Author: Tessa Bailey
Rating: ★ ★
Date of Publication: June 11, 2019
Synopsis: 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: Y’all…. where do I even start? This book DID NOT do it for me and I’m disappointed for so many reasons. First of all, I typically love a good fake dating trope and I also really enjoy a good “I’m in love with my brother’s best friend” story line. In theory, I should have enjoyed this book. The cover is illustrated and super cute. I also found my copy at a used bookstore for $5 and snatched it off the shelves so fast. Unfortunately, now I understand why it ended up being passed along and I’m about to do the same!
SO many elements of this book ANNOYED me to no end. Let’s start with Travis. He is NOT the kind of love interest that I gravitate toward. At all. His excessive use of “baby girl” made me want to throw up (I don’t mind one or two ~baby girls~ thrown in there, I don’t like it but I can stomach it, but the dude literally says it every other page, like please stop) and his cockiness was a major turn off for me. He was an a**hole! He didn’t treat Georgie well, he was jealous, controlling and overprotective of her when he had no right to be?
The dirty talk/sex scenes had me cringing so hard. So hard. Terribly written, not anything anyone would ever or should ever say. Circling back to Travis being one of the most annoying love interest I’ve ever seen, he hyper focuses on Georgie’s virginity. I was rolling my eyes at the fact that Georgie, who has pined over Gavin since childhood, is a virgin. There is nothing wrong with a woman being a 23 year-old virgin, but it’s constantly mentioned and glorified by Gavin, the womanizer, who LITERALLY, I’m not kidding, says, “You’re about to meet your God” in reference to his d*ck. OF COURSE she’s a “wholesome” virgin who’s saved herself for Travis, who’s slept with a plethora of woman. And of course, he has to repeatedly mention how he’s the first guy to mark his territory with Georgie and that she’s his property and all that. Gross.
The story really revolves around Georgie, who works as a clown for children’s birthday parties, wanting to be taken seriously by her family. However, I couldn’t take her seriously throughout the entirety of the book due to her horrendous, cheesy dialogue. She didn’t come across as quirky or relatable, just annoying and childish. Which, let me tell you, made the sex scenes ever weirder.
Sarah & Her Shelves Recommended? NO.