BOOK REVIEW : FIX HER UP

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.

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…


review

Fix Her Up was not what I was expecting it to be. Let’s just say that I went into the book without much thought and just the synopsis as my only guide. But the surprises were not necessarily bad and I enjoyed it. Let’s have a look.

The surprises

The cover and blurb were deceiving
I got the misconception that it would be a cutesy romance. Just look at that cover. Does it say “There’s lots of hot sex in this book”? I also got the idea that there would be lots of construction stuff going on in the heroine’s house by the hero. A lot like “99 Percent Mine”. But even that was minimal. So, yeah. I was deceived.

There’s a lot of hot sex in the book
And I mean hot graphic sex. Not suitable for reading in presence of others. The thing is I didn’t mind it as much, even though I wasn’t expecting such explicit scenes. But the author can write graphic scenes pretty well. Yes, they were a little too graphic for me who went in thinking it was a rom-com and NA. But that was my mistake. Because halfway through reading, I checked its Goodreads page and saw Adult in the genres. My bad.

The Good

It had depth
The characters had depth. I could particularly relate to the heroine’s problems of always being overlooked and never taken seriously. Also, a heroine who works as party clown? Now, that’s something I’ve never seen before. I also liked that she actively pursued the hero. And as for the hero, I could understand his reluctance to act on his newly emerging feelings for a girl who he’s always thought of his best friend’s younger sister.

The Not So Good

The romance was a little too fast
I know that the heroine has forever been in love with the hero. But we go from the hero dismissive of her in the first scene to missing her and being attracted to her a little too quickly. Also, it was farfetched that out of all the people, only when she goes to try to get him to face his reality in the beginning, he does? A girl he hasn’t seen for ages? I also failed to find the secondary plot lines with the heroine and her family members engaging. And the misunderstanding at the end felt forced, to be honest.

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The thing is, despite these little complaints, I actually enjoyed the book. I liked the couple and their journey. And after a point, I could forget about my misgivings and get into the writing.


ratings

★★★★☆