Mr. Fix-It [NOOK Book]

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Awl's well that ends well?

On the eve of her acceptance of the Torchbearer Award, an industry award for the romance writer who best represents the genre, Khela Halliday reveals the deepest, darkest secret of her heart: she doesn't believe in love. Not at first sight, second glance, everlasting or springing eternal. But love might just be in Khela's future when handsome handyman Carter Radcliffe helps her save face during the award's weekend ...
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Overview

Awl's well that ends well?

On the eve of her acceptance of the Torchbearer Award, an industry award for the romance writer who best represents the genre, Khela Halliday reveals the deepest, darkest secret of her heart: she doesn't believe in love. Not at first sight, second glance, everlasting or springing eternal. But love might just be in Khela's future when handsome handyman Carter Radcliffe helps her save face during the award's weekend ceremonies. Alluring, intelligent and delightfully wacky, Khela interests Carter more than he'd like. Women typically only wanted one thing from him, and rarely was it the one thing he wanted to give. Through Khela's books, Carter finds the tools to unlock her impenetrable heart, all the while wondering if he can raze his own defenses to let her into his.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585715831
  • Publisher: Genesis Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 241,804
  • File size: 698 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Mr. Fix-It

    Every time I pick up a book by this author, I know I'll get exactly what I look for in a romance: smarts, warmth, humor, passion and a meaty storyline to sink my teeth into. Romance novelist Khela Halliday doesn't believe in love even though it's the commodity she trades in for a living. Her passing attraction to Carter Radcliffe, her building superintendent becomes more when she gets him to be her date for a writers convention she has to attend. The illusion gradually becomes reality and that's when Khela and Carter both have to examine who they are and what they want from each other. Crystal Hubbard has a way of mixing the serious with the silly that works wonderfully, especially with the character Mangela. The love scenes between Khela and Carter are exactly that, and they are great. This is another good read from Crystal Hubbad.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    A good way to spend a weekend

    I started this book on a Friday afternoon and work and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it Saturday night. Mr. Fix It is about romance novelist Khela Halliday, who is having trouble believing in love after divorcing a husband who loved her royalty checks more than he loved Khela. Khela has harbored an attraction for Carter Radcliffe, the maintenance man in her building, and he's had a crush on her too since she moved into the building three years ago. Khela's best friend Daphne breaks things in the apartment on purpose to get the hot handyman up to Khela's and when Khela needs a date for a weekend writer's convention, she works up the courage to ask Carter to be her escort. Sparks fly when they're together in the hotel suite, but it takes a while for Khela to let herself go enough to give Carter a two-week chance. That's when the book heats up. Khela and Carter get to know each other better on many different levels. Carter is impressed by Khela's humanitarian endeavors but Khela's a bit dismayed by Carter's way of sort of coasting through life on his good lucks and his good ol' boy personality. I like the way the two characters complement each other and help each other to become better people. I also really like the quotes from Khela's books that the author uses to head each chapter. They were very beautiful and smart. Another thing I liked about Mr. Fix It was the view of the writer's life. Khela is a solitary person with only one close friend, Daphne, who is a very good secondary character. Detrick, Carter's best friend, is a bit underutilized as the voice of maturity and reason for Carter. As a resident of Boston, I thoroughly enjoyed the author's way of capturing the rowdiness and chaos of a night on Lansdowne Street in the Fenway Park area of Boston. Boston is a character all its own in this book and the author depicted it very well. I very much enjoyed Mr. Fix It.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

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    A Writer's Romance

    The casual reader will enjoy Mr. Fix-it but aspiring writes like me will appreciate the extras in this book namely the author's "inside" view of publishing and the industry. This book has great love scenes that combine the emotional and physical perfectly and the main characters show a lot of growth that real folks can relate to. I was pleasantly surprised by this one because it isn't like most other romance novels because of the mix of humor and grittiness in it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Transfixing

    Crystal Hubbard is a fresh talent who evolves with each new offering. Mr. Fix-It tells the tale of romance author Khela Halliday, who doesn't believe in true love, and Carter Radcliffe, the handsome handyman who gets by on good looks. Mr. Fix-It addresses societal and emotional differences in a sensitive and realistic way that made me wonder what it is that really makes a true love match. The humor and poignancy of Mr. Fix-It makes it stand apart from Hubbard's other books. Khela and Carter are both very well developed and their motivations come from places that real people can identify with. Mangela is one of the funniest characters ever and I very much enjoyed the scene at the charity auction, where Khela makes a cake that is not quite as sweet as the other offerings. The tour of Boston and other places in Massachusetts was a delight as well, but the biggest special treat about this book was the way Khela dispensed advice about writing and some of the nitty gritty about the publishing business. Job well done, Ms. Hubbard.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Mr. Fix-It

    Mr. Fix-it has everything you want in a romance. Two great strong characters who are real enough to be believeable and a real-life conflict. You have Khela, a successful novelist developing feelings for Carter, the handyman of her building. Khela's the successful professional and Carter is the arm candy when she recruits him to accompany her to an industry function where she has to look great and be seen in the proper light. Khela and Carter's rapport is the most mature of Hubbard's books to date, but her genuine warmth and humor remain in tact. This was just a very satisfying romantic read that captured my heart.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    WELCOME to the Wonderful World of Romance

    WELCOME to the WORLD OF Romance Mrs. Hubbard takes us on a CAPTIVATING tour of the life of a talented romance author in her third interracial romance, 'Mr. Fix-It'. She crafts a tale that entertains and educates us about aspects of HER very unpredictable world. I was totally CAUGHT UP in the workings of the romance convention, the camaraderie and verbal sparring between the authors, the passionate and know-it-all fans that often want to re-write the authors story (LOL). Khela Halliday is a popular romance writer, however her own love life is NON-EXISTENT. Khela believes she has an image to uphold by presenting a love life to her peers and fans that's just like the one she portrays in her novels. Unfortunately she doesn't believe in what she writes, ANYMORE. Due to past hurts, Khela is afraid to LET GO and capture the romance and the love that she so passionately writes about in her books. However, Khela will do WHATEVER she has to, in order to keep up the illusion of her life. So, she convinces Carter, her all too SEXY 'handyman' to be her date at a romance convention. Carter is definitely the perfect companion for her. Khela and her peers think that Carter could have walked right off the pages of their novels. And there in lies the root of Carter's problems, his deepest desire is to find a woman that sees him as more than just the ULTIMATE 'pretty boy', and he desperately WANTS that woman to be Khela. As they struggle through their issues, the budding relationship of Khela and Carter is an INTENSE, heartwarming, sensual and HUMOROUS ride. Will Khela and Carter ALLOW themselves to hold on to the love they discover with each other or will they destroy their HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER with their fears, insecurities and childish antics?!! The cast of characters, main and secondary, are quite ANIMATED and memorable, and the the detailed descriptions of Boston only aid in making this a fascinating journey. As much as I enjoyed this tale, I must say, I think Mrs. Hubbard attempts to wrap the story up a little too quickly, it felt like Khela and Carter still had some unresolved issues that should have been addressed in order to make the conclusion more SATISFYING. But, having said that, I still found this romance to be a worthwhile read and I definitely enjoy the detailed glimpse into the world of a romance writer. Good Job, Crystal, keep the wonderful stories coming!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    Mr. Fix-It is the story of romance novelist Khela Halliday and repairman Carter Radcliffe. When she needs a date for an important awards ceremony, Khela enlists Carter's help to lead people into believing that she lives the love lives of the heroines she writes about. Khela and Carter are attracted to each other but each of them are a little wary of committing to a serious relationship. Ms. Hubbard twists up the conventional rich man-pretty woman pairing by making Khela the very successful professional who men want for her money and Carter is the handsome man women mostly want for his good looks. Khela decides to spend two weeks with Carter which is usually the amount of time she needs to date a man before he shows her his true motives. Carter decides to read Khela's books to try to learn to become the kind of man she wants. Ms. Hubbard gives a good look at the publishing industry and I think I recognized some of the fictional writers she created. This story isn't as involved as some of her previous work but Mr. Fix-It has the humor and passion that you expect to find in one of her books. There are laugh out loud scenes in this book but it never loses its sense of reality. Carter Radcliffe is one of Ms. Hubbard's best heros ever because he seems the most real. Ms. Hubbard does it again with Mr. Fix-It, creating an interracial romance that will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart and make you wish that you had a Carter Radcliffe of your own to cuddle up to at night! Taryn Sennewald, Bay State Ladies Book Club

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    Cover to Cover Enjoyment

    Crystal Hubbard doesn't disappoint in this latest book. Mr. Fix-It has got substance, humor, warmth, emotion and quite excellent love scenes. I'm not ordinarily a romance novel aficianado but I've been hooked on Hubbard's work since Crush. Mr. Fix-It is a smashing addition to the Hubbard bibliography. It's a romance men will enjoy as well as women do.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2009

    Good Read

    I enjoyed this bood very much. Characters were all very interesting. Some parts I actually laughed out loud.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2008

    not so much

    Khela was whiny, unsure and boring, Carter was wimpy. I liked her best friend sooo much better. All they seemed to agree on was sex

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Complete Package

    Mr. Fix-It lived up to the promise of the hot cover! I liked this story about a romance novelist who doesn't believe in love and the handyman who loves her so much that he makes himself into the man he thinks she deserves.

    Thsi book was more serious than I thought it would be. It has a lot of funny parts. One minute I was laughing my head off and the next minute I was nearly in tears. The real emotion between the characters really tugged at my heart.

    The writers convention scene was hilarious and the scene at the end of the book melted my heart. This is my first book by this author and I can't wait to read her other books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

    Heartwarming Hot & Humorous

    Khela Halliday is a woman who stumbled into a writing career while she was studying science in college. With her success as a romance novelist came a few hard lessons. She married a man who she later divorced because all he cared about was her money. So it's no wonder that Khela starts to believe that she'll never have the kind of love she writes about.<BR/>The super of her building is Carter Radcliffe. He's a Southern man who has benefited through his life from his good looks. Carter was once a successful investment person but when Khela meets him, he's happy spending his days keeping apartment buildings in good shape.<BR/>Khela uses her fame and money for good causes like Literacy fundraisers and raising money to relocate the child soldiers of Africa. Seeing how Khela uses her resources to become a better person makes Carter realize that he's been sliding through life.<BR/>Khela invites Carter to an awards banquet at a hotel and she gives in to her attraction to him. But she's scared to get involved again so she tries to distance herself from Carter. When he shows up at a cake auction she's attending and "buys" time with her, Khela later gives in to his charms.<BR/>Love, not money, is the most important thing to Khela. One of the best parts of this book is when Khela is listening to Carter talk, and she says that his voice and his Southern drawl mean home to her.<BR/>Khela and Carter are complex characters who have to overcome some past hurts before they can give their hearts to each other. This book tells the story of their journey very well. The excerpts from Khela Halliday's books heading each chapter are very good to and each one describes the point of the chapter.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    So ,I just finished reading this book and it SUCKED! The hero in

    So ,I just finished reading this book and it SUCKED! The hero in this book is too passive and his lack of explaining himself is what I hated most. This guy had more mood swings than a sex deprived , menoplausle woman. The heroine was strong at times but even her  reaction to things were a bit over the top and sometimes underwhelming. Also way too much background on the character. I could have done without all the fluff. Overall, I wouldn't recommed this book. It is truly a waste of ones time. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Boring

    Needs to be less boring , more descriptive love scenes and a better plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

    Great story line!

    It was a slow read. Did not expand on the charaters enough. Good plot, story line, but could have been written a little better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    Handy

    MR. FIX-IT tells the story of Khela Halliday, a romance writer. Though she writes about it for a living, she does not have a romance life herself. In desperate need of a date for an upcoming romance convention, Khela seeks the aid of her building's maintenance man, Carter. Has love been right under her nose this whole time? <BR/><BR/>MR. FIX-IT was a quick read, but as far as the content, it was an okay read. It had its moments, but didn't hold my total interest. <BR/><BR/>Reviewed by: Marcella

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    This started out incredibly strong. I was biting my lip laughing

    This started out incredibly strong. I was biting my lip laughing, I was fully enthralled, I was entertained..then it was like the author began to make it up as she went along. There were parts that were steady going nowhere where I was hoping for some interactions between the heroine and hero, but the moments lead to nothing...but the main issue was the hero. Carter is quite a mess, and I mean his characterization.

    He starts off like Khela's rock. He's a very well put-together, stable, loving guy. Then he regresses into childish, angsty behavior and doesn't know how to act/basically is having an identity/inferiority-crisis for really...no reason, because (minor implied spoily) besides what Khela might think he is, just a simple mr. fix it, he's worth way more than that. He knows this, but he starts to feel like he's not &quot;bigtime&quot; enough and just acts incredibly strange; a different man then the one we began with.

    I woulda been happy if they stayed at the convention the whole time, but we check out early and I was quite disappointed. Especially seeing as the characters there, the writers, no doubt, were so very interesting. If the story had been of a much longer convention and stayed there, i'm sure this would've turned into a better, more fun and heartwarming tale. But otherwise, it did give me laughs throughout and had strong moments...most of those said moments just exist at the very beginning.

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