by Kristan Higgins
Publisher: HQN Books
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: 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…
Kritters Thoughts: Another Kristan Higgins home run! Set in the same town as the Blue Heron vineyards book, but this one is different and it made me like that it came at this point in the series. The fifth in the series, this book takes a break from the family the Holland family and instead someone who has lived in town her whole life and the reasons why she never left and what is keeping her trapped in the life she is in.
As all romance novels, the ending can be predicted from the beginning, but for some reason this book felt a little more up and down than usual. I didn't mind it, but it was definitely a roller coaster!
I definitely recommend reading this series starting at the beginning as the main characters featured in the previous books make appearances and you may miss out on an inside joke or even a small character movement without knowing what came before. Even though this is book five, I say start at the beginning, these read fast and are great not too sexy times!
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.