Fix Her Up – published 2019
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
I like the premise of this story. I love love stories between childhood friends or pests, and especially the older brother’s best friend romances! I don’t have an older brother, but one of my best friends does, and I always thought I was in love with his friends growing up.
Georgette (Georgie) has an opportunity to act on her longtime crush, even if he is a famous former baseball player. She is a virgin and things get steamy quick!
I loved the sub characters in this book a lot, and I am excited about the next in this series that is from a different couple’s POV.
A bit of a romcom, very steamy, and a bit of the fake dating trope.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Georgie was very immature. She has moments where she makes everyone proud or is funny and endearing, but she is inexperienced and immature. Her comebacks are a bit “I know you are but what am I?”
Georgie gets a haircut and entire new wardrobe, and even though Travis says he liked her clothes before, it seems that positive things happen to her after her makeover. I don’t love that implication.
The steam actually caught me by surprise. This book started very sweet, and all of a sudden it was 🔥🔥🔥! And, in my opinion, too aggressive for someone’s first time.
Georgie is an actual clown. Like that’s her career. I cannot.
Travis. Good in theory, a cave man in actuality. He is possessive, overprotective, and often monosyllabic. I like that he doesn’t deny his feelings, but a bit domineering…especially in bed…with a virgin.
The ending made me actually laugh out loud at its absurdity. It’s cute, cheesy, but just ridiculous.
Overall, 3 stars for me. Finished it. Liked some things, but didn’t adore!