Fix You

Fix You

by Beck Anderson

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Fix You by Beck Anderson

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501106255
Publisher: Gallery/Omnific Publishing
Publication date: 03/03/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 809,554
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Beck Anderson is a RITA award-winning author who balances writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making the time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho with the suavest Chihuahua north of the border. Visit her on the web at AuthorBeck.com.

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Fix You



  • The Spaces in Between

    I don’t know how to describe the time that passes next. Yes, there are stages of grief. Yes, there are plenty of abysses that seem to suck into them any attempt at normalcy.

    But routine often saves me. When I feel things getting bad, I notice that the house has gotten overly bad too. Toilets need to be scrubbed, and dishes have multiplied while soaking in the sink. If I throw myself a life preserver of chores and errands and rides for the boys, not only does the house start to look better, but I’m able to hang on through the riptides of depression that want to pull me out to sea.

    This routine cannot, however, help me overlook the necessities prompted by Peter’s death. It is not routine, nor is it a standard household chore, to meet with an attorney to discuss putting things in my name that were in his. There is nothing fathomable or predictable about the way it feels to summarily strip his name off of the title to the car, for instance, or the mortgage to the house. Or to discuss the life insurance policy—the one I tried to talk him out of because we were both so young. I don’t like the way the lawyer says that policy will take care of me and the boys for a good long while. Suddenly we’re comfortable, and it’s because I’ve lost my husband. That’s the worst kind of fortune. It isn’t routine, all of this. What it is, is treason, as far as I’m concerned. It’s an admission that yes, I believe he really is gone for good, and no, I’m not waiting for him to come back.

    The least I could do for the person who waited for me while I fumbled around for my keys for the nine millionth time in the grocery store parking lot is wait for him. It’s the loyal thing to do. Either that or follow him in a prompt manner.

    Yet I have no choice but to stay. The other people in the world who rely on me for their basic survival force me to cope with what has happened. That’s actually one comfort: I don’t have any options. I can’t think about doing anything but sticking around, because there are two people who need me to be here, now more than ever.

    This doesn’t make it any easier, though. Gray days stretch into one another.

    Months slip through the house surreptitiously, like uninvited spirits.

    EVENTUALLY, I WAKE UP one day to both my boys standing by my bedside. Their eyes are wide with concern.

    “What’s up, boys?” I sit up, rub the sleepers out of my eyes, and try to shake off the weight of the anvil sitting on my chest, my familiar companion since Peter died.

    Beau elbows Hunter. He’s been appointed spokesperson.

    “Mom, we called Gran, and she said to get your butt up out of bed and go see Joe. We told her you slept most all of the weekend.”

    This is what they’re wide-eyed about. They tattled on me to Gran, and they’re afraid of the consequences. The thought makes me want to cry.

    “Oh, guys, come here.” I pull both of them to me for a long hug. “Listen. I’ll hop in the shower, and I’ll call Joe for an appointment right after, okay?”

    Joe is our family doctor. He is also my best friend’s husband. And he used to ski with Peter. He’s patched up every one of the Reynolds clan at one point or another. I guess it’s time he patched me up. This is not something I look forward to, but the way the boys look at me is reason enough to suck it up and call.

    Sure enough, when I talk to the receptionist at Joe’s office, my mom has called ahead. Great. She’s staged an intervention long-­distance. Since I went to college, we’ve never lived in the same town, but now that I’m alone in Boise with the boys, she keeps tabs on us more closely. Mom and Dad live in LA, and we visit them there and at their condo in Indio a lot. And if I asked them to move in with us in Boise, they just might do it. I’m pretty certain that would be a disaster, which is why the subject has never been discussed, but they do take good care of us.

    The appointment is for ten. I drop the boys at the sitter and drive through town in the pouring rain. When I get there, the receptionist hustles me into a room. I check to see if I’m bleeding anywhere; I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such prompt service at the doctor’s.

    I sit on a chair next to the exam table. After a few minutes, Joe sits across from me.

    “What’s going on, Kelly?” He’s a fit, glossy-haired Asian man who looks trim and put together in his white lab coat. I showered, but that’s about the only thing I have going for me currently.

    “I feel rotten. I think you may have heard why.”

    He takes a deep breath, lets it out. “Are you taking care of yourself?”

    “Yes.”

    “Exercising?”

    “No.”

    “Sleeping?”

    “No. Unless it’s the random times when I can, and then all I do is sleep.”

    “Reading? Taking the dog on walks? Entertaining the thought of seeing your friends? Learning how to cook? Thinking about going back to teaching?”

    “I get the point. What’s your point?”

    “I prescribe activity. You need to get out of the house. If you don’t make an effort at this, to exercise, or call Tessa up to have coffee, or to get a part-time job, I’ll prescribe something stronger. Antidepressants stronger. You catch my drift?”

    I surrender. “Yes. I promise I’ll do something.” I start to tear up.

    “Oh, Kelly, listen, we all love you, and we’re worried sick about you. But it’s been seven months. It’s time to ease back into it.”

    I nod.

    He scribbles on a prescription pad. “Try running again. It’s good for you. Gets the endorphins going.” He hands me the slip of paper. “That’s the address of the store I like for running shoes.”

    When I leave the office, the sun has come out. I squint and stop for a minute before I get in the car. The smell of the rain on the warming pavement is clean. I remember that I like that smell. I decide to give reentry into normalcy more of an effort.

    I go get new running shoes on the way home. I call Tessa, Joe’s wife, to have coffee. The pain is still there, hanging on under the surface, but I try to live through it, kind of like running through an injury. It feels awkward.

    Finally, I’m able to put two days together where I function almost normally. Then I’m able to go three days with only brief crying episodes when I wake and when I fall asleep. And yes, after a long while, there’s the day I make it through without a tear shed. The day after that is spent in bed, inconsolable, but still, the tear-free day is on record.

    There’s always an ache under my collarbone, but every day that I brush my teeth and put on pants instead of pajamas, I call a good day. I wait for there to be more of those than the not-so-good days.

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    Fix You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
    xxBianca More than 1 year ago
    As soon as I read the synopsis of this story, I knew it was a must read for me. While I like steamy romances like any other girl, I also look for a romance novel where I can deeply connect to the characters and their story. This was my first read from this author, therefore I did not know what to expect. I found that I was quickly engaged in her story. Fix You is an emotional read. While the synopsis tells you that her husband dies and leaves her a widow, I still teared up. I think there’s a difference between being told something versus experiencing it. The small part we get of Kelly’s husband allowed me as a reader to connect with her past life and fully understand how she feels as she raises her two boys alone. This gave the story more depth. When Kelly meets Andrew, I instantly felt the connection between the two. I loved watching (or reading) them fall in love. The story had a great pace which allowed the story to flow nicely. I read this book in one sitting as I had to find out how their story would end. There’s a small twist in the story that I did not see coming. Everyone has secrets. Even famous people, like Andrew. There’s not too many stories where the movie star is sad and broken. This made the story so much more relatable. Love is hard. It is especially hard when the person you love lives in a different world than you. I loved Andrew’s passion for Kelly and her boys. I loved that he wanted normalcy despite his Hollywood life style. I went back and forth on the rating of this story, between 3 and 4 stars because I wanted more! I'm greedy I know! However, I will settle wit four stars. It was an emotional story about loss and love. It reminded me that everything happens for a reason, and that we may not know why at the moment. I wish this story was longer. I was not ready to say goodbye to Kelly and Andrew. I really hope there is more in store for their future. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Story was good....didn' t like the ending!
    beau2fullybrkn1 More than 1 year ago
    Fix You, is one of those  sweet and easy reads that still manage to pack a bit of an emotional punch. I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis of this story. Andrew and Kelly meet by pure chance. It’s been two years since Kelly’s husband, Peter, passed away. She’s trying to take things one day at a time and when she’s runs into Andrew during a vulnerable moment, he offers her comfort in a time of need. “I want to trust, to risk, to take a chance… And not have to take a tumble because of it. Sometimes the reward is worth the risk. Let this be on of those times.” Andrew is a famous Hollywood actor, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to peruse a normal relationship with Kelly.  You could sense they had a bit of a spark between them but I loved that this wasn’t an insta-romance.  They truly got to know one another. I loved their casual talks and visits with each other. Kelly’s sons liked Andrew and they all had to get to know one another. Their connection was truly built up over time. As Kelly and Andrew navigate through the difficulties of a new relationship, they also have to deal with their individual issues. It was both honest and emotional seeing Kelly work through the pain of losing her husband.  She wanted to move forward but every now and then, she had insecurities about her new relationship.  Andrew, also had to deal with both consequences of his fame and battling his own inner demons. “I want you. I want you flaws and all. I can only hope you’ll want my very flawed self in your life too.” I loved Kelly’s character. I felt I could relate to her. She was seemed real; she was confident in some ways, awkward in others, but she was generally fun, sweet, and honest. Andrew was a nice guy and I loved how easy going and fun he could be. On the surface, this book came across as a light read but there were deeper issues that had to be dealt with. The story flowed very well and the characters were enjoyable. The only reason I didn’t give this story a full 4 stars was because I would have loved to see a bit more depth to certain parts of the story. This is still a wonderful read and I love to see more about these characters.
    naturalbri More than 1 year ago
    What I Thought: I found this book great! It was a good mix os sweet romance and hilarious disasters. When a single mum has two rambunctious boys, she is always going to believe that love possibilities have gone out the window. The boys keep her on her toes, and scare of suitors. So, when one of out main characters falls for someone, she is just as shocked as he is. They are complete opposites, her a family woman and he a famous movie star. Where she was previously piecing her life together and running round the trails in Idaho, she is now working about being seen by paparazzi. She has to contemplate whether he fling with the actor is more than just a fling. Is it worth dealing with all the baggage, air time, having her life on show or is it a lost cause? Just like any woman, she run through her mind, telling herself it is crazy to fall for him, as she's not his type, she's not rich, she isn't famous enough, etc. Soon we see her realise that sometimes all those little things are just that, little. They don't matter when you are in love. I loved reading along with this couple. They are the typical love story, with an unexpected encounter, and even more unexpected falling in love and the real life situations that come with it. Yes, one of them is a famous actor, but in all honesty I love that the problems they deal with are so real. They could fit any new relationship. I loved both characters. They were interesting, fun and really made the book a great read. I liked the pace and the problems that the couple encounter. It is just a fun read and you'll find yourself glued to the pages.
    csingh More than 1 year ago
    I've always loved stories about celebrities. I'm not sure if it's what's left of my childhood desire to be famous, or if it's something else, but they're always fun to read. What I love most is when they fall for everyday people; who they could be if they didn't live in the limelight. I've read one other novel by Beck Anderson and so I knew the caliber of her writing, but I was interested to see how'd she handle this subject matter. In all honesty, I think she did a fantastic job. This story wasn't all hearts and roses. It was often real and raw. I laughed and cried, but I loved what I was reading. Kelly is one strong woman. She's had to face some real challenges and I think she's faced them with dignity and resolve. Andrew was a bit of mystery. I wasn't sure what it was that initially caused him to be attracted to Kelly. I do like how their relationship slowly developed. I also think he was fantastic with Kelly's kids and family. I think what surprised me were the twists the story took. Both Kelly and Andrew had pasts that had a great amount of bearing on their present. I do wish more time and pages had been dedicated to it. I also wish the book had been longer, just so I could have a better sense of resolution. I just feel like there was too much that wasn't addressed. Perhaps Beck Anderson will consider writing a sequel or a novella giving readers, Kelly and Andrew, just that. Either way, I'm looking forward to whatever Beck writes next.
    Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
    Kelly Reynolds is trying to pull herself together after losing her husband and having two boys, six and nine, to care for makes it even more important.  She breaks down crying while out on a jog and a man stops to make sure she's okay.  She sees him again the next day and realizes he's Andrew Pettigrew, the movie star.  As their relationship grows, Kelly sees all the issues Andrew has and she doesn't feel strong enough to deal with her own, let alone his.  So, she breaks it off with him.  As Andrew's on a downward spiral, can Kelly stand to watch him face it alone?  Do they have a future together with all these issues in their way? Seven years separate them in age and it shows.  At 29, Andrew is still a little immature to Kelly's 36 but for some unexplained reason they click.  Maybe it's the wounded souls they have in common.  I'm not sure.  He's full of drama and she's got zero drama.  This story is intense and well written but I have a hard time seeing the romance in it.  I know it's all about them individually, their relationship together and with her boys but I fail to see much emotion and passion.  I'm not saying a book has to have sex to be good but it does need passion between two people that love each other.  This story is about loss and how carefully a mother introduces a man to her children after their father has passed away.  This is definitely a good read for those more into Woman's Fiction than Romance. *free copy gifted for honest review **originally reviewed for welovekink(dot)com
    BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
    **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Kelly Reynolds' husband Peter gets sick and dies within 5 months. She is left to take care of her sons Hunter, 9 and Beau, 6. Kelly falls into a deep depression. Her sons call their grandma, who in turn gets her to call Joe, her family doctor and her husband's best friend. Kelly eventually goes to California to visit her parents. Kelly runs in order to deal with the pain. Two years after his passing, Kelly runs 2 miles to a coffee shop and has a break down. A stranger stops to see if she's ok and gives her his tea, notices she's shivering and gives her his coat. He then gets a text and has to leave. She looks for him the next day to return his coat, but he actually follows her home and introduces himself as Andrew. She invites him in and explains everything shes' be through. She then realizes Andrew is Andy Pettigrew,a famous actor. He asks for her phone number. Kelly doesn't hear from Andrew for two months, but then she gets a phone call from him asking her to pick him up from the airport and he stays the weekend with her and her boys. Kelly goes back to visit her parents and gets to go to the set to watch him on his latest movie. Kelly finds that in Boise it's easy for her and Andrew to be together but in the movie world, it's much different. They eventually start secretly dating as there's a clause in his contract that prevent him from dating. Problems start to arise, forcing Kelly and Andrew to break up. It was a decent book. It had some unexpected twists that made it enjoyable instead of just a Cinderella story. It was a little slow at times but overall I enjoyed it.
    specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
    This is a re-publication of Fix You. I don't know how it differs from the 2013 release. My review pertains only to the 2015 release. Kelly Reynolds is a 36 year old widow raising two young sons, Hunter and Beau. They live in Boise, IA. While the boys have adjusted to the death of their father 2 years ago, Kelly is still finding it difficult to really live life and be happy.  Andy Pettigrew is 29 years old and an A-list, big box office, leading man who lives in LA. He knows something is missing in his life. Surrounded by so much phoniness and shallowness, he longs for a real connection. When they meet in front of a coffee shop while Kelly is on a morning run, she doesn't realize who the kind, helpful Andrew really is. When they meet again, Kelly recognizes him and can't believe she is actually talking with a heart-throb actor. Andrew and Kelly begin a relationship which is idyllic when they are in Boise. When they are in LA and dealing with Andrew's star status, events seem to conspire against them. Kelly and Andrew do have their supporters: Hunter and Beau, her best friend Tessa, her parents, Andrew's bodyguard Tucker, and his agent Jeremy. Between Kelly believing she is too old and boring, expectations of how Andrew should act and who he should be seen with in order to further his career, and Andrew's own demons, can they find their happily-ever-after? This is a terrific story. It has characters with depth. Kelly and Andrew are both fighting against being engulfed by darkness but they are not dark and depressing. They have strength and integrity that make them real. Their relationship involves Hunter and Beau as integral pieces, not as merely an afterthought. The boys behave like normal, well behaved kids. They aren't perfect but they are respectful, fun-loving, mischievous, video game loving boys. Kelly's parents and Tessa are supportive and want her to be happy. They also worry about her but try not to meddle. The culture shock Kelly experiences due to Andrew's celebrity status is important to the story but Kelly is never portrayed as a country bumpkin with no idea how to act or dress. That was so refreshing. All of these things bring a richness and reality to Fix You that is lacking in some romances. Heck, it is often lacking in any genre.  I don't know if Beck Anderson will ever revisit these characters but I hope she does. They still have so much to do, I think another book would be a wonderful gift to readers. That is just my opinion but I can hope, can't I? I definitely look forward to reading more books by this author when they come out. For now, I will have to make do with having only one more book to read: her second novel, The Jeweler.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story. It is so much more than just a romance.
    Liza_Shaw More than 1 year ago
    This has to be the most beautiful and unlikely tale of love I have read in a very long time. Although the story sounds far-fetched, if not impossible, you still find yourself believing in the characters. The writing is well paced giving you time to get to know the characters, and really feel their emotions. I could connect with Kelly best, she is in such a vulnerable place in her life now, yet strong enough to cope with the rigors of life with her 2 boys and the extra difficulties a romance with Andrew entails. Overall this is a great book for anyone even if you don't like romance you'll enjoy this.
    bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
    4.5 - "I can't fix you, and you can't fix me." Stars! I went into Fix You expecting one thing, and came away having had delivered up something totally different. Let's face it the famous face/unknown entity trope has been done to death. But like all those other recycled to death tropes, as long as it is well written and keeps me interested I don't particularly care. When you start this book you immediately assume that the Fix part of the title relates to Kelly, a young widowed mother to two boys, trying to pick her life up two years on from the loss of her husband... "Some things hurt to remember." Some days are better than others, but bone-crushing depression is still only a heart-beat away from incapacitating her on any given day. No rhyme or reasoning to it, a memory, a smell, a random occurrence and Kelly is right back to where she was right after the death of her husband. This is where Andrew Pettigrew steps in, after a random jog sets off a reaction, that produces an impromptu melt down...  Younger guy 'famous' no less and a slightly different take on the usual themes in a story like this, made me forget I was reading for a while and just enjoy. I started the book with the expectations of a light albeit, tad emotional read of a woman getting back onto her feet with the help of the current 'star of the moment', and what I got was something completely out of the ordinary.  But I think what makes this book so special is I didn't really see it coming, the 'Fixing' is something that as the book progresses kind of turns on it's head the perceived weak become the strong, whilst the believed to be strong begin to show their weaknesses.  "Don't look for reasons why this shouldn't be, or why it shouldn't work." I think we sometimes click with a book for no apparent reason. I certainly did with Fix You, although I have to say that Beck Anderson has a beautiful writing style, she could of gone for the 'woe is me' approach in relation to the issues the H/h are dealing with throughout the story, not to mention full on drama/angst overload, but she didn't she focused on other aspects of the story as a whole; grief, healing, your children, your family, and essentially accepting that it is ok to move on.  Sometimes the reward is worth the risk. This book took me by surprise, the author will now be someone I keep an eye out for in relation to new releases. I look forward to reading more by her in the future, this is a book you certainly want too add to your 'TBR'. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
    ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
    Fix You by Beck Anderson is a wonderful book about love, loss and new relationships. The moving and slightly intense prologue sets the stage, and when it ends, former teacher Kelly Reynolds is a widow and the single mother of two young boys. Her late husband Peter was her partner in every sense of the word, but Kelly is a strong woman and is able to table her grief and put the life of her family back on track reasonably quickly. Their home in Boise, Idaho will never be the same without their beloved Peter. While visiting her parents with the kids in Indio, California, Kelly literally runs into famous movie actor Andrew Pettigrew. They hit if off and overtime, between Andrew's filming schedule, publicity jaunts and movie premieres, they manage to see each other. Kelly fits in time between school vacations and the ability to have a friend or her parents watch the children for a weekend. Kelly learns very quickly that Andrew uses alcohol to manage his stress levels. Although Andrew is a few years younger than Kelly, they have some similar experiences that in the end bring them together, after a roller coaster of dating. I was really bothered by how freely Kelly left her boys at home alone. An eleven year old and an eight year old are too young to take care of themselves for several hours. At one point in the story, the eight year old was left by himself while sleeping, so Kelly and her older son could go out for a morning run. Although all the characters were interesting, Kelly was the most developed and I felt like I could really identify with her plight. Jeremy, Andrew's agent, is stereotypical Hollywood, and I liked how the author evolved his superficiality into seriousness when push came to shove. Tucker, Andrew's bodyguard, turned out to be surprisingly friendly and caring. I loved the originality of the chapter titles, the laugh out loud moments and the benefits of celebrity stardom. Overall, I liked this book. The story dealt with difficult circumstances, but it didn't leave me mentally exhausted after reading it. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
    JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
    Fix You is a poignant story of love, loss, second chances and moving forward in life that will tug at the reader's heartstrings. Author Beck Anderson weaves an uplifting tale set in Boise, Idaho, that follows the emotional story of the unexpected chance meeting and romance of widow Kelly Reynolds and movie star Andy Pettigrew. Kelly is a young widow with two sons, who struggles to hold her life and family together two years after the death of her husband Peter. While on a therapeutic run, Kelly realizes it is the second anniversary of Peter's death, and when she breaks down sobbing, she unexpectedly meets movie star Andy Pettigrew, who is on location for a film shoot. Kelly and Andy are both emotionally broken and dealing with grief and secrets that they have experienced in the past. As Kelly and Andy get to know each other, can their unexpected romance fix two emotionally broken people, help them heal, and give them a second chance at love? Is their love strong enough to endure the risk of a long-distance relationship, can it survive the spotlight and fame of Andy's career? Fix You is an amazing story of love, loss, and learning to love again. Author Beck Anderson easily draws the reader into Kelly and Andy's story from the beginning. As their connection and relationship slowly develops, the emotional drama interwoven within the storyline engages the reader to follow Kelly and Andy's journey as they learn to overcome their personal demons, the challenge and obstacles associated with fame and long-distance relationships, and open themselves up to a second chance at love. You can't help but get lost in this touching story, Kelly and Andy's journey of healing, forgiveness and finding love again will make you believe in the power and strength of love. With engaging and witty dialogue; richly descriptive settings of glitzy Hollywood and midwestern Boise, Idaho; and a compelling storyline that is a real page turner; Fix You is the kind of story that wraps around your heart and doesn't let go until the satisfying conclusion. 
    NOLAreaderMH More than 1 year ago
    I finished this book in one afternoon, holding my Nook in my hand while I fixed supper! It was so wonderful...made me cry, laugh out loud, and fall completely in love with Andrew and Kelly. This story of how two flawed people find their way to be together is a page turner, and you'll be left in a happy, smiling daze when you're done. A wonderful love story!
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    Jennifer_Lane More than 1 year ago
    "Fixated on This Novel!" How does a woman move on after the death of her husband? Having two adorable sons and supportive parents helps. But what really does the trick is falling in love with a humble movie star who needs some fixing of his own. So goes the romance of Kelly and Andrew, who meet when Kelly breaks down sobbing on a run. Andrew's in town for a film shoot, and he feels sad to learn it's the two year anniversary of Kelly's husband's death. They gradually get to know each other. Can a famous actor and a down-to-earth widow make this long distance relationship work? It'll be tough, given Kelly's lovable neuroticism, Andrew's shady past, and initial exchanges like this: He fishes his cell phone and sunglasses out of the car. "Can I get your number?" "You don't want my number." "Yes, I do." "No, you don't." Seriously, is he kidding? "Do too." He shakes his head. "This is insane. Why not?" "Look at you. Come on." He stares at me with those very blue eyes. "Don't be ridiculous. Give me your number." I loved the unique setting of Boise (said with an "s", not a "z"!) and the realistic characters. But what I loved most of all was the humor. MAJOR props for the mention of that Saturday Night Live skit "Master Thespian!" As well as these quotes: Starting the first day I get little texts each day: "Development meeting in 90210. Lady across from me has taken 'bee stung' lips to a horrifying new level." "You'll fly down here. A quick visit. Now go, make the phone calls. Make it so." "I will see what I can do, Jean-Luc Picard. You're a huge nerd." "You're the one who knows the name of the captain." The salesgirl is done giving me the up and down. "Size six is the largest we go." "I'm sorry, I missed it. Did the sign above the door say Big Heads on a Toothpick R Us?" If my life were a movie this'd be the part where the montage begins. You know, they'd play a kicky song like "Walking on Sunshine," and there'd be shots of Andrew and me getting ice cream, riding bicycles through the park, playfully doing lots of things as a happy couple. Ha ha ha! The only part of the story I didn't eat up was when Kelly reveals something about her deceased husband Peter toward the end of the novel. That part of the story didn't quite seem to fit as essential, unless I'm missing something. Kelly and Andrew admire Ernest Hemingway, and it appears author Beck Anderson does as well, evidenced by her short sentences and overall clean writing. Spend some time with Kelly and Andrew and you'll enjoy them as much as I do!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This scrumptious morsel had me hunkered down like it was a cold winter’s night—with an uber-soft blanket and a steaming mug of thick hot chocolate. However, the storyline was so highly entertaining by the time I took a break, I was on the final page and my chocolate cold from neglect. Now, the heat of this cup of goodness wasn’t steaming enough to burn my tongue—no one took off their wrappers…a la another oh-so-hot read that’s been popular in the headlines…but it left this Chick to do her own imaginative confectionary work. It was easy to lose myself in the character of Kelly; her voice, mannerisms, and self-doubt were highly relatable. She also had an edge to her way of thinking and reactions that made her a gal I would split a cupcake with or be myself. That once-in-a-lifetime lottery moment she finds herself winning by crossing paths with a smoking-hot movie star is actually realistic. That’s the beauty of Anderson’s writing; it pulled me in and was so smooth that I didn’t realize how deeply I had delved into this lip-smacking read until the final page when I looked around and said, “What? Wait! I can go back for seconds, right?” What was especially fresh and delectable were the split settings and locations. I found myself wound up in the typical Hollywood glitz associated with a popular movie star, but it was tempered with the peaceful backdrops of a western state—Idaho—a place a reader often doesn’t get to travel to on the printed page. The other half to the dynamic duo of main characters, Andrew Pettigrew, was easy on the palette both in description and personality as well. Again, when I was finished, I wanted sequel seconds.