Author: Beck Anderson
Publisher: Omific Publishing
Source: ARC provided by AToMR in exchange for a honest review.
When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home.
Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. 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 paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want 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. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep.
Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair
Flirty Review: Three Lip Bites
Fix You by Beck Anderson needs a little bit of fixing. The story itself is structured well. The writing, albeit in some places is very telling, but solid nevertheless and it's clear Anderson can write beautifully. With the nice quality of the work, there also lacked character development and character emotion that pulls the book together and gives the reader a couple in love they could root for. I don't know if this was a Twilight fan fiction or if the author was a Twi author at one time but there were some strong parallels between the fandom and this book. It's coming from Omnific which tells me it could have been, but I don't really care if it was or not. I'm not anti P2P but I do like to think an author can make something their own if they do P2P.
Kelly Reynolds is a thirty-six-year-old mother of two preteen boys living in Boise. She lost her husband to cancer the year prior and is still grieving and recovering from her deep depression of losing the man she loved. After reading some of the book, I looked up the author bio and wasn't so surprised to find out Beck Anderson had a lot of the same characteristics as Kelly. They both live in Boise, they have pre-teen sons, resemble looks, and both enjoy to run. But you write what you know, right? I did enjoy the very factual descriptions of Boise and Kelly's homelife even though I felt like I was really looking into Anderson's life. It gave a sense of realness to Kelly. I will say to the author: Girl, does your hubs like that you killed him off in the book?
On a visit to see her parents in California, Kelly has a chance encounter with a mega movie superstar Andy Pettigrew while she's having a nervous breakdown outside a coffee shot. Andrew, as he likes to be called, is a Rob Pattinson type of character. From his ballcaps and hoodies, to his scruffy beard and smoking habit, (and btw he plays piano and was in a bad with his musician friend Todd who reminds me a lot of Marcus Foster, but whatevs), and his fake relationship with his co-star Franka (some would say that was what Rob and Kristen were). Oh ya, he also hates to workout but will do it for his roles. *taps chin* What other actor has said that? Hmmm? I'm off topic. So Andrew sees her on the sidewalk crying and carrying on and checks on her. In the course of their encounter, he lends her his coat then takes off when his phone rings.
So apparently Andrew sees something in Kelly that day because he goes back to the coffee shop to see if she returns with his coat. She isn't there but he sees her and follows her in his car while she's jogging to her parents house. Not creepy at all. They meet up again and have some tea, and then exchange numbers.
Fast forward two months and Andrew is in Boise wanting to spend time with Kelly.. Wait....Did I miss something? Yep, the emotional connection the pair needed on their first meeting that would firmly cement Andrew's actions for coming to Boise to see Kelly. Granted, he tells her that he was really on his way to Sun Valley, but you know without so many words that he really meant to visit her and not go skiing. But we never hear that. What was lacking is that he doesn't have a point of view explaining his motives to pursue Kelly in the first place. Andrew really doesn't give any inclination other than he just called her out of the blue because she's the only person in Boise he knows. Umm-hmm. Kelly is very easygoing about it all and doesn't question him more than to say, "What are you doing here?"
So let's get some things straight: She's a widow, still very depressed and grieving, just coming out her dysfunctional funk from the death of her husband, has two sons that are impressionable, and a stranger just pops in wanting to spend the weekend with her. Even though he's a movie star, do you think your guard would be up just a tad? Especially once we find out at the end of the book about her dead husband behavior while they were married. But Kelly isn't like this. She's more of let's go with the flow gal when it comes to Andrew. A skiing metaphor of her husband's run as a mantra repeatedly in head throughout the book similar to sink or swim. She lives by this apparently, because she dives with in and swims with Andrew.
Okay, I don't mind this premise at all. It's the execution that is very undeveloped. Since Anderson didn't establish a strong emotional connection between the pair from the get-go the whole trip Andrew has in Boise just seems like two friends hanging out. Their first kiss is so mechanical and not described well at all. I was really looking forward to their first real kismet with this kissing scene and turned off my Kindle scratching my head at what I just read. A lot of the romance was like this in the rest of the book. I wondered from time to time why Kelly was even really bothering with Andrew at all. When they were away from each other I didn't feel the desperation of longing that certain someone from Kelly. She kept telling the reader what Andrew was up too and but never really delving into the emotion of how she felt when she thought about him or talked to him. Anderson didn't properly spell out the budding relationship like you would find in any other romance book. The sexual tension was missing too. I felt like I reading a really good buddy story rather than a hot movie star finally finding love with someone as real and normal as Kelly.
The twist at the end about Kelly's husband and Andrew's past felt rushed and from left field. Why was it at the last pages of the book we finally found out what Kelly's real demons were? I would think that since it was in her point of view we would have had a small window into her fears a little earlier.
All in all, I think this needs more development. It's not a bad read, really it's not. It's just holds so much more promise than I think Anderson put on paper. I did find myself skimming in some places where I was bored with all the mundane detail and the telling. It wasn't something that dragged the book down though. I did love seeing the author's love affair with Boise and her sons. And I liked how much info the author knew on the entertainment industry. She did her homework. Those were very well developed. The editing was top notch. Bravo!