ALL I EVER WANTED by Kristan Higgins [Review]
If you are looking for a cute romance, look no further than All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins.
As hard as Callie Grey tries to create the perfect life for herself, she has to face the facts: she’s just turned thirty and the man she’s been crushing on for years, Mark, is dating someone else. She needs to let him go, but she can’t resist the idea of making him jealous by dating the new veterinarian in town, Ian. Unfortunately, Ian is frosty, standoffish, and not at all receptive to Callie’s advances. He might, however, be interested in hiring her to promote his practice since he doesn’t really know anybody in Georgebury, Vermont and Callie, the former prom queen, is Ms. Popularity. Love life aside, Callie is also dealing with her wacky family, a couple of contentious friends, and a new rival at work. In All I Ever Wanted, Callie has to learn that if she spends her life making everyone else happy, she’ll never find her own happily ever after.
All I Ever Wanted is a cute story with plenty of likeable characters and a picturesque setting. Callie lives with her grandfather, Noah, and the crusty old boat builder was probably my favorite character. Both her kooky family and the colorful townspeople were a lot of fun and added charm to the book. Warm and vivacious, Callie is pretty darn likeable too. She’s one of those perpetually happy, upbeat people that usually annoy me, but she’s so down to earth and relatable that I was rooting for her. Although, her habit of constantly referring to her uterus (as in “my uterus twitched in response” or it “caught me right in the reproductive organs”) made me want to barf. Who talks like that? While that annoyed me, I thought the way Callie referred to the extra weight she carries around her middle as a “food baby” was hilarious, so I guess it all evened out.
All I Ever Wanted blends romance and chick lit into a funny, sweet story. I recommend it to anyone who likes those genres.
Quotes from All I Ever Wanted:
As the man I loved approached my office, the image of a deer being hit by a truck came to mind. I was the deer, metaphorically speaking, and Mark Rosseau was the pickup truck of doom.
It was as if there were two Callies…the smarter, more sensible self (I pictured her as Michelle Obama), and the dopey in love part…Betty Boop. Would that Michelle could give Betty a brisk slap, followed by some vigorous shaking.
Me? I looked…oh, just past my first trimester, I’d guess. Unfortunately, I wasn’t pregnant. Not with a child, anyway. With Betty Crocker vanilla supreme. That’s right. I had a food baby.
Love made you a better person. Made you feel protected and precious and chosen. Chosen.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Harlequin | Pages: 384 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon