Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins: Review

May 5, 2014 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I was provided with an advance reader copy by Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins: ReviewWaiting on You by Kristan Higgins
five-stars
Series: Blue Heron #2
Published by Harlequin HQN on 26 March 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Little Bird Publicity
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Is your first love worth a second chance…?

Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thanks. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who's ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they've got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.

Never once have I been disappointed when I’ve opened the pages of a Kristan Higgins book.

Waiting On You is no different. It will make you laugh and make you cry – and if you are anything like me, cry because you’re laughing so hard. My husband and two-year-old daughter will attest to the fact that I did this very thing while reading Waiting on You.

Here are my thoughts on Waiting on You:

I love a good second-chance romance, especially when the reason for the initial separation doesn’t leave me thinking “Dude, a simple explanation could have solved that drama”.

No simple explanation would have changed things in the past for Colleen and Lucas – relative youth, lack of communication and misunderstandings all came together to create a perfect storm that drove them apart.

I loved that despite their different stations in life, Colleen never lorded over Lucas and made him feel less of a person. The popular, hot girl and the bad boy with a questionable past make for a fantastic couple. Colleen’s vibrancy and vulnerability, along with Lucas’ air of mystery…..oh, how I love the chemistry that flows back and forth between these two. It’s plain as the grapes on the vine that these two are meant for one another, and even with all they have to get past throughout the story, you find yourself willing them on towards their happy ending.

Now to the fun part! The humour that Ms Higgins imbues her work, in particular Waiting on You, with is just perfect. People speak as though they are real people – the dialogue is so witty and real, the pacing is quick and you feel as if you are among friends when you are in the world of Manningsport.

I won’t give a great deal away, but I cry-laughed so hard during the singles art class and the animal shelter scene (you’ll know what I’m talking about) that tears were streaming down my face, and my daughter gave me a “Mumma, you crazy” look.

The Blue Heron series is quickly becoming one of my favourites. The characters that inhabit this world are among the most wonderfully odd and happily written I have had the pleasure of discovering. I love Paulie – she’s a peach, and Bryce just reminds me of a sweet-natured puppy, full of enthusiasm rather than smarts. It’s always lovely to catch up with the old friends of books past, which is what you get to do in Waiting on You.

I am now waiting on tenterhooks for the next instalment in this fabulous series. As I have said many times before, I would read the phonebook if Kristan Higgins wrote it – once again, she has managed to create a warm, funny, emotional story that you can’t help but enjoy, and a couple you can’t help but love.

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