Contemporary Romance Review: Somebody To Love by Kristan Higgins (Outstanding)

Posted June 4, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses / 15 Comments

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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 ownsβ€”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 — Β…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 TLCΒ….

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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25

First thought when finished: What a delightful read! This was my first Higgins book and it won’t be my last!

What I Loved: Just about darn near everything. Yeah, Yeah, I know that isn’t real descriptive but I truly did enjoy Somebody to Love from beginning to end. I loved how Parker was willing to try anything to support her family after going from riches to rags. I loved how James was willing to help her no matter how many times she was outright nasty to him. I loved that it was a case of story over character that I found the most intriguing. I loved the cast of characters (real and in Parker’s head) that made an appearance.

What I Liked: I really liked that Parker/James did not have an “insta-love” story. In fact, if anything I wasn’t sure they were ever going to get there. It was fun to watch them progress and get to know each other more outside how they met.

What made me go huh?: Parker’s attitude about the first 1/4 of the book towards James I thought was overly hostile BUT the last 3/4 I truly enjoyed their interactions.

Final Thought: I totally recommend this to any romance reader. I am pretty sure I am the last one on the K.H. band wagon πŸ™‚

Felicia S
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15 responses to “Contemporary Romance Review: Somebody To Love by Kristan Higgins (Outstanding)

  1. Aw, I love Kristan Higgins and this book is absolutely my favorite of hers. I’m so glad you liked it. Great review, Felicia! smiles…

  2. I actually can’t remember if I’ve read Kristan Higgins. I’m thinking that I haven’t but I’ve been meaning to. Great review, maybe I can start with this one.

    • I liked this one! I think she might be like Shannon Stacey–a contemporary romance writer that will end up on my auto-buy list. There aren’t many as it is my least favorite of the romance genre πŸ™‚

  3. i’ve heard so much about higgins as an author, i just never got around to reading her books. i love it when characters aren’t instantly in love. i enjoy reading about the journey and how they fall in love. this definitely seems like a good book to pick up.

  4. Nope, not the last one. I’ve been seeing her books, been curious, but haven’t picked one up yet. Perhaps I shall now. James and Parker really sound like great characters. Isn’t she the one that always has dogs on her covers?

  5. Ahh an nice feel good book with a slow romance sounds great. You are not the last on the bandwagon I need to read this author as well.