Title: The Fixer
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Genre: Adult Romance
Status: Book 1 of Games People Play, but can be read as a standalone
He’s known only as Wren. A wealthy, dangerously secretive man, he specializes in making problems disappear. A professional fixer, Wren hides a dark past, but his privacy is shattered when Emery Finn seeks him out—and what she wants from him is very personal.
Some people disappear against their will. Emery’s job is to find them and bring closure. Wren is the only person who can help solve Emery’s own personal mystery: the long-ago disappearance of her cousin. Just tracking down the sexy, brooding Wren is difficult enough. Resisting her body’s response to him will prove completely impossible.
Anonymity is essential to Wren’s success, yet drawn by Emery’s loyalty and sensuality, he’s pulled out of the shadows. But her digging is getting noticed by the wrong people. And as the clues start to point to someone terrifyingly close, Wren will have to put his haunted past aside to protect the woman he loves.
I was craving some good ol’ romance so I found this and I picked it up. I actually quite liked it!
Still haunted by her cousin’s disappearance several years back, Emery spends her life finding missing people, hoping that she will find her cousin as well.
When she finds the name Wren in one of her uncle’s files related to her cousin, she starts looking for him. Wren, a faceless man who is pretty well-known, and well-feared, among the socialite circles.
Wren approaches her with another name to get her off of him, but instead finds himself attracted to her.
The story follows their romance and also Emery’s search for her cousin.
Emery is a woman with determination, who has a career in finding missing people and has spunk. I really liked her because she refused to be set aside and wanted to be in all of the action. There is a small “tragic past” element to her because she feels guilty for her cousin’s disappearance, and that made her down-to-earth, but it didn’t completely take over her character, which I liked.
Wren has made himself a career of getting things done and fixed, hence called “The Fixer”. I didn’t understand what that meant, but so didn’t Emery so we got a few explanations which might clear what it is, but it IS new. I haven’t seen such a vague career in books (or IRL, to be honest).
I really liked Wren and how he simply couldn’t resist Emery, but I HATED his alpha-ness. The only thing that made it better was the fact that he was afraid of Emery every time he took over something or took a decision without asking her.
There was pretty immediate attraction, but there was a slow build of actual relationship. Too often, the instant attraction becomes insta-love and this book was done right because the two were separate.
Despite the characters being attracted, Wren and Emery had to get over their walls and open up. They did it slowly, and their relationship developed in pace.
A pretty good romance book which ticked all the boxes that I was looking for, except the alpha stuff, and I liked it.