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Fix Her Up

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Narrated by: Charlotte North
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
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A brand-new romantic comedy from New York Times best seller 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....

©2019 Tessa Bailey (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Beautiful story line and beautiful plot I absolutely loved this book.
I recommend it 100%

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  • sunshineuphoria
  • 21-06-19

25% adorable love story 75% explicit sex talk

This book feels like such a bait and switch. At some moments it’s this sweet, cute love story between a girl no one takes seriously and a washed up baseball player wallowing in his rejection. It’s got all the fun tropes: brother’s best friend/best friend’s little sister, celebrity crush, childhood crush, famous guy/loser girl, fake relationship, and so on. I loved the Just Us League too. BUT when it switched to all this dirty talk and explicit sex scenes, it robbed the story for me. I wanted to love this. But I just can’t recommend it.

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  • StephJH
  • 01-08-19

Not what I expected

I really liked the beginning of this book, I liked the story, I liked the characters....until.... I like a good racy romance as much as the next girl but this went from racy to straight up porn. I didn’t finish it.

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  • Valerie StuckInBooks
  • 15-07-19

Really enjoyed it

Okay, I love this author, so reading this book was a no brainer. But did you get the fake relationship part in that blurb? With an unrequited crush? Oh, yes, I needed to read this one. AND I wasn't disappointed.

Their families are friends. Georgie grew up with a huge crush on Travis. But he only sees her as his best friends little sister. So when it's Georgie that throws food, yes I said food, at his sorry behind to get his head on straight, Travis takes notice. That's the point where their friendship begins. I loved that the book didn't bounce right into a fake relationship. No, they became friends first. That made the set-up perfection. It didn't take over the story at all. It was just a small piece. Loved that.

The characters really drew me. I'm interested in all of them and can't wait for more stories from this group of friends. I loved how they supported and cared for each other. But I will admit that the best part of the characters in this group was Travis. There is one scene where he stands up for Georgie to her family. I was cheering him on. Go Travis! He was spot on with the way they dismissed her idea because they saw her as young and not a part of the adults in the room. I loved this better than the group meetings, the apology latte, the wardrobe makeover, and the tear stained face make-up job. Lots of caring in this book.

Travis is one sexy baseball player. And the attraction between them starts quickly. As Travis begins to notice what's under that ball cap Georgie has on, he's definitely interested. But she is his best friends little sister. So he resists. I love a guy resisting. It's so much fun to watch. And when he quit resisting? That was HOT.

The pace of the book and the writing are awesome. I just didn't want to put it down. The story pulled me in and held me there. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next until....okay there was this point. I'll admit that when "the mistake" was made and I cringed, I was flipping to the end, just to quickly check. Yeah, it was good, so I could go back and read some more. I don't feel bad that I did this. It just means that I was so invested in these characters that I couldn't stand the idea of them not getting a happy.

There is more coming and I have questions. There is a flip I want details about. There is a relationship that I need to know what happens next with. There is a sister that I need to know about. And more. I'll be waiting for more.

The read is incredibly good contemporary romance with that excellent side of chic lit to make it better.

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  • Vanessa Leighton
  • 19-06-19

I’m left craving more

This book is definitely One of Tessa’s best it’s hot and sweet so sweet I think I have a cavity. It’s light and fluffy but deals with so many issues about self worth and self esteem and how people view themselves vs how others see them.

I nearly cried watching the minutes tick by because I wanted so very much for this to never end. It deserves a hundred stars but 5 will have to do

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  • GirlWhoPaints
  • 14-06-19

Not clowning around, this book is wonderful!

A childhood crush meets crushed dreams meets crushed ideas for grownup relationships. I loved everything about this story! Written with humor and feelings, realistic family dynamics, both good and bad. Hot!Hot!Hot sex but enough feels to keep it from being ridiculous. Perfectly narrated and enough questions about the other characters that I’m hoping for books about the Just Us League
women to come!

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  • sparkerart
  • 09-09-19

The good, the bad and the...huh?

First, the good: this is a good read, with an original storyline, great well-drawn characters and dialogue, and the plot zips along to a satisfying conclusion. You won’t bs disappointed if you’re a fan of romantic chick lit.

The bad: my one beef here (and really, it’s an annoyance, not a deal-breaker) is that the intimate scenes seem a bit gratuitous at times - but worse than this is that the characters, that the author has taken care to develop, turn into completely different people during these scenes. The character of Travis, who we are led to believe is a caring individual who has genuine, romantic, loving feelings for the character of Georgie, turns into a domineering jerk, spewing positively cringeworthy dialogue from a cheap porn film. This behavior should have earned him a slap across the face by Georgie...but this character - who whines throughout the book about not being respected by anyone as a mature, strong, independent woman - suddenly turns into a submissive doormat during sex. It was as though the author was suddenly writing the “shades of grey” series.

The...huh? Again, minor point but - what was with the title “Fix Her Up” (“Love wasn’t in the blueprints...”) and the illustration of the two characters on a ladder? This story has nothing to do with home renovation except for Georgie’s family’s business- a business that Georgie has nothing to do with! And although Travis briefly worked for that business - very briefly - the two of them were never on a ladder, nor looking at blueprints lol. The story was more about...baseball. And kids’ parties. Bizarre.

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  • Rozlyn
  • 05-09-19

Soooo Great!

This was just an unexpected treat! It kept popping up on my suggestions and I finally gave it a whirl. The characters were well developed, with a realistic femal lead. The relationship was sweet and hot and just oh so wonderful. Worth giving a go.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-08-19

really good and very sweet book

this was a good listen. liked the narrator. the story had ma laughing out loud in certain spots.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-08-19

Funny and sexy

Charlotte North does an excellent job bringing this book to life. The writing is descriptive and breezy with plenty of giggles and heartwarming moments. At times this is a sweet romance and at other times it is hot, hot, hot! Both main characters are believable and fully realized. It's difficult to tread along the humor path without stepping into silliness. For the most part, Bailey keeps it cute and funny. There are only a few places where the action borders on slapstick. The dialogue is crisp and witty between the main characters and it doesn't take but a chapter or two before you're rooting for them.

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  • Rebecca F Hessler
  • 18-07-19

Amazing!

This is one of the best books I’ve listened to in a LONG time. Anyone who loves a good romance novel will love this book. Sighhhh 😉