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Estelle: Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Target Audience: Adult
Genre: Romance
Pages: 424
Format read: ARC sent to me by Katie @ Little Bird Publicity! (Thanks!)

Summary: Parker’s life changes drastically when she finds out her father’s investment schemes have left her and her son without a trust fund. All she’s left with are a few boxes, anything she bought with her own earned money, and a house she inherited in Maine. Ready to make the best out of a bad situation, she plans on moving to Maine for the summer, tidying the house, and selling it. But no one prepared her for the home’s unkempt condition. And then there’s the unwanted help from her father’s minion/attorney, James…

After books about abuse, bullying, and death in too many forms, all I needed was a little stomach flipping romance and some kissing. Preferably, the kind of kissing that led to one person being pushed against a wall. In a sexy way, of course. Kristan Higgins’ Somebody to Love fulfilled all of my needs and then some (even if I did get Justin Bieber’s version of this song in my head every time I saw the title).

When I was kid and used to spend many hours in the car on family road trips, I would always bring a big bag of books. (I’m not so different now.) But when I got bored with my own stash, I could always count on my mom to have a collection of Harlequin romances to steal. What can I say? I was a girl who loved the “girl-meets-boy/girl-loses-boy/girl-wins-boy-back” stories. There was always that little bit of agony over whether or not these two characters could make it work and joy when they finally found their way back to one another. It made me feel all swoony then and still does now.

Can I also say how good it felt to read a book about adults in their 30s? Whoa! Maybe I needed that too. (Although, the book cover makes them look a little younger, no?)

So here we are with two characters with a lot of baggage: Parker, a single mom, just found out her and her son’s trust funds are drained thanks to her father’s bad investments. James (lovingly known as ‘Thing One’) has been her father’s right hand man/lawyer for just about as long as she can remember and she can’t stand the guy. So when Parker is forced to move to the home she inherited years ago with hopes of flipping and selling HGTV-style, James insists on going along to help. And that’s where the fun begins.

There are secrets. There are glances. There is some juicy stuff. Sure, while the story isn’t entirely predictable, the back stories are nothing we haven’t experienced before. But the characters are awesome, especially the supporting ones like Nicky, Parker’s son, and Vin, her hilarious cousin, who had me literally laughing out loud with her sexual play-by-plays. And not to be forgotten (because they won’t let you), the voices in Parker’s head supplied by the characters of the children’s book series she wrote (and despises). It was also pretty refreshing for Parker to be the total opposite of typical rich girl. I loved that she was willing to get her hands dirty.

I’m probably the biggest sucker for books about home makeovers and second chances, and there are plenty of those to go around in this book. Gideon’s Cove, where most of the book is set, sounds like the most idealistic place to spend some time regrouping and starting fresh. Its town is full of caring (yet gossipy) people and Higgins does a great job of describing this tight community. In fact, if I could have booked a first class ticket there, I would have — by just about page 10.

Crazy chemistry, a lovely setting, and funny yet well-meaning characters make Somebody to Love, the perfect companion for a day at the beach or a cold, gray day in the city. (I couldn’t put it down… just ask my husband. I was in the middle of writing something entirely different and I just kept picking it up.)

Somebody to Love also helped me to discover Higgans’ other work. I’m already prepped to bring her previous book, The Next Best Thing, on my upcoming vacation (which is actual a companion book to STL).

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P.S. If this were to become a movie, Joshua Bowman from ABC’s Revenge would make the most delectable James. Don’t you think?

josh bowman

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June 18, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds incredibly adorable. I think I may need it in my life! It sounds like something I need to take along with me when I go to the beach 🙂

May 16, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Estelle - Casee, Kristan definitely made me want to read more romances. I haven’t in SO long. I can’t wait to read another one of her books soon. I hope you enjoy Somebody to Love. I think you will. Some of the characters are just so quirky. And the lines are pretty hysterical. Enjoy!

May 16, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Casee Marie - Ahh, loved reading this! I just got this one for my birthday (or, you know, I picked it up when I was letting people buy me presents because they always say “Casee, you have such weird, obsessive taste in books so will you just pick something out so I don’t have to buy you another gift card?”) and I can’t wait to read it over the summer. I’ve never read Kristan Higgins, and I’m always a little nervous with an author I’ve never read. I thought from the synopsis that I stood a good chance of enjoying it, but reading such a nice review definitely helps to be sure!

May 5, 2012 - 8:27 am

Jamie - One of my IRL friends LOVES this author and always tries to get me to read her but I always thought I wouldn’t dig it. I will be reconsidering that after this rave review!

May 4, 2012 - 11:02 am

Estelle - Sharon, I need a book attached to me at all times plus a backup. It’s ridiculous. I wish I had a picture of the bag full of BSC & Sweet Valley books I brought with one on vacations. I also liked the Thing One nickname. It was cute and sort of catchy. haha. Thx for commenting!

May 4, 2012 - 10:55 am

Estelle - Mands, can you get a copy of this book? Let me know! I have the ARC and I can send it to you! I think you would love it!

May 3, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - The idea of going on a road trip and not bringing a book along is completely foreign to me, even now.

I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, too! It really was a great read. Such great characters, and I always love a good swoon-inducing romance. Also, I had a strange liking for the “Thing One” nickname. Not sure why, but I adored it. It was so perfect.

I definitely agree about your casting for James – yes, please!

May 3, 2012 - 6:05 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve never read any of Kristin Higgins’ books but you have me wanting to read this, Estelle! It sounds like a fun read and perfect for a holiday trip!

May 2, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - First it was Lizzie McGuire, and today it’s Justin Bieber. I mean, my goodness Estelle, I want to be your friend. I was totally singing the Biebs song in my head when I clicked to open the review from my reader. AHHH! And then I started reading your post and laughed when you wrote that you thought of that song, too. I was anti-Bieber until I saw his movie (on opening night no less) and then I finally got what all the commotion was about. So anywayyyyy….. I totally saw this book in the library the other day and thought about getting it. Now I’m definitely going to pick it up! Can’t wait to read this – it sounds so cute! Plus, I’m also a sucker for books about home makeovers (and anything on HGTV dealing with said topic). Like really though. Glad I’m not the only one who loves a good home makeover 🙂

May 2, 2012 - 8:30 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! I totally loved this one too 🙂 Also, I wish I was one of those people who could read in a car..but I get carsick 🙁 But it’s ok because instead I listen to audiobooks! Great review, Estelle!

PS – Joshua Bowman would be fantastic! 😀

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