THE NEXT BEST THING
Author: Kristan Higgins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373774389
- ISBN-13: 978-0373774388
Lucy Lang isn’t looking for fireworks.
She’s looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who’ll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won’t inspire the slightest stirring in her heart…or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can’t risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn’t enough either. So it’s goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate “friend with privileges” and hello to a man she can marry.
Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn’t going anywhere. As far as he’s concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?
When I first started reading this book, I fell in love with the authors humor. By the end of this first chapter, you have laughed, and get a shock with the last line of the first chapter as well. I was hooked. You instantly fall for Ethan and find yourself cheering for him the whole time. I found Lucy whiney and annoying though. Whe whined so much I wanted to dial her a Wah-mbulance so she would shut up and fall in love with Ethan already. I hated how the author kept the book focused mainly on Lucy, and hardly ever had Ethan in the book. He was suppose to be one of the main characters! When we did get to see him, Lucy used him more of a doormat than a lover.
Overall, I have mixed feelings on this book. This is my first read by this author and I am sure I will probably read more by her, even if this book left me with mixed emotions about it. Cut about half of the book out, mainly Lucy’s whining and watching her wedding tape each chapter, and bring on some more Ethan, and this book could easily get to my attention better. The humor is what saved this book in my opinion.
A Good Book and Read! Perfect For Rainy Days
From the Library!
I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m a HUGE Higgins fan. Her other books are fantastic and don’t have the whiny heroine issue. 🙂
Sounds like a really good book. I’ll defiantly put this on my wishlist on Amazon.com! Great review.