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My One and Only There’s a scene in this book in which Harper and Nick reuinted exes watch a movie in a theater while loudly snarking and annoying everyone near them just like old times If you get the sense from that that both of these people are kind of self absorbed assholes well I think you’d be rightI’m so ambivalent about this book It was well written and powerful and I couldn’t put it down so it doesn’t seem appropriate to give it a low rating Yet I can’t exactly say I “liked” it Parts of it were so desperately sad I could barely stand it yet at the same time it seemed much like watching a shallow romantic comedy than reading a book It would be about the work of five minutes to turn the story into a screenplay complete with meet cute and splashy finish literally It veered from much too close to the bone to annoyingly pat And I didn’t love Nick nearly as much as I was obviously supposed to with his “sad gypsy eyes” I disliked his nasty ex routine calling Harper “Harpy” and his overly romantic attitude Harper is shown as the bad guy here the one who annoyingly insists on being sensible and thinking things through well after a nasty divorce that lasted twelve years that doesn’t seem like a ridiculous attitude to me not at allIt was interesting to see Higgans write about a different kind of heroine than usual instead of being an insecure woman chasing after a man Harper is beautiful and successful but closed off It’s a sadder read but the humor is still strong excepting Harper’s truly terrible taste in curse words “Crotch” Sometimes Crotchety crotch crotch “Holy testicle Tuesday” Gross me out the doorStill despite all the things that bugged me I did think this was a memorable book with interestingly imperfect characters The theme of the love that just won't die is very touching and despite Higgan's usual low steam level the story feels genuinely passionate otherwise it wouldn't hurt so much to think of them separated for twelve years “Divorce Attorney Risks Hell and High Water to Win Her Man” One of the better second chance romances I have read and I LOVE a good second chance romanceHarper a successfully and often UN impartial divorce attorney had her world turned upside down when she was forced to face her painful past in the form of ex husband Nick Her sister was marrying Nick’s brother Christopher and Harper hadn’t seen Nick in thirteen yearsOn the outside Harper had been ticking off all the boxes that would give her the perfect life But she had a very firm wall up to protect her from ever feeling abandoned again and with good reason As a result her ticked boxes were not so well thought out as she imaginedI loved Nick from the first moment he showed up on the pages I felt an immediate connection with him and hoped he would do what was needed to win Harper back In no time at all it was clear he had never really moved on from their relationship and I couldn’t wait to see how things would progressI really should have hated Harper She had one of the character traits I hate most in books the I’m afraid of being lefthurt so I’m going to sabotage this situation for no reason and leavehurt you first Instead I truly felt for her Nick was no saint in their failed relationship and in most scenes I took Harper’s side and felt she was justified in her feelings I kept thinking to myself Nick please pull your head out of your ass and admit your role in the breakdown of your marriageAs is always true with Kristan Higgins books this story was about much than Harper and Nick’s romance Told in the first person from Harper’s point of view I got a very up close and personal look into Harper's relationships with than just Nick and it really allowed me to understand what made her tick She was witty sarcastic and always on the cusp of really putting herself out there My heart bled for herIf you have ever read any Kristan Higgins books they are often filled with funny blind dates misunderstandings and internet mishaps Though this book didn't have that I have to say that Dennis's rat tail and all that went with it was thoroughly enjoyable I think I will giggle every time I hear Dude for the next little whileTruly enjoyable read 45 STARSThis is going into the 'faves by Kristan Higgins' pile It was angsty emotional and beautifully written Nick Lowery all I think is Bad Boys with Will Smith is probably one of the most endearing and compelling male Hero's by this author He's right up there with Lucas from Waiting On You with the same dark gypsy eyes that never fail to tell a story and the same intense temperament that manages to lure you in and trap youHis dedication on initially wooing Harper when they were younger to his singular focus on getting her back was incredible He saw what he wanted and he's always wanted Harper and went after it Harper was a tragic heroine this time around abandoned by her mom at 13 raised by her recalcitrant father and ultimately being forced into accepting a new stepmom and her daughter And unlike typical stepmom's Bever Lee was loving and sweet even if took Harper years to acknowledge that But Harper always held people an arms length away never letting them get close in fear of their impending abandonment Of course this included Nick So a marriage at 21 to the love of her life had 'tragically doomed' written all over it Nick thought they'd last Harper didn't And you know what they say about self fulfilling prophecies The scene things crashed and burned broke my heart I was sobbing like a baby12 years later Harper now a successful divorce attorney is shocked by her step sister Willa with the news she's getting married to Nick's stepbrother no less and Harper's the MOH This dredges up all sorts of memories sad ones happy ones and most definitely hurtful ones A road trip brings them together and somehow reconnects them but Harper is still scared still fearful to let Nick in fully What ensues is a beautiful and emotional story of letting the ghosts of our past finally rest and accepting the truth behind letting go and letting those close in Did I mention I LOVED Nick? He was amazing And while it took Harper some time to actually see what was in front of her the scene she finally does was both memorable and heart melting You actually felt the electricity crackle off the pages reading about these two The epilogue was perfect exactly what I'd hoped it'd be and the secondary characters from Harper's family to Nick's was touching The thing is KH always writes such comprehensive stories There's a huge and important cast of characters that only add richness to her books I cried I laughed I sighedloved it loved it First of all if you are on the fence about whether or not to read this book because it is giving you that chick lit vibe you can climb down now sista and start reading this one is all about the romanceMy One and Only is Harper Evan's story a 33 year old divorce and divorced lawyer living year round on Martha's Vineyard with her Toto lookalike dog She is attractive successfulbut OMG what a force to be reckoned with She is cynical she is sarcastic and she has extreme OCD issues Having as much to do with her personality as with her profession she gives advice think forcing it down one's throat to family friends strangerswherever she and only she thinks it is neededEarly on Harper is telling Dennis her hunky fireman BF of 2 years that it's time to get marriedreading him a list of changes he needs to make before they do the deed and then whips out the engagement ring she bought for herself I don't like doormat heroines but would I enjoy an opposite to the extreme? Fortunately we learn early on why Harper is so controlling why she refuses to leave anything to fate and why she is in the business of breaking up marriages although to Harper's credit her clients come to her when their marriages are already in trouble and she simply counsels them with her motto accept in your heart what your head already knows Having been through a divorce I might have spared myself the unnecessary grief and wasted time spent trying to make the marriage work if someone would have counseled me with that adviceUnder Harper's many layers of self imposed protective armor we find there is a frightened and vulnerable girl beneath who has had her heart broken twiceby the two people she loved the most Nick Lowery Harper's ex husband and the love of her life is one of those two people Now Harper is on her way to Montana to serve as maid of honor for her sister Willa who is marrying Chris Lowery Nick's brother Harper and Nick haven't seen each other for 12 yearsThis is the first book I've read by Kristan Higgins and I was totally blown away by how talented she is I admire authors in general simply because they have the ability to come up with an idea that they can stretch over several hundred pages Then there is that select group of authors who are to me what movie stars are to my mother I want to see them in personbe the first in line to buy their latest bookstalk about them talk with thembe eternally infatuated with each and every one of them because they provide my entertainment and therefore are responsible for a big chunk of my happiness In short they are my auto buys With one book Ms Higgins is in She is a fantastic storyteller and funnier than hellwhich IMO is no small feat I make an effort to avoid authors that try to be funny because it rarely works for me in a romance novel But KH has that great talent of being subtly funny kind of in the dry humor family and I was LOL throughout the entire book Not a big deal you say? A common mechanism used by writers? Then let me rephrase that KH love the initials has the uniue ability to make you laugh out loud on one page and have you sobbing miserably on the next No kidding It happens so many times you are emotionally spent but in a good way by the end of the bookMy One and Only is also a great character study Whether it be the wise cracking priest Father Bruce Harper's Tammy Faye Baker like stepmother BeverLee or Nick's half brother Jason I wannabe Tom Cruise everyone who has a speaking part in this book is a lifelike 3 dimensional character Assessing these people through Harper's eyes is a delight and for the first time I truly enjoyed a book written in first person Harper is the smart ass extraordinaire and so downright candid that it is a little shocking at first but wicked cool once you get used to it In fact I think I was suffering from a little 'heroine worship' there for awhile as she acted out in situations the majority of us would never have the nerve to attempt At that moment Jodi Pickering Dennis' high school girlfriend and a waitress here shoved the prow of her bosom in Den's jaw Are you all set here Denny? she asked ignoring me and giving my soon to be fiance a docile cowlike gaze Hey Jodi What's up? Dennis said grinning past her 36 Ds to her face How's the little guy? Oh he's great Denny It was so nice that you stopped by the game the other night He just loves you And you know without a father in the picture I think TJ really needs Okay we get it Jodi with an i I said smiling pleasantly up at her You have an adorable son and are still uite available Dennis however is with me If you would just take your boobs out of my boyfriend's face I would deeply appreciate itLOLEven Harper's dog Coco a tiny Jack RussellChihuahua mix had a personality albeit that of a drama ueen Though I'd checked on Coco numerous times throughout the day and Dennis had taken her on a few walks she was in full Chihuahua orphan mode huge eyes still body not raising her head from her tragic little paws looking at me as if I'd just locked her in Michael Vick's basementI realize I'm putting emphasis on the book's humor but overall the storyline is very serious and uite heart wrenching This is Harper and Nick's very precious but very sad love storytwo people who had found that true once in a lifetime love together but were unable to hold on Their siblings' wedding will bring them back together for the first time in 12 years Will they at least be able to get the closure they both need so desperately? My throat tightened and the nearness of him the only man who ever made me feel cherishedit just sucker punched my heart Sleep tight I whispered You tooGod I'd missed himNick was uiet his skin as warm as I was cold We lay like that for a long time not talking not moving The wind blew Coco adjusted herself and gave a little doggy snore Nick's breathing was slow and even and thisthe two of us lying together was as comforting and wonderful as anything I'd ever felt And horrible because it brought such a pain to my heart We'd had something special and rare Nick and I There had been to our marriage than loneliness and tunnel vision and wretched communication skills There'd been times like this lying in the darktogetherWhen I was sure he was asleep I touched his hand Just a little just a little brush of my fingertips against the back of his lovely wonderful hand You asked why I couldn't forgive you Nick said very uietly and I jumped a little It was because you were the love of my life Harper And you didn't want to be That's hard to let gosigh Such a good bookmany many stars 45 StarsWhat a wonderful storyI just love Kristan Higgins writing Her books always leave me with that warm fuzzy feeling She has a knack for taking you on a bit of a roller coaster ride with her characters that will have your heart doing funny things and put a silly grin on your face I adored Harper and Nick's story ❤This has nothing to do with the book rather it is an image result for 'warm fuzzy feeling' This was a painfully painful read I came close to stopping twice and while I don't uite regret continuing on I'm not terribly pleased eitherHiggins wastes the first uarter of the book or so meandering around the central relationship Harper has a boyfriend she has proposed to and his entire function as a character is to serve as a barometer for exactly how emotionally immature Harper is Hint really very incredibly even shockingly immature Worse than the boyfriend are the coy hints and stupid teases about what actually happened back in the day Even worse than that though is that the first flashbackremembrance leaves out how it ended Higgins saves that for later Which is where I almost stopped reading the first time Fortunately once the stupid boyfriend takes off and Nick and Harper are on their own through a string of contrivances that strained credulity beyond the breaking point the relationship finally started making sense and we got a charming second chance story For a whileThe Nick and Harper for this part were fun and engaging and I was glad to see them work out their past and come to some mutual understandingAnd then Higgins came in with yet contrived stupidity and unbelievable circumstances and we get pain while people do wildly unbelievable things and make fools of themselves The worst part of this section was the hash Higgins makes of Harper's character while she's at it view spoilerSeriously you can't have the take charge commitment phobe who has just stomped the love of her life's heart into the ground suddenly decide she doesn't want to embarrass the idiot she already broke up with and say yes to a sudden marriage proposal This was so stupid I just knew it would be followed up by Nick following her and finding her in some contrived circumstances that would look as bad as Higgins could manage to make them look And sadly I was exactly as disappointed as I expected to be hide spoiler 35 starsA fun but also sad story about divorce and the complications of everything left unsaid My favorite uote “If onlythe saddest words in the English language” My list of authors to stalk follow keeps growing every time I read a new contemporary novel it seems My One and Only is the first book of Kristan Higgin's I've read and I can't wait to read the rest of themMy One and Only begins with divorce attorney Harper trying and failing to convince her boyfriend of than 2 years to finally marry her as she'll be turning 34 soon and wants a stable family life While she's popping the uestion her sister calls to tell her that she's getting married for the third time to none other than Harper's ex husband Nick's half brother Naturally Nick and Harper have a lot of unfinished business and their close proximity at the wedding only results in what we all knew would happen all along a second chance for the two which eventually results in a HEA endingRather predictable right? Not Even though the basic plot skeleton is evident from the get go there are still several minor plot twists and details that managed to surprise and intrigue me My One and Only completely falls under the category of the type of book you swear you'll only read for a few minutes before bed and before you know it you're exclaiming out loud how perfect the ending was Harper is extremely easy to relate to even though her denials did get a tad annoying at parts Nonetheless Higgin's writing flows so smoothly that you can't help but become absolutely engrossed in the story no matter how badly the characters are messing up Nickoh dear sweet Nick There are alpha males and then there are the boy next door types I'm a complete sucker for both and dare I say it even so for the latter Nick fell in love with Harper at first sight and while that usually irritates me he's so devoted to her that I actually believed in it at least for the duration of this book Higgin's does a perfect job of alternating between the past and present letting us know little by little how Harper and Nick initially fell in love how things went wrong and how they eventually get better I highly recommend this book to all readers who enjoy something light and fun every once in a while And because this is the first CR I stayed up all night to read My One and Only will always hold a special place in my heart For reviews visit my blog 4 12 I freakin love these two stars ME I KNOW SeriouslyWith such a solid plot and lovable main charactersI found it very hard To find faults with 'MY ONE ONLY' COME ON FLOREANCE I yelled out of the windowCAN YOU MOVE IT ?The driver of the car extended and armand a fingerIt was a male arm and a fingerAnd then the car door openedwith my ex husband stepping out ME LmaoSeriously these Two LOL these guys are hilariousand if not thatjust plain beautiful togetherAnd that's just one of the reasons main reason this book will always hold a place in my Favourite shelf “I'll tell you something Harpy he said his voice almost a whisper now It never even occurred to me that we wouldn't make it And it never occurred to you that we would You were just waiting for us to go down in flames I thought we could get through anything” I loved how the story stayed realistic and the way the author ploted out the story so skillfully that in the end neither Harper nor nick was actually to blame for the ultimate divorceI could actually see how this kind of thing happening to so many couples out thereand that's just seriously sad RECOMMENDATION READ THIS Just when she thought she had life and love all figured outDivorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break Bad enough that she runs into her ex hubby Nick at her sister's destination wedding but now by a cruel twist of fate she's being forced to make a cross country road trip with him And her almost fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympatheticHarper can't help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing gorgeous architect glory But in Nick's eyes Harper's always been the one If they can only get it right this time forever might be waiting—just around the bend

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