Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
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…
This book is the fifth installment in Higgins Blue Heron series. While you could easily read this as a standalone, I would not recommend doing so. I say this because this series is so fantastic and fun that you would be missing out! I love that as you continue reading the series the characters from previous novels pop up. It’s like when you run into an old and dearly missed friend unexpectedly. All of the books in this series are based in the same small town, and some of the characters are related by both blood and marriage.
This book starts off with an ill fated proposal. Conner O’Rourke is asking his longtime yet on and off again girlfriend, Jessica Dunn to marry him. She basically laughs him off, which leads to a whole lot of awkwardness and a whole lot of funny. Higgins has such a way of taking situations that any of us could find ourselves in and making them hysterical. I swear I find myself laughing out loud frequently every time I read one of her books. She has some great one liners and I just know she must be absolutely hilarious in person. There’s just no way that she can write so many humorous scenes without being pretty funny herself.
Conner and Jessica are so normal and flawed that it’s impossible for the reader not to relate to them. Higgins has a gift of showcasing real, yet imperfect relationships and Anything For You is no exception. Conner is completely clueless, yet adorable and charming. He has no idea how to handle Jess or what she really wants. Jess is vulnerable, real and though deep down she desperately wants to find real love she is so guarded that breaking down her impenetrable walls is damn near impossible. Both of them have to deal with their issues before they can figure things out together; Conner with his strained relationship with his father and Jess has to come to terms with her promiscuous past and her terrible relationship with her father.
Funny, heartwarming and honest, this may be my favorite book in the Blue Heron series thus far! I’m seriously hoping that Higgins continues with this series as it’s definitely one of my favorite contemporary romance series out there.
Overall rating: 4.5/5