to independence, but alas, that was not the case.

While I did enjoy parts of it, Fix Her Up was not the adorable romance that I thought it would be. It was far explicit than I enjoy reading and honestly the marketing felt a little misleading. If you’re into dirty books like Fifty Shades of Grey, this book might be for you. Just please, don’t read this book anywhere that someone can read over your shoulder. 2/5

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