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Short Take Reviews: Fix Her Up & Twisted

FIX HER UP
Tessa Bailey
Publication date: June 11, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook, 9 hrs 59 min
Source: Overdrive
3.5 STARS
GOODREADS 

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.


M Y   T H O U G H T S

I can’t say that I was dying to read Fix Her Up, but I had been meaning to try something by Tessa Bailey and I’d seen several friends rave about it, so I decided to give it a go. This kinda/sorta friends-to-more romance was fun and cute and mostly enjoyable. What really made it work for me was main character Georgie. Loved her! She was an amazing heroine and the girl you really want to be friends with. She’s sweet and genuine, plucky and smart, and quirky without being annoying. She worked hard and was willing to put herself out there to succeed – both personally and professionally. She was continually overlooked and underestimated by her family and I loved watching as she began to stand up for herself and push for the respect she deserved.

Where Fix Her Up fell short for me was Travis – the, ahem, hero. Try as I might, I never warmed to him. I’ve gotta say, it doesn’t take much to make me fall head over heels for a good hero. I’ve got a big, squishy, romantic heart and it’s so easy to make me go all swoony for the love interest. So when I don’t, I feel like the author really dropped the ball. I can’t even pinpoint what it was about Travis that turned me off (maybe he was too alpha?) but I was not a fan. I liked the times he stood up for Georgie and supported her. I liked the ending. But most of the time I was decidedly underwhelmed. Oh, and the way he talked to Georgie during the sexytimes often left me cringing. (Side note: I just have to mention how much I loathed Georgie’s brother. He was a total ass and the ever so slight way he redeemed himself at the end did not change my mind. Few characters have ever enraged me like he did.)

I’m not sure Fix Her Up is really representative of Bailey’s usual style (I feel like he books are usually straight contemporary romance rather than rom-com) so I’m still interested in trying something else by her. I just hope that Travis isn’t representative of her usual hero. 


TWISTED
Emma Chase
Publication date: March 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Tangled #2
Format: Audiobook, 7 hrs 2 min
Source: Overdrive
4 STARS
There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. A planner. Cautious. Then I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself. He made it easy to leap with him.

Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after? So did I. But life is about choices, and Drew already made his. In fact, he tried to decide for the both of us—but you know that’s not my style. So I came back to Greenville, to spend some time alone . . . sort of.

Because old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead again.



M Y   T H O U G H T S

I read Tangled several months ago and while it wasn’t my favorite by Emma Chase, it was still a good time and I loved Drew and Kate together. So I was looking forward to diving into Twisted for some Drew + Kate goodness. Only, Drew + Kate weren’t doing so great. And before I knew it things were falling apart, Drew reacted horribly, and Kate was leaving. Say what?!

If you know me at all, you know that my #1 bookish pet peeve of all time forever-and-ever-amen is the miscommunication trope. And had I known that was used here I might have skipped this one entirely. But I have to give serious kudos to Emma because she performed some kind of bookish magic and made it work for me. *fist bumps Emma Chase* I mean, seriously, not once while reading (well, listening) did I roll my eyes or bemoan the tired, old miscommunication trope. Nope, I was 100% invested and feeling all the angst and emotion. And I think it’s because the conflict didn’t hinge on the fact that the main characters weren’t talking. Drew and Kate did talk… it’s just that they were talking about two different things and didn’t realize it.

I loved getting Kate’s POV (Tangled was told solely from Drew’s POV). She was a strong woman while still being able to recognize her weaknesses. The supporting cast was even better here and several played important roles as Kate licked her wounds and tried to decide how to move forward. This was a great look at a relationship in flux and characters growing and learning to be true partners. The epilogue, which shifted to Drew’s POV, was priceless and made me excited to read all the bonus content available on Emma’s website.


HAVE YOU READ EITHER OF THESE BOOKS?
WHAT'S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE TROPE?

WWW Wednesday #65 | October 16, 2019


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.
Just answer three questions and share what you're reading.


Mid-October and it's still feeling quite summer-like in my neck of the woods. High of 87 today. *insert long-suffering sigh* A very short-lived blast of fall weather is coming, though. Tomorrow and Friday are expected to be about 10 degrees cooler. I'll take it! Never mind that it shoots right back up to 88 over the weekend... baby steps, my friends, baby steps. We're getting there. 


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

   

Twice in a Blue Moon - Christina Lauren
Twisted (Tangled #2) - Emma Chase

Yes, I am still reading Twice in a  Blue Moon. Yes, it's been two weeks now. I swear it's not the book. I really am enjoying it, it's just that I haven't been reading much at all lately. Just haven't been in the mood for some strange reason. It happens... and it'll pass... but for now it's slow-going.  

I've been listening to Twisted and I've enjoyed getting Kate's POV (the first book, Tangled, was all from Drew's POV). I'm in the epilogue now and while the all the rest of the book was from Kate, the epilogue has switched to Drew's voice and it feels like the perfect way to wrap things up.


WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
The only thing I've finished lately is my audio re-read of Marked in Flesh. Loved it, as always. So much happened in this installment and it's one of my favorites in the series. (Yes, I realize that I say that about every book in this series. LOL)

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL READ NEXT?
  
     
   

Since I'm feeling semi-slumpy, there's no telling what I'll pick up next. I'm itching to read The Bromance Book Club but I don't want to start it if I'm in the midst of a reading slump. That would likely taint my reading experience of a book I think I could love. Chances are - if I'm still feeling slumpy after I finish Twice in a Blue Moon - I'll pick up something light and fluffy (brain candy) or re-read a favorite.

What are you currently reading?
I wanna know! :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary/Favorite Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic: 
Extraordinary/Favorite Book Titles

I'm sure there are some amazing book titles out there. Ones that are hilarious or bizarre or unique. But since I'm basing my picks solely on books that I've read, the truly extraordinary titles will have to be mined by someone else. Here are some of my favorite titles.

I Wish You All the Best - Mason Deaver
The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle

Autoboyography - Christina Lauren
The Reckless Oath We Made - Bryn Greenwood
Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
Love Scene, Take Two - Alex Evansley

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Debbie Harry Sings in French - Meagan Brothers
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop
My Booky Wook - Russell Brand

Have you read any of these books?

The Sunday Post #177


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • I'm taking part in the October of Books Giveaway Hop so if you haven't entered be sure to check it out. What's better than a free book? :)
  • It was a short work week for me since I had planned to take Thursday and Friday off. I had a few appointments on Thursday and Friday was just a little bonus mental health day. Having a 4 day weekend has been divine.
  • We nabbed tickets for both Wicked (one of my favorite musicals) and Elton John so we have two big shows to look forward to. 
  • Lauren @ Bookmark Lit has organized #ReadForGrace to honor someone I know many of us considered a friend. Tomorrow (October 14) would have been Grace's birthday and #ReadForGrace is a wonderful way to remember her. Lauren has made it easy by creating this spreadsheet that lists all of Grace's favorites and the books on her TBR. I'm already reading Twice in a Blue Moon, which was on Grace's TBR. Check out Lauren's post if you're interested and use the hashtag #ReadForGrace.   
  • And now for this week's 80's music fix: Times Two had a minor hit or two in the late 80's and I always liked this one.



Wednesday, October 9
Monthly Wrap Up | September 2019

Thursday, October 10
October of Books Giveaway Hop


WHAT I COMPLETED IN THE LAST WEEK:
WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 
    
     


PHYSICAL BOOKS:
   

I've already read and reviewed The Burning Shadow but I received my pre-ordered hard copy this week along with the limited edition Book Beau that was designed just for the book. Love it!






How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!

October of Books Giveaway Hop


I'm excited to be taking part in the October of Books Giveaway Hop!
The giveaway hop is co-hosted by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight and Lonna @ FLYLÄ“F.

The winner of this giveaway will receive one book of their choice (up to $20 USD). The giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you. 

Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.
Giveaway ends on October 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Thanks for entering!



Be sure to visit the others participating in the giveaway hop!