Saturday, 26 December 2015

Review: Fixer-Upper by Ines Saint

This charmer just needs a little attention…

Spinning Hills, Ohio sure is sweet, which might be why the Amador brothers are not only renovating the town’s lovely houses, but settling down in them. Because there’s nothing more blissful than coming home to a houseful of love…

Masquerade parties were not exactly Johnny Amador’s thing—until he found himself captivated by a witty, dark-eyed young woman in a peasant costume. Even her mask couldn’t obscure her beauty. Only after a disastrous case of mistaken identity did he discover that his mystery woman was none other than Marissa Medina, his best friend’s youngest sister—which brings a whole new set of challenges.

Marissa never forgot the night she and Johnny kissed—the feelings that flared to life. Not that she’s going to give the too handsome, too sexy charmer a chance. She knows how dangerous Johnny is and she can’t surrender to him at any cost. But that’s a tall order now that he’s showing how dedicated he is to turning his own fixer-upper—and his life—into the stuff of her dreams.

ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is January 19th 2016**

I did not realize that this was the third story in a series however no fear.  I was able to read this as a stand alone without issue.  I was curious throughout the story about some of the other characters which was most likely explained in earlier books however it did not impact my ability to enjoy this story.

There were a few things I liked about this book that I found refreshing.

The first was how clean it was.  Don't get me wrong, I have no issues with varying degree's of steam in my stories but sometimes it can be a little overkill to the point of annoyance.  The author chooses to leave the steam off the page, although alludes to it.  In a way I found that it made the story a little more honest.  Instead of trying to shock the reader with the bedroom scenes, the emotional connection becomes so much more important.

The second was the kids at the school.  While anyone who knows me would say that I am not a big fan of children, particularly several of them, I found the children at the school endearing.  The way that both Johnny and Marissa embraced them and learned from them pulled at my heartstrings.

Lastly, the story was simply funny in spots.  I was cracking up laughing with the bar fight scene.  It was so ridiculous, yet so much like I have seen a time or two, that I had to appreciate it.  The small town, everyone looks out for their own mentality that I know so well. As well as the fact that trouble followed Johnny wherever he went, even if it wasn't his fault reminded me of a few people I know as well.

The charm in this story is how believable it is.  The characters were flawed and realistic and just starting out on their career paths.  Nobody was larger than life and I enjoyed that simplicity.  If the first two stories are similar I will need to circle back to read them.

Overall a good read!

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