Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review: Until There Was You


Summary:
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-lookingsomething 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.


Review:
Rating: 5/5

Until There Was You was not on my reading list - just came across this book when a friend mention the author. For my first Kristan Higgins read - this particular book had me in tears half-way!!!

I'm a sucker for bad boys who're in need of redemption. Liam was the epitome of the perfect bad boy then - just got out of juvie, owned a motorcycle and was sleeping around. But then he fell in love and he just lost it. The only problem is that, he didn't fell in love with Posey back then, he fell in love with another girl. Someone a bad boy usually fell in love with, a good, sweet girl namely Emma. When Emma moved from home to go to college, he followed shortly.

Years later, he came back with his teen-age daughter. I love his fatherly figure. Since I'm not the one he's fussing over with, I find it cute. The possessiveness and uber-protectiveness had Nicole (the daughter) exasperated, but she didn't love him less. This is what I love about Nicole - although she may act like a normal teenager and may have disagreements with her dad, she always reassure her father that she loves him.

Now, Posey. I envy the fact that she couldn't gain weight even she eat loads of ice cream. Although this pose to be a problem for her since she looked like a kid even at her 30s. She's still single and in search of a meaningful relationship to end in a happily ever after. She had her shares of mishap, some bad dates and hook-ups, until Liam came back to town again.

I like her humor and exuberance mixed with innocence and sweetness. I also adore the family and friends that surround her. Jon, was simply an amazing friend, not to mention was the root of humor throughout the book. I love the relationship he had with Posey's brother Henry. And Henry - if he's not gay, I would have been in love with him as well, being Posey's knight in shining armor and despite the fact that he rarely shows emotion, he just knew when her sister needs him the most and was always ready to help. The rest of the cast, from Kate, one of her closest friends was great was well. Her overprotective family, her obnoxious cousin Gretchen, everyone was completely adorable at some point.

The plot was great, and involves a lot of fun and an equal mix of drama on the side. The past issues were brought up - and was given a closure, this includes the prom incident and of course, Posey's adoption. The scene with her mother at the near-end of the book had me in tears.

This book is sweet and really, really nice. I will gladly recommend it to friends who loves a sweet, nicely-paced contemporary romance that will leave them in tears and sweep them off their feet.

After reading Until There Was You, I believe Kristan Higgins added another fan to her list. I will surely check some of her books as well!



Favorite Quotes
“But you know, if you're looking for love, there's always the mirror.” 

“But they're family, and you forgive them, even if they are human equivalent of hyenas. Because that's what you do, Posey. Forgive.”

“It’s just that sometimes you love a kid just because they need it. Not because they deserve it, not because you really like them…just because they need love.” 



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