I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #5
Published by HQN Books on January 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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…
It’s Connor’s story and up until now, he’s only been twin Colleen’s affable brother who is in the kitchen of O’Rourke’s making wonderful dishes for the restaurant. I didn’t know what to anticipate but was completely unprepared for the richness of this story. He had a history with Jessica Dunn, who was known in high school as Jessica “Does” so I was a bit leery of their relationship.
This was an extraordinary story, tackling really tough issues related to alcoholism, promiscuity and the long-term effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. Jessica was nothing like I had imagined and I developed an entirely new level of respect for her, even understanding her stubbornness with Connor. I liked him before, fell hard for this guy here as he’s pretty special. Their romance wasn’t easy but it fit them and their circumstances perfectly.
I loved everything about this book and had every emotion in play throughout. Their lives were far from perfect, with challenging conflicts and family issues. This is probably my most favorite in the series to date.