Book: SOMEBODY TO LOVE
Author: KRISTAN HIGGINS
Genre: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Published: April 2012, HQN Books
Source: Publicist, no other compensation given for an honest review
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
SOMEBODY TO LOVE starts off with Parker's father's fall from grace, and the subsequent loss of her and her young son's trust funds. I like Kristan Higgins as an author, which was why I jumped at being able to review this book. It's the first book where Higgins has a wealthy female protagonist, which was another reason why I was willing to give it a try. Usually, I wouldn't pick up a book that has a riches-to-rags plot. Why? Because in fiction, as in life, most wealthy people cannot even fathom what it's like to not have expendable income or a monthly expense account. I've read a few books in the past where the whole novel comes off laughable and disingenuous.
Luckily, that's not what happened here. As with UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, one of Higgins other novels that I've read and reviewed at Read My Mind, I was really drawn into the story. It wasn't just the journey that Parker took: travelling to Maine to take control of a house unseen, taking on its restoration, and her slow starter of a romance with James. These elements came together well because of how engaged I was in Higgins writing.
Honestly, the romance and Parker's transformation into a lobster town resident aside, what shined in SOMEBODY TO LOVE was the family relationships. Parker and her son, Parker and her ex and her ex's wife, Parker and her mother, James and Parker's father, James and his own parents, James and his sister... there was no shortage of entanglements, and of course, the most complicated and acrimonious relationship of them all was Parker and the father that essentially stole her money through an insider trading deal.
The twists and tangles of these relationships and how they played off of each other (though I loved every time Parker called James, Thing One) far overpowered the riches-to-rags plot, and instead built off of the situation that Parker found herself in, to showcase issues that anyone might have to deal with in their lifetime, regardless of wealth.
With James' character, SOMEBODY TO LOVE explored some of the deeper issues of loss and guilt, but it didn't bog me down in depressive seriousness. In fact, I found myself laughing through much of the novel and appreciating the sense of humor woven throughout that both James, Parker, and some of the ancillary characters (like Parker's cousin) possessed. Higgins is definitely an author whose books I'll continue to read.
4/5 for plot
4.5/5 for characters
4/5 for language
My Rating: 12.5/15 (3.5 stars) Highly Recommend
Find the author at:
Website | Blog | GoodReads | Facebook
Purchase book at:
Barnes and Noble | Books-A-Million | IndieBound | Amazon
Available formats: Print (Mass Market Paperback), NookBook, Kindle
RSS My Feed
- COVER REVEAL: Redheads Are Soulless by Heather M. ...
- Dewey's #Readathon: Hour 24 and Finish Line
- Dewey's #Readathon: Hours 21-23 (Mini-Challenge 1)...
- Dewey's #Readathon: Hours 17-20
- Dewey's #Readathon: Hours 10-14 (Mini-Challenge 1)...
- Dewey's #ReadAThon: Hours 5-8 (Mini-Challenge 2)
- Dewey's #Readathon: Hours 1-3 (Mini-Challenge 1)
- Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon
- ARC Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass
- ARC Review: Masque Of The Red Death by Bethany Gri...
- Austism Awareness Hop 2012 Winner
- Spotlight: The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn (Gu...
- Book Review: Somebody To Love by Kristan Higgins
- SupaGurl Tours: Nancy Straight Guest Post & MEETIN...
- Autism Awareness Blog Hop 2012
- Laura Kaye's WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event
- COVER REVEAL: Greta And The Goblin King by Chloe J...
- Stalking The Others by @Jess_Haines Giveaway on Go...
- Wrap Up: #Bloggiesta Finish Line
- #Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge #1: Back Up Your Blog
- ▼ April (20)
- ► 2011 (195)
18 April, 2012
Content Copyright By Lillie (AliseOnLife). Powered by Blogger.
- talking about books (189)
- blog tour (128)
- book review (106)
- book tour (104)
- YA (97)
- e-book (87)
- Read My Mind Giveaways (78)
- highly recommended (78)
- ARC review (61)
- fantasy (56)
- must read (50)
- contest (43)
- contemporary (42)
- contest winners (39)
- Guest Posts (37)
- paranormal romance (37)
- recommended (32)
- romance (28)
- paranormal (26)
- Read-a-thon (23)
- ARC tour (22)
- giveaway (22)
- urban fantasy (20)
- advance review (18)
- contemporary romance (17)
- A Flash of Fiction (16)
- erotic romance (16)
- suspense (16)
- Author Interview (15)
- steampunk (12)
- CONFIDENTIAL (10)
- RAK (10)
- mystery (9)
- novella (9)
- JUST VISITING (8)
- historical fiction (7)
- historical romance (7)
- Best Books of 2010 (6)
- Bestseller For A Day (6)
- science fiction (4)
- historical fantasy (3)