Title: Fix You
Author: Beck Anderson
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Andrew and Kelly
Release Date: March 2015
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Sexual Intensity: mild
When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died two years ago, he left her to raise their two young boys. She’s barely pieced herself back together and takes refuge in her routine, running her kids around town and running the trails near their Idaho home.
A chance encounter on a trail run brings famous actor Andy Pettigrew into her life. He’s clearly interested in her, but Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five steps in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
Despite this, they click. But Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame, and Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous. So as much as she wants to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. Especially when she and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep…
I really, really enjoyed this book which is awesome, because I don't think it's a book I would have noticed if it hadn't been sent to me by the publisher. This is a re-release of sorts. From what I can tell, when the book originally came out in 2013, it only came out in e-book. Well, now it's available in print, too. I approve of this because I love that I will have it on my book shelf to re-read. Yes, it's one of those.
This book is all about the fairy tale. Kelly is a normal woman. Her husband died of cancer after a very short illness two years ago, leaving her with depression and two boys to raise. This woman is just like you and me. She leaves the house in questionable clothes. Her house isn't clean most the time. She can't cook worth a flip. And she's had that whole depression issue going on. She could so easily by you or I...and that's why I loved her story. Kelly deals with the pressures of her life by running. She's at her parents house and doing just that when she breaks into sobs. Andrew just happens to be there when it happens and with his sunglasses on, she doesn't recognize him as the world-famous movie star he is.
He likes that about her and is immediately drawn to her. Throughout this book, Andrew is pursuing Kelly. She's just waiting to wake up to her humdrum life in Boise. It's such a sweet, romantic, honest book. It's definitely the fairy tale, but as you can see from the blurb...this prince isn't quite so perfect.
I loved every single bit of this story. I liked the romance and the way it was set up. I loved how real Kelly felt. I also loved that her grief didn't just go away. It's there throughout this entire story and I love how the author let Andrew be completely okay with that. I loved that Andrew wasn't perfect. Although I didn't enjoy that part of the story so much (only because it's not quite as happy), it all worked and made sense and made me fall in love with these characters even more. I loved Andrew and Kelly and getting to read their romance was definitely one of the high points to my reading this month.
This IS one of those books that I will re-read because the story was so heartwarming. I highly recommend it.
Warning: this is a sweet book and that applies to the sex, too...which happens off the page. Just an FYI for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.