Fix Her Up

Fix Her Up

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 dete...

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Fix Her Up Reviews

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    Instantly you are drawn to this

    Let me just start this review by saying that if you have not read a book by Tessa Bailey then why are you even here? I mean, why are you waisting your time by reading this review?

    Instantly you are drawn to this

    Let me just start this review by saying that if you have not read a book by Tessa Bailey then why are you even here? I mean, why are you waisting your time by reading this review?

    But in all seriousness, if you have not read a book by Tessa then I HIGHLY recommend that you start as soon as you can. There is no

    , making you crave more and more through every turn of the page, every swipe you make, every word you may listen. With FIX HER UP, she has gained so much more respect than what I original had towards her, because of how she describes the female main character—Georgie.

    When you are first introduced to

    . Known from their childhood, and been neighbors who live in Long Island (which is where I am from **squeals**), and grew apart because of their own differences.

    and his career comes to an end. Georgie has known him since she was little, the youngest sister of Travi's best friend Steven. Always running around and following them as a child. She always attended all his games, Travis' biggest cheerleader, Georgie became enamored by him. To him,

    , Travis' perspective towards her changes in the best of way. She is now all grown up, has bought her own house, is a clown for a living... YUP! You read that correctly, one of my favorite female characters of 2019 is a CLOWN FOR A LIVING!

    Georgie is a clown for a living ladies a gentlemen, it does not get better than this. And

    a female role in which she enjoys the perspective of entertainment for kids. Yes, it is a fictional story in a fictional world but I just adore how unique her career is in comparison to other careers we read about in romance novels. She is an independent individual, in which is also another shot of perfection about this novel. She is all grown up now,

    The affection he has towards her charisma and attitude really warms your heart. You just want to hug Travis, you want to ravish him! Of course in the best of ways... **wink wink** But he is not only sweet, he is this

    Seriously ladies (and gents, depending on your taste) you will be enthralled at how lovable Travis truly is. Especially when he is in awe of Georgie;

    The story plot itself continues after agreeing to a deal of being in a

    side of a relationship. Travis' restraint is at its thread or truly wanting Georgie, while she is virgin who is still enamored with her childhood/teenage crush. Once they are together however, everything around dissolves and it's only

    And once you read their story, your heart will forever be melted with Tessa's writing.

    Overall, FIX HER UP is a comedic

    Once you read Tessa's writing, there is no going back. There is no thinking "Oh should I read it?" There is only thinking "adding to my TBR and my bank account is going to hate me." (**laughs at own joke) Thank you to Tessa for always being a sweetheart, Long Island girls have to stick together in the best of ways ;)

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 7/13/19: I know this book doesn't do it for everyone, but it really, REALLY does it for me. It's SO CHARMING and SO FUNNY while also being SO SEXY and I just really fucking love it. Also I would 100% die for Georgie, she's just SO CUTEEEEEEEEE. Honestly y'all everything about this book makes me grin from ear to ear and I'M NEVER GONNA BE OVER IT

    Original read 6/13/19: Do not let this adorably unassuming cover fool you: this book was NAUGHTY AS HELL and I loved it SO MUCH. I buddy read thi

    Re-read 7/13/19: I know this book doesn't do it for everyone, but it really, REALLY does it for me. It's SO CHARMING and SO FUNNY while also being SO SEXY and I just really fucking love it. Also I would 100% die for Georgie, she's just SO CUTEEEEEEEEE. Honestly y'all everything about this book makes me grin from ear to ear and I'M NEVER GONNA BE OVER IT

    Original read 6/13/19: Do not let this adorably unassuming cover fool you: this book was NAUGHTY AS HELL and I loved it SO MUCH. I buddy read this with

    and

    and it was such a fucking great experience. Brb while I immediately re-read this bc I have a mighty ass need. Holy shit, y’all. READ DIS BOOK

  • Melanie

    Best romance of 2019? Probably. Holy shit, friends,

    blew me and every expectation I had out of the water. I will say, don’t let the *cute* cover fool you, this book has many explicit sex scenes, but it was some of the best sex, and best dirty talk, I’ve ever read in my entire life. BRB, buying everything Tessa Bailey has ever written.

    But this is a story about two people who grew up in the same small town together. B

    Best romance of 2019? Probably. Holy shit, friends,

    blew me and every expectation I had out of the water. I will say, don’t let the *cute* cover fool you, this book has many explicit sex scenes, but it was some of the best sex, and best dirty talk, I’ve ever read in my entire life. BRB, buying everything Tessa Bailey has ever written.

    But this is a story about two people who grew up in the same small town together. But when one comes back five years later, they both realize that maybe they can build a happier future with help from the other one.

    - 23, An actual clown for children’s birthday parties, and the baby of her family, and they always let her know it by never taking her seriously, no matter what she does.

    - 28, Newly retired professional baseball player, because of an injury. But now he is very much struggling to be more than just a baseball player, especially after moving back to his hometown.

    Both Georgie and Travis want to be taken more seriously, and they want to be more than the expectations that are already placed upon them. So they strike up a friendship agreement, that starts off with a few meals, some cleaning, and a fireplace, but eventually becomes a full on fake-dating element so they can change what people think of them. Travis wants desperately to look more wholesome to the press so that he can get a job he wants, and Georgie wants people to see her as more than a innocent comic-relief.

    And obviously sex has to be completely off-limits, especially since Georgie is a virgin. Which is something that they both start to find difficult, yet Travis starts to realize that he might not want to be a steppingstone for Georgie. Meanwhile, Georgie knows that she wants things in life that Travis doesn’t want to give her. And, Lord, the angst is real, but it’s perfect, and I was living my best life watching these two also figure out how to deal with their attraction.

    Also, another reason this book means a lot to me is because of the story as to why I picked it up. Basically, me and three of my best friends have a group chat that we constantly talk in throughout the day, and

    set that group chat on fire describing the first sexual encounter in this book. So immediately, me, and

    , and

    all went and bought the audiobook. And we all listened together,

    swooning constantly, at our very different workplaces, and I will remember and cherish that experience forever. Fuck, my friends are the best, truly.

    Overall, this book was just perfect in my eyes, and I completely expect it to make my best of 2019 list come December. The dirty talk was 11/10, the actual sex scenes were 11/10, and this was maybe the best fake dating setting I’ve ever read in my life. I am now obsessed with Tessa Bailey, and I feel so blessed that I am able to read her entire backlist now.

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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Well, it's official: Tessa Bailey is my love language. That was so incredibly satisfying, and I'm thrilled to see that a sequel featuring Rosie and Dominic is in the works! Also? I highly recommend doing yourself a favor and snagging the audiobook if you're the listening type, because Charlotte North is a confirmed angel.

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    Holy Steamy, Explicit Sex Scenes! Do NOT let that cutesy cover fool you, 😉.

    3 ⭐⭐⭐ for the story, definitely 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for the steam (sorry, not sorry! 😘) so I'm going with the in-between rating of 4!

    Georgette Castle may be a professional clown (hmm, can a clown make for a sexy leading lady? I had some trouble accepting that but I digress) but as the youngest in her family, all she wants is to be taken seriously. Travis Ford is forced into early retirement from baseball due to a career ending injur

    Holy Steamy, Explicit Sex Scenes! Do NOT let that cutesy cover fool you, 😉.

    3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the story, definitely 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for the steam (sorry, not sorry! 😘) so I'm going with the in-between rating of 4!

    Georgette Castle may be a professional clown (hmm, can a clown make for a sexy leading lady? I had some trouble accepting that but I digress) but as the youngest in her family, all she wants is to be taken seriously. Travis Ford is forced into early retirement from baseball due to a career ending injury. In order to pursue a different career in baseball he has to ditch his "bad boy" image. Can a

    "staged" romance help both of them achieve their goals?

    Here's the thing - this is not a serious book. It's fun, it's flirty and yes, it's ridiculous at times (can I just mention that Travis' nickname is Two Bats! Two BATS and one is not referring to his baseball bat! 😉) and it's chock full of steamy sex scenes. So if that's the type of read you love or are simply in the mood for - pick it up! 😘

  • chan ☆

    - proposal

    - "baby girl"

    - he calls his dick "two bats"

    - dude don't deserve her

  • Whitney Atkinson

    This book is five years behind its time, as seen in its creepy, overprotective, easily-angered love interest and an air-headed, literal clown main character. My list of things I disliked about this book was vast, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I cannot BELIEVE this book was published in 2019, especially through such a massive publisher. For me to have enjoyed this, I think it would need a huge facelift in how the love interest treats the main character, the descriptions were written,

    This book is five years behind its time, as seen in its creepy, overprotective, easily-angered love interest and an air-headed, literal clown main character. My list of things I disliked about this book was vast, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I cannot BELIEVE this book was published in 2019, especially through such a massive publisher. For me to have enjoyed this, I think it would need a huge facelift in how the love interest treats the main character, the descriptions were written, and how childish the characters came off. Here’s a breakdown of everything I didn’t like:

    From metaphors and similes that literally made no sense to cringey dialogue to sexual descriptions that made absolutely no sense, this book needed an editor, bad. Some things I let slide more than others but the phrasing of this book was just SO awkward and I didn’t vibe with the writing at all.

    Travis was..... the worst love interest. He considers Georgie his little sister for half the book but still sexualized the hell out of her in literally every single scene she’s in. He was also SO jealous and overprotective of her even when they weren’t even together, and Georgie let him get away with doing super sketchy stuff like sabotaging a date just because she thought he was ~so hot~.

    I can’t tell you if this book took place over 3 days or 3 weeks. It was so messy and the author would throw in random scenes with random side characters to make it look like the book wasn’t just focusing on the two main characters, but those scenes were so dry and pointless and you could tell they were included just so a token POC could have some time on the page. I was so confused why these women made a “club” whose focus was hating men and yet all they did was get together and talk like...... friends do. I skim read anything that wasn’t the main drama because it was so boring and half baked.

    The main problem in this book that made me cringe was the fact that Georgie is literally a clown as her career, which is a fact that the author brought up—i shit you not—almost every page. From there being so many references to her clownery to the terrible dialogue (especially during sex, or telling her things like “You’re about to meet your God” in reference to his dick), I was cringing so often while reading this. I cannot believe this author has dozens of previous books because this was so unpolished and needed a lot more editing or at least someone to point out when dumb lines should’ve been cut.

    I mentioned before that this main character is a clown, and I cannot emphasize that enough. She is completely stupid in a way that makes me ashamed that this book was written by a woman. From letting herself be walked all over by Travis to enduring a “whoAAAaA i didn’t know i was hot!” transformation to literally being considered a child by everyone around her, it was just unbearable. Her entire conflict in the book was trying to be more legitimate so that people would take her seriously, but I still considered her a joke by the end of the book because her actions and dialogue were so ridiculous.

    Yikes. Any enjoyment that could have been gleaned from the sexy scenes was ruined by Travis’s completely disgusting/cringey/terribly written dirty talk and the author’s absurd descriptions. From both a storytelling/craft perspective and the actual situations themselves, the sex was horrid. It didn’t help that Georgie was a virgin, which Travis glorified really creepily and then the author later glossed over unrealistically. There’s public sex at a baseball field which definitely is a felony, and the rest of the scenes were either so absurd or so badly written that it was difficult to get through them like Travis fucking her wedgie or something equally as groan-worthy, and not in a good way. Also, the entire book Travis calls Georgie “baby girl” every other word, which quickly became a sure way to induce vomiting.

    This book just wasn’t for me whatsoever. I feel like I read a 2014 Colleen Hoover romance. If that’s your jam, then go for it and enjoy it, but I could not get past its issues in order to read this story for what it is. It just read SO childish and corny and borderline creepy and abusive. The title should have warned me away from it, but I thought I would at least hang around for the smut. Spoiler alert: the smut is uncomfortable and cringey at best.

    For screenshots of cringey quotes and my reactions, see my full thoughts here:

  • Sana

    calling your dick two-bats isn't cute 😣 Travis is a dummy bitch

    is he trying to be batman??? baby boy, you could never 🙄🙄🙄🙄

    also, Georgie from this book reminds me of Georgie from IT and the Georgie in this book is a clown but the Georgie in IT got eaten by a clown 🤡🤡🤡

    this book was boring and the only thing giving me motivation to read this were the sexy scenes 🤷♀

    Travis is the actual clown 🤡

    I also cannot get over how he said “My dick aches so bad. Make it stop.” LMAOO it's just so.... funny. Your

    calling your dick two-bats isn't cute 😣 Travis is a dummy bitch

    is he trying to be batman??? baby boy, you could never 🙄🙄🙄🙄

    also, Georgie from this book reminds me of Georgie from IT and the Georgie in this book is a clown but the Georgie in IT got eaten by a clown 🤡🤡🤡

    this book was boring and the only thing giving me motivation to read this were the sexy scenes 🤷‍♀️

    Travis is the actual clown 🤡

    I also cannot get over how he said “My dick aches so bad. Make it stop.” LMAOO it's just so.... funny. Your dick is always aching. It will never stop 😪

    this book was trash

    buddy read w a Sol

  • mahana (moved accounts. i’m not active stop adding me)

    if you're going to be offended enough to shit talk me in a group chat and get all of your friends to block me because of this review, that's a bit immature. 1 star reviews and people's opinions aren't a direct attack against you. grow the fuck up.

    The best thing about this book is my reading of it got multiple people to remove it from their TBR's and lower their ratings.

    I've read a lot of romance books in my time. I've seen as many descriptions of a man's genitals as you could imagine. I'

    if you're going to be offended enough to shit talk me in a group chat and get all of your friends to block me because of this review, that's a bit immature. 1 star reviews and people's opinions aren't a direct attack against you. grow the fuck up.

    The best thing about this book is my reading of it got multiple people to remove it from their TBR's and lower their ratings.

    I've read a lot of romance books in my time. I've seen as many descriptions of a man's genitals as you could imagine. I've heard the vilest things from a male's perspective. But this book might be one of the worst. I only read this because I heard the sex scenes were phenomenal, but I was literally crying laughing throughout them. It felt like a joke I wasn't privy to. Were they part of Georgie's clown routine?

    Georgie is over her family and friends not taking her - or her job - seriously. As a clown who performs at parties, it's difficult for her to find someone who views her as an adult, instead of a little kid. Travis has recently injured his shoulder after a successful baseball career and is now in remission. His team no longer wants him, and he can't find a purpose anymore. After he's offered a position as a sport's caster and discovers they're looking for a man who's settled-down, Georgie proffers they fake date. Not only will it help with the job offer, but she desires to expand her business, and having a man by her side may make that easier.

    Something I want to point out that irritated me personally was the depiction of Travis' shoulder injury. I also have a torn rotator cuff, except I'm not a professional athlete and have been denied treatment or surgery to dull the pain. I've endured eight-hour shifts in complete agony, been told the pain is in my head by my own parents and doctors and forced to just live with it. However, poor little Travis is given multiple surgeries because he's an athlete, and a little bump from Georgie makes him feel the need to rest for hours. Not to mention, he takes Advil for the pain. Anyone with an actually torn rotator cuff can tell you that regular pain killers do absolutely nothing to dull the agony it leaves you in. Absolutely nothing. This is such a dramatic thing to be annoyed with, but I haven't lived with this chronic pain since I was

    to see a male act like it's no big deal, even after he was privileged enough to receive treatment. I'm fuming even thinking about the things I've withstood while he rests for hours after a little pain. If you believe this is an insignificant thing to criticise a book for, imagine being in agony for hours and withstanding it because people dismiss your pain. Imagine a man getting treatment for it, getting knocked a tiny bit, then resting for hours. Not to mention, it was a pretty shitty representation.

    Where do I begin with my critiques of the romance? Firstly, Travis literally isn't interested in her until she 1) gets a haircut and wears tighter clothes and 2) another man takes an interest in her. I don't understand how that's romantic in the slightest? It takes him a significant amount of time to realise his opinion should've been the same before she changed, but I still thought it was gross behaviour.

    Y'all were really thirsting over a man who referred to a girl as his "little sister" during sexual acts. He literally grabs her boob early in the book and says "little sister tit". LITTLE. SISTER. TIT. Then, during a sex scene, he proceeds to think about her as a little sister again. It's disgusting and I don't understand why it's supposed to be sexy. Please read the above quote and acknowledge that he thought of her in a young, sisterly way while TOUCHING HER BOOB and LIKING IT. Again, how is this romance? Why does everyone think it's sexy?

    In addition, I hated how Travis would constantly point out Georgie was a virgin and he was the first man to participate in sexual acts with her. Even the thought of kissing her "virgin lips" and being the "first man to claim her mouth" had me cringing so hard, I think I have a kink in my back now. I despise the notion that all women in romance books

    to be virgins and only have sex with one man in their lives, while their male counterparts have slept with the entire population of a small country.

    My dinner came back up my throat multiple times while reading this book. The sex scenes - that everyone said were phenomenal - were the most cringeworthy things I've ever read. I sat in my bed with tears streaming down my face, cackling uncontrollably because none of this was steamy. It made me never want to read a romance book ever again. The above quote wasn't even the worst of it.

    If I discovered a man had these thoughts about me, I would fucking floor it to a separate country. It's disgusting. The sheer amount of references Travis made towards his hard dick was disgusting and off-putting. These characters are both constantly objectifying each other, though, I'll balance it out. I don't think anything that seriously utters the phrase "concrete buttocks" should get more than 1 star. I'm serious. Read the first chapter.

    DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE FUCKING "BABY GIRL" PET NAME. I gagged. It wasn't cute in the slightest. It additionally helps that he always refers to Georgie as a "little sister" and a fucking "baby" girl. What are you trying to tell us, Travis?

    Romance aside, this book was fucking boring beyond words. The fake dating aspect doesn't begin until 40%, with Travis being an absolute asshole the entire time, only just learning from his mistakes. The only thing I could appreciate about this was Georgie and Rosie's characterisation, otherwise, it was an absolute hellish experience. My eyes are sore from rolling them back into my head so often. This book has honestly put me off reading romance books. And that's a lot coming from me.

    I'm sorry if this review is abrasive and informal, but I'm genuinely mad people advertised this as the best romance book of our time, and it absolutely sucked ass. I wish my expectations weren't so high for it, then I would've at least given it a 2 star rating.

  • Melissa

    DNF @ CHAPTER 14

    After several starts and stops, its official, I’m pulling the plug on my first

    . I kept telling myself that if I just pushed through a little further, at some point the story would

    grab me. At 182 pages, that little exercise has proven futile. So, in the name of

    reading my best life, I think it’s time to cut my losses and move on to something more worthy of my time.

    I can’t deny, the uber-cute, smile-inducing cover made it darn near impossible to stop th

    DNF @ CHAPTER 14

    After several starts and stops, its official, I’m pulling the plug on my first

    . I kept telling myself that if I just pushed through a little further, at some point the story would

    grab me. At 182 pages, that little exercise has proven futile. So, in the name of

    reading my best life, I think it’s time to cut my losses and move on to something more worthy of my time.

    I can’t deny, the uber-cute, smile-inducing cover made it darn near impossible to stop the runaway train of possibility in my brain. But, as we all experience at one time or another, the cover—no matter how great—is in no way indicative of the journey that awaits the reader. It all comes down to the combination of words and the feelings those words happen to inspire.

    I found

    to be a recycled mix of one too many romance tropes, told through a cast of characters I couldn’t take seriously, and sorry to say, all done with a bland delivery. Bailey’s words lacked the charisma necessary to keep this finicky reader engaged.

    And while there are bound to be hoards of readers who find virginal 23-year-old Georgie quirky, I’m not one of them. How was I supposed to take the girl seriously when (1) she’s a clown (

    ), (2) she’s

    been on a date (

    ) and (3) she just realized after a childhood of hand-me-downs that she could shop somewhere other than the thrift store (

    )? In Georgie's defense, *

    * correlates to the growth she strives for in multiple facets of her life—career, home, and physical appearance improvements—not only the fake relationship that she lands herself in. Yawn.

    Those who know me best, know my inner giddy girl is not one to shy away from the steamy scenes. BUT when that seems to be the only part of the story that’s managing to hold my interest, it’s time to cut and run. Although, I’ve gotta say, good ole “

    ” really knows how to make a girl blush.

    As always, this is simply the opinion of one reader; and a picky one at that. You shouldn't let my thoughts hinder your own experience or keep you from delving into Georgie and Travis’ little scheme. You never know, this might be

    next favorite.

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