Title: All I Ever Wanted
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin HQN, reissue Feb. 2014 (originally published in 2010)
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
TURNING THIRTY HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS…
For Callie Grey, coming to grips with her age means facing the fact that her boyfriend-slash-boss is way overdue with a marriage proposal. And that she’s way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company’s new Miss Perfect. If that isn’t bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a Big Three-Oh birthday bash…in the family funeral home.
Bad goes to worse when Callie stirs up a relationship with the town’s single—yet not so warm and fuzzy—veterinarian, in order to flag Mark’s attention. So what if Ian McFarland is more comfortable with animals? So what if he’s formal, orderly and just a bit tense? Friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it’s time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But, dang—if he doesn’t shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Georgebury, Vermont’s unlikeliest eligible bachelor….
Kristan Higgins is my new favorite contemporary romance author. I’ve reviewed a few of her recent books and now I’m delving into her backlist. This one, ALL I EVER WANTED, has some mixed reviews and I truly have to disagree with the negative ones. This is a delightful romance with ups and downs and it has the ring of authenticity. You know, like the events portrayed could actually happen, that the characters are actually walking around on the street out there. I love the way Ms. Higgins portrays extended families. She doesn’t sugar coat their dysfunction but she also shows how familial love conquers those foibles. Callie and Ian do not fall in love immediately. There is a believable build up with stumbles along the way. This is another gem from Ms. Higgins. Read it, you’ll like it.