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Audiobook Review: The Fix by Sylvie Stewart 🎧

My life is a friggin’ fairytale—just not the kind any single girl would ever want to star in.


Like any good heroine, I’ve got a few challenges to face. Getting my son to wear pants is one; dealing with my snoozefest of a job is another. Then there’s the Beast, my freeloading brother who’s worn a permanent dent in the couch at my new place. And no fairytale would be complete without a smoking hot prince, of course. Too bad he’s a complete ass.
Everything in me screams to steer clear of Nate Murphy. Because, if life has taught me anything, there is no such thing as happily ever after.

I may not be a superhero, but I do my best to come to the rescue when I’m needed. And, hey, I just moved halfway across the country after a single phone call from my mom. But being back home and taking on the responsibilities involved makes me a bit cranky at times. Unfortunately, the one time I completely lose my cool is in front of the hottest girl I’ve ever met. I’ve got my work cut out for me if I’m going to fix this. But I will fix this.
I’ll be anything Laney Monroe needs me to be … a superhero, a prince, or just a guy she might take a chance on.

Title:The Fix
Author:Sylvie Stewart
Narrator(s):Alice Wander
Series:Carolina Connections (Book 1)
Pages / Length: 326 / 6 hrs 20 mins
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Romantic Comedy
Trope(s):Single Parent Romance
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Narration Type:Dual – voiced by a single, female narrator
Release Date:1st August, 2020
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Funny, sweet and sexy

This is my second Sylvie Stewart novel and I’m so happy that I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first book I read – she’s definitely got herself a new fan in me. Strangely enough, the first book I read of Ms Stewart’s was actually the second book in the Carolina Connections where as this is the first. But each book stands alone so they can be read as standalones and in any order.

I have to admit to some slight trepidation when I realised that there was only one narrator for this book despite it being from the viewpoint of both Laney and Nate. The female narrator, Alice Wander, did a magnificent job to the point that I soon forgot that she was playing both parts. While she didn’t go full-on, deep man voice, she definitely pitched a different tone when voicing Nate than she did with Laney. Furthermore, she affected a different drawl or manner of speaking when speaking as other characters – Gavin (Laney’s brother) for example, and also as Rocco. It was entertaining, easy to follow and really compelling.

Laney was a likeable character and I loved how she was depicted as both kick-ass and also vulnerable in many ways. She was also an absolute hoot. I adored her inner monologues and her little freak outs. And I loved her relationship with Rocco. She was a well-rounded character that I was really rooting for.

Nate was equally as delightful – maybe even more so. He really liked Laney and was definitely interested in starting something with her. Although she was a bit hesitant, it was adorable how Nate found ways to be around her without crowding her. It was sweet and I do so love it when a big, brawny, man’s man becomes a smitten kitten about a girl. But he had his own hang-ups and this made for some hilarious moments such as when he invites Laney to meet his parents despite the fact they’ve not even gone on so much as a single date!

“…I do so love it when a big, brawny, man’s man becomes a smitten kitten about a girl.”

As a couple, Nate and Laney were all kinds of delightful. That’s not to say there’s not shenanigans, but I felt it was sweet with heat and was always there to move the story forward rather than just gratuitous. It was all nicely satisfying.

I mentioned that the characters were funny but the whole storyline was, too. It’s a fairly simple tale – no angst or great obstacles to overcome – but the writing and comedy made it a well-rounded story that I kept on coming back to and wanting to listen to as much as I possibly could each time.

I’m not usually a fan of children in romances (or anywhere, to be fair) but I have to give a special shout-out to Rocco. What an adorable little guy he was and he was a perfect little cockblocker to create some sexual tension between our pair. And the little bromance between him and Nate was super cute. It gave me heart eyes.

All in all, I really enjoyed every aspect of this book – the story, the characters, the narration and the feelings it inspired. A really good start to what’s bound to be a great romcom series and a book I’d happily recommend. 5 stars.

USA Today bestselling author Sylvie Stewart is addicted to Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance, and she’s not looking for a cure. She hails from the great state of North Carolina, so it’s no surprise that most of her books are set in the Tar Heel state. She’s a wife to a hilarious dude and mommy to ten-year-old twin boys who tend to take after their father in every way. Sylvie often wonders if they’re actually hers, but then she remembers being a human incubator for a gazillion months. Ah, good times.

Sylvie began publishing when her kids started elementary school, and she loves sharing her stories with readers and hopefully making them laugh and swoon a bit along the way. If she’s not in her comfy green writing chair, she’s probably camping or kayaking with her family or having a glass of wine while binge-watching Hulu. Or she’s been kidnapped—so what are you doing just sitting there?!!

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