Unfixable by Tessa Bailey-a review
UNFIXABLE by Tessa Bailey
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 14, 2014
He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.
Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.
Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.
But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery nature draws them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?
REVIEW: UNFIXABLE is an adult, contemporary, romance storyline that focuses on two people struggling with the indecision about life and everything it has to offer. This is nineteen year old American photographer Willa Peet and Irish race car driver Shane Claymore’s story. Willa has arrived in Ireland as a guest of the Claymore Inn. After winning a photography contest where first prize is a month long stay in Ireland photographing the land and its’ people, Willa struggles with her attraction to the bad boy bar owner Shane Claymore and her need to continuously move and forget about the past.
The focus of the storyline is the developing relationship between Willa and Shane and, the people and family at Claymore Inn. The Claymore family own and operate a popular pub and inn where Willa discovers the family secrets, their protective family bonds and a dark history where not everything and everyone are as they seem. Shane and Willa are both running from their pasts –pasts mired in secrets and disappointments; broken hearts and family betrayal.
Tessa Bailey pulls the reader into a storyline where one woman captures the beauty of the people and the land with her camera but refuses to acknowledge the beauty within her heart and soul. She is a woman who knows disappointment, betrayal and sorrow up close and personal. Willa believes herself to be broken and ‘unfixable’. Shane is a man whose need to prove himself worthy and finds his ‘need for speed’ a welcome compromise. It is only when they let their hearts and minds open to the possibility of love that Shane and Willa will find that the present and future are the only thing that count in a world where everyone judges you by the sins of the past.
UNFIXABLE is well paced, colorful and sometimes heartbreaking storyline told from Willa’s first person POV. We are witness to their struggles, their fears and the pain of family rejection. Unfixable is a story of growing up and moving forward; of taking life and everything it has to offer and making something of yourself; and it is a story about two people who have found one another with the help of a young woman’s desire to lose herself in the beauty of the images she photographs-one picture at a time. The sex scenes are steamy, sensual and leave nothing to the imagination. Shane is a man who knows what he wants and he wants Willa-naked and ready.
The secondary characters add a flavor and spice that resonate with love and understanding; humor and mental challenges. The world building brings the reader into a family run business where ‘everyone knows your name’ and strangers are sometimes closer than family. Tessa Baily frames the Irish countryside with definitive and vibrant content so that the reader can smell the salty, ocean breeze and the damp, new mown grass; the acrid odor of stale cigarette smoke and the sweat soaked bodies on the dance floor at the local club.
If you are a fan of broken heroines and bad boy Irish heroes then UNFIXABLE is your next go to book –you won’t be disappointed.
Copy supplied by the publisher.
Reviewed by Sandy