Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

Tags: contemporary romance

Summary

Posey Osterhagen has a comfortable life with a thriving salvage company, occasionally helping out at her family’s local German restaurant…but the return of Liam Murphy sends her back to her teenaged self. The classic bad boy, Liam took their small New Hampshire town by storm, and Posey was obsessed with him—until he unknowingly broke her heart. Posey has tried to move on since then, but Liam’s reappearance—still working with motorcycles but now a widower with a teenaged daughter—awakens old feelings and makes her wonder if she ever really got over him after all.

Review

Think you’ve read all there is to be written about bad boys? Like all of Kristan Higgins’ contemporary romance novels, UNTIL THERE WAS YOU takes a potentially clichéd idea and spins it into an absolutely adorable, quirky, and swoon-worthy love story.

I’m not sure if Higgins has written other books in third-person before, and at first the change from the beloved first-person POV was jarring for me, but I quickly appreciated the best part about third-person in this story: that we get to go inside Liam’s head and see what he’s thinking, understand how his past influenced his present in a way that we wouldn’t have gotten to otherwise. This, I think, puts Liam a cut above other bad-boy love interests: he becomes less of an enigmatic, unapproachable, mythical bad-boy figure and more of a multidimensional man. It doesn’t hurt that he’s an overprotective father to his enviable teenaged daughter—there’s nothing like paternal characteristics that ups the desirable factor for a love interest in a romance novel, eh?

Posey is a pretty typical Higgins protagonist, with a quirky family, fairly independent means, and a cringe-inducing weakness around men. But it’s Liam, and the development of his character, that really carry UNTIL THERE WAS YOU for me. If you’re a Higgins fan, then UNTIL THERE WAS YOU will not disappoint. If you haven’t read any of Higgins contemporary romances yet, what are you waiting for?!

Cover discussion: Lalala... ooh, a short-haired girl!

HQN Books / Oct. 25, 2011 / Mass Market Paperback / 416pp. / $7.99

e-review copy provided by NetGalley and publisher.

13 comments:

  1. I thought the girl on the cover looked odd... and then I read your cover discussion and realized, "It's the short hair!!!" Can't even remember the last time I saw a contemporary cover where the girl had short hair. I'm going to start taking more notice of that! I haven't read anything by Kristan Higgins, but now you've got me interested. Thanks!

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    1. Katie, Kristan Higgins is a lovely contemporary romance writer! Her characters are likable and quirky, romantic without being over-the-top. You should definitely check her books out!

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  2. *grin* I love her books. This one is in a three-way tie for my favorite.

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    1. Dare I guess the other two in the triangle? :)

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    2. Lol. Go ahead. Give it a shot.

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  3. I just started this book this weekend! I have to admit, I've only read one other Higgins book and hated it. The heroine spent the whole book trying to change for some guy who didn't even notice her. This one, however, I'm loving! Hope it holds up for me til the end.

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    1. Haha, I had that same problem for some of her other books. I never like the protag as much as I feel I should, on account of her utter incompetence when it came to interacting with the love interest. But I enjoy the stories nevertheless!

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  4. I haven't read Higgins yet. I bought one, but haven't read it yet.

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    1. Save it for a lazy afternoon when you feel like a heartwarming romantic read.

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  5. I too appreciated the third person POV in this book! Posey annoyed me a little bit, but I did like Liam a lot.

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  6. Oh goodness that dog looks terribly awkward and PS'd. But hooray for Higgins books! I'll definitely give this one a try. I love me some multidimensional menzes.

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  7. Yep, I agree. I enjoyed reading this one because we got scenes from Liam's POV.

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