Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels is an up and comer in the boxing world working nights at the local college bar until he can land the fight of his dreams that will get him the hell out of Boston and away from his family’s tragic past. He’s weeks from his goal when Olivia Beckett comes tumbling into his life in a flash of silky dark hair and haunted eyes. When he saves her from a potentially brutal beating, they begin to grow close, but Olivia’s ex isn’t ready to let her go so easily.
Bash can’t bring himself to walk away, but fixing Olivia just might leave him broken…
On Sale: March 31, 2014
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I adore all things Christine Bell, so when I had the opportunity to get my hands on Fix You, I jumped.
I had no idea what I was getting into… I didn’t even read the summary!
Fix You is a serial that will be told in three parts all arriving fairly quickly, though not quick enough if you’re greedy like I am.
On the outside, Olivia seems to have it all. The perfect boyfriend, the rich family… but appearances can be deceiving for sure. After recently finding out her family is near bankruptcy and her childhood friend turned boyfriend has started getting violent with her and she isn’t sure where her life is headed. A chance encounter in a bar ends up opening her life to someone unexpected, someone she finds herself wanting to depend on.
For Sebastian, the college bar he works at is just a brief stop to make some cash while he trains for the big fight coming on the horizon. But he can’t just stand around and watch some douche rough up this girl when he could do something about it.
Both Olivia and Bash know that whatever chemistry is between them can’t and won’t last yet neither can seem to walk away. Unfortunately, Olivia’s ex isn’t willing to let go either.
I will just say it outright. I adore the characters that Christine Bell creates. They feel real and layered and flawed, just like regular people. The guys are most certainly not perfect and Bash is rough and brash and wants to fight for a living and his past has definitely shaped who he is today and not all in positive ways. And Olivia … There was a lot that I loved about her. I hated the situation she was in, but I understood her desire to want to see the good in her ex, and the determination to not give up that person who she has loved for so long. There were definitely some very wrong reasons she was still holding on, but it made sense. What I liked most about her though, was her determination and strength to want do right by herself.
Holy steamy – Bell does an amazing job with the sexy scenes in her books and this one totally lives up to its predecessors. I am a notorious word freak when it comes to these kinds of scenes and Bell does them perfectly! The chemistry between Bash & Olivia was believeable and so well done.
An instant later, the kiss went from sweet to off the rails. A low growl came from deep in his throat and he closed his hands over my hips, thumbs pressing into my flesh in a way that turned my stomach into a pool of taffy. His mouth slanted over mine and teeth and tongues clashed like it was war.
And it was. A war inside me, at least. My brain had popped back into gear and I knew with every fiber of my being that what I was doing was wrong. I needed to stop, but my body was so not on board with that plan. Instead, I pressed closer, mashing my breasts to his chest, moaning into his mouth when the heat of his skin seeped into mine.
He anchored me to him, crowding me backward until I felt the chill of the mirror against my back. Our bodies were flush now, and he speared a hand through my hair.
It was madness. All-consuming madness.
He’d pulled back a scant inch to mutter my name before dipping back in to nip my bottom lip hard. I gasped, stunned at the sensation. It stung, but sent a bolt of need slamming through me so hard, my knees trembled.
“Liv?” he tried again, before tracing my bottom lip with the tip of his tongue.
“I-if you want me to answer you, stop doing that for a sec,” I murmured desperately.
The only thing that I disliked about this…. It was too short. I guess that’s the price you pay for picking up a serial, and where Bell leaves part 1 will make you cry because part 2 isn’t out yet, but it wasn’t abrupt or too cliffhangery, (that’s totally a word) if that’s a worry you might have when picking this up.
Definitely put Christine Bell on your ‘to read list’ and make sure you pick this one up when it arrives on the 31st. Meanwhile I’ll just be sitting over here biting my nails waiting for Part 2 because OMG!!
Thank you to Barclay Publicity for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.