Author: Kristan Higgins
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HQN Books (April 24, 2012)
Source: ARC from Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars
After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC….
Kristin Higgins is one of my favorite authors of contemporary romance, if not my favorite so I was super excited to see her new book was on Netgalley. I have read every single one of her books and have loved them all. I look forward to her new releases every year.
All of her books are so humorous (check her blog out, it is hilarious!), heartfelt and her characters are just real and down to earth. People you could completely relate to and love and just want to be friends with and her latest book is no exception!
Once again we find ourselves in Maine and we get to see some old friends (Malone and Maggie from Catch of the Day and Ethan and Lucy from The Next Best Thing!!) and I love that Higgins incorporated them into the story. I love that we get that glimpse of them and get to see what and how they were doing months down the road.
Plus, it just worked with the story, it didn't feel forced or awkward, in fact it felt.....real. Like we were visiting old friends that we just hadn't seen in awhile. I really hope she does something like this again, it was just nicely done.
I loved this story, well I love them all actually but this one was just so sweet and I just adored James.
Ah James. I found I had a soft spot for him right away. He was such a great guy with a troubled (and heartbreaking) past.
If there is one thing Higgins does well, it is to write a man just about anyone can fall in love with.
I really loved seeing Ethan and Lucy and remembered why I fell in love with them after reading The Next Best Thing.
Ethan was once again just a great guy (did I mention that Higgins can write one heck of a swoon worthy man?!!) and it was great seeing him as a dad this time and his role in Parker and Nicky's life.
Parker was pretty funny I loved the HR's (Holy Rollers)and how they talked to her, it put such a fun little spin on the story and one that I am sure is true to many authors.
I loved all the new characters we get to met in this one as well. There is never a character that you just can't relate to in some way or another in Higgin's books, well maybe not with crazy Dave, yeah, definitely not with crazy Dave.
Most of all I just love how each book I read by Higgins is just so real and brings out so many emotions. You can be laughing one minute and have tears in your eyes the next. I love that about her work. She truly is a master in her craft.