I sometimes find Kristan Higgins a hit and miss author. Some of her books I really like (like this series) and others just fall flat. Anything For You by her though I completely loved. This is book five in her Blue Heron series.
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…
Jessica and Connor have been in the series from the beginning. And Jessica has been one of those characters that you’re not sure if you like or not because she’s so prickly and slightly bitchy. However, in this book I fell in love with Jess. Her backstory is moving, and inspiring, and I’m so glad that Connor didn’t give up on her. She needed someone to love all of the pieces of her (though I suppose everyone does) and Connor, with the patience of a saint, does.
One of the things this book reminded me of too, is that everyone has a story, or a past or a situation that they’re dealing with, and that you can’t/shouldn’t judge people by the surface that you see because there’s usually so much more going on underneath.
Jess is now, by far, one of my favourite characters in this series. I’m incredibly happy with this book, and it’s one I’ll definitely be returning to again and again.