Monday, July 4, 2016

Book Review: The Fix by Sylvie Stewart

The Fix by Sylvie Stewart

Publisher & Release: Self-published, July 1, 2016

Time and setting: Present Day, North Carolina

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Length:  179 Pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

How do you take a chance on love when every other decision you’ve ever made has been the wrong one?

Laney Monroe’s life looks nothing like she’d planned. She certainly hadn’t pictured herself as a twenty-five-year-old single mom with a boring job, a freeloading brother, and an exhibitionist son who worries more than Shaggy and Scooby Doo put together. When her brother finally steps up and applies for a job, Laney never imagines it might lead to an opportunity for her as well – an opportunity at love.

Nate Murphy has always been about family. When you come from an Irish family, it’s hard not to be. But when a family emergency brings him home to North Carolina, Nate is faced with some difficult choices. Can you choose what you want over what your family needs? Then Laney Monroe walks onto his construction site and Nate decides that she just might make those choices a hell of a lot easier – or maybe this girl will make life more complicated than ever.

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Vikki’s Musings

Wow! Sylvie Stewart’s debut novel is a winner. This is a funny, and quirky romantic comedy, just right for a lazy afternoon at the pool or sunning at the beach. This is a truly down-to-Earth kind of romance, and I am glad I had an opportunity to read it. Thanks to the author for an ARC.

Laney’s life is not what she imagined. Her life took a detour after she was faced with the consequences of a one-night stand her first year of college. The result was an eighteen-year commitment, named Rocco. Although, it is one she can never regret.

While she may not love her job, she has her adorable son to light up her world. She also has her goofy brother living with her, and he loves to aggravate her. When he finally gets a job, she meets his drop-dead, awesome-looking boss. Not only does Nate re-define the word sexy, he’s a great guy and embraces her son, even willing to build Rocco an amazing treehouse.

Should she, at last, take a chance on romance with this terrific guy, or should she avoid the risk and let fear continue to rule her life?

The Fix is a well-written novel. It’s romantic comedy at its best. The pacing makes this a lightning fast read, yet it did not feel rushed at all. The dialogue zings, and the characters have a good amount of depth to them. The plot is realistic, and well-developed.

Laney, the heroine, is hilarious and had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. She has grit and uses humor to combat the dull aspects of her life. Her love for her son comes through on every page. Some of her internal thoughts had me in stitches.

The hero, Nate, is yummy from Ms. Stewart's delicious description. He is an all-around good guy. Although he has a life in Austin, Texas, he is willing to up-turn his life to help out his family when his dad has a heart attack. I also loved his immediate willingness to understand that if he wants Laney, he has to accept her son.

If you enjoy a light-hearted read with strong characters, a humorous story that will put a smile on your face, then you will love The Fix. I can’t wait to read the next book in this delight series. Happy reading!

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