☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
Kat’s back and in over her head with crooks, cops… and killers.
Christmas is around the corner but professional “fixer” Katerina Mills isn’t feeling the holiday spirit, juggling college classes, a lovesick cop, and demanding clients.
Obnoxious hedge fund manager Simon Marcus wants his prized Porsche back from his vengeful wife. The job is hard enough until wise guy Anthony DeSucci shows up and orders her to bring the car to him.
Rock star writer, Paul Patel needs something “special” to finish his next bestseller, something that will get Katerina a “Go Straight to Jail” card if she gets caught.
And what about mysterious Thomas Gallagher? His jobs are simple and easy. Is he just a bored billionaire, or is he watching Kat’s every move, making his own plans for her?
As the jobs heat up, handsome, elusive thief Alexander Winter re-enters Kat’s life to tutor her in all things criminal. But can she trust him?
Katerina Mills is still haunted by her first assignment…and her first assignment is about to come back to haunt her…a deadly enemy who’s closer than she thinks.
Kat is back ! The Fixer: The Killing Kind is book 2 in Jill Amy Rosenblatt’s The Fixer Series. It picks up exactly where book 1, The Fixer: The Naked Man, left off. I would not recommend reading the books out of order or jumping into the series with book 2. The author gives readers of book 1 enough to jog their memory but not enough for new readers to whole-heartedly jump into the story.
Katerina is a smart, beautiful, in-debt college student who is in over her head with her latest assignments from MJM. Her pithy wit and charm get her far in juggling clients and securing paid assistance.
The plot of this thriller is fast paced. Ms. Rosenblatt has thrown in a lot of story threads, and she deftly weaves them together with plenty of new secondary characters and their increasingly complex demands. In fact, each of Kat’s assignments from MJM become more and more complicated as she begs and borrows assistance, and as her father’s past comes back to haunt her. Stubborn Kat tries desperately to do everything on her own, but can she complete her missions and stay alive if she doesn’t confide in someone? The increasing complexity of the situations reflects Kat’s astuteness, however, one has to question how this twenty-something got so street-savvy. My one complaint is that Kat faints too many times to end a scene. However, one could argue that she is exhausted by her predicaments as they seemingly spiral out of control.
The addition of sinister new characters Uncle Sergei and Thomas Gallagher is concerning. It is clear that they will have a role in the next book, and I fear it means trouble for Kat (and perhaps a loved one). Alex Winter, AKA Bob, is still present in Kat’s life, and his care for her has moved beyond mere gratitude. Clearly Winter will be a player in the next book, and I’m hoping Ms. Rosenblatt throws Winter and Kat together romantically.
The Fixer is high-spirited, fast-paced fun. The complexity of Kat’s “juggling” act will make your mind spin. The cliffhanger will leave you anxious and wanting answers and resolutions. Stay tuned for hair-raising adventures on the opposite coast in The Fixer: The Last Romanov.
About the author: Jill Amy Rosenblatt is the author of Project Jennifer and For Better or Worse, both published by Kensington Press. She holds a Masters Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Burlington College. She is currently at work on Book Three in The Fixer series, The Fixer: The Last Romanov. You can learn more about The Fixer series at http://www.jillamyrosenblatt.com
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