Fix Her Up

Fix Her Up

by Tessa Bailey

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Overview

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062872845
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 379
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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Fix Her Up: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
gaele 7 days ago
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Hot ex-baseball player, spunky party clown, family friends. What else could you want? Great read from an amazing author. Couldn’t put it down!
LibrarianSGP 3 days ago
From all appearances (namely, cover design and publisher blurb), this rom-com should be a hit. It features two popular tropes that usually progress from growing romantic relationship into passion: best friend’s little sister grows up and the fake relationship. However, Fix Her Up more closely resembles a tamer 50 Shades of Grey with frequent and ultimately boring sex scenes between a rich, chauvinistic, alpha playboy and an innocent virgin, and further strains plausibility when, following a physically rough deflowering, the couple agree that sex can’t happen again if they’re going to fake date. For washed-up, borderline alcoholic baseball “player” Travis, a good girlfriend will clean up his image, making him an attractive candidate for a sports commentator slot. The reason Georgie, a party clown (by choice) with a business degree, perpetuates the fraud is so she will be taken seriously by her family…and because she’s had a crush on Travis her entire life. The one saving grace is that they both mature by the end, Georgie by taking a stand and proving she can be successful and Travis when he acknowledges his faults, faces his demons, and becomes a better man. Readers who stick with it may root for a happily-ever-after, but, for many, the chauvinism and implausibility of the plot will make this one a hard pass. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Avon Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Queenbethanny 4 days ago
WOW! Tessa Bailey totally surprised me. This book was hot, hot, hot!!! The characters are so real. I loved Georgie's self-realization/transformation. Travis was a vulnerable hero who takes a slow journey to true love.
Teewee125 6 days ago
If this is the first book in the series I cannot imagine how hot and fantastic the rest will be. I could not put this book down. Travis is the kind of character you want to succeed more than ever. He never knew his own self worth. Georgie knew from when she was a little girl what kind of man he was. But no one ever listened to Georgie, always treated her as a child even when she was an adult. Travis and Georgie together allowed themselves to shine. To grow into the people they were and for everyone to notice them. These two have such a strong chemistry. Their scenes burn right off the pages. A great beginning to what I know will be an amazing and fantastic series.
Maria-Rose 8 days ago
Fabulous! Tessa Bailey hits one out of the park with this fun sexy rom-com. I loved everything about this one - don't be fooled by the cutesy cover, it's got vintage Bailey sex scenes, laugh out loud moments and two really likable characters who bring out the best in each other. It's a 'best friend's sibling' trope theme (one of my favorites) and watching Travis come to appreciate Georgie as more than just the girl who used to watch him play baseball from the bleachers and cheer him on is simply delightful. There are some interesting secondary characters and nice set up for future series books, which I will be standing in line for! If you're looking for a light-hearted , sexy and fun romance you'll want to have this one on your summer reading list!
Rachel Bennett 8 days ago
This is a fun rom-com to pick up this summer for a fun pool read. I will say to beware reading this in public...this is super spicy read! I always love a good fake romance story - in this case, the reasons for the fake relationship are a little out there. Georgie (can I just say this is the cutest name??) wants to be taken more seriously as an adult and Travis needs to appear settled and wholesome. Honestly, it seemed to me like their chemistry was so strong from the beginning that they were really just looking for a reason to date. For me, this settled at around a 3-star read because I was not very crazy about Travis. He had a lot of deep issues he was working through, which I understood, and I thought was portrayed well, but I had a problem with his, um, sexual persona? (lol) I don't even know how to describe it except that it made me wildly uncomfortable. If you are used to spicier reads then it may not bother you very much. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
booklover_lexi 9 days ago
Georgie Castle is the youngest out of the Castle Siblings and instead of going into home renovation, she decided to be a children's party entertainer, making children laugh and smile. Travis Ford, Georgies older brothers best friend from child hood, has been gone for years pursuing his baseball career until he has a major injury causing him to retire his glove. Travis comes back to town to wallow in self pity for the loss of his dream and Georgie is determined to not let him sulk. Georgie has had a long term crush in Travis since they were kids but he will never get past her "little sister stays". Georgie is tired of always being treated like a child in her family so she is determined to step out and show the world how much of a woman she can be. Starting with her look. She gets her hair done, and gets a whole new wardrobe. Trading up from all the second hand clothes she usually buys. When Travis see's Georgie's new look he is taken back at how grown up she looks. One thing leads to another, and they end up coming up with a fake relationship to help Travis's career, and to help Georgie show her family she is not a little girl anymore. They may be in a fake relationship but are the feelings fake as well? I devoured this book in one sitting! I think any women can relate to Georgie at least some point in their life. Georgie has such an innocence about her and how she views the world you can't help but root for her! This book has the perfect amount of sweetness, sass, and steam!! This book had me swooning and is going on my list of favorites so far this year!!
BookAngel_Emma 9 days ago
Fix Her Up is deeper than you would expect; dealing with the way in which your identity and self-belief can be shaped by the people around you and not in a positive fashion. Both Georgie and Travis struggle with the way in which people perceive them, especially their families. Resulting in a self-fulfilling prophecy type situation whereby Travis and Georgie live down to the expectations and restrictions placed on them. The character growth is the foundation of Fix Her Up with the smexy being a secondary factor. I really liked how Georgie took control of her life and went for the things she wanted. A little help from her friends and the creation of a women’s support group – The Just Us League – ensure Georgie is on the right path to finding her true path. I also liked how Tessa portrayed the quest for affection and daddy issues prompting some questionable decisions – this was made all the more poignant for the gender switch, as truthfully (and disgracefully) I had never considered it in respect to the opposite sex. I adored the peripheral female characters in The Just Us League and cannot wait for their individual stories (Rosie and Dominic *fans self*). The events within Fix Her Up will have you melting into a puddle of goo – which is exactly what should happen when reading romance
DoveArt 11 days ago
I recently discovered Tessa Bailey with "Getaway Girl" and I am now a fan. Of course I jumped at the chance to review her latest book, "Fix Her Up" and it was everything I wished for. Georgie and Travis's story was sweet and funny and steamy. They are both trying to break from the molds they have been stuck it throughout their lives: Travis the charming player and Georgie the kid sister who won't grow up in her family's eyes. They find a way to help each other grow into the people they want to be. Read this book if you need a romantic pick me up. Read this book if you enjoy some really well-written steam with a great plot. Read this book if you've recently discovered Tessa Bailey and can't get enough of her writing. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Chari Kauffman 11 days ago
Really enjoyed this romance novel! A retired baseball player and his best friend's sister reach an "agreement" to date one another to improve both of their images. In the process, they fall in love and have a lot of steamy sex! You'll love it...I promise!
Anonymous 12 days ago
I absolutely loved this book. The slow burn was realllll but once the flame was lit... DAMN it was STEAMY. Georgie was by far my favorite character. I loved her strong, blunt personality. I related to her in so many ways especially with her adventure in growing her confidence and leadership qualities. Travis is the guy all the girls want or perhaps I should say all the girls HAD. With a rather popular reputation with the ladies, it is Georgie who ultimately challenges him to rise above his childish ways and face his many fears. My only critique of this book is that when it ended I was like what the heck... THAT'S IT? I was definitely left wanting more and NEEDING more. Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins for allowing me to read an ARC of this wonderful book in exchange for honest review.
kstokes 12 days ago
This book is everything! I mean we had a best friends brother situation, fake dating, a professional athlete and his fall from stardom, a virgin and a man-whore, interesting family dynamics and side characters, the Just Us League and more. Tessa Bailey is quickly becoming a favorite author for me and this book was even better than I was hoping it would be! I can’t wait for Rosie and Dominic’s story! #FixHerUp
BringMyBooks 12 days ago
Don't let the cover fool you, y'all - this book is packing a lot of heart and a lot of STEAM. This was my first Tessa Bailey novel, but it's certainly not going to be my last (especially because I already know there's a companion/sequel to Fix Her Up coming out!). The main thing that stood out about this book was the chemistry between Georgie and Travis - and how real they were with one another. I will never, ever, ever, in my entire life, get over the scene where she throws old lo mein at him while he is sleeping (sans clothes, mind you) and then tells him to get over himself and man up. I mean, I'm pretty sure that's the first chapter - what a spectacular way to get a feel for a character's personality! Travis is down on his luck, and he's feeling it. Georgie is doing well for herself but wants more, both professionally and personally. Watching their dynamic change from the one they had when they were children (Georgie as the pesky younger sister of Travis' BFF) to an adult dynamic filled with trust, protectiveness, love, and hope was really great to read and I enjoyed every part of it. The sex scenes were, as previously mentioned, um, well, STEAMY. Having not read Tessa Bailey before, I had no clue going in (that cover got me, I won't lie). They were all fun and interesting, but some of them seemed a bit implausible or unnecessarily filled with dirty talk - and some of the dirty talk seemed a bit out of place. It wasn't even that the words themselves were bothersome, it would just go from lukewarm to filthy in a span of seconds ... with her entire family in the next room? After her mother played wingwoman and sent Travis out to check on her? (i.e. Do dirty things to her in the shed out back while the rest of the family is finishing dinner??) Had certain scenes been set up a bit differently, this wouldn't have been an issue for me (and it didn't seem to be an issue for others I know that have read it, so I might be overly critical here). Overall, it's a book that I recommend and think would be perfect for summer! I might even have to find a few more Tessa Bailey's for my own beach day reads ;)
smweston 12 days ago
Don't let the cartoon cover or slow burn fool you, this is classic Tessa Bailey! I'll admit, at first I didn't think this was going to be what I expected, but it definitely still has all the same elements.There's the spunky heroine, Georgie who is the youngest child, a professional clown, and wants her family to take her seriously. There's the alpha male, Travis, a former pro baseball player who is Georgie's older brother's best friend wants to prove he isn't a failure. (He's also the best dirty talker.) There's hilarious banter; i.e. Dale. Then there's some seriously hot steam. I loved the way that Georgie and Travis's relationship evolved from a friendship to fake relationship to each realizing that this was something real for them. I also really enjoyed how they seemed to bring out the best in the other and how they just got each other. The ending was just so good-hearted and cute. I love the way that Travis is trying so hard to explain everything before it blows up in his face and how they didn't actually have a problem communicating with each other, but more so withe rumors being spread by everyone else. This one is light, fluffy, and fun; the perfect summer read! Thank you to Avon Books and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tink4evr 13 days ago
Hot Read! Georgie is a spirited young woman who gets the chance to date her crush. Travis is doesn’t believe in happy endings. This story is a rocking load of hilarious fun. It is also full of heated scenes between Travis and Georgie that is enough to singe the pages. The author has brought the characters and story to life using fun and flirty banter that keeps the plot flowing smoothly and effectively. Tessa Bailey has hit a high note with this story.
Anonymous 13 days ago
This was cute and fluffy and exactly what I wanted. This is the first in a series so there is some build up for the next books which was fine, but kind of took away from the main couple. My favorite thing about this was how funny this was and the banter between the characters. I got a little bored with the ~drama~ at the end so I just sort of sped read through it. Overall, this was a fun romance novel that I flew through, but isn't going to be one of my all time faves. *Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous 13 days ago
Some parts of this book from Travis' point of view felt a little too patriarchal for my liking -- Travis' need to let Georgie's brother in on their relationship, the mention of his refusal to look her father in the eye, etc. However, I loved how natural the relationship felt between Travis and Georgie as it unfolded! Georgie is an incredible character, and I loved the parts of the book that weren't focused on their relationship -- her relationship with her sister, her friends, her driven career goals. It made the book feel that much more real. I absolutely devoured it!
Michele-G 14 days ago
4 1/2 "Baby Girl" Stars!! Holy Smokes!! I'm still fanning myself as I type this review. Fix Her Up was such a pleasant surprise for me. I've read Tessa Bailey before and enjoy her writing style. However, judging from the cover, I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Let's just say, even though the cover may not perfectly fit the story, I still love it. It's a good depiction of the sweet side of their relationship. Once you get into the book, you can experience the hot and steamy side and I assure you it is smoking hot. Travis is a former professional baseball star whose career was abruptly cut short because of an injury. He's recently moved back to his home town and is wallowing in misery over his lost career. Georgie is the youngest sister of Travis' best friend. She has followed Travis' baseball career faithfully and has secretly had a crush on him since she was a teenager. Georgie is a clown (yes, really) and is hoping to grow her party planning business into an entertainment company that does parties for all age groups not just the "under five' crowd. Travis and Georgie end up faking a relationship with individual goals in mind. Travis needs to clean up his womanizing reputation in hopes of getting a new job as an announcer for a baseball team and Georgie wants her family and the town to take her seriously and stop treating her like a child. What neither of them count on is falling in love. Travis has never had a girlfriend. He's only ever had one night stands and Georgie has never had sex so they are quite a pair. They quickly become protective of one another though and to me that was the sweetest thing. Travis was furious when her family ignored her and discounted her opinion. Likewise, Georgie was livid when fans and/or reporters made Travis feel like he wasn't worth anything as a person. All along you knew Georgie had a crush, but you saw her truly falling in love with Travis. She fell in love with the real Travis who did kind things for her, encouraged her and stood up for her. Meanwhile, even though he tried to fight it, Travis fell in love with Georgie too. She basically crawled into his heart and took up residence. Oh and don't even get me started on his dirty talk during sex or that he nicknamed Georgie "Baby Girl." My heart just pitter patters all over the place. I noted that another book is in the works for this series and I look forward to it. I thought the secondary characters in Fix Her Up were great so hopefully there will be plot lines for several books. My only disappointment was the lack of an epilogue, but it makes sense that we will get followup with these characters in the subsequent books. Thank you to NetGalley and Avon for providing me with this ARC.
Kristy_K 14 days ago
My first Tessa Bailey, but not my last! Fix Her Up is a fun romantic comedy with an older brother’s best friend trope (one of my favorite). While Georgie and Travis initially come together for a mutually beneficial fake relationship, it never feels that way, and honestly they were kidding themselves from the beginning. Georgie wishes for her family (and others in their small town) to treat her and see her like the adult she is; Travis is coming off of a career-ending injury and finds himself needing an image remake in order to land a job as a baseball commentator. Thus the basis of their "relationship" is born. There were times I wish the characters were a little more fleshed out (Travis’ backstory in particular), but they both had clear voices and reasons for why they chose to enter into a farce. It's clear they both feel something more than friendship for each other and in the end they seem to hide the truth from themselves more than anyone else. Once they get together it is steamier than the cover leads you to think. I like that the cute and fun dynamic that started their friendship didn't disappear though. Georgie's family served as great side characters, even if at times they seemed a little self-involved (at least in regards to her) and over the top. I am glad to see that this will be a series, as we are introduced to others, such as Rosie, who clearly have stories to be told. (And, I believe Rosie's is the next one we will get.) Of course, our main characters suffer from the requisite misunderstanding that leads to the big gesture of every rom com movie and book out there, but I didn't mind it as we all read these to get to that happily ever after. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Anonymous 14 days ago
A Cute Romantic Comedy - 3.5 of Laughing out loud stars Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey is a Rom-Com M/F story , perfect for pool and/or beach reading. "cause it has an easy to read plot , it's light-hearted , medium angst level with a nice UST and some steamy scenes. Book is a mix of fun tropes, you got : *Brother's best friend . *DIY house makeover . *Heroine makeover . *Fake dating. *Hero is a rake , a certified manwhore . *Heroine is a blushing and sassy virgin. I liked this book but I didn't loved it. I can't pinpoint a particular reason for it ; but it just might be , it's me and not the book situation. Give the book a chance and read it ; got to say, I did LOL more than few times. I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest review.
Anonymous 14 days ago
A Cute Romantic Comedy - 3.5 of Laughing out loud stars Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey is a Rom-Com M/F story , perfect for pool and/or beach reading. "cause it has an easy to read plot , it's light-hearted , medium angst level with a nice UST and some steamy scenes. Book is a mix of fun tropes, you got : *Brother's best friend . *DIY house makeover . *Heroine makeover . *Fake dating. *Hero is a rake , a certified manwhore . *Heroine is a blushing and sassy virgin. I liked this book but I didn't loved it. I can't pinpoint a particular reason for it ; but it just might be , it's me and not the book situation. Give the book a chance and read it ; got to say, I did LOL more than few times. I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest review.
ScrapNSign 14 days ago
A delightful romantic comedy, with famous playboy Travis Ford fighting off developing feelings for the forbidden best friends little sister. Georgie Castle is all grown up and trying to get everyone, especially her family, to take her seriously. What starts off as a hoax to benefit both parties, quickly turns in to so much more. A great story that you won't be able to keep a straight face while reading. The secondary characters are just as entertaining and lovable. I can't wait for more in this series!
savannahsbooklist 14 days ago
I love, love, love this book! There's so much to rave about! First of all it's a friends to lovers romance which already has my attention. The main characters, Travis and Georgie, both finding themselves wanting more from their lives -- and not even in the romance department. They both need to shatter the labels that have been put on them. For Travis, that label is the playboy, bad boy, ex-baseball star who has nothing to fall back on career wise. For Georgie it's the naive, little sister, birthday party clown (yes, that's her job). But Travis has his sights on a respectable position that would still have him involved in the game he loves and Georgie wants to expand her birthday party business into a full blown party planning and entertainment company. They each need to face the expectations and limits that people have put on them so they come up with a plan to do so together. This book is so much more than a swoony romance. It's also a story that celebrates girl power, second chances, and redemption. I don't know how Tessa Bailey does it but she packs so many great themes and good material into one book! Oh, and did I mention the steam factor? This book is not for the faint of heart...have a fan and a cold beverage with you when you read because Travis Ford is going to heat things up! Tessa Bailey is the queen of writing strong, steamy men who aren't afraid of telling a woman exactly what he wants in the bedroom (or on the couch, or in the limo...but I digress). The dialogue in her sex scenes is out of this world and it takes her writing to a whole other level for me. Do I enjoy a steamy scene? Yes I do. Do I enjoy a steamy scene with some fantastic dialogue and a man who takes charge? Abso - %*&^ing - lutely! Fix Her Up is undoubtedly a 5 star read for me. I really hope you'll pick it up for a story that will make you laugh, blush, swoon, and smile. Heartfelt thanks to @NetGalley, @avonbooks, and @tessabaileyisanauthor for a digital ARC. All opinions are my own.
DarGee 14 days ago
Oh this book made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me giggle, and if you enjoy a good rom-com, then this will quickly become your jam. You will never think about Tom Hanks the same again, or men named Paul, especially strippers name Paul. The comedy is strong, unexpected, fresh, and fun And the romance, the romance made me swoon, made me gasp, made me cry. Because Travis and Georgie need each other, more than they can ever guess, more than they could ever know. Until they do know, and they capture the beautifulness that is them, when it is almost too late. They refuse to give up on the other, and that means not giving up on themselves, because they are perfectly, and wonderfully, intertwined Perfection!