FIX HER UP
Fix Her Up is another book that is what I like to call "high hype" so, naturally, I had to read it.
Georgette "Georgie" Castle is a clown. No, literally. She's a clown for kid's parties and she absolutely loves it-loves what she does, loves making kids laugh and smile, loves kids in general. But she doesn't love being a clown in her adult life to her friends and family. So she's the youngest in her family, does that mean she shouldn't be taken just as seriously as her siblings? Quite frankly. Georgie's had enough of being treated like a kid.
Travis Ford's baseball career is over. Once a superstar, his injury ended his future in baseball and he's slunk back to his hometown to drown his sorrows in whiskey and take-out. He's just another has-been, just like his father said he would be.
When Georgie's long-time crush (and brother's best friend) returns home after a career-ending injury, she's determined to do a few things: pull Travis out his literally smelly apartment and back into the life of the living, prove to everyone she's not just someone's kid sister and a clown, and maybe convince Travis that love can be a possibility.
Okay, so, I liked the book, but I didn't love it. Georgie is funny and eccentric and has put up with her family's condescension all her life-- which, honestly, she'd deserve a medal for because her while sister is redeemable, her brother is awful. He's controlling, self-centered, unwilling to listen, and doesn't get the facts straight before he jumps into other peoples' business. (Side note: If there's a book about Stephen, I don't want to read it. I'm not sure I could handle and entire book about him and his wife.) While Georgie is a sweet character who's devoted to her friends, family, and career, her career floats in and out of this book. It's easy to forget she's a clown because it doesn't take a front seat in the plot and the advancement of her business, which is supposed to be one of her goals, is also weakly included throughout.
Travis is your typical alpha male with a crappy past who doesn't believe he can love anyone or be anything more than a playboy baseball star, until he starts dating Georgie. He and Georgie start dating so quickly in the book that you don't really get a sense for who he is/was before her, and so his changes aren't really significant. Sure, he changes by the end, but it doesn't really land hard because there's really no dramatic shift. He just kind of...gets over himself. It's sort of anticlimactic.
Is there dirty talk and hot sex? Hell yes. Is there romance and sweet gestures and witty comments? Absolutely. But I didn't love it the way I loved The Hating Game and as far as high hype goes, I'm not sure it's entirely worthy.