Series: Gideon's Cove

Throwback Thursday Review: Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

Posted October 31, 2019 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Somebody to Love by Kristan HigginsReviewer: Tracy
Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
Series: Gideon's Cove #3
Also in this series: Catch of the Day (Gideon's Cove, #1)
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 425
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Series Rating: four-stars

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins is back with a hilarious and heartwarming new story about a rich girl who discovers that a little hard work may be just the thing she needs...

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.

*** Every Thursday, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books. Enjoy! ***

This review was originally posted on April 26, 2012.

Parker Welles has always lived the good life. She’s never had to worry about money as her father had made millions. She lives with her 5 year old son in the family home and lives off her trust fund. She is an author of a series of children’s books but has donated all of the proceeds to Save the Children.

When she finds out that her father has lost all of his money – an her and her sons trust funds – in an insider trading deal she’s shocked. She’s not sure what she’s going to do but she is strong and knows that she’ll make it through.

She is reminded that an aunt left her a home in a small town in Maine so she heads up there to flip the house and possibly then live off of the money for a while while she tries to find a job. Her son is on a 3 week trip with his father and she’s ready to rock and roll. The problem is that house she considers more a shack and the aunt was a hoarder. The house is a complete pit and she’s not sure she can fix it.

Her father’s now unemployed lawyer shows up to help her as he used to do carpentry before he became a lawyer. Parker has never cared for James Cahill as she just believes that he is her father’s lackey but she admits that she’s always been attracted to him. She also resents James a bit because her father treats him better than she treats her and like the son he never had.

James was smitten and in love with Parker from the moment he saw her. He has attended many family parties both with and without Parker’s father so he knows a lot about her. Though Parker treats him like he’s an non-entity he still doesn’t want to give up on his feelings for her.

Parker finally gives in to James and they start a “summer fling” but what happens when both of their feelings grow and then real life gets in the way?

This was a really good book made all the better by James. He was just a great guy. He was a man who knew what he wanted and wasn’t all that afraid to go after what he wanted. He would have done it earlier but Parker was always more emotionally unavailable.

The part I really didn’t care for in this book was Parker. It’s not that she was a bad person but her thinking at times really baffled me. I just didn’t get why she was so determined to push James away when he proved again and again what a great person he was. On that flip side of that I really couldn’t understand what James saw in Parker and kept coming back for. No, she wasn’t a bad person but she hadn’t ever treated him very well.

I have to say that there was one part at the end of the book that made me love James even more but if I tell you I’ll completely ruin it! Lol Just let me say that it was one of the sweetest things I’d ever read.

This was a really great story that had great characters for the most part. The secondary characters were wonderful and the citizens of the town in Maine were wonderful. I would have liked this story much, much better if I’d liked Parker more but despite that it was worth reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Gideon’s Cove


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Review: Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins

Posted March 20, 2009 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Catch of the Day by Kristan HigginsReviewer: Rowena
Catch of the Day (Gideon's Cove, #1) by Kristan Higgins
Series: Gideon's Cove #1
Also in this series: Somebody to Love
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: September 18, 2007
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 377
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Series Rating: four-stars

First date à la Maggie: Take one lovelorn diner owner (me), a generous helping of nosy local gossips, a dollop of envy at married sister's perfect life, a splash of divine intervention (my matchmaking priest). Combine ingredients with one adorable puppy, add a strong but silent lobsterman with a hidden heart of gold and watch the sparks fly.

Kristan Higgins is fast becoming an auto buy for me, this is the second book by her that I’ve read and I read it all in one sitting. I started it at about 8pm and finished it the wee hours of the morning, my eyes were drooping but I just could not put this book down. I had that much fun reading through this one.

This book is about Maggie Beaumont’s love life. She’s up for anything and she’s not shy about accepting blind date invites and she knows that she has to get out there and date, date, date if she wants to meet someone to spend her tomorrow’s with so she’s all about putting in the work and put in the work she did. She went on date after date, embarrassed herself time after time and each incident made for lots of laughs and just an enjoyable read.

Maggie Beaumont was a great heroine. There were times when I wanted to strangle her but for the most part, I really liked her. I could totally picture me and her being friends. I could see myself parked right next to her at the bar, flirting with her brother and making googly eyes at Malone. It was a good time of a story and I enjoyed seeing the chemistry build between Malone and Maggie. I loved that they knew each other from around town and that they were friendly but didn’t have any kind of friendship or anything between them because it made the getting to know each other thing that much more cute to watch as their love story came together.

Malone was a great hero too. He was one of those mysterious heroes that keeps you on your toes. He’s one of those heroes that you want to lick all over and cuddle close as well. He’s the kind of hero that you know you’re safe with and one that will protect you from harm. He’ll make you feel womanly and precious and I loved that about him. He was a great frickin’ hero and I heart him.

The story itself was a fun one, we see Maggie stumbling along trying to find her happy ending and much to her embarrassment, everyone witnesses all of these stumbles. She doesn’t let it get her down though, she keeps right on trucking along and living her life the only way she knows how to …full out. I enjoyed seeing her relationship with her sister and brother and then with her parents. Her mother could be a real pain in the you know what some of the time but when Maggie finally let her have it, I was right there cheering her on like the good friend that I know I would be to her.

This is one of those good time books that is perfect for those lazy weekends when you want nothing more than a story that will take you away for a couple of hours. It’s not anything serious or drama filled, it’s just a good time. Kind of like a cold glass of lemonade on the hottest day in summer, it hits the spot and leaves a huge grin on your face. That’s what I’ve come to love about Kristan Higgin’s books. They’re so much fun to read and they’re light and cute and you just want to hold them close. This book didn’t disappoint and it’s another great book pimp from Diana (THANKS DIANA!). I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a great contemporary love story.

This book is available from HQN. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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