Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins
Contemporary Romance, Published October 2011
Read June 2012, 384 pp.
Posey Osterhagen can’t complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she’s surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriend—sort of. Still, something’s missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking something like Liam Murphy.
When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he’s back, sending Posey’s traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again. She should be giving him a wide berth, but it seems fate has other ideas .
There are many things to love about this bad boy romance. Liam Murphy is Posey’s bad boy crush from high school. Now many years later, they’ve both found themselves back in their home town and running into each other constantly. I loved that not only are we seeing the story through Posey’s eyes, but Liam’s as well, and of course, there are two completely different stories going on! I loved Posey’s architectural salvage company and all the many characters that work for her. I also loved Liam’s 15-year-old daughter and her blossoming relationship with Posey. I wasn’t, however, crazy about Posey’s family and I didn’t ever really feel the chemistry between Posey and Liam. Why do they need to be together?
Overall, an enjoyable cozy read.
Every woman has a fantasy about running into the man that broke her heart. In such a fantasy, she’d be walking down the street, her well-dressed and gorgeous husband (let’s say George Clooney, shall we, circa age 40) caressing her, perhaps nuzzling her neck because he can’t help himself. She’d be wearing something fabulous, her hair would be glossy and perfect, she and Clooney would have just left the nicest restaurant in town, perhaps, or the poshest jewelry shop, because he insisted on buying her yet another token of his love – and then oh, my goodness, who’s that? Why it’s him, the first man she ever loved, the one who didn’t just break her young and loyal heart, but shattered it. He’s not looking so good these days. No, the years have not been kind. He’s gray – or better yet, balding – and slightly overweight, and his posture is hunched. He looks at her, recognizing immediately that the biggest mistake of his life was dumping her. Pleasantries will be exchanged. Clooney will shake his hand, giving Adored Wife a wry look (Him? Really?), and as the happy couple walks away to their snazzy car, the heartbreaker of old is already forgotten. Be he will gaze longingly after her, wondering how he ever could’ve been so blind.
That would’ve been nice.
-p. 84 (ARC)
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.