The Fixer: The Killing Kind
Kat’s back and in over her head with cops, criminals... and killers.
Christmas is around the corner but professional “fixer” Katerina Mills isn't feeling the holiday spirit, juggling college classes, a lovesick cop, and demanding clients.
Obnoxious hedge fund manager Simon Marcus wants Kat to get his prized Porsche back from his vengeful wife—but Simon isn’t the only one after the car.
Rock star writer Paul Patel needs something “special” to finish his next bestseller—something that will send Katerina straight to prison if she gets caught.
And what about mysterious Thomas Gallagher? His jobs are simple and easy. Is he just a bored billionaire, or is he watching Kat’s every move, making his own plans for her?
Katerina needs help. Enter handsome, elusive thief Alexander Winter. He’s back, tutoring Kat in all things criminal. But is that all he’s going to teach her?
Katerina Mills is still haunted by her first assignment...and her first assignment is about to come back to haunt her...a deadly enemy who’s closer than she thinks...
<p>First of all, I’d like to let you know ahead of time that I am the same curator that read “The Naked Man” so if some of the comments seem similar, that’s why.</p>
<p>The cover is very busy. I still feel that the NYC skyline is ok, but not very unique and the forest with the Porsche doesn’t seem quite right to me. Its oval shape and the shape of the road make it look like it was pasted in quickly but not really edited to fit correctly. I think the road is the main culprit- it’s a dead end in front of the car and doesn’t wind through the trees, and the curve on the bottom right doesn’t line up with the oval perfectly. It makes it look a little too cartoony. My favorite part is actually the realistic drop of blood that’s hanging down. That is eerie and cool looking. I have a few suggestions of things to try here- I think simplifying the cover would make it stand out better. For example, if you keep the skyline and get rid of everything in the oval, the drop of blood could hang off of the K in Killing, and you could use the same realistic silhouette of Kat from “The Naked Man” and a white Porsche in a similar style. This would keep your series looking more cohesive. Or, you could go the other way if you’re set on the forest and blow that oval up to be the entire cover- but I would do something about that dead end road.</p>Book Blurb Score: 7
<p>I didn’t read the blurb before reading the book and the result was that each event and encounter with her clients and other characters, felt more suspenseful and exciting because I didn’t know what to expect next. So, I have similar feedback on the blurb as I did for “The Naked Man”. I would delete everything that gives away plot details on who she’ll be working for. The blurb could be rewritten to say something like this:</p>
<p>Kat’s back and in over her head with cops, criminals... and killers.</p>
<p>Christmas is around the corner but professional “fixer” Katerina Mills isn't feeling the holiday spirit, juggling college classes, a lovesick cop, and demanding clients.</p>
<p>Overwhelmed in a world full of thieves, drug lords, murderers, and now the mob, Katerina needs help.</p>
<p>Enter handsome, elusive thief Alexander Winter. He’s back, tutoring Kat in all things criminal. But is that all he’s going to teach her?</p>
<p>Still haunted by her first assignment, Katerina Mills is about to discover that a deadly enemy is much closer than she thinks...</p>
<p>Overall, the formatting was very well done. The pages that have the smaller font for text messages or notes, those messages would look better on the page if they were centered. They all seemed to be too far to the right and it looked odd. At the end of the book, you mention the other books in your series- this would be a great place to put an excerpt from each one to hook your readers. Also, the additional table of contents at the end of the book isn’t necessary and the links don’t work. </p>
<p>Overall, very well done. However, I discovered a handful of typos- mostly missing punctuation:</p>
<p>Page 22 into 23- “…an mirthless laugh.”</p>
<p>Page 29- There are double quotes within a quote- “There is no “we” detective…”</p>
<p>Page 30- It says “John Reynolds expression was blank…” Should say Reynolds’</p>
<p>Page 180- It says “…rolled the down the window…”</p>
<p>Page 189- Missing period at the end of “…discreet corner of the lobby, she waited”</p>
<p>Pages 222, 270, and 303- All have a missing quotation mark: </p>
<p>222-“You look good,” he said…</p>
<p>270- “…he wants your car instead.”</p>
<p>303- “There’s always next time, Danny…”</p>
<p>(I converted this to a pdf and read it that way, so if my page numbers are slightly off, that’s why.)</p>
<p>After reading “The Naked Man”, I immediately snagged this book because I had to know what was going to happen. I was NOT disappointed. You continued with a fantastic sequel, answering just enough questions, while keeping so much suspense and cliffhangers for the next book to dive into. This was entertaining, twisted, and nerve-racking, from beginning to end. Some parts of it did get slightly confusing because there were so many conflicts within it- I just found myself trying to remember the details of each part and getting a little mixed up. For example, I don’t remember who hired Luther for her- or why. But that could just be my faulty memory. I was a little surprised that more didn’t come out about the Gallagher storyline since the book started off with that mystery of what he wants her for and why the other girls couldn’t handle him. I actually found myself forgetting about him throughout the book until he would be briefly mentioned again. Please hurry up and write book three! I NEED IT!</p>
<p>Katerina seems to evolve in this book, more from the first. She’s still fighting with ethics and the morality of her job, but she’s sucked into this life. There were several times when she could have gotten out, but she used her savvy to stay in and get ahead. For example, MJM left her for dead at the end, and she used that to manipulate Jasmine into paying her an extra fee. I love that she has street smarts and book smarts and that even though she’s afraid she has the guts to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. The supporting characters were also very well developed. I feel as if I got to know Winter and Lisa much better. Also, I fully expected that Reynolds would be behind the murders- I wasn’t surprised by that at all. But, his reveal was sinister. I felt Katerina’s panic and surprise even though I knew that would be coming. He was believable and creepy. Very well done!</p>
<p>There are a lot of layers to this with all of the conflicts that Katerina faces- everything from her multiple problems with her criminal line of work to her personal relationships and inner conflicts on morality. I love that she wants to be a lawyer with ethics and morals, and yet she’s drawn to this life of crime. All of these things together make her a unique character and I believe that many different types of people will be drawn to this series. </p>
<p>The storyline moved along nicely. It was always full of suspense, drama, or additional conflict that kept me wanting to turn the page to find out what would happen next. </p>
<p>This was extremely well written and easy to read. The dialogue, vocabulary, and style of writing were fantastic. Katerina’s thoughts and language were believable and really helped to develop her character. The dialogue between characters was believable and entertaining. (Moose cracked me up!)</p>
<p>This was never boring, and I always looked forward to reading it and seeing what would happen next. I’m impatiently waiting for the next book… is it done yet? :) </p>