Author: Kristan Higgins
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin (Feb. 26, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there....
Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief-and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosÉ, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk...
I absolutely adore Higgins work. She never ceases to get a whole slew of emotions out of me in one read. I laugh, I cry, I smile, I frown, sometimes all within one chapter.
She truly has the magically ability of creating characters that are so real you feel like you know then. You become completely invested in their lives and their happiness. You root for them the whole way through the story and become completely a part of their world.
I laugh with them, I cry with them and most importantly I care about them like they are family.
I don't think Higgins has let me down yet with one of her books. I always know going into them that I will get exactly what I want in a story and a totally unique storyline from the last one.
I adored Faith. She was slightly clueless and sassy but also completely sweet and endearing. She might have been clueless about love but she had a great business head and did her job well.
She managed to get herself in some slightly (okay some more than slightly) embarrassing situations that had me laughing out loud as well as some tender moments with her family and friends that melted my heart. She was flawed like all of Higgins heroines and someone I could completely relate to even though I hadn't been through the things she had. She was very much real and down to earth. I was rooting for her to find love the whole way through.
Her grandparents Goggy and Pops were hilarious. I just loved them and loved how even though they were gruff with each other, you could tell that the love was there (sometimes just heavily camouflaged).
Levi was everything that I love in Higgins men. He was a man's man. Rough and gruff and sometimes crass, a little damaged but he was also dependable, loyal, smart, kind and would be there for you in a moments notice.
Once again Higgins has managed to create a love story like no other. One filled with ups and downs. Some bumps and bruises but always there with the happily ever after I come to depend on and count on.
Her writing is truly genius and I love every minute of her stories.