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Review – Fixing the Hole by Katherine Halle

Review: Fixing the Hole by Katherine Halle

Publisher: Dreamspinner
Publish Date: November 5, 2014
Reviewed by: Heller
How I got this book: E-Arc from Publisher

23340561“Heavy rains and strong winds slammed an uprooted tree through Steve Crowell’s roof, leaving a gaping hole to match the one in his heart. After his ex left him for a younger man, Steve’s not sure he’s ready to handle another disaster. His best friend highly recommended the contractor, but the man’s already late, and when he shows up with his music thumping, Steve isn’t impressed—until Riley steps out of his pickup truck. Personable, gorgeous Riley talks a mile a minute, which Steve finds both ridiculously endearing and terrifying. Piecing together a heart isn’t as easy as fixing a roof, but Riley might just be the right man for the job.”

It’s not that I didn’t like this novella because I did enjoy it. There was an easy free-wheeling feel to the dialogue and the story moved along smoothly. The characters were interesting and liked getting to know them as they, in turn, got to know each other.I especially liked Riley who was a chatter-mouthed cutie and Steve, who was quieter and older was enamoured with him as well. The little bit of history we got of Steve and his ex-boyfriend Jay was intriguing. The same with Riley and the troubles with his ex. Unfortunately, it just skirted the edges of something that I would have loved. I think the length had something to do with it, not because it felt choppy but more because a lot of the things I wanted to read about
ended up being skipped over and told to the reader after the fact. I found that a bit frustrating because I wanted to read it and not be told it.

I almost wish this had had a bouncing POV because I would have enjoyed being in Riley’s head. This was definitely a sweet read but I wish that it had been fleshed out more. It’s my first book from this author and I like their style so I’ll be checking out what they have coming next.

I’m giving “Fixing the Hole” a C.

By Heller

In the United Nations of Book Pushers I represent the Canadian contingent. I've known Has, Lou, E and Minn for a few years now and I've discovered many a new author from them for which I will be forever grateful. New to me often translates to "Where has this book been all my life?" and leads to endless re-reads.

The majority of my childhood was spent with my nose in a book (not that it's any different now) and I always carried at least one with me wherever I went no matter whatever trouble I was up to. My e-reader is something I could never give up now, despite my initial resistance to it. I love my books but carrying around a library in a small electronic device is a thrill that never gets old.

I read anything and everything that strikes my fancy: Regency, Retro-Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apoc...the list is pretty much endless. I tend to cycle through interests so it really just depends on my mood at the time. I would say that right now M/M books have me firmly in their grasp and they've been the majority of my reads for the past couple of years. I think there's nothing better than headjacking into a story and characters created by an author, I'm always up for a ride to a place I've never been before.

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