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Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Also by this author: The Next Best Thing, The Best Man
Series: Blue Heron #5
Also in this series: The Best Man, The Perfect Match
Published by HQN
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Before you get down on bended knee…
…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.
When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.
But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks… - via GoodReads
My heart is a little sad as I write this review. It’s the last in the Blue Heron series. I have so loved spending my time there so it was bittersweet as I started Anything for You by Kristan Higgins. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye but it was a good one.
Connor O’Rourke has been in the periphery of the previous books and I was stoked to hear he was getting his own book. I’ve always kind of liked him more than Colleen. He can cook and I don’t mean just grilled cheese. The man is a chef. He also has a heart of gold and tries to do right by the people around him.
Jessica. Freaking. Dunn. I really wondered how this was possibly going to work. I didn’t really care for Jess in the previous books. I didn’t dislike her but I wasn’t a fan either. Much like Connor I had to work past her exterior to see someone worth the effort.
Higgins told this story beautifully. Connor and Jessica have a history and their story just wouldn’t have been the same with a gloss over wrap up. Instead we’re treated to detailed scenes at crucial parts of their interactions.
The secondary characters are the usual crew by now. Davey, Jessica’s younger brother, has alcohol fetal syndrome and will forever need to be supervised and assisted. He wasn’t glossed over either. Davey plays a large part in this book. Higgins touches on some difficult subjects including alcoholism and forgiveness.
I’m not surprised that I loved this book; that I laughed and teared up. I’ve come to expect that with Higgins. I do know that i cannot wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!