The Fix Up

The Fix Up

by Tawna Fenske

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The Fix Up by Tawna Fenske

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly's rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she's never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she's just the woman for the job.

With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she's starting to love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682810569
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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The Fix Up

First Impressions


By Tawna Fenske, Stephen Morgan

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Tawna Fenske
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-475-1


CHAPTER 1

"As you can see, this is impressively sturdy."

The saleswoman smiled at Ben, then turned and presented her backside. Or the hand-carved headboard. Really, it was tough to tell what she was presenting as she leaned across the mattress in a short gray skirt.

Ben wasn't sure where to direct his gaze, so he settled for looking around the furniture warehouse at endless rows of tables and armoires and bookshelves. This whole shopping trip was baffling. He was exhausted and jet-lagged and not entirely sure what was going on. He'd been in this store less than ten minutes, and already the saleswoman had touched his arm a dozen times.

Normally, a woman being so aggressive might be a welcome surprise for Ben, but this one just didn't do it for him. Not that she seemed to notice. She subtly raised her backside a little higher for his viewing pleasure.

"You see that?" she said. "That's quality craftsmanship."

"Er, yes. Indeed."

She gripped the slats of the headboard with both hands and gave it a firm shake.

"Notice the sturdiness?" she asked, turning to peer at him over her shoulder. "No jiggling at all. That's solid wood."

"Er, yes." Ben took a step back and folded his hands behind his back. "No jiggling. Oak, is it?"

He swallowed and glanced around, trying to look anywhere but at the pert posterior wiggling in the air. Now wasn't the time to get distracted. He had a lot of work to do, and none of it involved staring at a sales clerk's rear end. It was his first week on the job as CEO of Langley Enterprises, and his father had handed him a corporate credit card and instructions to purchase new furniture for Ben's new "primo office" and "primo penthouse." His dad's words, not his. His father's only requirement for what furniture to buy was "none of that bachelor pad shit you usually get."

So here he was, doing his best to look like a refined CEO, instead of like a geeky engineer trying not to notice the saleswoman's ass waving like a flag in front of him. She turned and slithered off the bed, reaching out to touch his arm again.

"You see anything you like so far?"

"Uh, yes," Ben said, nodding. "That credenza over there is very nice."

She frowned, then followed the direction he pointed. "Of course. That's one of our newest models. Would you like to take a closer look?"

"Sure," Ben said.

She turned with a dramatic pivot and began to strut in that direction. He followed, stooping down a little as he ducked past a froofy canopy covering a king-sized bed. At six-foot-three, he was accustomed to slouching to avoid hitting his head or intimidating people who expected a guy with a PhD in engineering to be a scrawny pencil pusher with glasses.

You've got the glasses, he told himself, shoving them up his nose as he followed the saleswoman across the floor. He stepped past a slender brunette standing on the other side of the bed studying the tags on a pillow.

"Pardon me," he said.

The woman glanced up as he passed and reached up to tuck a strand of sleek, espresso-colored hair behind one ear. Her eyes were a remarkable shade of violet-gray, and she flashed him a smile he could have sworn seemed sympathetic.

He gave a small shrug in return — if only you could help me — but then the moment was over as the saleswoman grabbed his arm and towed him to the front of the credenza.

"As you can see, this piece is manufactured to the highest quality standards with French dovetailing, adjustable glass shelves, and a one-of-a-kind, patented touch-lighting system that's unique to this design."

"I know," Ben said, stroking a hand over the surface. "I hold the patent."

"I beg your pardon?"

"I developed that lighting system. I engineered specialized thermoplastics using phenolic resins crosslinked with fiberglass aramids to produce a unique design that —"

He stopped talking, realizing the saleswoman's eyes had gone surprisingly wide. He felt a faint swell of pride at the thought she might be admiring his workmanship, then realized she was staring at his left hand.

What the hell? He didn't have any scrapes or bruises or rings or tattoos or anything besides five fingers and a palm.

"That's incredibly interesting," she cooed. "Maybe we could get together later and you could tell me all about —"

"There you are!"

He turned to see the woman with the sleek black hair striding toward him. She wore a broad smile and a sparkly ring on the hand that reached out to slide around his waist. Before he could say a word, she snuggled up close to him and extended a handshake to the saleswoman.

"Thank you so much for taking care of my husband while I was busy over there," she said, giving the saleswoman's hand a hearty shake. "He's a little clueless when it comes to furniture, I'm afraid."

Ben blinked down at her. Husband?

"Er, your husband?" The saleswoman took a step back, casting a nervous look at the woman with the strangely beautiful eyes.

"Yep! We've been married for — gosh, almost five years now, honey?"

The saleswoman glanced at Ben's hand again, and he understood what she'd been looking for. A ring. Which he didn't have.

Fortunately, his patron saint was well ahead of the saleswoman.

"His ring's at the jeweler having a little repair work done, but the bonds of matrimony are stronger than gold. Isn't that right, baby?" The brunette cuddled tighter against him, and Ben found himself instinctively putting an arm around her. She felt nice there. Warm and soft and —

"Of course," Ben agreed. "Uh, sweetie — weren't you saying you wanted to check out some of the items from the new catalog?"

"Absolutely! Their fall line is always so spectacular." She smiled up at him like he'd offered her diamond earrings wrapped in bacon, and he wondered what she was wearing under that silky black top.

"I'm sorry, will you excuse me a moment?" the saleswoman said, taking another step back as she folded her hands together. "I need to — uh — check something."

"No problem," Ben's fake wife said, beaming up at him. "We'll be right here talking about where this will fit in our living room."

"Er, right."

The saleswoman turned and scurried away, leaving Ben to stare down at the wife now affixed to his arm. She tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear and glanced in the direction the saleswoman had retreated.

"I hope I read that right." The brunette scooted out from under his arm, and he instantly missed her softness. She looked up at him with those odd violet-gray eyes and smiled. "You looked like you were being eaten alive there, but too polite to tell her to back off."

"Eaten alive," he repeated, a little mesmerized by the woman's eyes. "I'm not entirely sure."

"Seemed like that's what was going on. Salesgirl sees a big guy with a big budget and big —" She paused, then gave a small shrug. "Well, sometimes it brings out the worst in women."

"Thank you," he said, meaning it. "I've been flying back and forth between cities all week, so I'm a little jet-lagged and distracted. I guess I wasn't even a hundred percent sure I was being — uh —"

"Hit on? Ogled? Mentally undressed?"

"Right." He cleared his throat. "Not until you pointed it out. Thanks for the rescue."

"No problem. Pay it forward sometime."

"Is that real? It's huge."

She blinked, then glanced down at the paperweight-sized rock adorning her ring finger. "Nah, I keep it in my purse for when I want to avoid getting hit on at ladies' night."

"Does it work?"

"Not with the real jackasses, which probably defeats the purpose, huh?" He nodded, not sure what to say to that. "I'm sorry, what was your name again?"

"Holly. Holly Colvin. I'm the owner of First Impressions."

"First Impressions?"

"We're a public relations and branding firm that specializes in creating and remaking corporate identities." She fished into her purse to pull out a business card. She held it out to him and Ben started to reach for it, but Holly withdrew her hand.

"Shit. Vampira the Sales Queen is headed back here."

Before he could say anything, Holly was sliding her hand around to cup his ass. For a few beats, he thought she was copping a feel, and he hoped like hell she kept doing it. Then he realized she was tucking her card into his back pocket. She grinned and tilted her head back to look up at him.

"Gotta commit to the role, right?"

"Right," he murmured, staring down into those slate-speckled eyes. "We certainly do."

"I suppose we could throw in a little something extra if you really want her to buy it."

"Like what?"

Her lips parted slightly, almost like she was braced for a kiss. Or was that his imagination? It seemed hot in here, and he was getting dizzy, and now all he could think about was claiming those perfect lips.

"I'm sure you'll come up with something," she murmured.

Her mouth looked so soft, so inviting, and he could have sworn her lashes fluttered low the way they might if she were waiting for him to make a move. A big move.

He knew what he needed to do. What he wanted to do.

And with that, he bent and kissed her.


Holy mother of hard-ons.

Okay, Holly couldn't actually detect a hard-on, but she was feeling every other inch of this luscious man with the enormous hands and the sexy-geek vibe and the magical mouth that was kissing her silly in the middle of the damn furniture store.

Had she started it, or had he? Did it matter?

"Ahem."

She pulled back, dizzy and breathless. She turned to see the saleswoman standing a few feet away with her arms crossed and an expression that suggested Holly was close to getting kicked out of the store. Fine by her. This place gave her the creeps. Everything was ridiculously expensive and high-polished. Furniture aside, what kind of store let its employees blatantly hit on customers who were either too polite or too clueless to beat them away with a stick?

Can't say I blame her, Holly mused, looking up at the towering figure beside her, whose tortoiseshell glasses brought out the amber flecks in his brown eyes. His shoulders were broad and muscular beneath a dress shirt that looked expensive, outdated, and in need of some serious ironing.

Who the hell is this guy?

Holly tucked her hair behind her ear and smiled at the saleswoman. "Sorry about that. Credenzas get me hot."

Her fake husband nodded. "I think I'll take one for my office. Well, one for my office at the Langley headquarters, and one for my home office. So that would be two." He cleared his throat and glanced at Holly. "Two credenzas."

"You said you own Langley Enterprises?" the saleswoman asked, and Holly blinked in surprise. Magic Hands here owned the largest manufacturing firm in the country?

"No, not the owner," he said. "I'm the new CEO. I've been on the engineering side of things for the last decade, but my father's looking to step away from domestic management and into international relations, and anyway —" He shrugged. "Here I am."

"Here you are," the saleswoman agreed, looking decidedly less pleased about that than she had before Holly stepped in. "With orders to fill up a whole penthouse and an office. Here, I brought you a few catalogs with some of the newest items that aren't on our sales floor yet."

She thrust the glossy pages at them, and the guy reached out to take them with a nod. "Thanks. I'll take a look."

"Wonderful," the saleswoman said. "I'll leave you two alone to browse. If you need anything, I'll be right over there."

"Thank you," Holly said. "It's been a pleasure."

"Likewise."

The saleswoman turned and flounced away, leaving Holly alone with the guy whose handprints were probably still on her butt. She turned to look at him and saw his warm brown eyes were studying her with an odd mix of curiosity and intrigue.

"Thanks again," he said, holding up the catalogs. "This is how I'd prefer to shop anyway. This, or online."

"Not one for the in-person contact?"

He gave a funny snort and shook his head. "As my father would be the first to tell you, I'd sooner gnaw off my own foot than deal with people."

"And you're a CEO?"

He shrugged. "I am now, but I spent the last decade in the trenches of the company doing product development. This is — uh, new territory for me."

"You don't say." She bit her lip, hoping she hadn't sounded too judgmental. "Well, look, I have to run. I just came in to look for some new pillows on my lunch break, but I had no idea there were this many to choose from. Antimicrobial buckwheat? Spine alignment memory foam? Who the hell comes up with this stuff?"

"Probably those marketing and branding types," he said, giving her a small smile that left her tingling all the way down to her kneecaps.

She smiled back, wondering if anyone had ever told him he ought to smile more. It did wonders for his features, which weren't bad to start with. He could use a haircut, maybe, and a shirt that was a bit more tailored for those impressive biceps, and maybe —

"It was lovely meeting you, Holly Colvin," he said. "Thanks for saving me from Vampira the Sales Queen."

She laughed. "Thanks for making this the most interesting lunch break I've had all week. If Vampira comes back, just tell her I had a family emergency."

"Of course. I'll explain that one of the twins threw up at daycare."

"Twins?"

He nodded. "We're married, right? Might as well toss a couple kids into the mix to make it believable."

A chill raced through her body, and Holly fought to keep the smile pasted in place. "Right. The all-American dream with the kids and the power-hungry career man and the subservient, stay-at-home mommy in an apron. Just text me with whatever you want for dinner, sweetums."

He blinked. "What?"

"Nothing." She grinned to show him she wasn't crazy, even though the jury was still out on that one. "It was great meeting you, buddy. Good luck with the new job."

She turned and walked away, feeling his eyes on her and kinda enjoying the sensation. It wasn't until she got halfway to her car that she realized she hadn't even asked his name.

Just as well, she told herself, shrugging her leather tote higher onto her shoulder. The last thing you need is another career-driven workaholic looking for a wifey to chain to his stove. Been there, done that, burned the ill-fitting T-shirt.

She slung herself into the driver's seat of her red Volkswagen Beetle and clicked her iPod until she found something suitably loud and upbeat. She listened to Foster the People on high volume for the twenty-minute drive back to the office, enjoying the sunny fall weather and the spicy smell of leaves blowing through her open car windows.

It was almost enough to make her forget the meeting she'd been dreading all day. The meeting she'd dreaded for two years, come to think of it.

But the closer she got to her office, Holly felt herself shifting back into career mode. She had two hours until the appointment with her loan officer. There was a lot to get done between now and then.

By the time she walked through the door of First Impressions, the warmth she'd felt from her encounter with Magic Hands had all but faded. She had real business to deal with here, and today sure as hell wasn't the day to get distracted by a sexy geek. If things didn't go well with the bank, it wasn't just her business that might fall apart. For Holly, this business was her whole life.

She ran a hand over the stylized purple reception desk, its retro chrome legs gleaming against the mosaic tile floor that lined the reception area. She'd picked this table out herself, along with all the rest of the furnishings. She and her best friend, Miriam, had worked hard to build First Impressions from the ground up, and not a day went by that Holly didn't feel ridiculously proud about it.

Proud and lucky. There was still a risk she could lose it. Hell, she'd nearly lost it all two years ago.

How was she supposed to know her husband would go from sweet and supportive to resentful of her career before the ink had dried on the marriage license?

But she'd kept moving along these last two years, adding clients and employees and figuring out how to pay all the bills along the way. They were on the brink of becoming the largest PR and branding firm in the whole city, with a wall full of awards for their work.


(Continues...)

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The Fix Up 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## What a fun & sexy read. I ADORED this hero. So incredibly refreshing. He was kind, playful and hot between the sheets. The dominant billionaire who beds anything in a skirt gets so old. Or the tatooed badass who has women throwing themselves at him. Bleh. This was better by far. My favorite book by Ms. Fenske still remains "Protector for Hire". A must read for sure. Hopefully there's a story for Miriam in the works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute, sexy, little surprise.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Very cute loving novella.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DIFFICULT TO RATE THIS BOOK -- EVEN THOUGH STORY WAS VERY GOOD Ben is a brilliant nerd who keeps away from social events and is happiest when in his lab. Holly is a successful business owner of First Impressions. Ben was commanded by his father to purchase furniture for his new penthouse which would compliment his new position as CEO in the family's successful business. While shopping the sales clerk was fawning over him and he was completely oblivious. Enter Holly. She saw what was happening and decided to come to this stranger's rescue by pretending she was his wife and discouraging the saleslady for more advances. While protecting him she slipped her business card into his back pocket before leaving the store. Back at the office Ben learns he is now expected to socialize with the customers, give speeches and wine and dine future clients. He finds Holly's card and believes she may be the answer to his problems. Holly is in desperate need of money and agrees to help him become more confident, dress appropriately and conquer the business world. The book has many funny parts but from the middle to the end, explicit sex encounters are written. It also uses the Lord's name in vain many times and for this alone I downgraded the rating I gave it.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
One of the things I loved about this book is that the hero Ben is a hot geeky guy. One of the biggest draws. He is super smart, but when it comes to social situations he is extremely awkward. The first meeting between Ben and Holly will have you laughing and hooked on the book. I really enjoyed the humor in this one. This book has all the elements to make a great read. I recommend giving this one a read. Even though Ben is on the geeky side he has a very sexy side to him you don't want to miss out reading about. Holly is struggling to keep her business afloat thanks to her nasty ex, but fate may have just dropped a sexy as sin solution into her lap. One of the things I liked about Holly is she shows Ben how to be successful, but as himself.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* The Fix Up is a sweet little romance with likable characters. It's a fun story about the mutual attraction between a woman and the geeky CEO she is trying to make over. Holly is part owner of First Impressions, public relations and rebranding firm. Her job is to turn Ben into a confident, commanding leader and she in turn will get the money she needs to keep her company going. He's all for a personal relationship but she is dead set against getting involved with another alpha male thanks to her ex, who didn't support her career. This is an enjoyable quick read with some very sexy moments.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Oohh this book has it in spades—sassy heroine and a hunky yet geek type hero. My favorite. Ben Langley has been put in charge of the family’s company yet he doesn’t know really how to do all the entails. He would rather continue working in his labs but now he has been made the CEO. He needs help to make him look the image but doesn’t know how to go about this. When he is in a retail shop, shopping for some furniture pieces, he is being hit on and doesn’t realize it. It takes Holly Colvin to help him out and stop the pushy lady in her tracks and make her think he was married to get her to back off. Then Holly leaves him her business card and walks away. Ben thinks maybe she can help him. Holly has experience branding products and rebranding them—that’s her job but never, ever people. But when she sees Ben, she sees a man in need and lends a hand. But after she helps him and then hears back from him – he asks for her help and something about him calls to her. Soon she is “rebranding” this CEO into the alpha CEO he needs to be. As she is making him into what he asks to be, Holly sees that he is losing what made him so special…and that special thing about him is going and she is losing him. Holly and Ben are the connection in this book and there are up and downs in this book and several twists and turns that will have you wanting to know how this book ends. My rating: 4.2 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Holly is the co-owner of her company called First Impressions. Her job is to help companies rebrand there products and PR. So she is taken aback when Ben Langley offers to pay her to help him become "CEO material". He is used to working behind the scenes with numbers and figures so giving presentations and being a figurehead is a little out of his comfort zone. But if he wants to inherit the position from his father, he has to prove himself. I loved all of the funny innuendos they issued back and forth. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments. I found Ben's geekiness to be really endearing, along with his alpha qualities around Holly. Holly had some trust issues that she had to overcome, but I thought the author handled it well. While I loved both characters, I think Ben really made this story for me. I loved his personality. Cute quick story
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
Tawna Fenske is a new to me author, but I'd rank her up there with Alice Clayton or Emma Chase in the romantic comedy genre, because I loved her writing style. To put it really quite simply, this book was absolutely adorable. I just loved everything about it. The characters are well developed, the plot was great, and it was a real pleasure to read. Who doesn't love a sassy, smart, and sophisticated heroine all the while having a hero who is the epitome of geeky sexiness that borders on being a wreck. Holly definitely had her work cut out for her when she takes on the job of fixing Ben's image, but I think it was endearingly sweet how she didn't want him to change too much either and loved the real him more than the image he was trying to project. I laughed so often reading this book, and I cannot wait to read more from Tawna in the future. I can't suggest this one highly enough, guys, so definitely give this one a read and I promise you will love it just as much as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it was longer, 168 pages, and that the issues took longer to be resolved, but I liked the characters and the writing style.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
From the cover to the plot, I absolutely loved reading The Fix Up, it was a page-turner that had me reading non-stop to the very end. Ben Langley has the looks and the brains to have anyone at his beck-and-call, but there is something that he lacks and that is his ability to socialize with other people. For a very long time he has been behind chemistry labs while his father worked as the face of the family empire. But now that his father has stepped down from the job, Ben has become the new CEO. With everything that comes with the job, he finds himself at a furniture store getting majorly hit on by a sales associate. When a beautiful stranger comes at his rescue by pretending to be his wife, he immediately becomes attracted to her that he can't stop thinking about their moment together. The only thing that she left him with was her business card, and to find out that she helps rebrand companies, he immediately calls her in hopes of getting her help. Little did he know that she would end up doing more than just rebranding him for his job. Holly Colvin is the owner of First Impressions, a public relations and branding firm. When she hears how the sales associate is hitting on a handsome stranger, she decides to help him out by pretending to be his wife. After they part ways, she finds out that the bank has declined her loan request, and she is going to need a lot of money. But when Ben calls her in hopes of getting her to help him rebrand himself, she decides to help him for the right price. As the two start to spend more time together, she starts to see him in a different way, but her past is what is keeping her from moving forward. Now it is up to Ben to make sure that Holly's insecurities are cleared in order for them to have a true relationship. But that might be easier said than done. I enjoyed reading this story, it was fun and quick to read. The characters have their troubles and it was nice to have them worked out their problems throughout the book. Ben is a serious geek who is not used to being the center of attention, but when Holly comes in he feels that he can do anything, and that's when he slowly starts to fall for her. On the other hand, Holly has had a rough past where she wasn't allowed to have a career and her job has become her number one priority. When the two of them start to get close, she becomes afraid that Ben might want her to stop doing what she is doing, but when he doesn't that she second guesses what she truly wants. Overall, I loved the plot and the characters, I would highly recommend giving this story a try. : ) ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
Crystal_Yawn More than 1 year ago
Ben is a socially awkward geek who just became CEO. He needs some help finding his Alpha, proving he can run the company and changing policy. Who better to rebrand him then sexy pr rep Holly. Holly needs the money, can she fight her attraction to Ben in order to help him bring out his stronger, less socially awkward side? This was a great read. Ben is fantastic is his geeky awkwardness. Ben's dad is a class A jerk. Making the story move along great with an interesting plot. The steam factor is pretty hot too! I'd love to see a book each for mariem and Parker.
MELHUTCHINSON More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I really did not know what to think about this one going into it. I thought maybe it was going to be a best friend trying to fix up her friend or something like that but this story was so much more. I quickly fell in love with Holly and then Ben and the way that they were always picking on each other and messing with each other. These two are such a cute couple that you are rooting for them through the whole story. Ben has been named the VP of his father's business and his people skills are far from where they need to be. Ben has never had to worry about any of this because he has not been in this type of business before. When Ben is sent to a furniture store to pick out new furniture for his place, he never thought that the saleswoman would be someone to hit on him, but she was and Ben did not know how to react. In comes Holly to save the day. Holly steps in to act like she is Ben's wife that was just late to the meeting of picking out furniture. Ben is sort of taken back with this but goes with the flow of Holly filling in as his wife to get the saleswoman off his back. When Holly and Ben get to know each other a little bit, they both realize that Holly has some experience in her profession that could really help Ben out. They way that Ben and Holly end up "helping" each other out had me literally laughing out loud while reading this book. Tawna Fenske was brilliant with the way that she used things to reference other things while Ben was giving his speech to Holly so that she could critique him. I loved the humor in this story! When Ben lands his big deal that he was worried about, will he and Holly find a way to keep seeing each other or will the deal that they had made be over with as well? You have to read this story to find out. I could not put this one down because I wanted to know how things were going to end for Ben and Holly. This was a great read that flowed really well!
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
Holy Geekness Batman! This book was haawwwwt. I’d never thought thumb wrestling could be sexy, or business lingo could get someone hot and bothered. The Fix Up took me completely by surprise by its hotness level, phew… I’m still fanning myself. It also had me snickering like a 12 year old boy and straight out laughing repeatedly. It was seriously a fun read. Here we have Ben, a huge geek, who’s now stepping up as CEO of his family’s company after working his butt off in the engineering department. He is a bit rusty in the whole schmoosing and socializing, and by rusty I mean: he’s apparently completely lacking those skill sets. He also happens to be six three, hot as sin, trains boxing for fun and is a romantic at heart. He is set to make his unlikeable father proud and at the same time he wants to be nothing like him but rather his own version of what a CEO should be like. He’ll need a little help to accomplish that. In comes Holly, a marketing rebranding genius in serious need of a cash inflow to keep her business from going under. Their chemistry is instantaneous and they do try to fight it… for like 3 minutes. A short, fun read, I had a great time with it, and I’m looking forward to more books from the author. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Business Jargon Never Sounded So Sexy Who would have thought business jargon, murmured in husky tones, qualified as dirty talk. Well, The Fix Up proves it can be done. And Ms. Fenske works her magic in this delightfully, humorous romance. Ben Langley, brilliant engineering geek, with sexy good looks and a hard body to boot, has a new role as CEO of the family business. His dad brought him out of the research and development side, and wants Ben to take the helm of the company. But Ben’s casual image is far from the aggressive businessman his Dad wants him to be. Holly Colvin, co-owner of First Impressions, a public relations and branding firm takes up the challenge of helping remake Ben into an alpha male, CEO extraordinaire. Problem is, trying to keep it professional between them is rather difficult when Ben’s science vocabulary is getting her off. Sexual innuendos flying out of his mouth makes this dirty-talking science geek, one hot man. I found The Fix Up an enjoyable read with two, very likeable characters with sizzling chemistry. The writing is fluid, the dialogue refreshing, and the story is an absolute pleasure, I couldn’t put it down until the end. Miriam, Holly’s partner, is one savvy and irreverent character, she really added to the story. With all the hilarious, witty banter between Holly and Ben, there is a lot of laugh-out-loud, funny moments. I recommend this sigh-worthy romantic read. Ms. Fenske did a great job. Copy provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. My rating: 5
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely, funny story about a geeky guy trying to make it as the big bad CEO and the woman whom he hires to improve his image. Ben and Holly were so funny together, with sexual innuendo found in most of their conversations that it was a constant struggle not to laugh out loud. I liked how Ben came to terms with his new job and the realization that he didn't have to be a carbon copy of his dad, but could combine his responsibilities with his own stamp of ownership by still being true to himself. And Holly was wonderful as a strong and confident woman, one who shies away from the idea of being in a relationship again after a past disastrous one. Her feelings for Ben waffle back and forth due to the conflict of interest of being attracted to a client, but eventually she realizes that he'd never put her aside the way another man might, and that she has his respect. Their love scenes are super sexy, and combine that with the way they banter and understand each other, and it made for a wonderful romance. 4.5 stars for this one, and the fact that I can always count on this author to make me smile. P.S. The cover totally suits the story!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Ben and Holly meet in a furniture store. Then they kiss. The attraction is strong, fast, and electric. What's a guy to do with a chance to see her again? Yep, he calls her. Ben needs help getting ready to make an important presentation. He needs to prove to himself and his father that he can take the reigns of the company and be the best new CEO. He does not want his dad to regret giving him this position. Not that he is all that sure he wants it. Holly has already had a strong man try to ruin he career and take away her company. This is just attraction and simple desire, right? Then why does her body light on fire whenever she is near him? Ben is the only man who makes her feel this way. Now if only she can keep her hands and mouth to herself. They find themselves becoming friends. Holly helps Ben prepare and get ready to be CEO. She gives him a new reason to be the alpha male she knows he can be. I found this to be an amazing start to the First Impressions series!! There is so much laughter, passion, and even geek references to make any reader glad they picked this book up. I loved it!! ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars The Fix Up was such a fun and sexy read. The storyline was sweet and entertaining, the characters were likable, lovable and made this a fun read. Ben and Holly had me laughing, swooning and fanning myself with their hot & sexy makeouts. Once again Tawna Fenske has given us a heartwarming romance that will leave you full of happy feels.
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t love a good nerd to stud story? (Can’t Buy Me Love anyone? Does that date me? Probably.  ) The Fix Up is sexy story that is full of sexy moments and witty banter that had me swooning one minute and laughing out loud the next. Plus there is Ben…oh my, Ben! I kind of love Ben. Okay, not kind of. I love Ben. He is one naughty nerd. He and Holly meet by chance and she agrees to turn him from nerd to hottie. Holly is a PR specialist and Ben needs one. He is adorkable and awkward, but under that geeky exterior hides an alpha just waiting to be released. Perfect right? Yes. Yes it was. There back and forth between Ben and Holly had me laughing out loud. The attraction between then is hot and sexy. I loved this book and think you will, too. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Get ready folks and meet Ben Langley. He's hot and sexy, but has no clue how to use those qualities. Deep down he's a totally geek who loves bad old sci-fi movies, and gets off talking about knowing facts. Seriously, I'm surprise he didn't have a collection of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Plus, he makes the information about the company he's running sound so dirty, but he doesn't have a clue. Uber cute. Plus, he's loyal to his friends. Sounds so dreamy. So, he hires Holly Colvin to help him rebrand him into more like his father, sort of. He's not quite sure he wants to be completely like his father. Trust me his father is a Grade A jerk who believes that women should be arm candy, or barefoot and pregnant and sitting at home. He sounds...awe-inspiring (insert eye roll). Basically, Ben is trying to find his footing in becoming the CEO. Oh my goodness, The Fix Up is just fun. It had me chuckling with the underline innuendos. We watch Ben become the CEO he wants to be instead of a carbon copy of his father, thank goodness. Also, we have Holly learning that not all guys are assholes like her ex-husband and Ben's father. It takes sometime for her to realize that Ben is good guy. Plus, Holly and Ben are adorable together. I mean they watch bad sci-fi movies and thumb war one another, yes they do other stuff, but it's the cute stuff that counts. By the end the story, I'm wanting more from this series and I can't wait to see what Tawna cooks up in the next book. So, if you are looking for a laugh and fun, you might give The Fix Up a go. Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book written by Tawna Fenske. Holly Colvin is the owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm. While Holly is shopping for furniture she saves Ben from the clutches of a sales clerk who is trying to make a pass at him. Ben Langley is the new CEO of his family’s business and his people skills of a half drowned porcupine. When he finds out what Holly does for a living, he offers her a job to help make him into the perfect CEO. What they both aren’t expecting is the hot chemistry they feel for each other. If you are looking for a great romance that will also keep you laughing out loud throughout the book then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this wonderful author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Love reading about sexy geeks, and Ben fits it to the tee. He is so much more comfortable in the lab but when he takes over ass the CEO, he needs some help in the image makeover. A chance meeting of Holly, owner of First Impressions PR, is the perfect solution for both. Holly is in need of some fast money to save her company. The sexual chemistry between these two is HOT, you will be fanning yourself off. Holly tries to keep reminding herself this is just a business arrangement. This book will have you laughing out loud and swooning over Ben. Love Tawna Fenske humor! I highly recommend this book! I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This is a classic makeover story of a geek and his publicist. Ben is the brilliant engineer, who is more comfortable in a lab than in a boardroom. His father has decided to retire and is giving Ben a trial as CEO. When Ben meets Holly while shopping for clothing, he instantly knows he wants more to do with her. He learns she owns a PR firm, and hires him to makeover his appearance and social interactions. Holly initially turns the job down, but after a financial glitch between her and her ex-husband, she is forced to accept. Ben is a willing student, but uses the time they spend together to further his personal feeling for Holly. Will Holly be able to trust Ben and help him achieve his dream? This is a cute book that features a classic troupe and has good dialogue and simmering chemistry. I enjoyed the story and plan to read more of Ms. Fenske's books. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
Rachael_Leissner More than 1 year ago
In The Fix-Up we meet Ben and Holly. Ben is a recently appointed CEO to his family’s business, but a true nerd at heart. He is very socially awkward and doesn’t even realize he doesn’t possess the Alpha traits needed to be a CEO until he runs into Holly. Holly is in PR & rebranding and when she intervenes at the most awkward of moments to pretend to be Ben’s wife, the two share sparks. Ben realizes maybe Holly is just what he needs to rebrand himself so he can carry on as a successful CEO. The two share so many awkward, funny, and sexy moments. This book is very lite and unexpected, when a nerd falls for a well put together PR rep, what could possibly go wrong? She knows she shouldn’t get involved and tries her hardest to resist, but he just won’t give up on Holly. He needs her in more ways than he realizes to succeed in business and in life. This was just a very fun read that made me laugh, a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"All the guy needed was a little help tapping into that alpha male CEO she'd glimpsed lurking inside him. He wanted professional rebranding, not an excuse to roll around naked with her." What do you get when you take a a hot as hell nerdy Engineer and a "branding expert hired to turn him into a suave, sophisticated leader?" Rom-com gold...that's what you get! As owner of First Impressions PR and Branding firm, Holly Colvin has worked hard to make her clients successful. When she's hired by the new CEO of Langley Enterprises, Ben Langley, all bets are off. Ben is nerdy and quirky and not at all your typical CEO. He doesn't do business meetings, he prefers pajama nights with bad sci-fi flicks, he hates golf and wouldn't be caught dead hob-knobbing, rubbing elbows or playing a round of golf. It was Holly's job to turn him into the Alpha CEO his father expected him to be. I loved Ben. He was geeky and charming and sexy as hell; I mean who doesn't love a good Vulcan salute? Holly was a spitfire with a weakness for geek-speak and together she and Ben were unstoppable. This was a light, easy read. A definite must read. 4 stars