My Goodreads Rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
I’ve read Jenny Holiday’s 49th Floor series, and have enjoyed her mastery of character development. In The Fixer she delivers again on characters, with Jenny and Matthew noticeably evolving throughout the book.
Jenny is a college newspaper editor-in-chief who wants to fix everything, embarking on a mission to save the college’s historical art building. Matthew is an artist who comes from a rough background, and just wants to be left alone. Their initial impressions of each other drives home the concept of ‘never judge a book by its cover’, but over time they open up.
The story was quite interesting, but at its novella length, it flew by way too fast. I would have loved to enjoy more of these two.
The Fixer is set in the early 1980s, which was a bit weird for me at first as an early-80s baby, but it grew on me as the story progressed. It was refreshing to read a setting that isn’t typical in more recent romance books. I did end up researching the etymology of the phrase “don’t have a cow” after coming across it. To me it screams The Simpsons, but I was surprised to learn that it originated in the 1950s.
My biggest con, which knocked a whole star off my rating, is that you have to subscribe to a newsletter to receive the epilogue. I have no issue signing up to newsletters of authors I enjoy, but excluding part of the story in that way was disappointing.
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.