• Mr. Fixer Upper
Mr. Fixer Upper
Lucy Score
Romantic Comedy
That's What She Said Publishing
July 6, 2017

Gannon King is great with his hands and--if you believe what you read on Twitter--he's "sex in a toolbelt." The reality TV star learned his lesson about falling for pretty packages the hard, painful, humiliating way and he's not making that mistake again.

Sure, "Legs" is gorgeous as hell and smart-mouthed--two of his favorite qualities in a woman. But she's an icy network kiss-ass. At least, that's what he thinks until he catches her being human.

Field producer Paige St. James has zero time for temperamental stars, especially Gannon who does his best to get under her skin. She's got plans to get out of reality TV and do something that matters.

But ratings are king and, when Paige and Gannon's sparks are captured by cameras, the network smells a time slot victory. After an on-set accident and a vindictive celebrity "girlfriend," Paige finds her reputation in tatters and her job hanging by a thread.

She never should have trusted him...

But now that he's gotten those talented hands on her, Gannon's never letting go.

Sometimes your priorities just need a little renovation…

Sigh, Paige and Gannon. What can I say? I am still stuck in their world. And honestly, I’m not sure I want to get out of it.

So, there was this shower scene. Ok, well, maybe more than one. But this particular shower scene was amazing and wonderful and sweet and broke me a little. Oh, did I mention there were no sexy times in this scene? Because there weren’t. And it was still unbelievable.

Gannon King is a hotshot, hot-tempered, handyman god, who along with his sister Cat, is the star of the reality TV show King’s Construction. Paige St. James, affectionately known as BeastMode by her co-workers, is the field producer/jack of all trades on the set. Gannon thinks that Paige is an uptight, bottom-line oriented lackey for the bossmen. Paige thinks Gannon is a temperamental, over-hyped manwhore. The two of them regularly butt heads. But it turns out that neither is what the other believes.

An open and honest conversation, begun by Gannon, reveals Gannon’s true motivation for being on the show (to save his late grandfather’s business), his loyalty to his crew, his love of his grandmother and his desire to focus on custom-making furniture. And Gannon discovers that Paige is actually working on the show in order to save money to produce a documentary on inequality and sexism and that she has aspirations of directing and producing.

The two develop a new respect for each other, which morphs into a friendship, that eventually crosses the line into deeper feelings. But there are SO many amazing scenes where the two spend time just being comfortable with each other, and even more importantly, being vulnerable. Gannon always takes the lead on showing Paige that it is ok to lean on others, and teaching her that the need to always be strong sometimes holds you back from what you truly want.

Family, from both sides, plays a critical role in how their relationship plays out. We get to see a lot of what shaped these two characters into who they are as adults. And Gannon goes all in during his quest to win Paige’s trust and her heart.

This book will make you smile, laugh, cry and swoon. There is no part of it that is not important, or finely crafted. Lucy Score has created a couple and a book that will stick with you long after you read the last word.