Book Title: Fixed Up
Author: Maddie Jane
A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Maddie Jane debuts her romantic comedy novel about a woman who knows how to fix things and the man who wants to convince her that DIY is more fun with two…
Toppling from her very high heels into Luke Colton’s arms is not the impression Harper Cassidy likes to make. She is strong, independent, and on a personal mission to teach DIY skills to women, and he is all wrong – determined to get involved, determined to help her, and determined to mess with her self-control and self-imposed single lifestyle.
Harper has been more than clear that her plans don’t include him, but there’s something about a woman that knows her way around a power tool that has Luke too enthralled to walk away. Taking his mother along to Harper’s DIY for women classes is the perfect excuse to watch her in action, and maybe convince her that doing it for yourself doesn’t always mean having to go it alone.
Luke had considered not going back to the classroom to talk to Harper, but he’d never been one to shy away from a fight.
And she still had the sexy tool belt on. Which helped. A lot.
‘I didn’t think you’d be back,’ she said, not meeting his gaze.
‘It seemed a waste of a good ‘I’ll be back’ not to.’ He looked at her, wondering if she got the Arnie reference. She stared blankly, jiggling a hammer for a second before shoving it into a loop on her belt. ‘And I thought we had a few things we should slug out in private,’ he said. ‘As in, not in front of an entire class of your students. Or even worse, my mother,’ he added as an afterthought.
‘What sort of things?’ Harper’s hand was back on the hammer, which made Luke extremely nervous. If forced to describe her right now, this very second, the words ‘armed and dangerous’ would be perfect.
‘I thought we probably needed to discuss this thing we’ve got between us, for starters.’
‘What thing?’ Her hand held the head of the hammer, lifting it and then letting it slide back through its loop. Lift, slide. Lift, slide.
‘You can pretend all you want, Harper, but there is a thing and it’s the reason we got naked together.’
For a second the hammer was still. Then lift, slide. Lift, slide.
‘People get naked for a whole lot of reasons. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.’
‘True. Only I get the feeling it is a big deal for you, which is why you turfed me out on my arse the way you did.’
Harper’s hand formed a fist around the hammer, her white knuckles the only indication she acknowledged his words. At least the lift–slide had stopped before it completely threw him off course.
‘Okay, so now we’ve talked about that. What else did you want to talk about?’ said Harper.
Maddie Jane lives near the beach in Christchurch, New Zealand, with her husband, three children and a very hairy dog. She has a journalism qualification as well as a degree in history and English literature from Canterbury University.
She started reading romance novels when she was far too young and hasn’t stopped. When she isn’t reading or writing she likes walking on the beach and planning her characters’ happy ever afters.
She enjoys reading, holidays, reading on her holidays, movies with happy endings and spending time with family and friends.