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Product Details

  • Series: Indigo Love Spectrum
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Genesis Press (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585713260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585713264
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The main characters in this entertaining novel have secret crushes on each other, and it's fun watching them dance around their feelings. It's also quite interesting to see how Hubbard begins each chapter, with quotes from Khela's novels. They are quite beautiful, and readers may wish they could read the fictional works they're from." 4 stars --Jacqui McGugins, Romantic Times Books Reviews Magazine

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"Mr. Fix-It is an alluring tale that puts blinders on readers to the point that race and social status have little significance. This is a maturely written story, with no unnecessary drama and no contrived battles. The characters are more similar than either believes and are destined to find the real side of fantasy. Now, this is about life so each of the characters has issues they must confront, but even that is done with aplomb. I thoroughly enjoyed where this story took me." 4.5 stars

More About the Author

I am a mother of four who writes full-time from a suburb outside St. Louis, Missouri. I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter in Boston, but after the birth of my first child, I took a desk job as a sports copy editor at the Boston Herald where I was the only female "rimmie" on the night desk. The men I worked with were incredible and, unbeknownst to most of them, have served as the real-life examples for several of the heroes in my romance novels.

Primarily, I write romance novels and picture books, but I've written educational text and young adult novels as well.

I'm often asked which I prefer writing, romance novels for adults or picture books for children. The question is rather like being asked which of your children you prefer.

I enjoy both genres. Both require lots of research and creativity, and both are satisfying in their own ways. I draw on real people and real life for my romance novels, which can turn readers off when a fictional character I've modeled after a real person doesn't behave as they'd like, or if they can't connect with the character.

For my picture books, I've always chosen real people, and I work hard to provide honest portrayals of my subjects. I love the freedom fiction allows me but I also love the unflinching truth of my picture books.

My fiction writing suffered in 2008, when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. The book I was writing at the time is evidence of the anger, frustration, confusion and fear I experienced during surgery, chemotherapy and their aftermaths. Since I put so much of my own experiences and relationships in my books, my writing became muddied by personal turmoil.

I like to think that as I recovered, so did my writing. Cancer gave me a fresh perspective and a fearlessness that I hadn't had before. My December 2011 release, Everything in Between, marks the end of my romance writing career. (Or so I keep telling myself!) That will be good news to some of my critics, but for those who like my writing, I'm attempting to branch into another genre.

I'm starting over anew, but I feel I'm up to the challenge. I owe my readers a debt of gratitude for their support, interest and encouragement over the years, and not just because they invest their time and finances in my work. In my darkest moments, readers have been the people who pulled me from despair and self pity. Readers are the ones who complete all of my stories, because without them, no story ever truly lives.

Customer Reviews

I was very impressed with the characters and the story line.
Tomekia Griffin
This was my first time reading one of Crystal Hubbard's books so I didn't have any idea of the writing style.
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I would highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of romance novels!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on September 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After twelve best sellers, Romance author Khela Halliday, still does not believe in the kind of love that takes you beyond yourself. Romance, to her, is perception, marketing and the skill to foster dreams, and her strategy has accelerated her career. The most recent is her attendance at a literary convention, which requires an escort suitable to the characters in her books.

Although he is only a super for the Boston brownstone she lives in, Carter Radcliffe is just the eye candy Khela needs; so she asks him to escort her. What Khela does not know is, one, Carter is more than a super; he actually owns several buildings, including the one she's in. And, two, he has been infatuated with her since the day she walked into the lobby, some three years ago. This is his opportunity to get away from their normal setting so she'll have to deal with him as a man, and hopefully think of him on a more personal level.

In a very short time Carter realizes Khela is not as immune to him as she pretends, but he thinks their ethnic difference is a roadblock. What Carter doesn't know is, one, Khela's issues are not racial; she does not believe in the kind of love she writes about and, two, she is scared to take the leap, because if her heart is broken again, she doesn't know if she can fix it.

MR. FIX-IT is an alluring tale that puts blinders on readers to the point that race and social status have little significance. This is a maturely written story, with no unnecessary drama and no contrived battles. The characters are more similar than either believes and are destined to find the real side of fantasy. Now, this is about life so each of the characters has issues they must confront, but even that is done with aplomb. I thoroughly enjoyed where this story took me. Where are her other books?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rena Bean on December 30, 2010
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I read many pages on the review of this book and many of the negative reviews stood out. For some reason, something said buy the book anyway. Well I did and I'm glad! The story was beautiful! Since I've purchased it, I read it twice.
The only down fall for me was that since I read majority of the reviews I already knew what to expect but still I'm glad I read it and I encourage others to read this book too!
I believe that the author is correct with the portrayals of the characters and she understands what goes through the heads of many professional women who date men who seem as though they are not working to their full potential. Based on past relationships many tend to be jaded and unfortunately it does come out at inopportune times.
I would read another book from this author anyday!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Malaika Tamu on September 8, 2008
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Mrs. Hubbard takes us on a CAPTIVATING tour of the life of a talented romance author in her third interracial romance, "Mr. Fix-It". She crafts a tale that entertains and educates us about aspects of HER very unpredictable world. I was totally CAUGHT UP in the workings of the romance convention, the camaraderie and verbal sparring between the authors, the passionate and know-it-all fans that often want to re-write the authors story (LOL). Khela Halliday is a popular romance writer, however her own love life is NON-EXISTENT. Khela believes she has an image to uphold by presenting a love life to her peers and fans that's just like the one she portrays in her novels. Unfortunately she doesn't believe in what she writes, ANYMORE. Due to past hurts, Khela is afraid to LET GO and capture the romance and the love that she so passionately writes about in her books. However, Khela will do WHATEVER she has to, in order to keep up the illusion of her life. So, she convinces Carter, her all too SEXY "handyman" to be her date at a romance convention. Carter is definitely the perfect companion for her. Khela and her peers think that Carter could have walked right off the pages of their novels. And there in lies the root of Carter's problems, his deepest desire is to find a woman that sees him as more than just the ULTIMATE "pretty boy", and he desperately WANTS that woman to be Khela. As they struggle through their issues, the budding relationship of Khela and Carter is an INTENSE, heartwarming, sensual and HUMOROUS ride. Will Khela and Carter ALLOW themselves to hold on to the love they discover with each other or will they destroy their HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER with their fears, insecurities and childish antics?!!Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Hill VINE VOICE on January 26, 2010
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PLOT: Khela Halliday is a romance novelist who no longer believes in love. She's attracted to Carter Radcliffe - the man she believes to be her building's super. Because of his looks, Khela invites him to a writing convention as her date.

PROS: Khela is a strong heroine. Mr. Fix-It is well written.

CONS: Khela is unlikeable. She comes off as ungrateful for her fame and fortune and condescending to everyone around her. Carter, her friend Daphne, and everyone around her seem so amazed by her. This only makes the reader dislike her more as she is so undeserving. She seemed to think of Carter as man candy. She didn't have respect for him. And I quote, "Khela marveled at how good ol' Southern boy ignorance and urban sophistication resided side by side within him." Ignorance?!

Carter, though the more likable of the two, comes off like a school boy in comparison to Khela. If anything goes even slightly awry, he goes out and purposely gets into fights with people. Once it's even mentioned that he'd need plastic surgery to fix a scar, yet Khela never finds out about any of these fights. He must be one fast healer. There are numerous times when his good looks are brought up and women behave like fools around him. I found that bit of nonsense simply unbelievable.

The author never addressed the issues these two characters had that were keeping them apart. She was worried he wanted her for her money. She finds out this isn't true, but they never discussed it. He's concerned about being nothing but a pretty face. This issue is never really resolved.

There's one point when Carter admits to reading Khela's books, but a later conversation indicates that she doesn't know he's read her books. That detail must have escaped proofreaders.
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