Title: Fix Her Up
Series: Hot and Hammered #1
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: New York Times bestseller Tessa Bailey launches a super sexy new series featuring the blue collar men who work for a HGTV-esq house flipping business.
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…
“Every man I date either cheats or can’t commit. Or is already way too committed to his mother. Or PlayStation.”
Pages/Hours: 9 hrs 59 mins
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Tags: Contemporary Romance
Themes: Friends to Lovers, Brother’s Best Friend, Bad Boy Good Girl
I’m so torn on my feelings for this one! On one hand I enjoyed it and on the other it annoyed the shit out of me for glorifying guys being sluts and girls being virgins.
Ignoring that perceived aspect of it, it’s a sold contemporary romance. There are lots of steamy scenes between the main characters but what’s really great is The Just Us League Georgie forms with her sister and friend. It’s a element I’d love to see in more contemporary romances but I could do without the slut virgin pairing. Why do so many romances have that pairing?!
“Maybe it was the way she only reached his shoulder that sent protectiveness surging up to his jugular, while somehow—at the very same time—he wanted to seek refuge in her.”