FAKE RELATIONSHIP-TROPE? YES! ~ Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey


Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered #1)TITLE: Fix Her Up
AUTHOR: Tessa Bailey

RELEASED: June 11, 2019
FORMAT: eBook [Thanks to Avon for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.]

GENRE: Adult contemporary, romance

TRIGGERS: Explicit sex scenes, depression, alcoholism

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…

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Renovation shows. Shows where houses are flipped – bought, restored and sold again. Maybe it’s because we only bought our home in December and there’s renovating to do, maybe it’s simply because I like seeing old things revamped into new, modern things without having to throw it all in the bin. I don’t know. The thing is.. I love the concept and seeing it in the summary of a book? Combined with the fake relationship trope? Yes, please! But.. Did everything else about the book ended up being my cup of tea?

The good

Let’s start with the main characters – Georgie and Travis. They both grew so much over the course of this story, which I lived for. Not only them, there were also side characters showing obvious signs of growth. Any author capable of doing that deserves an extra star in my book!
When it comes to Georgie, I specifically loved seeing her go from being and feeling the “little sister” towards being her own woman, standing up for herself and fighting for what she wants. Seeing that evolution was wonderful.

As mentioned in the triggers, there are quite a few explicit sex scenes in this book. I didn’t mind them at all – but I know some people don’t care for that type of thing. All in all, I found them well written – apart from all the dirty talk. I’m simply.. not that kind of person so I wouldn’t have mind had that aspect not been present, haha.

In my intro, I mentioned the renovating company being one of the things that piqued my interest. It wasn’t that present, but it was there enough for me to be satisfied. As for the fake relationship-trope? I loved how it was done! Not every author is able to pull it off, but I enjoyed seeing Georgie and Travis struggle with their feelings, doubting the realness of their fake relationship and eventually having to admit to themselves what was going on. Yup, definitely my cup of tea!

The bad

Travis, our other main character, definitely had his own demons to fight. Unfortunately, the story focused way more on Georgie’s growth, struggle and evolution than it did on his. I would’ve loved to have more insight in his past, his brain and his feelings. It would have added so much more to the story!

This is the first book in a series, and I already cannot wait for the next one! Rosie and Dominic – already present in Fix Her Up – caught my eye a couple of times so I’m curious to see what their story will be like.

How do you feel about the “fake relationship”-trope?
Are there any kind of shows – like my renovation show-addiction – that you can’t say no to?



21 thoughts on “FAKE RELATIONSHIP-TROPE? YES! ~ Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

  1. I’m kinda hit-and-miss with the fake relationship trope but this one sounds very cute! (And sexy.) The not only being seen as the little sister aspect of the book is totally interesting to me because (guess what) I’m the little sister, too. lol. I will definitely check it out! Thank you for sharing! c:


    1. Oh, I hope you like it if you pick it up! I’m not the little sister, but these last couple of years I do feel like it sometimes. Might have to do with my brother being over a head taller and mentally growing up fast as hell lately.. 😛 You’re welcome!


  2. They had a fake relationship in The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, and I really enjoyed it. I like when two people pretend to be a couple and then it starts becoming something real. It’s great.


    1. Watching fake relationships grow to real relationships is actually typically very entertaining for me, so it’s a trope I’m okay with.

      I also just made the comment yesterday that the trope of gods returning to the world they left behind is one I will always pick up as well. Good times.


    2. I’m not really all that interested in mythology but if done right, I’d definitely pick it up as well. Depends on how it’s done though. Since I’m picky when it comes to historical fiction, books with mythology shouldn’t feel like half a history lesson or I’ll just.. zone out..


    1. On one hand, I think you would.. On the other, my brain is saying “I can’t see Destiny writing a review on this one” for some reason? Might be my 7am brain doing weird things though but.. like.. I’ve never thought that before about any book? xD


  3. Hahah I’m not really a fan of fake relationship trope but your review is lovely and it’s sort of making me want to pick this book up!! Haha, good job 👏🏼


    1. Now THAT is a bookreviewer’s goal – to make someone pick up a book they normally wouldn’t. Although.. I do hope if you do, you end up loving it and not hating it even more, haha. That’s another kind of pressure entirely. 😛

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