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Audiobook Review: Miss Fix-it
Author: Emma Hart
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart
Audio Listening Speed: 1.5x
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Tantor Audio
I absolutely LOVED this standalone novel. Miss Fix-it is a hilarious and heartfelt story of a fine craftswoman contractor and an overwhelmed single dad. I cannot wait to listen to this again.
Honestly, I picked up Miss Fix-It on a whim as I was reviewing the ARC’s available. The bright and silly cover along with the title and description – it spoke to me. Brantley and Kallie’s romance was full of passion, romance, humor and strong familial ties. The twins were as adorable as they were devious. Brantley recently moved to Kallie’s small town for a fresh start. Trying to move-in, unpack, and acclimate to this job transfer is completely overwhelming. It is made even more complicated when he discovers water damage in the children’s bedrooms. As Kallie is not only the best but also really only contractor for the job, Brantley hires her to fix the kids rooms. What truly surprises him is that not only is Kallie a woman, but a smart, funny and very attractive woman.
Kallie is used to new people doing the double take when she shows up to a new job. She is slowly taking over her father’s contracting business so it surprises new clients when she shows up and not her dad. However, for the most part, Kallie loves her life. Except for her dating life which is filled with men that are either condescending to her (and her chosen profession), perverts, or just plain strange. It does not help that her online dating profile seems to attract some of the truly bizarre. As a professional, Kallie takes the “you’re a woman” in stride, proving her worth through her expert artisanship. However, the instant and overwhelming attraction to Brantley is surprising, and inconvenient. She has a major no “messing around” with the clients. Not only that, she has no desire to have children and comes with two rambunctious toddlers. However, the longer Kallie works around Brantley, the more she seems to be painting herself into the corner of love with him.
I think what really touches me in this novel is the connection Kallie has to her mother in the story. Kallie’s mother is actually her stepmother. At the age of seven, Kallie’s mother passed away, her father remarrying when she was thirteen. The relationship she has with her is healthy, happy, and unique. It reminds me of my relationship with my Mom2. Growing up for me, step-mom had such negative connotations, I refuse to call someone who is truly a second mother to me, step-mom. Kallie’s relationship struck a strong chord in me, mirroring in ways the relationship I have with my Mom2. Combine this with Kallie’s situation of being attracted to a man with kids, the parallels are well woven. This story is truly heartfelt and emotionally satisfying. The humor and drama weave together an incredibly gripping story.
Ms. Hart’s narration was spot-on for our heroine and she captured various voices very well. The personality and emotion she imbued in the narration truly brought the characters and the story to life. I can see myself re-listening to this audio book whenever I crave a heartfelt but funny contemporary romance.
If you want something heartfelt, funny, and intensely soul satisfying, I cannot recommend Miss Fix-it enough. The characters are endearing, the story is gripping, and the overall elements from the story weave together into a truly emotionally nourishing novel. Ms. Hart’s narration only adds to the appeal of the story being the cherry (or bolt) on top. I look forward to listening to this novel again….soon as well as seeing if Ms. Hart has more to come in this vein of storytelling.
Review copy provided by Tantor Audio.
About the Book:
I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares – the assumption that I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.
Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town. Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession – me. On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave. In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone on my couch watching Friends reruns. I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks. And I most definitely should not be kissing my client. Oops . . .