Fixer-Upper, by Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release date: January 6, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Buy Link: Publisher (eBook)
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Ex-business owner and soon to be ex-husband Jake has had some rotten luck of late. His world is tumbling down around him, but it’s time to dust himself off and move on. Buying and fixing up the most dilapidated home he can find might be just the thing to get him back on track.
But Jake gets more than he bargained for when he meets former lawyer turned landscaper Dakota. Dakota is smart and ridiculously sexy—and Jake doesn’t have a clue how to act around him. After several gardening mishaps, Jake is sure Dakota thinks he’s completely inept.
Turns out Dakota is thinking something else entirely. And as Dakota gives Jake advice, an ear to listen, and helps him work through his issues, Jake realizes flowers aren’t the only thing blooming between them.
Flowers and love bloom in this lovely short story about a man looking to fix his life after a disastrous break-up, while also trying to fix the run-down house he’s just purchased.
This novella has a lot of things that I really enjoyed. Jake is endearing and genuine, letting his instincts guide him through a post-divorce crash. I really love his character, especially how earnest he is to prove himself. And his crush on Dakota was so sweet!
While we didn’t get to see much about Dakota, I also really liked his character. But I feel like we really needed more of his story; we get a glimpse of his lawyer-past at one point, but otherwise he serves more as a prop for Jake, a way to show of Jake’s clumsiness and charm.
Overall a great short story! And with winter starting to hit hard, the thought of flowers and the beautiful imagery of Jake’s garden is sure to help you dream of springtime!