Monday, September 29, 2008

Review: Mr. Fix-It

Mr. Fix-It (Indigo Love Spectrum) Mr. Fix-It by Crystal Hubbard

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm sorry to give this book three stars. I really liked the characters in it. I LOVED both of the main characters and I thought Hubbard did a good job of making them more than just 2 dimensional cardboard cutouts. I liked the best friend of each, as well, but they were far from fully developed. It was the plot that was lacking. And, by lacking, I mean it was seriously underdeveloped. It took too many leaps. There is no way that I believe the ending from everything we've read in the beginning. And, even though you (the audience) knew that Carter was more than "just the fix it guy", I still didn't buy it. I will give Hubbard credit for making him unconventionally rich instead of old money. That was a new spin on and old idea. Good for her. Other than that, though, there wasn't much to the plot.

But, even with all of those holes, the characters almost make up for it. If she would have tweaked just one or two things (shoring up the secondary characters, making a more plausible ending, showing a little more background, maybe through flashbacks or what have you) then this would have been a 4 star review. The characters were that good. And Hubbard's use of humor in places were pretty good too.

Lastly, I have to say that it was nice to have a book about an interracial romance that wasn't all "I'm black, you're not black, it'll never work. What about the children. Blah blah blah." It never went down that road, and for that I'm more grateful than you know. Hubbard has the makings of a good author.

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Clio Widdoes said...

Mr. Fix-It is Crystal Hubbard's sixth adult romance. She's also written two children's books, one of which has won multiple awards. Crush and Blame It On Paradise, her first two interracial romances, are meatier than Mr. Fix-It, but I have to disagree with you on your assessment of Ms. Hubbard's prowess as an author. She's already a good author, even great when it comes to Crush and Blame It On Paradise and her first three novels. Mr. Fix-It is lighter fare, perhaps, but the plot is solid as a lighthearted romance that doesn't belabor issues of race and social status.

robin said...

That's cool. Things are very laid back here. I love the fact that the book didn't belabor the race issue. That was one of the things I liked most about this book. I did say that, right? I'll have to go back and re-read the review. But, overall, I was disappointed. The 20 people who have a hold on this book at my library certainly agree more with you than with me! This was just my opinion.