The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

The Fixer by HelenKay DimonThe Fixer by HelenKay Dimon
Series: Games People Play #1
Published by Avon on December 27th 2016
Pages: 384
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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.

This is far from a bad book and the rating hardly reflects this, but I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time trying to clear the fuzzy feeling from my head when it comes to ‘The Fixer’, because so much of it feels blurry and shadowy where pasts and context don’t quite exist beyond the pages of what’s been given to us. At the very start, there’s already an established relationship with a Senator, a network of bodyguards and spies in place and suddenly, meetings that simply felt…off, leaving me unable to make head or tail of the story. It threw me quite a fair bit, confounding me with the supposed importance of a cold case that’s 13 years old which actually forms the crux of the mystery and suspense just as it brings an odd couple together. But it all came so tangentially that I found myself stumbling and struggling with the very odd development of a relationship between a walled-off fixer and determined woman that somehow worked despite the lack of urgency/sexual tension between them.

HelenKay Dimon’s writing shines through nonetheless; I loved her characterisation of Wren and the challenge he faces as he comes out of his own reclusive shell. But he is a rare type as well that I can definitely appreciate and am intrigued by—calm, anti-social, so deliberate with a way of hedging and so different from the younger self that he says is the opposite of him that there’s still so much of him that I can’t seem to grasp by the end. He talks about his sad past, yet still see him more in suits like a mafia boss than in actual action and that proved to be more of a disappointment than I thought…or maybe I just like to see such alpha males waling the talk? Emery Finn is by and large, a good match for him, though her stinging betrayal at the end is frankly, difficult to forgive. That Wren does so easily made me wonder for a moment, if he deserved something better.

It’s a series I can definitely see myself continuing however; the equally shadowy and secretive ‘Quint Five’ that Wren mentions makes me wonder if they will form the rest of the books to come.