The Fixer Upper
“Entirely satisfying, an expert balance of warmth and compassion, terrific supporting characters, a little steamy sex, and just enough suspense to keep you from guessing how it will all go down.”
A sassy, sexy, sometimes poignant look at small town Southern life, as only New York Times bestseller Mary Kay Andrews can tell it, The Fixer Upper is...more
The other thing which left me feeling somewhere between "blah" and "meh", was the police procedures described. I'd love to know where that old chestnut of a p ...more
This book is cute. Young girl, caught in a scandal, moves to a small town to fix up an old house and of course she has lots of "life" moments and finds romance along the way. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a light, summer romance read. And it is...there are just some parts of this book that really bugged me.
First of all, I understand books like this aren't really meant to be realistic, but Andrews' lack of reality in this book gets a little extreme. There were just parts here ...more
So this story is about a vapid, young lawyer who is framed for bribery and mishandling taxpayer money...I guess...and winds up in a two-stoplight town in the south, fixing a broken-down house that was just left to her egomaniacal father in a will. She falls in love with a jerk who pretends to not be a jerk but she also sort of has the hots for the jerk's dad. There's a ...more
Also, I recently read Nora Robert's "Tribute", and it was surprising how similar these two books were, while also being very different. Perhaps it's like the difference between peanut butter and oatmeal cookies: they are both sweets, meant for dessert not nutrition, though they have some nutritional value (protein vs fiber), and you can enjoy them in a convenient way althoug ...more
The moment I read about the upcoming release of The Fixer Upper, I rushed to reserve my copy, and couldn't wait to start reading. I finished the book in near record time for me, it was that good. I loved that ...more
"New paint was about hope. It was about believing that underneath the dirt and the crud and the hurt, it was possible to find something solid and substantial. Something worth saving. And when you found something good, wasn't it right to try and fix it?"
I'm convinced that the author didn't even write that line because it was so out of pla ...more
One of the things ...more
Meet Dempsey Killebrew. A young woman living in D.C. as a lobbyist that has just been fired by her high-powered public relations firm after they were caught in a political scandal.
She's a young woman, who has just lost everything she's ever known so far in life and is now unemployed. She seeks the help of her father, Mitch, whom I have to say I dislike. He basically is married to a much youn ...more
I almost always love a story ...more
I loved the imagery of Birdsong (even though I find the name unoriginal).
I disliked the term "mattress dance" and I though that actor's portrayal of T made him sound like Gomer Pyle. But other than that I loved this book. I found the character to be a little too naive and a little too whiny in the beginning but I grew to like her by the end. I strongly disliked her mother (and the actor's portrayal of the mother) but I found the other supporting ...more
I did finish it, so I suppose it was not that bad. A forgettable summer read. but then again, I was not expecting great ...more
regarding how unrealistic some of this story seemed. Especially regarding
Dempsey's sudden skills as a DIY home restorer, and also how the relationship
between Dempsey and Tee was underdeveloped. Tee expressed
such serious feelings so quickly but yet there seems there is no context for
the development of those committed feelings. There is not much
"Getting to know you" time. Tee doesn't seem at all fazed that his new girlfriend
is in a heap of trouble; ...more
Oh, and there's a sex scene.
I wouldn't recommend this one.
The entire first half is about a spoiled rich girl with daddy issues fixing up a house. You get all kinds of juicy details like:
"I plugged in the heat gun and started to work. If the tiles had come up with relative ease, the stubborn black adhesive was a whole different ball game."
OMG WHAT WILL SHE DO?!
"I had to aim the heat gun inches from the mastic with my left hand, use the heat to soften it, and after precisely two minutes, quickly scrape up the goo with my right hand ...more
She also writes the Callahan Garrity Mystery series and the Truman Kicklighter Mystery series under the pen name Ka ...more