Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins (Blue Haven #3)

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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, her first love, 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.

Source: eARC through Netgalley/Harlequin for review purposes

Favorite Quote (it’s from an ARC, so it might be different in the finished copy): 

“Don’t be mad at me, you inconvenient woman.”

Characters:

Colleen is a fixture in Manningsport, NY.  She and her twin Connor own the local tavern.  She’s known as a bit of a flirt and an amateur matchmaker.  Colleen is charismatic, funny, and a friend to all.  So when the love of her life returns to Manningsport to see his dying uncle, she slaps on her brave face and acts like it doesn’t rip her heart in two to see him after all these years.

Lucas is from southside Chicago, but when he moved in with his uncle’s family as a teen, he lost the poor, but loving home and is thrust into a small room with no windows because his uncle’s wife is a class A bitch.  He loves his uncle and cousin, Bryce, but he misses his father, who is in jail, and his older sister, who is in Chicago.  When they move to Manninsport, NY when they boys are seniors in high school, Lucas immediately falls for Colleen (and the feelng is mutual).

Conflict:

Well, it all comes down to a mistake that was made (and the impossability of there being another way for it to play out) and feelings that were hurt, then one thing leads to another and their relationship is irreparably damaged.  It was kind of senseless and heartbreaking, like you would expect something like the breakup of first, true love to be.

Overall Thoughts:

Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors.  I know going in that I will probably really like the story and the characters.  This book is no different, but I really feel like it’s one of her better books.  Colleen was just so much fun, so quick-witted and funny, I loved her spunky attitude. She made me laugh a lot. The chemistry between Lucas and Colleen was phenomenal.  Probably my favorite parts were the backstory to when they were teenagers.  Higgins did a very good job with the flashbacks.  I wanted a whole book about their teen romance (please write a YA book, Kristan!).  The first meeting between the two, and then the prom…Holy Cow. I actually thought that phrase quite a bit while reading.

I love how Higgins incorporates background characters into the story.  Both Colleen & Lucas’ family dramas were very entertaining and did nothing to detract from the romance of the book, but in fact added quite a lot to the story.  I was very invested in all of it. I very nearly cried more than once. I couldn’t find any indication of it, but I really believe (hope) that Higgins will be writing more stories set in Manningsport, especially considering Colleen’s brother’s story in this one.  I would also love a book for Jack Holland, brother to the characters in the first two books, Faith and Honor.  Kristan Higgins never disappoints, but this one surpassed most of her other books.  I hope we have a lot more coming from Manningsport and if not, I may have to resort to writing fanfiction again.

5/5

daph

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6 thoughts on “Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins (Blue Haven #3)

  1. bookgoonie March 13, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply

    The swoonage! Loved Colleen’s humor & that she didn’t hide from her broken heart. She kept telling that hot Spanaird “don’t break my heart again”. They were undeniably made for each other. But missed those quirky Hollands being front & center. I want a book about Pru & Carl too.

    • Daphne March 13, 2014 at 7:48 am Reply

      KH posted yesterday on FB saying she was editing Jack’s story and wanted to know what other stories we want her to write. Someone mentioned a Pru & Carl novella from when they first started going out, I think that would be fun

      • bookgoonie March 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

        They crack me up. Being married for 20 years, I can appreciate their efforts to spice things up & it all mortifying our daughter.

  2. Elizabeth March 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm Reply

    Ooooo, this one sounds good! I also reviewed a Kristan Higgins book today, haha. My first and I liked it a lot. So fun and happy to read!

  3. loveatfirstpage March 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm Reply

    I love Adult Contemporary Romance but have yet to read a KH book. This should probably be fixed. Plus, I really like flashback stories in this genre – when the characters dated in high school.

    Great review, gal!

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