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Jeremy King, Hollywood über-agent to the stars, knows that sharks gotta swim. He’s one of them, after all. He’s never met a deal he couldn’t strike or an argument he couldn’t win. LA is his kind of town—they both never stop moving.
So when his friend and client, movie star Andrew Pettigrew, invites him on a “man-cation” to the wilds of Idaho for a little fly-fishing, Jeremy’s not so sure. He might not have cell service. There’s no way there’ll be any supermodels to woo. And his idea of the great outdoors is a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway in his Tesla Model S—moose definitely do not factor into the picture.
Fitting then that because of a moose, he meets Macy Shea Summerlin, the best fly-fishing guide on the South Fork. Jeremy’s surprised and tantalized, but Macy isn’t having any of his alpha male posturing. She gives as good as she gets, and she knows how to throw a mean right hook.
As the two of them get tangled up in each other’s lives, both Jeremy and Macy must come to terms with winning and losing and letting love in. And Jeremy has to find the answer to his own question: Is he simply “using” Macy or could he really “use” someone like her? Find out in Use Somebody, book 3 of the Fix You series.
Review by Trinette Dungee
In this over-populated, overly-saturated world of erotica and wild sex (which I love by the way), Beck Anderson is a breath of fresh air. She is proof that you don’t need rip-roaring, butt smacking, and raunchier-than-raunch sex to sell a book. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good ole romp-fest with all the bells and whistles just as much as the next girl, but every once in a while a good ole fashion romance just hits the spot. That is exactly what Beck Anderson delivers in this book.
Jeremy King is one of the top agents in Hollywood, he used to getting just what he wants and the word “no” just doesn’t register to him. Wheeling and dealing is what he does, smooth talking is what good at except when it comes to Macy Summerlin. Macy’s had a rough life, she’s not fascinated or impress by the big Hollywood folks that are spending time at her beloved resort. She’s a small-town girl just trying to keep her head above water and Jeremy King is just not what she needs in her life.
I guess you can tell by the amount of stars that I simply loved this book. I loved everything about it; the storyline, the writing, the characters, the humor. Beck managed to tick-off every box on my checklist (and let me tell, that is no easy feat). These characters were likeable from the door. I have a habit of rooting for the underdog so even in the previous books to this series (this is book three) although Jeremy wasn’t really seen in the best light, I was kind of drawn to him and curious about him.
What I absolutely loved about Jeremy was that he was so freaking clueless that he was downright adorable. Now that’s not really how I’d like to describe a man…especially an Alpha like Jeremy but that’s how I felt. I just wanted to hug him. Once Jeremy realizes that he can’t impress Macy with the typical “Hollywood BS”, he’s not quite sure what to do with her. She’s totally different from what he’s used to dealing with. Although he is physically attracted to Macy, his draw to her also seems to be finding out what’s happened in her life to make her so guarded. He quickly realizes that there’s a lot not quite right with Macy’s life and he sets out to help or “fix” things. Problem is, he normally makes a bigger mess; but you have to love him because his heart was always in the right place. When he learns that Macy’s issues are bigger than anything he’s ever dealt with before, he more than willing to be her “Knight in Shining Armor”, but again he goes about it all the wrong way.
Jeremy’s a fixer; he says it’s due to the nature of his job but I think it has more to do with the fact that he’s compassionate and has a big heart (not that he would admit it). He’s so jaded by that Hollywood Life and the “someone’s always out to get something” mentality that Jeremy wasn’t just clueless about relationships but he was clueless about people. Funny thing about that, he kind of realizes that about himself. Not only does he realize that he’s clueless but that he’s something of a douche when he really wants to be. This makes him vulnerable and as much as he didn’t want it to show, the vulnerability was sooo obvious (to the reader). Although Jeremy knows the position certain people have in his life, he wonders of they know. He’s also somewhat insecure about his position is in their lives. This couldn’t be more obvious when it comes to his relationship with his best friend Andy.
"Does he know he’s my best friend? I think so. Yes, I’m pretty sure. I don’t fucking know. Yes.”
There’s also that little jealous streak he has when it comes to Andy’s friend Todd. The two seem to be in competition for who’s the BF to Andy. Even though he is not a fan of Todd’s, he does (for the sake of his friendship with Andy) somewhat try to keep the peace and get along with Todd because he understands the importance of that relationship. On some level I think Jeremy secretly kind of wants to be Todd’s friend (and vice versa) but that pride thing just gets in his way. I absolutely loved his sense of humor… the dude was just comical.
Since this story is told from Jeremy’s POV I focused mainly on him with my comments. However, I do have some opinions about Macy as well. I really liked her. I loved the strength and vulnerability with Macy. Her character started off very strong but when she hit that vulnerable moment, boy did she hit it and boy did you know it and feel it and just wow. When it comes to Macy, Jeremy has found that person that makes him want to be a better person…a different person; the person who has taken him out of his comfort zone, who challenges his belief that he is always in control.
My favorite quote in this book…
"You value dominance, control? Think that’s what equals winning? No. Resilience. That is what puts a man on top. The ability to absorb the punches, roll with the punches, get back up….never stay down when the thing sideswipes you that you never saw coming.”
Those are just words to live by on a daily basis.
As I mentioned, this is book three in the Fix You Series, although you don’t have to read the other two books to understand this one…I think you will appreciate Jeremy just a bit more if you do.
One of the major boxes Beck Anderson ticked off of my list….supporting characters. Supporting character that are so well written that they don’t over power the current characters’ story but leave you salivating over learning more about them. Such is the case with Todd and Tucker. Although we someone get Tucker’s story along the way in this series…My interest is so piqued with Todd that I’m just praying we get his story too.
Once again, another home run for Beck Anderson!
I look at the wide fresh scar on the palm. “And how did you do that again?”
Her face clouds over for a moment. Her brows knit together, the eyes go down to the counter, her lips press into a thin line. Then she looks up at me, transformed, a smile on her face and a shrug on her shoulders. “Stupidity.” She tilts her head, waiting for me to tease her or laugh it off.
I don’t. “No, Macy, really. How did that happen?”
“I already told you, I was helping a guest gut a fish and gutted my hand instead.”
I lean closer to her. “Then how come every time I ask your face looks like somebody ran over JT over there?”
Her smile drops. “I do not.”
I point the loaf of bread at her. “No, don’t lie. I hate lies. Your face tells a different story, even if it’s just for five seconds, until you paste the fake-girl smile on. Something bad happened.”
I swear her eyes well with tears. Then she shakes her head no, tosses her hair, like she’s shaking the memory to the edges of her mind, or clearing the etch-a-sketch of a horrible image. She’s still for a moment.
“Lots of bad stuff happened. Life happened. This?” She holds the palm up. “This is nothing. I cut it gutting a fish. End of story.”
It’s clear from her tone, clear that she’s not trying to lie. She’s trying to get me on board with the approved story. Trying to protect herself by putting another witness in her court. Another witness to stand up for her.
If that’s what she needs right now, so be it. “Fine. Don’t tell me now. But don’t lie. I fucking hate liars.”
She seizes on an opportunity to change the subject. “Mouth! You, Mr. King, need a swear jar.”
She jumps up and starts rifling through the cabinets. In the cabinet to the left of the oversized Subzero she succeeds. “Aha!”
She pulls out a mason jar and plunks it on the kitchen island. “Put a buck in there.”
“What?” I’ve cracked an egg and use the shell to separate the white from the yolk.
“You owe the swear jar a buck. Out on the river, I’ll keep track for you. At the end of the night, you come home and put your fine in the jar.”
It hurts me to hear the strain in her voice. I answer, help her forget our earlier discussion. “Who gets the jar at the end of the week?” She’s trying so hard to lighten things up, steer the conversation far away from her. Her wounds.
“Consider it an extra tip to your favorite river guide.”
I point to the back pocket of my jeans. “Wallet’s in there.”
She smirks. “I don’t think so. I’m not touching your butt.”
I hold my hands up. “I’m covered in egg. Just grab the wallet.”
She rolls her eyes and comes over to me. The weird scruffy dog lifts his head up, watches her. She stands behind me for a minute and lingers. I smell her and feel her warmth against my back. I take a breath in through my nose and try to exercise some restraint. “Fine.” She quickly snatches the wallet out of my pocket and pulls a bill out.
It’s a twenty. She frowns. “No, it’s a buck for the jar.” She pulls the billfold wider and thumbs through the bills.
“What?” I’m back to cooking. I don’t look up. I know exactly what.
“There’s nothing smaller than a twenty in here, Mr. King.”
I keep my head down. “Guess a twenty will have to do.”
She huffs and plucks one out, stuffs it in the new swear jar. “You are a piece of work.”
“So I’ve been told.”
About the Author:
Beck Anderson is a two-time Rita© finalist and author of four novels including the Fix You series and The Jeweler. She’s also a wife, a mom, an educator, and a walker of a small, bossy dog-slash-evil genius.
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