Fix Me Not by Carey Heywood ~ Sarah A’s Review

Paige Sullivan’s life is a train wreck. In a matter of months, she lost her business, her swanky apartment, and her big city life. Now she’s stuck in Nowhere, New Hampshire, sleeping on her mom’s couch. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s forced to do odd jobs for money. She has a plan though, and once she’s saved enough, she’s out of there. That is, as long as she doesn’t murder her sexy new employer first.

Asher Thompson is the ruggedly handsome hermit of the Thompson clan. Tall, ridiculously sexy despite his beard, and annoyingly aloof, his main concern is his privacy. He fills his days with his work as a carpenter and the peaceful solitude of his lake house. A peaceful solitude that vanished the moment Paige Sullivan stormed into his life, hell-bent on driving him crazy.

The problem is, opposites attract and each time they cross paths she works her way further under his skin.

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Fix Me Not was a cute, sweet, easy afternoon read.  Like all of Carey Heywood’s books, these characters felt like old friends.  That is why I return to her books time and again – they’re familiar and comfortable – and sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the peace that type of a book brings.  The writing, plot, and characterizations this book are effortless.  There was nothing horribly surprising or challenging, it was a breeze to read, and after some relative heavy books it was a nice change of pace.

I found Asher to be the most intriguing of the Thompson siblings in Fix Her Up and I was excited to see what made him tick and how he’d come to the decision to seclude himself from society.  Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like I got much in the way of answers as far as that was concerned.  The only explanations given seemed trite and incongruent with the other aspects of his personality.  I just wish this aspect of Asher’s life was more fully explored in a way that truly explained his behavior.  For me, it just felt like a missed opportunity to touch on some important and heavier themes.

There were also some missed opportunities with Paige and her relationship with her mother.  As antagonistic as it was, it felt like there were some underlying issues that were never mentioned.  I kept hoping that Ms. Heywood would delve into their dynamic more fully but it was left unexplained all together.

Though I truly wish some of those more difficult aspects of the book weren’t fully explored, I was satisfied with the story that was told in Fix Me Not.  Asher and Paige had an adorable relationship, and I enjoyed the way they challenged one another to explore parts of themselves they weren’t fully comfortable with.  I also really liked that we got to check in with some of the other Thompsons and am looking forward to continuing to witness the siblings find their futures.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, a mischievous black cat, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.

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