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- File size : 354 KB
- Print length : 233 pages
- Publication date : May 16, 2018
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07CR9232N
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #588,059 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Warren is a great character. The man is gorgeous with a great sense of humor and laid back personality. He doesn’t appear to need a lot of the fancy stuff to be happy, and only wants the farm and land he grew up on with his grandfather.
Where I hesitate with this review are my thoughts about Brinley’s character. I know I’ll probably be in the minority so I’ve struggled with how to word this. The problem is I didn’t like Brinley at all. To me she was snide and her insecurities resulted in her lashing out without thinking. She and Warren were supposed to be faking their relationship, however I couldn’t tell that Brinley even tried. With each and every obstacle, it was either her way or no way.
In Brinley’s defense, I believe that because the majority of the story is told from her POV, it made it easier to judge her more harshly. Even Brinley herself admits to being hot tempered and insecure. I believe that if I’d gotten more of Warren’s thoughts and feelings towards different situations, I wouldn’t have been so hard on Brinley. But as it stands, I felt I barely knew Warren (although I liked the parts I did) and I knew entirely too much about Brinley (and disliked a lot of those parts).
Overall, Fit It Up was a cute story. The writing as always was good and it had a great ending. 3.5 STARS
Overall I liked the characters of Brinley and Warren. The author did an excellent job of giving each a unique voice using first person past tense point of view. I'd have liked a little more from Warren to tell the truth in order to balance out the POVs.. Interestingly, they sounded more similar at the end of the book, which worked pretty well in the context of a enemies-to-lovers story.
I also really enjoyed all the give and take about design and renovation. I'm a sucker for competence pR0n, and I found the descriptions of various projects as well as the numerous arguments over construction choices to be a lot of informative fun. Also I now know what shiplap is.
Finally, the story was kind of a page-turner. I became pretty invested in the progress of the relationship, but tbe real grabber was the moment that Brin and Warren were busted for their deception. Without spoiling the resolution, devotees of the HEA should be well satisfied, but there were issues for me.
So, on to my dislikes and discomforts. Probably my biggest problem was the writing. There were grammatical errors and apparent typos that should have been addressed by better editing. There were also areas of really clunky prose, especially patches of dialog with convoluted clauses and a total lack of normal contractions. When the narrative flowed, it worked well, but that flow was interrupted a lot.
While I liked the main couple as individuals and liked their banter, once they started to acknowledge the attraction, they seemed less interesting to me. Part of the problem may have been the way they seemed to go from zero to zoom over a single hot weekend. No uncertainty, no exploration, just boom! Once the main couple took down their pillow forts, the sex scenes seemed ennnndless and a little repetitive. I started skipping them after awhile, but I'm exceedingly picky about love scenes.
Fix It Up focuses really strongly on Brin and Warren to the point that family members, construction and tv crews all seem pretty nameless and one dimensional. Brin's buddy Brent and Rachel the tv exec who "discovers" them are the only characters who are truly developed, but they still only function as dei ex machina to move the plot along. I tend to like more community in my romances and its lack was very noticeable in a story as traditional as this one. And believe me, despite all the career focus, the values are most traditional.
Finally, I disliked the central conflict that drives the plot. I don't mind the old fake relationship for a wedding date or to solve some compelling family problem, but if it's not played for laughs (and this wasn't), I expect the conflict to be intense and the consequences to be serious. Brin and Warren embark on their deception pretty cold-bloodedly, and their motives are primarily self-centered, understandable but not admirable. Once they're outed, their response is less than courageous. No spoilers, but the emergence of twu wuv doesn't actually justify the lie told for the sake of fame and fortune. At least, not for me.
I'm going with three stars because there's a lot here that readers will eat up with a spoon. However, Fix It Up struck too many sour notes for my taste, and I don 't see myself looking for any more of this author's work.
These two didn't exactly hate each other, but they seriously rubbed each other the wrong way in the beginning, and then again when they were forced to move in together with each other, as well as work together. It was fun experiencing Brinley and Warren overcome their irritations, and finally develop real feelings towards each other.
I loved everything about this sweet little romance. The Grumpy Hero, the love/hate bickering, and the smexiness, This story tied up nicely in the end, with a perfect HEA. I couldn't ask for more!
Jessica never fails to amaze me, be it things that go boom or stories sweeter than acai almond coffee. Brinley was relatable, real, and as another coffee addict, someone I would absolutely hire to make my house a home.
Warren makes a perfect compliment to Brin's fiery temper by goading her for the fun of it and following up with good old fashioned ideals. Nothing soothes the burn of an jerk one-liner more than a man who's chivalrous enough to put even Sam Elliot (why Sam? I don't even know but he feels gentlemanly) to shame.
If you haven't had the pleasure of reading works by Jessica, you won't go wrong by diving into this project.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is really good. As Jessica forewarned: Nothing goes boom but that's OK, sometimes you don't need a boom to enjoy a book and I did enjoy this book. It just wasn't in my top ten books by Jessica but that OK too. If you love enemies to lovers, fake marriage, a good fight and a slow burn build up you will love this book.
But being a book by Jessica Gadziala, I knew it was going to be more than just a good little book. And I was right. I promptly smashed it in 2 days.
But it is also completely different to any of the other books I have read by her. In a good way!
Can definitely recommend this one if you want a light book to read. I loved it!
Brinley is a designer looking to make her name know.
Warren is a contractor wanting to save his grandfather farm.
It's not a secret that they don't get along. So what could possibly go wrong by acting like a married couple on a reality tv show for 12 months.
Warren and Brinley were both strong characters and their chemistry was undeniable.
Full of humour, sass and romance, Fix It Up is another 5 star read from Jessica Gadziala.