Goodreads 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…

My Mini Thoughts:

I thought this was going to be another cute romantic comedy, and it had moments, but there were certain words that made me cringe.  First off, I will say that this is a fast read, and it did keep my attention for the most part, but at the end of the day this was not my favorite romantic comedy.

Georgie’s character seemed a little too desperate for me.  Yes, her family doesn’t take her seriously because of her job, but she seemed stuck in her teenage years.  Her crush, her brother’s best friend, Travis is back in town and Georgie will stop at nothing to get him out of his slump.

So you know they start a fake relationship to prove to people he is not the player he used to be.  You also know they are going to have sex.  Here is where I cringed!  During sex Travis calls Georgie baby girl….A LOT, every single time!  It drove me nuts, and kind of made me not want to read it anymore.  It made me feel like he still sees her as a kid with that little nickname.  Also he talks way to0 much when they are in the throws.  I should have known the dirty talk and the nicknames were coming since this is the first book in the Hot & Hammered Series.  Hot & Hammered should have been a dead giveaway.  I’m not saying I won’t read the next book, because I probably will, it will just be a library loan.

Book Rating 3/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with St Supéry Sauvignon Blanc 2017.