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Swoon-Worthy: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

This is my first Tessa Bailey novel... What have I been doing with my life? I should have read this author ages ago! I adored this novel so much!

"I've met her twice in my life. This time, I was smart enough to fall in love with her."

by Tessa Bailey
Series: Hot and Hammered #1

Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 11th 2019 by Avon
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Rating: ★★★★★
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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...
This novel started out strong in my eyes. We are introduced to Travis, who's completely hungover, letting his life pass away after an injury ended his professional baseball career. In storms Georgie into his place and knocks some sense into the poor guy. To him, Georgie has always been his best friend's little sister who would always follow him around and was kind of annoying. What he never knew was that Georgie had the biggest of crushes on him and still does.

When I say I had no idea what to expect from this story, I mean it. I mean, I get a clown for a main character (yes, a literal clown). I have to admit, I didn't know what to make of Georgie at the beginning, but her personality floored me in the best of ways! Such a loving human being that I just love love love! She's always so positive and ready to go forward. You wouldn't know that she's so lonely. She's the youngest of her family and they see her as a little kid. When she makes plans for all the family to be together, they bail or forget. When she calls or texts, they dismiss her so quickly. This had me feeling for her in so many ways.

"I've been dismissed more times than a software update reminder."

I loved how Travis made Georgie feel like she was truly important and like everything that came out of her mouth was the most amazing thing in the world. Travis is a guy who doesn't want relationship, just want a fake one so he can get a job and Georgie is there to help. He says he's not a man of romantic gestures, but boy, was he killing my heart with those romantic gestures towards Georgie! There's a scene that involves a fireplace and Georgie's favorite tree as a child and my heart was melting big time! Travis is completely swoon-worthy and I just want more of this amazing man! I fell HARD for Travis! Travis is everything. I never thought I'd melt over "baby girl" but I did. And OMG his dirty mouth but also his sweet loving caring mouth!

"You bought my favorite dinner and turned my climbing tree into a fireplace." ... "You're batting a thousand in the gesture department, Ford."

Overall, Fix Her Up was another favorite of this year! It's my second favorite! I highly recommend this one if you're up for humor and swoon-worthy romance!

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