Tuesday, 28 June 2016
The Fix Up by Tawna Fenske
Series: First Impressions (#1)
Author: Tawna Fenske
Release Date: 14th December 2015
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Uncovering this sexy geek's charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible. While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto. Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly's rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she's never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she's just the woman for the job. With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she's starting to love?
The Fix Up was just what I'd expect from a Fenske book. It was fun, flirty and sweet, one of those books that you know there is definitely a HEA at the end of it, and though it may be slightly surprising how the characters get there, its not something you ever doubt.
I loved the relationship between Holly and Ben. They were working together, but that led to a good level of banter between them. That back and forth also felt unique to them as they were using business terms (and some science ones) that worked because of where they worked and what they did. This led to a natural feeling relationship between the two of them.
It was good having the female character being the more reluctant of the two about relationships too. So often it's the male character that is the one who wants to run away, but not in this case. Even then in her thoughts Holly knows that she doesn't, but that inner struggle is definitely a key moment for the story.
Ben was so far off a bad boy too! It may sound like a silly thing to even mention, but a lot of romances include reformed bad boys, or bad boys that change after meeting the woman for them (and don't get me wrong, I love me a bad boy hero sometimes!) But Ben was a decent guy before he met Holly, she just made him even better, and to me that really worked.
This was definitely a great read, I'd recommend it!