Series: Blue Heron #5
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication date: January 1st 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Length: 384 pages
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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…
“Solitude was the order of the night. He was Irish – brooding was the song of his people.”
Anything For You had the perfect blend of two of my favorite romantic tropes: Friends to Lovers and 2nd Chance Romance.
As with all of the Kristan Higgins books I have read thus far, Anything For You is more than just a simple romance. Higgins always manages to delve a bit deeper…to put her characters into real world situations and make them feel oh so real and therefore all the easier to relate to.
Initially, I really had a hard time finding something to like in Jessica’s character. I could not for the life of me understand why she seemed to be stringing Connor along for so many years…to the point that he seemed almost ready to finally walk away from all that they shared. As we slowly learned more of her backstory, some of those things that appeared to be flaws were actually strengths and my appreciation of Jess grew.
Connor I loved from the onset. What an amazing lead and what generosity of heart and patience he displayed!
As I mentioned earlier…there are some heavier elements woven throughout….issues such as alcoholism, poor parenting, fetal alcohol syndrome etc. This lend a depth and realism to the story that makes this more than “just a romance.”
The romance is alternately slow and steady and stop and go…but the ending is worth it.