Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Rosie and Dominic are high school sweetheart and think they will be together forever. However, when Dominic returns from active duty, he closes himself off from the world and from Rosie. Since then, their relationship has been strained. Rosie decides to make a last ditch effort and signs up for couple’s therapy, but will Dominic agree to go?

Romance, 384 pages, published in 2020

Rosie and Dominic are high school sweetheart and think they will be together forever. However, when Dominic returns from active duty, he closes himself off from the world and from Rosie. Since then, their relationship has been strained. Rosie decides to make a last ditch effort and signs up for couple’s therapy, but will Dominic agree to go?

Spoiler Free Review:

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I really enjoyed Fix Her Up, the first installment in this romance series, but second chance romances aren’t usually my thing, so I was unsure if I was going to enjoy this book.

For the most part, I did enjoy this book. Most of my problems with this came from the fact that I just wanted more depth. There were so many things that could have been explored more and that I wanted to see more of.

I thought Dominic was very stubborn and that annoyed me a lot of the time. I didn’t really feel like he had that much of a personality aside from wanting to be a provider. He went too far with thinking the he had to be a provider for Rosie, and at times, it even bordered on jealousy. On the other hand, I thought Rosie was cute, motivated, and just overall an interesting character.

There was some great sexual tension between the two characters. Tessa Bailey is definitely good at writing a steamy sex scene. I like how for the most part, they are all pretty memorable scenes.

One thing that bothered me about Fix Her Up was that the main guy always called the girl “baby girl”. In his book, Dominic calls Rosie “honey girl” and I hate that way more than “baby girl”.

I loved the community around Dominic and Rosie. Georgie and Travis, the protagonists from Fix Her Up, make an appearance, as well as other characters that they interact with. Rosie is part of the “Just Us Leauge”, which is a group of women supporting each other and the community, and I loved these moments.

Overall, I just think this book went in a direction that I personally didn’t like. I still enjoyed it and I think I will continue on with this series, especially because the next book is already intriguing me.

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Synopsis: Georgette has had a crush on her brother’s best friend Travis, a baseball star, for as long as she can remember. When he moves back into town after leaving the big leagues, disgraced, he starts working at Georgie’s family’s construction company. Georgie has always been defined by other people – the baby of the family, her brother’s sister, the town’s resident clown, but she’s ready to be her own person. Travis needs to look more wholesome than his reputation leads the public to believe in order to get a job, he and Georgie pretend to date in order to get both of them what they want.

Romance, 400 pages, published June 11th, 2019

Synopsis: Georgette has had a crush on her brother’s best friend Travis, a baseball star, for as long as she can remember. When he moves back into town after leaving the big leagues, disgraced, he starts working at Georgie’s family’s construction company. Georgie has always been defined by other people – the baby of the family, her brother’s sister, the town’s resident clown, but she’s ready to be her own person. Travis needs to look more wholesome than his reputation leads the public to believe in order to get a job, he and Georgie pretend to date in order to get both of them what they want.

Non-Spoiler Review:

The cover on this one got me! If you look at all the romance books I read, they all have these cute illustrated covers because I love them! I know a lot of people said they thought the cover was misleading, but I didn’t really think it was.

I’m starting to feel like a lot of the romances I’m reading blend together in my head, they are becoming kind of dime a dozen to me. This one kind of falls into the enjoyable but forgettable category for me. I liked some of the themes, but overall, it just wasn’t unique enough for me to remember it.

A warning if you are planning on reading this book: the sex scenes are pretty steamy. If you aren’t used to that, it could definitely be a little shocking. I feel like a lot of that is because of the amount of dirty talk in these scenes. I heard so many people say this was the steamiest book they’ve ever read, so I was prepared for that, but honestly, I’ve read steamier. I will say, they were pretty long scenes, which I appreciate and I did enjoy them!

I thought Georgie was interesting. I didn’t really feel a connection to her because I thought her occupation as a clown was weird (sorry) and I didn’t relate at all to her desperately wanting kids. Those two things are intertwined, and they are both a big part of her personality, so I couldn’t really bring myself to care about her career or hopes and dreams. I believe it was stated that she is 23 years old in the book, so I thought I could relate (I’m 24), but it felt like she was way older than that! I did enjoy her struggle and growth to become her own person though.

Travis was…fine. I felt like he kept going back and forth on feelings and decisions without much thought. I don’t feel like he really had enough time to change and grow.

The thing I really loved about this book was the group of girls that formed. They were really there for each other and supported each other through everything. It was really nice to see. They all kind of broke free of how others defined them in relation to the people they knew (example: someone’s wife, someone’s daughter).

The ending was pretty rushed in my opinion. Like I said above, Travis made some decisions with almost nothing leading up to them. I just wanted a little more from that whole situation.

Overall, this was a good romance. It definitely wasn’t my favorite, but I enjoyed it while I was reading it.