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
Review by Brittany
This review is for the second book in a series. It’s probably a good idea to read that book before this.
In Patch Up, book one, we learn about Skye, who was in an abusive relationship for many years. She followed him to college in Seattle, but ended up being heartbroken when he left her.
Alone, scared, and depressed, Skye meets Duke, a TA in her psychology class. Determined to help her heal, they start a rocky relationship.
*****SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE*****
Skye’s ex-boyfriend may have broken up with her, but that doesn’t mean he wants anyone else to have her. He leaves her even more broken than before after a failed rape attempt.
That’s book one.
In Fix Up, we watch as Skye and Duke continue their relationship that still has many problems. They still constantly push each other away, determined not to let the other get too close.
Well, when Duke finds out that Skye’s psychologist is not only young and extremely attractive, but attracted to her, Duke flips out, leaving Skye in a position of whether or not she’s really making Duke happy.
She believes that he’d be better off without her. She’s constantly hurting him and he deserves better. Will she continue to stay with him or leave him? Find out in Fix Up!
I loved this book! This book provided me with the most intense reading experience of my life. There was one specific part, no details, but I was a mess. I was crying, eating chocolate to make myself feel better. I had snot running down my face and I literally had pains in my chest. I ached for these characters. It literally felt like it was happening to me!!! I’ve never had that happen before. I’ve never had such an ugly cry and never felt such pain for characters before!
I know, it makes me seem insane, but Stephanie writes so that you are connected to these characters, as if you’re their friends and you’re watching this happen to them. You want to jump in there and fix it, because you know what’s right, and you know how to make everything okay.
I give five huge stars to Stephanie and Fix Up! I’m so excited for the next book, which will be about Katie and Derek, the couple’s best friends! Great job!
Video Review by Brittany
About Stephanie Witter
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She soon started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels filled with angst, love, hope, drama and a touch of fun. PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.