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Doesn't deliver what synopsis promises
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021
This dark mafia romance promised to have all the right tropes and ingredients I love: an anti-hero with a difficult past who is somewhat of an alphahole, an awful betrayal, forced marriage and a heroine who is innocent but strong. Alas, The Fixer fell short on all these counts.
First of all, Maxim, the fixer, is too nice by half. After the way Sasha, the heroine screwed him over, he doesn’t hold a grudge. He could have died because of her actions, instead he was banished to another continent. The fact, that his banishment ultimately worked out for him is no excuse in my eyes. So when her father, the pakhan – who was a father figure to him, too – asks him go come back and marry Sasha, he doesn’t hesitate. And he does marry her, not to exact any type of revenge, but to protect her. Also, he really sees her and supports her in realizing her dreams. There is no dubious consent; with regard to the intimate side of their relationship he is very patient and responsive to her needs.
Not that she deserves his consideration. She is a spoiled, self-centered brat and not too bright into the bargain. As her father paid for her education, she could just look for a job to support herself. But she feels entitled to his money, so she agrees to marry Maxim. Once married, she does her level best to make Maxim’s life as difficult as possible. She considers herself an innocent because she still has her hymen, even though she used to suck off her fathers guards to get her will (eww). And despite the kindness and patience Maxim has shown her, she is all to willing to believe that he is secretely plotting to get rid of her when a rather dubious source suggests this to her. At one point she vetures pecariously close to TSTL (too stupid to live) territory.
I don’t really expect a mafia romance to be overburdened with occupational details, but it would be nice to see the members of the bratva do some kind of business, if only for background. Maxim is supposed to be this legendary fixer, yet we never see him actually do anything to deserve the title.
I really wanted to like this book more, but for me the hero was way too nice, the heroine rather obnoxious (not made any better by first person point of view), and the story overall not dark and intense enough for my tastes. 3 stars (and half a star for Maxim).