PJV QUICKIE: Somebody to Love made my heart happy – I didn’t want it to end!

Title: Somebody to Love
Author: Kristan Higgins
ISBN: 0373776586
Publication: April 24, 2012 by HQN Books
Source:  Publisher
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Review

Single mom Parker Harrington Welles has led a life of privilege and wealth.  She’s a well-loved children’s author who gives her profits to children’s charities because she doesn’t need the income.  She’s just finished the last book in her series and is looking forward to starting something new.  Little does she know, the “something new” is going to be her entire life; her father, Harry, spent her trust fund (and her son’s trust fund!) and is now headed to prison for insider trading.  The Feds take everything, and all she’s left with is a small amount of money in her checking account and a house she inherited from an aunt in Gideon’s Cove, Maine.  The plan is to ‘flip’ the house and use the profits to buy a small home for her and her son, Nicky.  The reality is the house is falling down and needs a  lot of work.

James Cahill is one of Harry’s two attorneys that never leave his side.  Parker disdainfully refers to him as ‘Thing One’ (to his face!!) and has no room in her life for a man who means more to her father than she does.  What she doesn’t know is that James believes he owes Harry a huge debt of gratitude for turning his life around and would do anything for Harry. When Harry goes off to prison, he vows to watch out for Parker and help her as best as he can.  Luckily, James knows his way around a tool bench.

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As you can tell from my 5/5 rating, I loved Somebody to Love!  Parker is not your typical ‘spoiled little rich girl’, she’s down-to-earth, self-deprecating, and funny.  She’s angry at her father and  angry at James, but she needs his help.  She hates her children’s series, and her relief at ending it is short-lived – her little characters, The Holy Rollers, won’t get out of her head and their running commentary about the state of her affairs is so funny.

James is a great hero.  He knows how Parker feels about him but feels badly for Parker; he likes her and doesn’t think she deserves the circumstances she finds herself in.  He’s got a few demons of his own, and my heart broke as his backstory was revealed.

I loved the back-and-forth between Parker and James.  Their attraction to each other despite their determination to dislike each other is absolutely delicious.  But I also love the cast of characters in Gideon’s Cove – Ms. Higgins has visited this town twice before and it’s pure delight to be back.  Even if this is your first Kristan Higgins book, you will enjoy the quirky residents of this tiny seaside town.

Great characters, great plot, great ending.  Somebody to Love is definitely “Keeper Shelf” material – I’ll be saving this to re-read when I need a pick-me-up.

Recommendations:

Can I say Everyone, lol?  Seriously though, fans of lighthearted Contemporary Romance will really enjoy Somebody to Love.

Like This, Like That:

The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins (Ethan and Lucy’s story)

Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins (Maggie and Malone’s story)

 

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