Title: Somebody to Love
Author: Kristan Higgins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HQN Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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.”
I have mixed feelings about Somebody to Love. There were things I really loved and others not so much. One of the things I didn’t like much was the main character Parker. You know you have a problem when you don’t like the heroine in the story. It’s not that Parker was bad, or anything like that, but she felt somehow immature for a thirty-something year old woman and her reactions were or too much or too little. For example, when she learned that her father has lost everything including all her money and her son’s trust fund she doesn’t have any significant reaction. When she learns she and her five-year-old son are now homeless her reaction is: When do I have to move out? I needed more emotion from her. At the beginning I thought maybe she is in is shock and she is going to have a reaction later on, but the reaction never came. But with James Parker’s reactions were a little bit over the top. Something happened involving her son almost at the end of the book and even though what happened wasn’t James fault she was a complete bitch with him, she should have been upset with her son not with James. She apologized to James but for me the apology came too late.
Another thing I didn’t like about Parker is her hate for her own books, if she hated her books so much why did she continue writing them, that was something I couldn’t understand, it was not that she needed the money or something like that. Also her mental conversations with the characters of her books were annoying and unnecessary.
For me James saved the book; he is a gentleman, he’s selfless, caring, sweet and with many more qualities a perfect hero should have. At the same time he has a sad past that tortures him and makes him believe he is not worthy of love. He tried really hard with Parker, he loved her since the first time he saw her but somehow I couldn’t understand what was that he saw in her. At the beginning every time they were together she was condescending and infuriating. She didn’t show any kind of respect for him, calling him immature nicknames like Thing One or making degrading commentaries out of jealousy for his good relationship with her father.
The secondary characters provided some humor and some balance to the story. Some characters from other books by Mrs. Higgins are also present in this book and new characters are introduced. And here with the secondary characters I found another problem. I have read couple of books by Mrs. Higgins and come to realize she uses the same formula over and over with her supporting characters. There may be new characters but the characteristics that give them life and are supposed to make them unique are the same as other supporting characters from previous books. It’s almost as if Mr. Higgins recycle them giving them a new name and tweaking them a bit to make them feel new but failing in the intent, in this I’m also including the ever present dog of her stories.
Despite my problems with parker and the predictability of the plot I can say I enjoyed Somebody to Love, as with previous book of Mrs. Higgins the writing is good and entertaining. Somebody to Love is an easy, quick and fun read, perfect for a beach read or for a gloomy afternoon.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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