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The Fix Up

(First Impressions #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,380 ratings  ·  238 reviews
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
Published December 14th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)
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Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entangled
3 - "It is what it is." Stars.

The Queen of pithy innuendo strikes again, unfortunately when you are battered around the eye-balls with it in pretty much every paragraph of the book it tends to lose it's overall charm somewhat. It also takes away the scope of getting much of an emotional connection between a couple, when all they are doing is 'one-upping' each other in said 'innuendo' stakes. I got they were horny for each other, I think there may have been mention of one or the other of them fal
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A fun, sassy, smart romance story that will have readers smitten for a sexy geek hero!!! Tawna Fenske whips up a delightful read as she charms her readers with a sexy hero who is book smart but lacks the social skills to charm others. So when Ben Langley hires Holly Colvin to help him become a people person, he didn't expect that he will end up fixing his love life as well as hers.


The Fix Up was a quick charming read that had two
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Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Fix Up a light, sexy read with two characters that have off-the-charts chemistry together and complement each other.

Ben Langley has just been given the helm of his family's company. Ben's problem... he'd much rather be working in the chemistry lab then dealing with people. He can't even fully recognize when a sales clerk is hitting on him (hardcore) over some furniture pieces. But he is rescued by a beautiful woman who pr
3 "makeover the guy" stars.

Ben Langley is brilliant. Brilliant brain. Brilliant body. Brilliant knowledge of bad sci-fi films and fauna or flora varieties. However, he has the "charm of a porcupine with the flu" and in order to become the CEO of his father's company he needs to learn to "‘mingle, schmooze, hobnob, and chinwag." And he needs to learn it fast.

Enter Holly Colvin. Public Relations and Branding expert who needs to score one big client to save her business. But as the two work to make
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being partial to a geek, The Fix Up sounded right up my alley. And on the whole Ben and Holly were both lovely characters, and their romance was sweet and sexy, but I have to be honest and say that Ben's geekiness and awkwardness and the crux of the storyline were overshadowed by a serious overdose of innuendo.

"Are your assets expanding, or are you just happy to see me?"

I like innuendo, but when overdone it becomes forced and unfunny and this is what happened here; there's nothing particula
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Oh, Ben! Nerdy, dirty Ben. I have to say, this one surprised me a little. I was intrigued and amused and, yes, even turned on by this socially awkward CEO. I do love me a good geek story.

Ben Langley is much more comfortable dealing with scientific equations and formulas than he is with people. But that's not going to help him in his new role as CEO of the family business.

A chance meeting—and much-needed rescue—with PR specialist, Holly Colvin might be just the thing he needs to turn himself fr
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cat-and-mouse-game between a hot geek and an emancipated businesswoman with a lot sexual innuendos and a little bit drama, which wasn't necessary if they would have been honest from the beginning about their life goals.
3-1/2 stars.

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The Fix Up is a fun, cute story--exactly what I needed, right when I needed it!

Chemistry Geek Ben Langley is taking over as CEO of the family business, but he seriously lacks people skills and has no idea what to do in such a public position. After a fun meeting with public relations ingenue Holly, Ben decides to hire her to help him become the guy he needs to project to the world. Because of her past, Holly isn't interested in exploring
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I'll admit upfront that I love geeky heroes and Tawna Fenske delivered the best kind in The Fix Up. From the uproariously hilarious geeky but dirty sex talk, to the charming characters and finishing with some extremely sexy scenarios The Fix Up was all kinds of delicious fun.

Taking over at CEO of the family business Ben Langely knows he needs help putting forth the image expected of someone in his position, but despite Ben's outwardly movie-s
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

The Fix Up was such a fun and sexy read.

The storyline was sweet and entertaining, the characters were likable, lovable and made this a fun read.
Ben and Holly had me laughing, swooning and fanning myself with their hot & sexy makeouts.

Once again Tawna Fenske has given us a heartwarming romance that will leave you full of happy feels.

Thank you Entangled Lovestruck via NetGalley for the advance copy.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute!! All their interactions I had to contain my squeeing! Their slumber party especially.
I'm not a fan of insta-lust/love but it worked out here even if I was still not a fan of it.
Andrea Garcia
Cute, funny, a little sassy. Fairly predictable.
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Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, arc
I have picked out The Fix-Up based on the cover and the book blurb. Tawna Fenske is a – for me – new author, so I was curious going in. This book certainly didn’t disappoint, for me it is an entertaining and sweet read, ideal for a Sunday afternoon.
“Her lips parted slightly, almost like she was braced for a kiss. Or was that his imagination? It seemed hot in here, and he was getting dizzy, and now all he could think about was claiming those perfect lips.”

Holly Colvin is the proud owner of he
Jane Stewart
2 ½ stars. The first third was great. The second half dragged. But it’s ok if you’re in the mood for contemporary romance.

I enjoyed how they met and started out. I did not like the reason for the separation. See Spoiler.

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Ben is a smart geek who needs to learn people skills for his job. He hires Holly to help him. She owns a public relations firm.

I really enjoyed “Making Waves” by thi
Lynsey Austin-Goddard ❤
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
✮✮✮✮ Belly Laughs ~ Lynsey

The Fix-Up is my first read by Tawna Fenske, I've read a few dark books lately and I was after a more light hearted read and when this dropped on my Kindle it sounded spot on.

It's not a long book, alternating focus between Ben and Holly (I keep wanting to add Little Kingdom - Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom is a UK kids programme for those that don't know).

Holly Colvin is a divorcee that runs a successful PR & Branding company. Her ex-husband blames her career for their br
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Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, series
I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this story as much as I have. The Fix Up is a sweet and sensual romantic comedy with lots of sexy times and sexual innuendos that had me blushing in parts. But that’s not what made me enjoy the book so much; it was the smart writing, the lovable characters and the original story line that captivated me from the beginning.

The Fix Up follows Ben, the adorable ‘geek’ , and Holly, the career driven owner of ‘First Impressions’, one of the top PR firms around.
Do you know, these Lovestruck novels are delightful reads to escape into and this is another great one!

This time the story involves a handsome, well built but total geek, Ben Langley, who is taking over his family firm as CEO. He’s much happier revelling in his geekdom, creating, innovating and developing products for the company’s clients but now his father wants to hand over the reins to Ben. This is a big change for this scientific whizz who is relatively shy and uncomfortable in social situa
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored The Fix-Up my only gripe was at how short it was. Although that did nothing to detract from the pacing of the story, no case of insta-love here although there is definitely a case of insta-lust ;)

Told in third person narrative with alternating focus between Ben and Holly.

Ben is not your typical geek, well apart from his genius level IQ and adorable awkwardness that is. Ben is undeniably charming, hot and when completely comfortable has more than a few alpha traits ;) Lacking
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
When you finish a book and your cheeks hurt from smiling so much, you know it was a good one.
This book was sweet, funny, awkward, sexy, frustrating, and so freaking hot all at once. I'm not even sure where to begin describing how much I liked it.
Scratch that, I'll start with Ben because I damn near almost finished because of him, if you catch my drift. I really can't get enough of these socially awkward, obliviously sexy, smart, successful, nerdy men in books nowadays. Especially when behind c

Before I started this book I read the blurb over and over trying to decide if I wanted to read it or not but I am glad I did.

Ben is the new CEO of his family's company but he needs an image change from geek to alpha CEO. He happens to run into Holly while looking for furniture for his new penthouse and office. Holly doesn't want to take him on as a client but she needs the money to save her business.

I liked that Holly was independent and career driven. She knew what she wanted but wondered if
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omg Tawna killed this book. She is the rom com queen. I laughed out loud through the whole book. And it was also oh so steamy. I mean sizzling hot.

Ben is just stepping into the role as CEO of his dads company. He is a geek through and through. He is a very hot and sexy geek though. He is out shopping for furniture one day and the saleswoman is mercilessly flirting with him. Ben is not a very assertive person so he tries to politely ignore her. Lucky for him Holly walks over and saves him. She pr
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fix Up is my first Tawna Fenske book and I gotta say... Where the hell have I been?! Tawna is hilarious!!!

I absolutely loved how the main characters met. We have all needed saving from someone we aren't interested in, and Holly was AWESOME! Quick thinking, funny, and unafraid, she helped Ben (while he sure as heck helped himself LOL).

Now, Holly had some trust issues. And they weren't something I had to deal with personally, so I thought I would have a hard time relating. Nope! Fenske brough
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben is a geeky Engineer turned CEO of his family business. Ben runs into Holly one day and after she fakes a relationship with him to ward off a sales associate, Ben asks Holly to help him with his image. Holly is the owner of a PR and rebranding firm but she’s never rebranded a person before. Holly is desperate for some money and decides to help Ben because the dork really needs it badly. What Holly doesn’t expect is to find him completely and utterly attractive. Can this geeky nerd win over th ...more
3.5 stars!

The uber adorable cover is an excellent representation of just how much I enjoyed this book. I’ve always been a big fan of the makeover trope and when the person getting made over happens to be a charming bespectacled geek with a penchant for Star Wars and root beer floats; the happy feels could not be contained.

Tawna Fenske’s writing style was fun and refreshingly witty, with Ben and Holly’s laugh out loud hilarious banter being the main draw. There were even hints of emotional depth
I love me a nerdy hero and Ben is grand.

The cute meet in this book is silly as is the fast dropping of pants but it manages to be a charming sexy read with some added depths as well.

Ben is great. He wants to change his company for the better and is a genius. He knows he needs to smooth his image but likes who he is and isn't afraid to be who he is. Plus, he is sexually confidant but not it a jerk way.

The heroine clings a bit to self protection and rules she doesn't obey in the magic of romance
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dual-pov, hilarious

I was a little dubious about this book, but it had me laughing from the start. I finished a really good book at 4 in the morning and I couldn't sleep, which is why I started this and I honestly didn't think it would be anything to write home about, but I changed my mind almost instantaneously since I was laughing my ass off. It was endearing.

And I lost my train of thoug
Amber Hughes
**3.5 stars**
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2017
MY RATING: 4.5 / 5

This is my first book that I have ever read from Tawna Fenske and it will certainly not be my last. I just need some time and I will finish the rest of her 'First Impression' series just you wait!

Let's start with the fact that I love nerds. After reading, The Wrong Kind of Compatible by Kadie Scott, I knew I was reading a good book when I realized Ben was just a dork. He loves star wars, trashy sci-fi movies, and stays way too long by himself in a lab than outside in the real w
Mariel Hoss
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
*ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A short and sweet romance with a Pygmalion twist. Ben Langley is alpha male material - brilliant, sexy and nice - in a geek package...desperately in need of a social skills makeover. Enter Holly Colvin, Public Relations and Branding expert in desperate need of a big client to save her business. Mach made in heaven! Cliched, maybe but delivered in a funny and entertaining way.

Ben and Holly capture your imagination and hold it. There's th
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When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with mult ...more

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“You’re right, we should keep things professional between us. Please—let’s give it a shot.” She looked down into her lap and fiddled with the tie on the front of the cashmere pants. “No more fooling around?” “Scout’s honor,” he said, raising his hand with his palm toward her, thumb extended, fingers parted between his middle and ring finger. Holly stared at his hand and frowned. “What the hell kind of Boy Scout were you?” “I wasn’t. That’s a Vulcan salute.” “Star Trek?” “Yep. Much more meaningful to a geek than any Boy Scout pledge. As Spock is my witness, I’ll do my very best to keep my hands off you.” She” 1 likes
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