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The Fixer: The Killing Kind (The Fixer - Katerina Mills Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Katerina is a smart, beautiful, in-debt college student who is in over her head with her latest assignments from MJM. Her pithy wit and charm get her far in juggling clients and securing paid assistance.
The plot of this thriller is fast paced. Ms. Rosenblatt has thrown in a lot of story threads, and she deftly weaves them together with plenty of new secondary characters and their increasingly complex demands. In fact, each of Kat’s assignments from MJM become more and more complicated as she begs and borrows assistance, and as her father’s past comes back to haunt her. Stubborn Kat tries desperately to do everything on her own, but can she complete her missions and stay alive if she doesn’t confide in someone? The increasing complexity of the situations reflects Kat’s astuteness, however, one has to question how this twenty-something got so street-savvy. My one complaint is that Kat faints too many times to end a scene. However, one could argue that she is exhausted by her predicaments as they seemingly spiral out of control.
The addition of sinister new characters Uncle Sergei and Thomas Gallagher is concerning. It is clear that they will have a role in the next book, and I fear it means trouble for Kat (and perhaps a loved one). Alex Winter, AKA Bob, is still present in Kat’s life, and his care for her has moved beyond mere gratitude. Clearly Winter will be a player in the next book, and I’m hoping Ms. Rosenblatt throws Winter and Kat together romantically.
The Fixer is high-spirited, fast-paced fun. The complexity of Kat’s “juggling” act will make your mind spin. The cliffhanger will leave you anxious and wanting answers and resolutions. Stay tuned for hair-raising adventures on the opposite coast in The Fixer: The Last Romanov.
Yesterday, Holy Thursday, we went to visit seven churches--popularly known as "Visita Iglesia". It has been a custom and tradition for us to do that every Holy Week. We were supposed to walk from one church to the other as a form of penance and sacrifice in celebration of the Holy Week. For the last two years, we haven't done the walking part. We rode our mini-van. The reason for the change is because my mom who is already a senior citizen is not anymore able to walk very long distances and she has to be accommodated which is just convenient for the rest of us.
The book to be featured today may have little to do with the Holy Week. If we talk about changing for the better then this is right on the mark. The main character, Katerina Mills, is not exactly the model citizen. In fact, she is living a double life. One, being a student and the other is how she pays for her studies. Let's just say she run errands. Her clients are the rich and powerful and she gets paid in thousands in commission after completing a job.
Katerina Mills is in a way a female version of Jack Reacher only her assignments skate on the thin line between legal and the not. Oftentimes, they lean on the illegal. Like Jack Reacher, she makes the impossible doable. In this story, she got herself so deep into the thick of things that she may not be able to perform her assignments or even get out alive. Talk about interesting? Katie doesn't only have an interesting life but a very complicated and chaotic one. But only a few people know that. Her best friend doesn't even know. People who belong to different groups who are involved in shady dealings are her clients. Each of these group have interests in Katie's assignments which she had to meet. She felt like she is stretched to her limits and even if she doesn't want to admit, she needs help.
The Killing Kind is the second book in the series. Though, I have not read the first, this installment is coherent enough to understand what the story is about. Katerina Mills is one bad-ass and smart heroine. She may not exactly be a model citizen but she still has a conscience. In this story, the complexity of her assignments and the dilemma she is facing because of them has often made her think if she has to continue in this line of work or leave. But leaving is not easy. Either she disappears for good or the agency will do it for her if she can't finish the assignments as to the clients' requirements. This story revolved around Katie's difficulties in completing her work orders. The knowledge of some information that she should tell the authorities and the sense that things are getting out of her control and are way beyond her expertise are like signs telling her to pursue a different career.
Katerina Mills is a not exactly the usual heroine you root for but you will pray that she comes out of the web of deceit and danger alive. You will hope that she will get out and leave this high-stake and high-paying job for good. Her wit and her ability to charm people to help her out are her strengths. She may not be a heroine worthy of emulation but she is definitely one you can't put down. This book will take you from one dangerous and deadly assignment to the next, one overlapping the other. Katie has to juggle all these requirements and the needs of her clients while staying alive. Her adventures will leave you breathless as you run with her from one place to the next. Eluding people tailing her and trying to keep out of danger's reach. A lot of things are happening at once but it was not at all confusing or made the story hard to follow. Things got out of order here for Katie to iron out but in the end she was able to complete them and wrap them up like Christmas presents tied with red ribbons.
The ending was a clear indication that things are to be continued in the next book. I am looking forward to know what dangers are lurking in the alleys waiting for Katie. Now, I am curious as to what happened in the first book. I will have to read my copy to know.
I give this book 4/5 white Porsche cars. This is not-your-usual-damsel-in-distress story. Katerina Mills is one woman spelled with a lot of complications. A complicated life and a complicated job. Even her love life is complicated. And these complications made her story different. If you are into a fast-paced, thrilling and anything-can-happen-kind-of adventure, then this story is for you. I enjoyed this and I am wonderfully thankful that I did not get dizzy by all the tight situations Katie has gotten herself into. This was a very entertaining read.
"The gods? There are no gods in the heavens, Professor. They're living here. And they look down from the penthouse. And they move the people like pieces on the chessboard."
- Jill Amy Rosenblatt, The Fixer: The Killing Kind -
Thank you PICT for the copy.
This is a voluntary review. I was gifted a copy.
Hedge fund manager Simon Marcus wants his Porsche back from his hard hitting wife, which might cause her more harm than good. The job is hard but when Anthony DeSucci shows up and wants the same car what is she supposed to do? With the author wanting something quite unique where she could wind up in lockup what happens will turn her life upside down. Gallagher when you meet him seems eerie, a bored billionaire who monitors her every move and more. He has his own designs on what he would like to use her for.
As she explains what she needs to Alexander Winter who will once again instruct her on how to be a smart criminal but as the author relates can she trust him? First she needs to learn who killed Felicia but when she realizes she knows the killer will the person go after her? Kat goes about trying to steal the Porsche and gets hijacked by Marcus’s wife and is lucky to get out of there alive. Forced to take pictures of the car the wife calls him and when she returns to face him he threatens her with her job and more if she does not find a way to steal back the car for him. Added in another person wants it and now she is caught in the middle of a terrible web. The author who wants the drugs is on her case, the car needs to be stolen and everything seems to be out of whack including Kat as she does not handle stress very well. Each time Winter wants to help her or even Ryan she claims she has it under control, which she does not, thinks she can handle it all by herself because no one can be trusted to help her and she counts on no one but herself. This works to a point but in her case she needs more than help. Added in someone is after her to tell where her father is who supposedly is the head of a huge drug cartel smuggling tons in everyday. It’s as if Kat needs to prove to everyone that she can handle anything until she needs Winter to help her when things spiral out of control. So, why does she agree to get closer to Ryan when in her heart she is conflicted between Winter and Phillip?
The final scenes are dramatic as Katerina realizes that she is in over her head with too many jobs, too many demands as Marcus wants his car, the mobster wants it too, another wants his herbal drugs, while someone wants her father and will do anything short of killing her to find out where he is. Talking to her mother alarms her and Winter is now on to someone named Daniel Clay. Everyone seems too interested in Kat and the end result may cost her the freedom she cherishes as Ryan and Emma her closest friend might realize who she is and what she is doing. IS SHE HER FATHER’S DAUGHTER? As Kat things it is all over she does not know that once she is in there is no way out. Marcus and a man claiming to be in the FBI will learn just how powerful Winter’s is and the end result and the force behind the stealing of the car and the real reason is hanging on the walls of someone’s home. The ending lets you know that there is much more to come as author Jill Amy Rosenblatt lets readers and Kat know that there is nowhere to hide, no one to trust and no one that wants her alive. What happens at the end lets readers know this is just the beginning and what happens next is just another book away as the author penned: The Fixer: the Last Romanov. More to come! Who killed Felicia and the other victim? Who got the car in the end? What about the herbal drugs for the author? What about her father just what does her mother know? What about someone called Uncle Sergei? These questions are left unanswered and readers will have to wait until the next installment comes out to find out where and how Kat hopefully learns the answers to these questions and will she veer towards Winter, Ryan or someone new? Katerina is often impetuous, bold, sometimes she does not think things through yet the author allows us to very carefully and methodically created hear her voice as she recounts and recaps what she needs to know, who she is fighting against and what she still has to deal with. Thomas Gallagher, Alexander Winter, Ryan, Emma, Carlos, Vincent, Phillip, Sheridan and many more just where can if anywhere can Katerina Hide before she once again is used as THE FIXER THE KILLING KIND!
If it wasn't for the fact that she has some debt to pay off and as a college student, that can be difficult to do. So solving this problem like I said should be a breeze. The problem is she is involved in several different problems that seem to not go as planned. This novel is definitely character driven with a plot that is different than I have read before. At times a madcap journey with different characters, a cop who she has a non relationship with, another man that she really likes but doesn't want to get to close to and then there are the clients, and their exes. Among the many people there are men who are not very nice and will do whatever it takes to get what they want from Katerina.
I have only read this the third book in the series, I really want to read the first two now, but this series is definitely one that is a fast paced page turner. I did get confused at times in trying to keep up with Katerina, but that added to the excitement of the story. If you want a fun series to read, this is it.
This review is done voluntarily.