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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ARC Review: My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

Title: My One and Only

Author: Kristan Higgins

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: HQN (03/29/2011)

Source: Review copy from publisher

Format: E-book

“Just when she thought she had life and love all figured out…
Divorce attorney Harper James can’t catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister’s destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she’s being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.

Harper can’t help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick’s eyes, Harper’s always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting—just around the bend.”

Successful divorce attorney Harper James is about to turn 34. Her biological clock is ticking and she wants to have a family. But to have a family she needs to get married first. After some considerations she decides to propose to her young and handsome firefighter boyfriend of a little bit more of two years, Dennis Costello. And why not, he’s handsome, has a good heart and is good in bed. He would need to change some things of course, but there is not problem with that, she already has the list ready to give it to him of the things she expects him to change before they get married. She buys herself a nice engagement ring too, because with his firefighter salary he cannot afford the one she wants.
When she meets with Dennis for dinner she tells him that they are good together, they are a stable couple and then she takes her engagement ring out and proposes. His reaction is to stuff his mouth of food so he doesn’t have to talk.

“Dennis jerked back in alarm. Drat. I hadn’t sounded terrible romantic, had I? Maybe I should’ve gone for a more sentimental note, rather than a recitation of the facts. This is what I got for practicing in front of a dog, rather than a human. Then again, there was nothing wrong with being straightforward… closing arguments, if you will.

Dennis is literally saved by the bell when Harper’s phone starts to ring. It’s her younger half-sister Willa, with the great news that she’s getting married by the third time and the great news doesn’t end there, Willa is getting married with Christopher Lowe, who is Harper’s ex-husband’s half-brother. Their wedding will be celebrated in Montana in two weeks time. This news leaves Harper in a complete state of shock. And she decides to postpone the end of her conversation with Dennis after Willa’s wedding. Dennis is very happy to oblige.
Harper hasn’t thought about her ex-husband Nick in years. They met when they were in college and married soon after. They loved each other deeply, but love was not enough, their marriage ended after just couple of months. Their divorce was very difficult on Harper, it took her years to recover and leave it behind.
Now after many years she will see Nick again and she doesn’t know what to think or feel. And there is nothing she can do to avoid it; she has to attend her sister’s wedding.
She brings Dennis with her to Montana, thinking it will be a good defense against Nick. But nothing can protect her for the chemistry that still attracts her to Nick, and she is not the only one feeling it, Nick even tells her he still loves her… but hates her at the same time.
After the wedding Dennis leaves to take his early flight and Harper stays in the hotel waiting for her afternoon flight. Couple of hours before the departure of her flight the airport computer’s crashes and all flights are cancel. She tries to rent a car but after the airport’s news there are none available.
She is stranded in the hotel without means to go anywhere. Nick notices her an offers to take her to the next airport. Being the only option she has she accepts his offer and they start together and interstate and very emotional trip.

Harper is a strong character, she is very cynical when love and relationships are referred; but she is believable and likeable because of her faults and issues. Her mother abandoned her when she was thirteen. Years later she gets married and her marriage fails. These circumstances make her difficult to trust others, she is always expecting for things to go bad, because they had always gone bad for her. Thanks to this book being told in the first person we know everything that passes through Harper’s head. And the debates Harper has with herself are incredibly funny.
Nick Lowery is charming, witty, attractive, smart, hard worker (sometimes a bit too much), trustful and a very positive man. Since the first moment he saw Harper he knew she was the love of his life, things didn’t go as he planed and ended him with a broken heart. But this didn’t change him. He knows what he wants, and he works for it until he gets it. I like him a lot because of his honesty, positivism and witty remarks.
Learning about their past makes their relationship more real. Their attraction is palpable and the tension between them fires sparks. Their banter brings lot of good laughs.

The secondary characters bring support to the plot and are a nice complement to this book. In particular I love the colorful character of BeverLee. I didn’t like her much in the beginning of the story, but as the pages passed, and I learned more of her I started to love her, and at the end I was completely won over.

This is a very nice contemporary romance with a beautiful message about second chances.
It’s my first book from Kristan Higgins, and I am sure it won’t be the last. I really like her written style.
I really love this book. It made me laugh a lot and cry a bit… and it’s been a while since a book made me cry (it was a nice cry, nothing horrendous).

Favorite quotes:

  • “Stop smiling. Every time you smile, an angel dies.”
  • The gown fit well enough, but the neckline was…low. Not just low, not just cleavage, but…well…lots of boob, okay? Lots, I looked slutty. Were I a nursing mother, this dress would be quiet convenient. Does that paint the right picture?
  • …he muttered, scowling like Zeus with PMS, Zeus with PMS but wearing a tux, which wasn’t quiet fair.
  • “Yes, Harper. I’m aware. But this is my trip. You’re merely baggage, emotionally and cargowise.”
  • Oh, God. This wasn’t scab-ripping. This was a bone marrow harvest.
  • “Do or do not. There is no try,” she intoned. – “Who said that? Wiston Churchill?” – “Yoda. Please. I have four sons. Star Wars is my life.”

My Verdict: 4½ Paws

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  1. “Stop smiling. Every time you smile, an angel dies.” LOL
    I've never read this author either, but I have one or two of her books in my book closet. Since you enjoyed her, I think I'll try her out sooner rather than later. Nice review!

  2. Julie, It was a very funny read. I think you will enjoy it too. Thank you for your nice comment :)


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