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.Review:
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….
After reading both Until There Was You and My One and Only, I started to realize that Kristan Higgins was an excellent chick lit/ romance writer. Her books contained such fun and witty characters, and the romance was always the perfect mixture of realistic and swoon, so when Somebody to Love, her newest book, showed up in my mailbox, I couldn't wait to get started. As it turns out, it was everything I hoped it would be and much, much more. Actually, it was probably my favorite book of hers so far.
Somebody to Love had a lot of great things going for it, and one of those aspects was the characters! Parker's story was enchanting from the start. I always love a good riches to rags story, and Parker's definitely fit the bill. What I loved most about her, though, was that she wasn't the typical rich girl. Instead, she was sweet and normal. Well, except when it came to James, her father's crony and later her assistant when it came to fixing up her aunt's house. Talking about James, he was just as fun to read about as Parker! I always enjoyed seeing his POVs, because not only were they sweet, but they showed a side to him that Parker's didn't always allow from the get go. The wide variety of side characters in this one were also terrific. I liked Parker's child, her well meaning but messed up parents, and the people to be found in Gideon's Cove. Everyone was just fully developed and likable, which made it even more enjoyable to dig into their stories.
The plot in this was plenty of fun as well. It was predictable in some parts, but it still managed to surprise me in some ways as well. I enjoyed seeing Parker and James fix up her aunt's old house as well as seeing how Parker continued her career as an author and began one as a florist. It was lots of fun to say the least! The romance between Parker and James was also great. It had a fantastic and witty build up with plenty of laughs along the way. Best of all, was the ending, which was the definition of adorable, but I won't say anymore about that.
Higgins' writing was also great as per usual. I felt she did a great job of bringing this story to life, and I particularly enjoyed seeing how she intertwined past characters of hers in this one. It makes me want to read her past books all the more now!
In all, Somebody to Love was a spectacular book, one that I highly suggest to fans of chick lit, and I really fill like older teens would enjoy this one as well, as at its core it's a story about finding yourself again as well as following in love.
Somebody to Love is now out!
Source: Katie at Little Bird Publicity
Thanks to Katie and Harlequin I also have one copy of Somebody to Love to giveaway! To enter, please fill out the folloiwng form.
Official giveaway rules:
~ Must be 13 years or older (be aware that this is an adult book though)
~ Must have a US mailing address
~ This givewawy will end on May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm est