Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

Title:   Until There Was You
Author: Kristan Higgins
My Rating: A+

Genre: contemporary romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Posey & Liam

Release Date: October 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriend—sort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking…something like Liam Murphy.
When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he's back, sending Posey's traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again. She should be giving him a wide berth, but it seems fate has other ideas….

My Review:
Because I haven 't had this blog that long, you may not realize this, but Kristan Higgins is one of my all-time favorite authors. I discovered her last year and quickly devoured every single one of her backlist books. So, obviously, I have been looking forward to her newest release. This is one of those that I received a couple of months ago, but because I loved the anticipation of it, I didn't read it until right up to release day. I may just have to read it again on release day, because OMG....this book was so worth the wait!! Such an amazingly good book!!!

Kristan has an amazing writing voice. She writes the most unusual, the most unlikely heroines of all time, but she makes them so real. You fall in love immediately with their quirkiness, with their realistic issues and self-doubts. She pairs them with heroes that are flawed, but so incredible and unlikely that you usually spend the first quarter of the book wondering how these two are ever going to get together. But then the magic of her writing happens and you fall in love...with the characters, with their romance, with their quirks, and with their dogs. OMG, I love Kristan's books...if only she could write faster. 

Are you getting it yet?? I LOVED this book.

Posey grew up as the scrawny little kid that never quite fit in...not at school and not at home with the family that had adopted her. High school was particularly bad, that is until the popular girl, Emma befriended her. They were never bff's, but Emma was kind to her and gave her advice and helped set her up for a date to the prom. Nevermind that Emma was dating the bad-boy, Liam, that Posey was in love with...that was okay because Emma was nice enough to deserve him. At least that was the case until Liam broke Posey's heart on the night of the prom.

Now Liam is back in town. Emma died two years ago from leukemia and left Liam as the single father of a teenage girl. Not much has changed for Posey. She is that same scrawny girl, only now in her mid-30's, but she is much more comfortable in her skin ever since that night of self-realization at the prom. Her girl parts still react to Liam, regardless of what her heart says, and as they come to know each other better as adults, they are both more and more drawn to each other.

Liam is dealing with a lot. He was a bad-boy in high school and totally lived up to that reputation. He now has  a teenage daughter with her mother's beauty and he KNOWS what those teenage boys have planned. It's enough to give any single dad heart palpitations. Add to that, he has come back to the town where he bedded  or insulted half the female population when he was in high school and they haven't forgotten, even if he has. LOL...there are some funny scenes because of this. OMG, my dh kept asking me what I was reading throughout this book because I had so many laugh-out-loud moments. Kristan has an incredibly funny sense of humor and it shines through once again in this novel. 

There are so many good things to recommend about the writing in this novel, but above and beyond...the best thing about it is the characters within it and the way that they react to one another. Liam, Posey, and Liam's teenage daughter- Nicole...the way that they all interact and react to each other...just some of the best dialogue EVER!!!

So good! If you don't read any other contemporary novel this year, make sure that this one is on your TO READ list!!!


Psique said...

I loved the dog looking at us from the cover, really funny, hope this book is as good as the cover.

paperbackdaydreamer.com said...

I am planning on reading all of Kristan Higgins' books...thanks to the fact that she has an animal on ever single cover!!! LOL. I'm a sucker for animals!