Fix Her Up: A Novel: 1 (Hot and Hammered, 1)
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When Travis realizes his womanizing reputation (his nickname, "Two Bats," hints at his prowess both on the field and in the bedroom) might prevent him from landing a coveted job as a broadcast announcer, Georgie suggests a mutually beneficial fake relationship. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. After he's offered a position as a sport's caster and discovers they're looking for a man who's settled-down, Georgie proffers they fake date. This is such a dramatic thing to be annoyed with, but I haven't lived with this chronic pain since I was two years old to see a male act like it's no big deal, even after he was privileged enough to receive treatment. Georgie frequently complains about people not taking her seriously or treating her like an adult and 'business woman' but she's a freaking clown for a living.
I can NOT accept that Travis got attracted to Georgie after, not just treating her like a kid, but also considering her like his own sister ALL his life. travis also seems to be of the conception that georgie needs his help and that she can't be around other men when he's not around because she can't protect herself, or, i don't know, i have no idea what that boy thinks half of the time. I'm fuming even thinking about the things I've withstood while he rests for hours after a little pain. What I got was a retrograde romance with a lot of off-putting dirty talk and eww, male-pleasure-centered, woman-as-a-prop sex described with words like “pounding" and "milking.
Georgie will make him look like a responsible boyfriend, and Travis will prove to her family that she’s all grown up. The only thing I could appreciate about this was Georgie and Rosie's characterisation, otherwise, it was an absolute hellish experience. because I hadn't read any romances lately and my other current read had zero romance (as a subplot) in it too.
Anyone with an actually torn rotator cuff can tell you that regular pain killers do absolutely nothing to dull the agony it leaves you in. Travis Ford is a bit too much of a hot-head controlling type for my personal taste in male love interests. Now, what happens is, Travis treats Georgie like a kid, not only that, he never spends a single extra minute with her unless it's about something important. If you believe this is an insignificant thing to criticise a book for, imagine being in agony for hours and withstanding it because people dismiss your pain.
Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors. Which btw starts from discarding the over-sized sweaters and the rough old jeans she used to wear and start looking like a mature woman by wearing sexy dresses like a pencil skirt which shows the curves of her hips and her beautiful, freshly-waxed legs. Some things I let slide more than others but the phrasing of this book was just SO awkward and I didn’t vibe with the writing at all.