Hello and welcome to my stop on The Fixer Upper blog tour. Hope you enjoy the review and don’t forget to visit the other stops!!
The Fixer Upper
by Maggie Mae Gallagher
(Echo Springs, #1)
Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: September 6th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break.
Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he discovers a journal hidden away by the previous tenant and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life.
Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed.
The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around—even though she should because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing—because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser?
Giveaway ends October 10th.
The grand prize is:
- $50 Amazon gift card
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.
Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.
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Oh brother!The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher
When I started reading The Fixer Upper, I was in the mood for a light-hearted romance. I needed a book where I didn’t have to keep track of plotlines, characters, and all that stuff, which I got with The Fixer Upper.
The Fixer Upper had two main plotlines but a subplot line that I thought was interesting. The plotlines were easy to read, and they moved along at a medium pace. There was lag in the plotline last half of the book, but the author was able to get the book back on track.
I liked Abby. Her sense of humor was well written. I agree with her about porcelain dolls; they are creepy. Her nickname for Nate was hilarious. But I got bored with her, as weird as that sounds. Her character became flat to me. Even making her choice where she was going to teach was bleh to me.
I liked Nate. I did think it was creepy that he knew everything about her (from her great aunt, but still). But my creepiness was squashed when the author showed what a good guy he was. But, like with Abby, I got bored with him.
The romance between Nate and Abby was red hot. Who thought that cutting firewood would be a turn on? Even their exchanged looks were sexy. I loved how Abby justified her attraction to him. Again, she had me rolling on the floor, laughing. And the sex scene where Rufus stuck his nose in Abby’s butt. OMG!!! Hilarious!!
The plotline where Nate was investigating the burglaries was interesting. I did figure out who was doing them before Nate did. I did feel that plotline ending was rushed.
I loved the storyline involving Abby’s aunt and the old owner of Nate’s house. Talk about sweet and sad. I also liked the bits of advice at the beginning of each chapter (that was taken from the diary).
I wasn’t thrilled with the end of The Fixer Upper. It seemed rushed. What happened didn’t jive with me. I wanted an epilogue or another chapter to add to what happened. The author did leave the book open for book 2. I am curious who the next couple will be.
The Fixer Upper was a sweet romance. There was some lag, but the author was able to pull the book back on track. I did find the main characters pleasant but got bored with them towards the end of the book. The romance was sweet, and the sex was hot. I liked the storylines, even if I thought the ending was rushed.
I would give The Fixer Upper an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
I would reread The Fixer Upper. I would recommend it to family and friends.
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**