I was asked by the lovely people at BookBear if I would write an honest review for The Fixer: The Naked Man as part of its virtual book tour. I was hooked by the description of the book, so of course I agreed!
“Katerina—I need some help. Be a good girl and come over here and I’ll make it worth your while.” It’s an offer NYC college student Katerina Mills should refuse. But how can she?
A desperate situation….
After ditching her cheating lover (and boss), she’s stuck in dead end temp jobs. Her dad just ditched her mom and his promise to pay Kat’s college tuition bill. She has two weeks to come up with $14,000 or she’s out of her apartment, out of school, and out of luck.
A dangerous world….
Katerina falls into a job as a “fixer” for New York City’s wealthy and privileged men. They have problems they need “fixed,” quick and on the QT, and they’re willing to pay. The rules are simple: collect the money, use your contacts, fix the problem. Kat’s first job is easy: tail a shopaholic socialite wife. But who’s tailing Kat? Kat’s second job is not so easy: steal a VHS tape hidden in an antique chest. She can’t do it alone. To be a thief, she needs a thief: handsome, reclusive Alexander Winter to be exact. Kat soon learns the real rules for a fixer: there are no rules, there are no refunds. Get in. Get results. Get gone. As every step brings her closer to her goal and closer to danger, there’s one rule left for Katerina Mills to learn: once you’re in, there’s no getting out.
Katerina is trying to make her life in the city work. She dreams of being a lawyer, but lack of funds and family support is making it difficult. However, she is a strong-minded woman and is determined to make it work. After helping someone out of a difficult situation, she finds herself taking up a job with the questionable ‘MJM Consulting’, as a private consultant. Katerina is not entirely sure what this will involve, but she does know that if she makes any mistakes the consequences could be dire.
Her first task, to track a man’s wife and find out her passions so he can find her the perfect birthday present, seems straightforward enough. However, nothing is as simple as it seems and Kat soon finds out that her new job will put her in difficult situations. Throughout the book, Kat continually questions whether she is doing the right thing, but her determination to succeed in life tends to over-rule her moral conscience. This is mirrored in the moral debate they are having in one of her university classes, which makes her think more deeply about what she is doing in her personal life outside class.
Kat is an extremely driven, independent woman striving to succeed without relying on other people for help. She is a very closed character, reluctant to reveal her true self and form any close relationships with the people around her. Because of this, I quite difficult to empathise with her and so wasn’t as worried about what would happen in the end. However, you could argue that this is clever writing of her character, because she even makes it difficult for the reader to form a relationship with her.
Overall, the book was quite a good thriller, with a good amount of action. However, I was expecting more to happen with the story. It was quite a short book, and is only the first part of a series, but I feel it would have been better if it was the first part of a single book so the story could be developed a bit more. I didn’t feel particularly attached to any of the characters, and I was hoping or more suspense. That being said, I would still recommend it if you are fan of strong, female leads as Kat definitely has a good edge to her.
What is ethics? The answer that came to Kat’s mind froze her with fear: ethics is whatever you want it to be, as long as you can explain it so that you can sleep nights.
The Fixer: The Naked Man was written by Jill Amy Rosenblatt, who has also written Project Jennifer and For Better or Worse. You can visit her website here.
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