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The Fixer Upper (Echo Springs, #1) by Maggie Mae Gallagher


The Fixer Upper 
by Maggie Mae Gallagher 
(Echo Springs, #1) 
Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: September 6th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break. 

Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he discovers a journal hidden away by the previous tenant and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life. 

Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed. 

The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around—even though she should because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing—because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser? 


She left her room and headed back downstairs to Sheriff Barnes, who should be given an award for being one of the sexiest lawmen west of the Mississippi—so much so that in her mind, she had already dubbed him Sheriff Stud Muffin.

Wow! Another binge read through the night!  My favorite kind of romance. Not to mention that it’s a series and I can’t wait to read about Nate’s college buddies, Sam, Jacob and Miles. 

Here was acceptance and friendliness that Abby found every time she turned around in Echo Springs. It was so very different from her life back east.

Set in Echo Springs, Colorado, Abby has a temporary job as an adjunct professor at the community college while she lives in her great aunt’s Victorian home. Right next door to the sexy Sheriff Nate who is invading her dreams.

Who wanted a Mister Darcy or King Oberon when a girl could have a Nate Barnes?

The chemistry between Abby and Nate is so hot and the final love scene is worth waiting for. Apart from working on her PhD, Abby loves to read romance novels and watch 80s horror flicks. A plus in my book!  In addition to being sheriff, Nate can wield a hammer and do the two-step with the best of them. A man after my own heart!

The main character development is well done and learning about Abby’s Aunt Evie’s secret life with the man who owned Nate’s house is an interesting addition.  I enjoyed meeting Abby’s new friends and sisters Tessa and Cybil who I have a feeling will have stories told in another book. Oh, and let’s not forget Rufus, the 150 pound Great Dane.

There is a little bit of everything in this book.  Humor,  mystery, history, and of course sizzling romance. Recommend highly!

Thank you to Ms. Gallagher for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.


The Fixer Upper


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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