Mr. Fix-It by Gabrielle Holly
Length: Short Story (58 Pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia
Deena can’t help but fantasise about the hot handyman she meets next door. She’s certain that the gorgeous blond has exactly the tool she needs.
Curvy, quirky Deena Stevens never quite fitted in. She feels especially out of place in the company of "The Botox Brigade"—the kept and polished women populating the upscale homes that border her organic farm.
Regardless of their differences, Deena’s neighbours seem to enjoy her company. They sit and chat when they come to buy Deena's free-range eggs and pesticide-free veggies. They even invite her to join their book club—despite the objection of Suzanne, who hosts the club meetings and clearly considers herself the queen of the group.
The book-clubbers peacefully coexist until a house call from sexy handyman, Bill, disrupts the monthly meeting. The women jostle for attention and superficial friendships are tested. Jealousies flare when the hot, handsome blond openly flirts with Deena and ignores the trophy wives. Suzanne has already set her sights on Bill, and when Deena reveals his surprising connection to her past, Suzanne gets territorial.
After their surprise reunion, Bill promises to keep in touch with Deena. Bill shows up at Deena’s door and a night of incomparable passion leaves them both craving more. When Suzanne discovers their tryst she begins crafting a plan to destroy the new love affair and steal the sexy handyman for herself.
Will Mr. Fix-It have what it takes to repair the damage?
Deena Stevens operates a farm in an upscale neighborhood selling her pesticide free vegetables and eggs to the women there. As a result, the 'Botox Brigade' which she lovingly calls them, has included her in their monthly book club meetings which is led by Suzanne. Not being as polished as they are, Deena is comfortable with the few extra pounds she wears and the haphazard way she wears her hair. This particular day, Deena was late as always for the meeting which led to Suzanne calling her and yelling about her tardiness.
Bill Swenson is the handyman Suzanne uses to fix things around her house, it doesn't hurt that he's tall, blond and gorgeous. Which is why Suzanne constantly finds things for him to fix; after all who wouldn't want such a beautiful man around? One look at Bill and Deena knew that he would never be interested in her until she took a second look and realized that Bill was her summer camp crush when they were fifteen.
This was a very good story, the author portrayed a not so perfect woman among cosmetically perfect ones and still showed how love can look past the surface. Not everyone is perfect but everyone deserves a chance at love, and Bill wanted Deena. Suzanne was the bitch you knew you would hate, especially with her snide remarks, and scheming ways. She couldn't stand that Bill only had eyes for Deena, especially when he had someone as perfect as her in front of him. Mr. Fix-It is an enjoyable read and if you do pick up a copy I hope that you will enjoy it as much as this reader did.