Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Review: Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Anything for You.  We received a copy of Kristan Higgins's book for an honest review.

About the book:

Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.  

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her. 

But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…
Connor and Jessica have one of those on-again-off-again relationships that has lasted over a decade.  Connor wants the relationship to go further (marriage) and Jessica doesn't (no marriage).  Jessica thinks she has her reasons: special needs brother (Davey) who isn't a fan of Connor, difficult past, wants to do things on her own and a secret guilt about Davey that she has been holding on to since she was a child.  Connor isn't buying those reasons and they are at an impasse.  While all of this is happening, Jessica's recovering alcoholic of a father shows up and now wants to help Jessica take care of Davey (is it too little too late?).  Jessica feels like her work life is going well until Blue Heron Winery hires someone that conveniently always has similar ideas to Jessica's.  She is also on the verge of being the first person in her family to purchase her own home.  Something major happens with Davey that Jessica blames Connor for and that is the turning point in their relationship.  Suddenly Jessica finds out all the things that she has always wanted may not be all they are cracked up to be.  You will laugh at the relationship between Connor and his twin sister, Colleen (seriously, their dialogue was my favorite thing about this book) and enjoy Jessica's big heart where her brother is concerned.  Can she let go of her past and let someone like Connor be part of her future? You will have to wait and find out when this book comes out in December!  I always enjoy Higgin's books because they have a lot of depth and great characters to go along with them.  This book is in the Blue Heron series, but do not worry if you haven't read any of the other books (you will not be lost).  However, if you have read them you will get to enjoy some familiar faces.  Our copy will be available for checkout when this book releases; so keep your eye out for it!  
Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus and Romantic Times. She is a four-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction.

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, National Public Radio, Library Journal, iBooks and Amazon have named Kristan's books to their best books of the year numerous times. The author is a popular speaker at schools, writers conferences, bookstores and book festivals.

Before she was a writer, Kristan worked in advertising and public relations. She waited tables and nannied while in high school and college, cleaned houses as a young mother, and is the proud descendant of a laundress and a butcher.

The author loves animals, children (even teenagers), the New York Yankees and dessert.

Along with her heroic and tolerant firefighter husband and two snarky and entertaining children, Kristan lives in her hometown in Connecticut.

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