Georgie Castle’s one true love- Travis Ford is back in town after being laid off from baseball due to a nasty injury. He is spending his days in bed, eating takeouts and avoiding everyone in general. But one day, the happy-go-lucky Georgie barges into his life because she can’t see her ‘hero’ failing at life so miserably.
As Georgie tries her best to make Travis’s life better, she fights the urge to tell him all about her feelings. Travis, on the other hand, now looks at Georgie in a different light (other than his best friend’s sister, I mean) because she is only one who ‘gets him’. Georgie and Travis’s chemistry is adorable and Georgie’s optimism is infectious. She is vulnerable but shows immense strength when necessary. Travis is dealing with failure and is every bit broody, but still a softie at heart.
Bailey gives us a handful of characters with intertwined lives in this small town in Long Island. I found myself invested in them, their ‘not so perfect’ lives and their exclusive club. Georgie’s friction with her family and siblings and Travis’s family drama helps a lot in shaping these characters. I was particularly fond of Georgie, so confident in her choices (she is a clown in Children’s parties), and spreading joy and warmth wherever she goes.
‘Fix Me Up’ also does wonders on the comedy section. The banters between Georgie and Travis, and among the rest of the characters for that matter, is immensely enjoyable and engaging. My only complaint lies with the intimate scenes. While I am all in for meaningful conversations, reading about them during such intense scenes can be very annoying.
‘Fix Me Up’ is an entertaining, emotional and swoon-worthy story and you get every bit of a typical (epic, for some readers) love story with wholesome characters and drama. Perfect for your weekend binge!
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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…
*Thank you HarperCollins for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own*