The premise of The Fixer Upper is unique. James, a well-known playboy/chef, is hired to host a new dating show (The Fixer Upper) and must “fix” people to make them more dateable. While filming the show, an unexpected romance blossoms between James and a participant on the show, Margaret, even though the two seem to be polar opposites.
From his first line, I knew I was going to like James. Sure, he’s a bit arrogant, but his arrogance wasn’t off-putting to me for some reason. Maybe it’s because Conley did a great job of slowly revealing bits of his personality, gradually helping me to see his caring, less arrogant side. I also really liked Margaret, even though there were a few times when I felt that her hesitance to say what she’s feeling and thinking are uncharacteristic of such a strong, independent woman.
I loved that this book was funny and light at times but also serious and a bit sad during certain scenes. Why is there such a range? Because the characters and their lives are realistically flawed. And despite the way James and Margaret meet, I found their romantic journey to be completely believable.
This is the first book I’ve read by Anne Conley, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Her writing is seamless. Chapters flowed nicely from one to the next, and there wasn’t a typo to be found.
If you enjoy contemporary romance novels with a good blend of humor, real life issues and tastefully written hot-n-heavy scenes, then you’re likely to enjoy this one.