This fiction, The Fix by Sylvie Stewart, is a perfect combination of humor and romance. As a result of a one-night stand, Laney becomes pregnant even before finishing her college. Her parents support her as long as she is ready to stand on her feet again. She completes her college, gets a job and moves out to a new house. Her brother, Gavin, stays with her and helps in raising her child, Rocco. He is a carefree fellow, who finally lands a job in a construction company. His boss, Nate Murphy, did not wish to be the one managing his family business, but when his father got a heart attack, it fell upon Nate to take care of the business. His company is constructing a commercial building in the area where Laney lives. The people living in this society are not happy with this construction, and they decide to confront Nate with their concerns. However, when Laney and other women of the society talk to Nate, his response turns out quite rude. Laney and Nate find each other tremendously attractive, but the circumstances are less than favorable — to say the least.
As a reader, I enjoyed the smooth and engaging narration of the author. Sylvie has kept the tone of the book upbeat, lively, and friendly. Even though the main theme of the story is romance, there are many other elements to keep a reader entertained. She has beautifully touched various topics, such as the importance of a father figure in a child’s life, the confusing moments of a single parent while raising a child, and the requirement of love and support of a family. It was quite refreshing to read about this much variety in a romantic fiction. The last thing I wanted was a typical lovey-dovey tale, and the author did not disappoint me. I am sure that other readers would enjoy this diverse nature of the book, too. There are a few steamy scenes which would keep erotica lovers gasping for air. The best part is that the author has not over done with these scenes and these are described only where they were required.
The words that the author has chosen to describe the handsomeness of Nate have a contagious effect. I found a craving to see such an amazing looking man 😉 This is the power of her writing. Her ability to sketch the characters helped me in creating a mental image of them in my head. This is very important for me to be able to connect with the characters in any book. I would give 10 on 10 to Sylvie in this area. My favorite character is Fiona, Laney’s best friend. She is a quite funny creature and her “unintended” dirty dialogues were very amusing. Don’t we all know at least one person who has an inherent ability to slip a few dirty remarks, unintentionally, in whatever they may say?
The humorous dialogues managed to plaster a smile on my face throughout the read. There was no dull moment in the book. Generally, romantic books tend to overdo drama and include a little bit of sob-fest. This is one attribute that I do not always find very welcoming. I was delighted to find that there was not any page-filling and brain-torturing drama of any sort. Nevertheless, the book remained full of little twists — with an emphasis on the word ‘little.’
I think the title doesn’t really reflect what to expect from the book, though.
I would recommend this book to the readers who like reading a funny, steamy, and quick romantic read.
P.S. I have received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.