Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

It’s hard to judge a book by something that’s possible just me struggling with personal pet-peeves – but for me this book never took off.

Fix Her Up

by Tessa Bailey

(Hot and Hammered #1)

Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published March 15th 2019

Fix Her Up – Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up – Tessa Bailey



It’s hard to judge a book by something that’s possible just me struggling with personal pet-peeves – but for me this book never took off.

The book was filled with popular tropes:
brother’s best friend  |  fake relationship  |  man-whore and jock  |  virgin heroine

And the author succeeded in tackling some of these tropes better than others. But the overall plot will be satisfying for many readers. It’s a sweet, and well written novel, unfortunately it wasn’t the right book for me.

Because of how the book was plotted, not only did Travis but also Georgette have to struggle and confront the past but also the way people perceived them. Both had to find ways to stand up for themselves.

I’m not a fan of getting failures constantly rubbed in. And I think this was my biggest issue with this story. The condescending behavior that was displayed by Georgette’s family. The disrespect, and belittlement that she had to endure at the hands of her own family made me mad.

But I’m glad that both Georgette and Travis eventually stood up to everyone, and forged their own path, especially Georgette – good for her.

I enjoyed how Georgette’s character developed over time, although I’m not a fan of heroine’s waiting their entire life for their crush, secret love, to finally acknowledge the fact that they belonged together. It always feels like the heroine is not worthy of the hero’s attention, and consequently the hero’s feelings never seem to be genuine.

Nevertheless I admired the way Georgette made the best out of her situation. She was a tough cookie and held her head high throughout all kinds of unfavorable events. Chipping slowly away on people’s perception until the world saw her for who she was, a successful business owner and adult. As well as a respected family member, and a girl any guy could be lucky to call girlfriend.

I’m still conflicted over Travis. He wasn’t my favorite kind of hero. But he certainly tried to redeem himself in my and Georgette’s eyes. He had more success with Georgette than me, but you can’t win all the time.

Also, I’m not one for big gestures, so the ending just left me with an eye-roll.

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Fix Her Up - Tessa BaileyGeorgette 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.

lPhase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

iPhase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

lPhase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

iPhase 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…


Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.




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6 thoughts on “Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

  1. While cute, this doesn’t sound like the book for me, either! I’ve just read too many stories and characters like these and would find myself rolling my eyes at the grand gesture and tropey situations… I also would find it very hard to stomach Georgette’s family treatment and her lovesickness. Just not appealing to me.
    I’m afraid I’ll have to skip it for now, unless I get in the mood for something cheesy and easy to read. Wonderful review, Corina!

    1. Right?? sometimes I don’t get authors. They must know by now how we feel. I don’t get the repetitive mistakes that are being made. The overuse on tropes alone. If you can get it from the library, maybe there will be a time it calls to you. 😀 Don’t give up yet. And thank you so much!!!

      1. Hahaha I think they all watched the same motivational videos about “how to captivate your readers” in which someone suggests over and over to “not reinvent the wheel, just go with has been proven to work”. A lot of things work like that, sure, but not books in my opinion… You definitely need to put your own spin on things or else your writing will just feel flat…
        Yeah that’s what I usually do when I’m hesitant about a book – either get it from the library or get it really cheap on my Kindle.
        Thanks for the encouragement! And no worries 😊❤️❤️

        1. I’ve noticed that when authors write outside the box, add their own spin, craft something unique – those are usually the books that stand out. If you haven’t read The Flatshare yet, I can only recommend it. It’s different – in a really GOOD way.

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