Thursday, March 12, 2015

Blog Tour-Review: Fix You by Beck Anderson

Adult Contemporary Romance 
New release from Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) March 2015
Previously released by Omnific Publishing

In this modern-day Cinderella story with a charming twist, a young widow with two rambunctious sons falls for a gorgeous movie star. But can she handle life in the limelight?
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…

My Review

Emotional rollercoaster.  Heartbreaking, yet hopeful.  And with the way this story opened, I found myself at work trying not to cry (only for that opening part with Kelly and her husband).

Fix You is an emotional, insightful read that touches on some hard topics while giving you hope for Kelly and Andrew to make everything work-because when they're together, it makes them both better.  Anyone can see that.  We get to see the ups and downs they go through to make their relationship work-with their downs exacerbated by their own personal issues from their respective pasts.

The writing at some times can seem a little choppy with a lot of short sentences, but I think that has a lot to do with how the female lead, Kelly, thinks and expresses herself.  The characters have excellent depth and feel very true-to-life.  And Kelly's kids are wonderful-very perceptive and well-balanced, they add a lot to the story in their supporting roles.  As for Andrew-even with his faults, he's who you want to see Kelly end up with.  The two of them together just work perfectly.

The story will tear you apart, put you back together and tear you apart again...and ultimately leave you a satisfied reader.  4.5 stars for this touching story that I'd recommend to any lover of contemporary romance.

About the Author
Beck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase "mistakes are for learning" and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life.

Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.


  1. Awesome review! I thought the choppy sentences reflected the author's admiration of Ernest Hemingway. :-)

    1. Thanks Jennifer :-) I'll admit, I don't think I've ever read anything by Hemingway-even in school...back then the focus was heavily on Shakespeare, then had some classics thrown in like To Kill a Mockingbird, Siddhartha, etc.