When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home.
Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep.
Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.
There is a large portion of the population that has what Mr. RoloPolo and I affectionately refer to as the “Freebie List.” For those of you who don’t know what a Freebie List is, it’s the list of celebrities we get to run away and sleep with the moment they knock on out front door. Don’t judge, you know you have one too 🙂
For Kelly Reynolds, if there ever was a Freebie List, it and its playfulness died two years ago with her beloved husband, Peter. For two very, very long years Kelly has done the best she can do every day to survive. Her two young sons, Beau and Hunter have gone a long way to help heal her wounds but a love taken too soon is hard to just get over. In an effort to save herself and her sanity, Kelly takes up running and it is on one of those early morning runs that Kelly runs into a man that is on many women’s Freebie List.
Andrew Pettigrew is handsome, charming and, one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities. He is internationally known, often chased by the paparazzi and, has a past that often comes back to bite him on the butt. As long as Andrew is busy, life is good and the demons can be held at bay. Turns out, a widowed mother of two who enjoys a good morning run and hot tea can also help hold the demons at bay. From the moment he meet Kelly Reynolds, Andrew is taken with her. With little to no thought about the absurdity of their situation, Andrew pursues Kelly with every intention of making her his own.
Being the girlfriend of a celebrity is no easy task what with the keeping it a secret, trying to make time to see one another and, dealing with all of the media that often includes your boyfriend with other women. To be fair, Kelly comes with her own baggage but being with Andrew is helping her work through some of those issues. For several months, Kelly and Andrew make things work but before either can even begin to think about an HEA, things fall apart in a very spectacular and public way. Andrew’s demons come back in full, ugly force and rather than stand beside Andrew, Kelly allows her own demons to control her life and her feelings and she runs from the thing she wants the most.
The Bottom Line: Fix You is a sweet love story about two very broken people doing their best to keep themselves and their lives together. From the beginning, Kelly is a hot mess who is, at times just barely hanging on. Andrew is much the same but with a much greater capacity for hiding how truly broken he really is. That the two would find one another and ultimately be able to find happiness is pretty astounding given what each has been through and carries with them on a daily basis. From beginning to end, there aren’t really any big surprises or plot twists but that’s OK. At the end of the day, Fix You is a simple romance about two people from very different worlds who find acceptance, forgiveness and, healing through love.
Beck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase “mistakes are for learning” and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life. Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.