Title: Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1)
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
After an injury ends Travis Ford’s major league baseball career, he returns home to start over. He just wants to hammer out his frustrations at his new construction gig and forget all about his glory days. But he can’t even walk through town without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his buddy’s little sister, who is definitely not a kid anymore.
Georgette Castle has crushed on her older brother’s best friend for years. The grumpy, bear of a man working for her family’s house flipping business is a far cry from the charming sports star she used to know. But a moody scowl doesn’t scare her and Georgie’s determined to show Travis he’s more than a pretty face and a batting average, even if it means putting her feelings aside to be “just friends.”
Travis wants to brood in peace. But the girl he used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman who makes him feel whole again. And he wants her. So damn bad. Except Georgie’s off limits and he knows he can’t give her what she deserves. But she’s becoming the air he breathes and Travis can’t stay away, no matter how hard he tries…
Okay so the brothers-best-friend trope is one of my faves, as well as fake relationships, so I was really excited for this one. Georgie is such a little fireball! She’s full of quirk as well and it totally shows because she’s a literal clown for a living! I just loved that she couldn’t help but be herself and didn’t get lost in the process of trying to “find herself”.
Travis, on the other hand was pretty much dull? Sure, there were moments of tension at the beginning, but I just couldn’t get into his character. He and Georgie didn’t fully make sense to me sometimes. This might seem like a strange thing to comment on, but Travis got super aggressive in the bedroom? It kind of just came out of nowhere and I was like WOAH MAN WHO EVEN ARE YOU?! He took a total 360 and I was kind of in shock. That’s the only moment he really surprised me, but it was also really weird.
There were strong themes of family and sisterhood in this story which I enjoyed. Georgie even starts a girls club where they trash men and celebrate themselves and it’s great. I could tell instantly that there would be more books just based on that. Female friendships for the win!
Some things that fell through for me were the tropes, which I was excited for! The whole brothers-best-friend thing didn’t really work because Georgie’s brother barely paid her any attention anyway so it didn’t feel as taboo as it should have. Also, the whole faking dating thing needed to be fleshed out more in general.
Overall, this was an enjoyable romance, and I really loved Georgie’s character because of how much growth she went through, but some parts just didn’t work for me. I’m going to check out the next book because it sounds promising, so fingers crossed!