by Tessa Bailey
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Source: PublisherGeorgette 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...
I am a huge sports romance fan, especially baseball, so when I saw Tessa Bailey's upcoming romance was with an injured baseball player, I wanted to get my hands on it as soon as possible. And, considering the cover is just too darn cute, I had a good feeling about this book.
As the youngest in her family, Georgie has never been taken seriously. Throw in the fact that she's a professional clown for a living and nobody sees her as the grownup she wants to be viewed as. When baseball player Travis Ford returns to town after a career-ending injury, Georgie doesn't know what to do. She's been in love with Travis, her older brother's best friend, for years and she just can't seem to stay away from him. Travis doesn't know what to do without baseball and takes a job working for his best friend's construction company. When Georgie is the only one in town to give him a reality check and help him cope with his lost life, Travis starts to see her in a whole new light.
When I first started this book, it did start off kind of slow. We had Georgie trying to first be a friend to Travis after he was so broken up over losing his career. Travis had a hard time trusting people because of his past and Georgie was the last person he wanted helping him. Once Travis saw Georgie as a possible something more, which was about 45% into this book, I really enjoyed this story. Georgie and Travis were just so cute together and I loved their different reactions to this newfound chemistry between them. Their time together was fun and I loved watching Travis start to see Georgie as a real woman.
Georgie was definitely a quirky character and I don't think I've ever read a book about someone whose job was to be a professional clown. I did love how she was ambitious and bonded with the other women in this novel who had their own ambitions as well. This book had a lot to do with characters who were at a lost point in their lives who were aspiring for, or needed the push to aspire for, a better life. The whole cast of characters were fun and I already can't wait for book two!
Overall, this was a fun romance with a lovable main character. You want nothing less than the best for Georgie, and Travis ends up being so sweet and swoonworthy. I loved where this romance went and I couldn't recommend this enough!