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Review: Fix You: Bash and Olivia - Book One (The McDaniels Brothers #1) by Christine Bell (NA)



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Olivia Beckett’s once-charmed life is falling apart. Her family is about to lose everything, and she has almost no chance of continuing her college education. She can't even seek solace from her high school sweetheart. He's changed. She doesn't recognize the boy she used to know— his violent behavior is escalating and it scares the hell out of her. Her whole world is crumbling, and she has no one to turn to……

Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels is an up and comer in the boxing world working nights at the local college bar until he can land the fight of his dreams that will get him the hell out of Boston and away from his family's tragic past. He’s weeks from his goal when Olivia Beckett comes tumbling into his life in a flash of silky dark hair and haunted eyes. When he saves her from a potentially brutal beating, they begin to grow close, but Olivia's ex isn’t ready to let her go so easily.

Bash can't bring himself to walk away, but fixing Olivia just might leave him broken…

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In book one of the Bash and Olivia series, Olivia has had a bad week and is enjoying her drink at Shorty’s. Her parents are facing financial ruin and she doesn’t know why. Her boyfriend Andy has been acting off lately and she has no clue about that either. She is drinking her frustrations away.

Later, when she follows her friend Echo to the pool table she is bumped and almost falls, but Sebastian is there to catch her. He works at Shorty’s and steadies her. She is instantly drawn to him but Andy is watching. She is able to pull herself together and thank him.

Andy is furious and drags her to the bathroom and physically threatens her. Sebastian steps in again and hits him so he will let her go. Olivia is shocked and badly shaken. She doesn’t understand Andy’s behavior. They have been friends since eighth grade. Her parents love him.

However she can’t stay with him anymore. She skips the trip to Cabo for spring break. She also feels horrible when Bash loses his job for helping her. Her guilt and shame are almost overwhelming. She searches out Bash and tries to apologize. She is going to talk to Andy about getting his job back. She also asks Bash to teach her some self-defense. She hated feeling helpless.

Bash is training for a big boxing match coming up in a few months. He doesn’t want anything to mess up his concentration but there is something about Olivia that he can’t shake. Helping her out has messed up his life a bit and he knows he should walk away but he can’t seem to. He can’t promise her anything.

When Andy gets back from Cabo, Olivia is determined to finish things. She demands he get Bash’s job back. Andy’s true colors show and the truth comes out. He makes good on his threats.

I loved, loved this book. Olivia and Bash meet in a possibly real way. They are instantly attracted and are shocked at that attraction. Bash is a good guy which endeared me immediately. He put himself out there to protect her. Everyone needs someone like that in their life.

He has a goal and is trying to solely focus on it. Then bam here comes Olivia. She is sweet and accepting. She is also a mess. She needs to get herself back on track.

Her confusion about Andy’s behavior was written well. She only saw what he wanted her to see until he was done with the charade. He was an excellent villain in this story. You instantly hate the jerk.

This story progressed nicely and just as they decide to make things work, Andy happens. So this book sets things up for the next one leaving you hanging, of course. I am now off to read the second one. This one gets a 4 out of 5.







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