Review: Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

"The last thing I expected when I moved here was to find someone like you." 
His words curled and curved through my body, grabbing hold of me. 
The last thing I expected when I knocked on your door was to find someone like you. 
That was what I wanted to say. But the words wouldn't come.

This book was the perfect read after the far heavier ones that I seem to be reading as of late. Miss Fix-It (the title had me singing a song I used to sing with my students in preschool entitled "Fix It" was far more than I could have possibly hoped for, and I was hoping for a lot considering I've read several of Emma Hart's work over the past couple of years, so I know what this author is capable of. Her latest standalone made me laugh out loud and snicker like a kid, and ultimately left me with a huge-ass and satisfied grin. Because what I had was an advanced reader copy, I'm going to excuse the stuff that I hope was dealt with in editing before it was published, so this review and my rating at the end of it is based solely on the content found within between the covers of Miss Fix-It.

Twenty-six-year-old Kali Hancock has gotten used to the skeptical looks on clients' faces when she first shows up for a job. Yes, she's a handywoman, and yes, she knows what she's doing. People in her coastal hometown of Rock Bay know that her father handed over the reins to the family-owned Hancock Handyman Co. when he semi-retired, but people who are new in town are bound to be taken aback by the fact that the "K" in "K. Hancock" is a woman. So, Kali isn't all that surprised when Brantley Cooper looks like he was expecting a guy standing on his doorstep after he requests his children's rooms renovated. But then, Kali's just as surprised by the fact that the almost thirty-year-old single father and widower makes her want to break her own rule: no cavorting with clients. Any drilling, nailing, and screwing shall be kept on a professional basis. Kali never counted on falling for Brant or his twins, Ellie and Eli.

Sigh. I absolutely adored this book. I loved the silliness and lighthearted feeling it had, filling almost every chapter of this novel with humor-laced antics and interactions. From the twin terrors who could also be doubly delightful to the overly nosy yet well-meaning matchmaking of Kali's stepmother and other Rock Bay townsfolk, the winsome pair of Kali and Brantley were backed by a humorous cast of supporting characters. There were also some rather romantic and sexy times between Kali and Brantley, as well as far more sentimental and moving moments with regards to dealing with loss and moving on, whether as a spouse or as a child. I liked that Kali had this unique perspective of a child who had lost her mother and now has a stepmother of her own because it allowed her to give Brantley the encouragement he needed, feeling secure in the knowledge that everything will work out. Even an angst addict like me needs a great angst-free read once in a while, and Miss Fix-It was a five-plus-starred choice. ♥

Date Read: 31 October 2017

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