Fix Up (Patch Up #2) by Stephanie Witter
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Adult, Contemporary Romance
Saying “I love you'' doesn’t erase the old scars and fears. "I love you to insanity. I'm not even sure if it's a good thing.'' — Duke Skye is trying to overcome what happened with Sean. Now that she’s slowly healing, both physically and mentally, she’s determined to do something she should have done sooner. She’s meeting twice a week with a new, very young therapist, Dr. Marshall. There, she’s able to talk freely, unwind, and question things. Most of the sessions she talks about herself and her hangups, along with her relationship with Duke, which is still on rocky ground. "I want to taste his sweat. I want to hear his groans. I want to feel him inside of me.'' — Skye But while Skye is slowly getting back on her feet, Duke feels like he's drowning. He’s afraid of pushing her too much, of initiating intimacy, and it’s weighing between them. Moreover, knowing that he's not the one she’s talking to anymore is making him feel things he never thought possible. "It’s a matter of when I’ll stop fighting." — Duke As days pass, Duke is showing over and over how vulnerable he truly is and how Skye has more power over him than she ever imagined. When Skye sees how they keep hurting each other, she’s determined to do everything in her power to make things right, no matter what the cost. But one thing is still sure; she can count on Duke whenever she needs him, even if they disagree and fight. When Duke loves, he loves with everything he’s made of, the good and the bad. "Loving her is confusing, making me afraid of myself and what I can do ... because I can break us both." — Duke
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
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Reeling from Sean's attack,Ske begins to heal, inside and out. But as Skye gets better, Duke begins to fall apart. First up, you MUST read Patch Up before you read Fix UP. You need to, becuase you need to know what SKye and Duke have been through to get to this point. Now, I said in my rview for Patch Up I wished we'd heard from Duke. Well, here you do and I take it back. Its too painful, Duke's unravelling runs parallel to SKye's recovery. He knows what he is doing is destructive, to himself, to Skye and to their relationship but he cant stop himself. I was reading this at work, in my lunch break and when I came back from my break, I was asked if I was okay. why?? cos I cried while reading this, I really did. Told from both Skye and Duke's POV in the first person, each change is headed and usually occured from chapter to chapter. This is not a fluffy romance, with all hearts and roses. No, its a tale of terror, heart ache, and break, of pain. Of knowing what you need to do but being unable to do it. Of doing what you dont want to do but knowing its best for the one you love. Dont get me wrong, they get their happily ever after, its just they go about it the long, hard way round. And to be honest, at times, I wasnt sure they would get there. SKye's best friend, Kate, and Duke's best friends Derek are next. Kate has many layers that I am convinced have yet to be revealed and I should LOVE to read their story. Thank you, Ms Witter, for my copy. 5 full and shiny stars.
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
Stephanie Witter, in her twenties, lives in France where she comes up with book ideas on her laptop, notebook or phone. When she's not writing the day away, she likes visiting museums or shopping to add another nail polish to her already huge collection. She's also unable to resist the appeal of new books, even when she knows she can't possibly have the time to read yet another one. She's happy to have a to-read pile so high she can never put a dent into it even if she tries her best.
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