Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
Goodreads Summary: 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
Kristan Higgins is one of the top contemporary romance writers of the
moment - most of her books are fantastic when you need a dose of
chick-lit! Somebody to Love is not one of her best, but I still really enjoyed the book. It's so much fun to see what happens to Maggie and Malone from Higgins' earlier book Catch of the Day (one of my faves)! Also, the last scene was ADORABLE, I actually teared up!
Yet, I think what made this one fall flat a little for me is that Parker is not as loveable of a main character as most of Higgins' other main characters. One of the delightful things about reading Higgins' novels is the quirky and endearing personalities she creates - and Parker's inner monologue wasn't as fun to read compared to past characters. Another issue I had is that there are a few loose ends that were never entirely resolved which made the ending feel a little rushed.
I recommend this to Higgins' fans (especially those who've read Catch of the Day and/or The Next Best Thing [which features Parker as a side character]) and to those who enjoy contemporary romance novels.
3/5 stars - solid contemporary romance fare.
This fulfills my Romantic Fiction entry for the Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge!
***Disclosure: Received copy via Harlequin