Series Review | Hot & Hammered trilogy by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up – ★★★ | Love Her or Lose Her – ★★★★  | Tools of Engagement – ★★  (DNF)

Fix Her Up

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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…

Love Her or Lose Her

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Rosie and Dominic Vega are the perfect couple: high school sweethearts, best friends, madly in love. Well, they used to be, anyway. Now, Rosie’s lucky to get a caveman grunt from the ex-soldier every time she walks in the door. Dom is faithful and a great provider, but the man she fell in love with 10 years ago is nowhere to be found. When her girlfriends encourage Rosie to demand more out of life and pursue her dream of opening a restaurant, she decides to demand more out of love, too. Three words: marriage boot camp.

Never in a million years did Rosie believe her stoic, too-manly-to emote husband would actually agree to relationship rehab with a weed-smoking hippie. Dom talking about feelings? Sitting on pillows? Communing with nature? Learning love languages? Nope. But to her surprise, he’s all in, and it forces her to admit her own role in their cracked foundation. As they complete one ridiculous – yet surprisingly helpful – assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything.

Tools of Engagement

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Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.

My Review:

I hate to disappoint you but this series kinda flopped to me. The only good book in the series is Love Her or Lose Her where a married couple is on the rocks and trying to rekindle their intimacy. Though I have to admit it was forgettable and didn’t leave an emotional impact. Fix Her Up could have been good even the plot is basic, the hero was a jackass who needs to grovel more on the heroine. Luckily she’s too forgiving enough to give him a second chance. I am completely turned off by the hero’s actions.

Sadly, I didn’t finish the last book Tools of Engagement. I am up for enemies to lovers and this whole renovation thing. The banters are great but the chemistry between the protagonists feel forced and it wasn’t enjoyable at all. I don’t if it’s the narration of the audiobook or the story itself couldn’t keep me. I guess it was a bad timing I’ve binge read the series? The writing is okay and easy to follow. The plot needs more improvement.

For those who have read the series, did you experience this feeling? I need to give Tessa Bailey’s books a chance because I heard positive reviews on it. This series ruined my mood. Do you have any recommendations?

Beatrice

4 thoughts on “Series Review | Hot & Hammered trilogy by Tessa Bailey

  1. I liked this series. I would agree that the second of the series was the best. The first petered out a little at the end for me. I can remember parts of the third, but couldn’t give my opinion without looking back at my review. I would highly recommend her Girl series. It’s so good! People seem to be loving her new series, but it’s not my favorite. I also really enjoyed Follow.

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