Sunday, 22 June 2014

Review: Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins

Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love... just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart... an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thanks. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who's ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they've got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.

Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Harlequin HQN 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Waiting on You is the third instalment of the Blue Heron series. I have read other books by Higgins but none from this series. I could easily follow along and would venture to guess that a few of the secondary characters were from the first two instalments.

I want to start out by saying that I was taken by surprise with this book. I was expecting a typical chic lit love story but this book was so much more. There were some seriously funny, laugh out loud moments in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the humour and sarcasm throughout.

Colleen and Lucas were a real treat to get to know. Higgins gives you the perfect blend of past and present in order to fully understand their relationship and how deep their connection was. Colleen was a spitfire, flirt and extremely sarcastic woman who prided herself in making love connections for others in her community even when one was lacking in hers. Lucas was the boy that broke her heart and she could never quite get over. He was the hunky, strong, silent type with piercing eyes that I'm sure most women would have a hard time recovering from. They were not without their faults though. Colleen came off as a little conceited at times and Lucas was ever so slow in making decisions where they were concerned and lets not forget that he was also the one that married someone else after getting her pregnant.

As much as I enjoyed the second chance romance aspect of this book I think it was the humour and sarcasm that really won me over. Without saying too much I have to say that the Paulie and Bryce story and Colleen's mom were real treats to read about. With thneeds, painting hairy nude men and the menopausal support group it was really quite funny.

I really enjoyed this story and plan to check out the rest of the Blue Heron series to see if they are similar in humour and sarcasm.

About the Author
I live in a small Connecticut town with a beautiful library, a great agricultural fair, nice people and not much else. I have two lovely, entertaining children and a brave firefighter for a husband, who is, perhaps more importantly, a fantastic cook. Digger from Fools Rush In is inspired my very own Digger, our cheerful Lab mutt. We also have two cats and grieve for an occasional, short-lived beta fish.

I worked as a copywriter until I had kids and started writing fiction when my children graced my life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, I surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so I started my first novel. Before long, I had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America's RITA© award, which just thrilled me to my toes. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good To Be True (Feb 09), The Next Best Thing (Feb 10), and All I Ever Wanted, summer 2010. More books are in the pipeline.

I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. And I try to focus on an aspect that’s common, if not universal, hence the “stalking” in Fools Rush In and the crush on the unattainable man in Catch of the Day. People ask if I’ve ever stalked a guy. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! They also ask if I’ve ever had a crush on a priest. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! As far as being crazy about one of my brother's friends, which is the plot of Just One of the Guys, well, yes to that one. But I'm not naming names. Dating a fictional man, like Grace does in Too Good To Be True? Um...can I take the fifth on that one? Whether it's my own experience or not, I try to find something we can all relate to.

When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake. I suffer from chronic bedhead and an unhealthy (and completely understandable) obsession with Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees. Like Millie Barnes, I run, which provides the neighbors with some real entertainment.

We spend as much time as possible at our family home on Cape Cod, swimming in the Atlantic, shivering on the beach, swatting horseflies and watching fish evade my lure at Higgins Pond. It’s as close to heaven as it gets.
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