“Never in my mind did I think reading a romance novel about a heroine with cancer could be sexy, sweet, passionate, and downright amazing but leave it to Mari Carr to prove me wrong. When her latest book in the Second Chance series released, I realized I had the first one on my Kindle and hadn't...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Never in my mind did I think reading a romance novel about a heroine with cancer could be sexy, sweet, passionate, and downright amazing but leave it to Mari Carr to prove me wrong. When her latest book in the Second Chance series released, I realized I had the first one on my Kindle and hadn't made the time to read it. I'm so glad I sat down and cracked open Fix You which is a wonderful friends to lovers story that is not to be missed.
Zoey and Robbie have been best friends for 25 years and roommates since they graduated from high school. But Zoey's feelings for Robbie have changed over the years and she wants to be more than just his friend and roommate. A New Year's Eve pact with her Thursday Wine friends has her promising her friends she's going to get healthy and herself that she's going to confront Robbie and tell him how she feels. But she makes a phone call to him while he's out touring with his band and she chickens out, luckily Robbie knows Zoey better than she knows herself and the next morning she wakes to find him there asking the question she doesn't want to answer. When he finds out she has cancer, he immediately changes his plans to be there for her although with her is exactly where he wants to be forever.
I flat out loved this story from beginning to end. I love that Zoey despite her feelings for Robbie didn't want him to give up his rock star life. She loved him enough that she only wanted him to be happy. Robbie realizing that touring wasn't his thing and figuring out how to still make music, make a living, and be with Zoey proved what a stand up guy he is. I'm not a huge fan of flashbacks but I'll admit I enjoyed seeing these two as maintained their friendship though all sorts of teenage issues and beyond. I was fascinated by how sure Robbie was of his feelings for Zoey and what he wanted out of their relationship while Zoey constantly fretted that she was more invested they he was. Despite how close they were, I found it frustrating they never seemed to talk about this with each other which was nuts because they had always shared everything in their lives.
I was blown away by the emotional depth of this story; the frustrations with the diagnosis, the treatment, the results of the treatment, and their changing relationship. Relationships are tough and when you start a new one during a major life crisis, it's bound to get a little messy. Thankfully their long friendship made them both realize they were better together than apart. And speaking of together, there is something to be said when close friends move into a sexual relationship...wowzers these two set every surface they touch on fire!
I am sold on this series for a variety of reasons but mainly because the women are all at different points in their lives but are all searching to find themselves and happiness. There's no doubt I'm going to enjoy watching each of these women find love and the man of their dreams even if they don't think that's what they want!
“Fix You was a pretty good book, although a little short. Zoey and Robbie were sweet together as lifelong friends and now roommates. She finally decides to tell Robbie that she loves him not just as a friend and then she is diagnosed with cancer. Robbie has been on tour with his band, so when Zoey calls him just before a performance, he knows something is up. He hurries home to her and she tells him about the cancer.
They strike up a physical relationship right away, putting aside any discussions of long term relationships despite the fact that both admit their love for each other.
Zoey's journey through surgery and chemo was almost a mirror image of my own experience. How lovely to have someone sit close beside you during the chemo, tell you jokes when you are down, or kick you in the butt when you need that, too. Robbie did all that and more. I teared up reading the scene where Zoey's hair fell out. What a hero!
Fix You was sad, funny, poignant, sexy, and almost too painful for me to read. I read it in a couple of hours so I know the story was engaging and interesting. Fix You will make you think, remember, and laugh out loud. This was an excellent way to spend a quiet afternoon.”