RITA finalist for Best First Book and Best Contemporary Romance, Fix You is a romantic read about a widowed single mother and a Hollywood star immediately drawn to each other despite the odds.
When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died two years ago, he left her to raise their two young boys. She’s barely pieced herself back together and takes refuge in her routine, running her kids around town and running the trails near their Idaho home.
A chance encounter on a trail run brings famous actor Andy Pettigrew into her life. He’s clearly interested in her, but Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five steps in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
Despite this, they click. But Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame, and Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous. So as much as she wants to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. Especially when she and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep…
A story about love and loss
Kelly Reynolds is trying to pull herself together after losing her husband and having two boys, six and nine, to care for makes it even more important. She breaks down crying while out on a jog and a man stops to make sure she's okay. She sees him again the next day and realizes he's Andrew Pettigrew, the movie star. As their relationship grows, Kelly sees all the issues Andrew has and she doesn't feel strong enough to deal with her own, let alone his. So, she breaks it off with him. As Andrew's on a downward spiral, can Kelly stand to watch him face it alone? Do they have a future together with all these issues in their way?
Seven years separate them in age and it shows. At 29, Andrew is still a little immature to Kelly's 36 but for some unexplained reason they click. Maybe it's the wounded souls they have in common. I'm not sure. He's full of drama and she's got zero drama. This story is intense and well written but I have a hard time seeing the romance in it. I know it's all about them individually, their relationship together and with her boys but I fail to see much emotion and passion. I'm not saying a book has to have sex to be good but it does need passion between two people that love each other. This story is about loss and how carefully a mother introduces a man to her children after their father has passed away. This is definitely a good read for those more into Woman's Fiction than Romance.
*free copy gifted for honest review
**originally reviewed for welovekink(dot)com