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 Vineyardit'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
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"Get up, doofus."
Though the words were said with a smile, they definitely weren't what Connor O'Rourke was hoping to hear. He was, after all, on a bent knee, holding up a diamond ring.
"I just asked you to marry me, Jess," he said.
"And it was adorable." She ruffled his hair. That didn't bode well, either. "The answer is no, obviously. What were you thinking? And boy, I'm starving. Did you call for pizza yet?"
Okay. Granted, Jessica Dunn was different. They'd been dating for the past eight monthsor ten years, depending on how you counted itand getting her to this moment had taken as much strategizing as, oh, D-Day. Still, he hadn't quite anticipated this.
He tried again. "Jessica. Make me the happiest man on earth and say you'll be my wife."
"I heard you the first time, big guy. And I did wonder about all these candles. Nice touch, if a little on the fire-hazard side of things."
"And your answer is?"
"You already know my answer, and you knew it long before you asked anything. Now come on, Connor. Upsy-daisy."
He didn't move. Jess sighed and folded her arms across her chest, giving him a patient look, eyebrow slightly raised.
Her phone buzzed, and she pulled it out of her pocket, because she always checked her phone, no matter what they were doing. "Iron Man is killing all the bad guys in the cave," she said, deadpan.
This was normalher brother dictating text updates on whatever movie he and Gerard, his occasional babysitter, were watching. It could be funny. At the moment, not so much.
"Can we be serious here?" he asked.
"I'm really hungry, Con."
"If I feed you, will you say yes?"
"No. So up you go. Let's have a nice night, okay? Weren't we gonna watch Game of Thrones?"
Hail Mary, full of grace, she was really turning him down.
He didn't get up. With the hand that was not holding the little black velvet box, he rubbed his hand across his jaw. He'd shaved for this and everything. The diamond winked in the candlelight, taunting him.
"Look, Jess," he said. "I'm tired of feeling like you pay me by the hour. I'm tired of you breaking up with me. Why don't we get married and stay together for the rest of our lives?"
"You ever hear that expression, if it ain't broke, don't fix it?"
"Do you see me here on one knee with an expensive ring in my hand?"
"Yes. You're hard to miss. And it's very pretty. But I get the feeling you think you should love me for the simple reason that we've been sleeping together on and off for so many years"
"No, it's genuine love."
"And secondly, you know how things are. I can't marry you. I have Davey."
"Well, I have Colleen, and she's a lot more trouble than your brother."
"Funny." Jessica's three feet away face was erasing any emotion. It was a face he'd seen all too often in the past two decades, as if she was saying, very politely, keep three feet away from me or you'll lose an arm.
His knee was getting sore. "I know how things are with your brother, Jess. I don't think you're supposed to martyr yourself because of it."
"Don't go there. I love my brother. He comes first."
"So you basically have a life sentence."
"Yes," she said, as if she was explaining it to a two-year-old. "Davey's life. My life. They're inseparable. You think I should put him in a kennel for you?"
"Did I say the word kennel? No, I didn't. But I think you could tell him you're getting married and he can come live with us." Or in the group home in Bryer, which seemed like a very nice place. Yes, Connor had checked it out.
Her phone buzzed again. Again, she checked it. "Iron Man can fly."
"Jessica. I'm asking you to marry me." His jaw was getting tight.
"I know. And really, thank you. It's very sweet. Are we going to eat?"
"So you're not saying yes, is that it?"
"Yes. I'm not saying yes." She pushed a strand of silky blond hair behind her ear.
Jaw at one hundred percent lockdown. "Then it's a no."
"Sadly, yes, it's a no. Which I'm sure doesn't come as a huge surprise to you."
She was really turning him down.
Somehow, he'd seen this all going a bit differently.
Connor stood up, his knee creaking a little. Closed the little black velvet box and set it carefully on the table. He'd gone into Manhattan to buy that ringa simple and flawless emerald-cut diamond that suited her, because she was simply, flawlessly beautiful, too. Not a drop of makeup on, her long blond hair in a ponytail, wearing jeans and a faded T-shirt that said Hugo's on it, she was still the most gorgeous woman he'd ever seen.
"Shall I call for pizza?" she asked.
He sat down across from her. In the fridge were two lobsters, scallops, potatoes au gratin, artichoke and aru-gula salad, a bottle of Dom Perignon and pots de crème au chocolat, since his plan was to slide the ring on her finger, make love to her and then cook her the best meal of her life.
He did not want pizza.
He did not want a rejection.
His pulse was throbbing in his temples, a warning sign that he was mad. Brain-Vein, his irritating twin called it. He took a slow breath, looked around the room, trying not to lose his temper. The dining room maybe that had been a mistake. It wasn't exactly warm and romantic. No pictures on the walls. His whole house looked like a furniture showroom, now that he thought about it.
Certainly, there were no pictures of him and Jessica. He leaned back in his chair and folded his arms across his chest. "How do you see us going forward, Jess?"
She was as cool and still as a stone in Keuka Lake. "What do you mean?"
"You and me, our future, our relationship, not that you can really call sneaking around at the age of thirty-two a relationship."
"I see us doing this. Getting together when we can. Enjoying each other's company." She wasn't the type to be goaded into an argument, that was for sure. Pity. A little yelling and some Olympic make-up sex would be more Connor's style. And that ring on her finger.
He made sure his voice was calm. Jess didn't do anger. "Do you ever think about us living together or marrying or having kids?"
"No. This works for me." She twisted the silver ring she wore on her thumb and gave him a pleasant smile.
"It doesn't work for me. Not anymore, Jess."
A person would need a magnifying glass to see any reaction from Jessica Dunn, but Connor was something of a student of her face. Right now her lips were pressed together the tiniest bit, indicating a disturbance in the Force.
"Well, thanks for letting me know," she said smoothly. "I'm sorry to hear that. You said you understood how things were and how they had to be. Nothing in my life has changed, so I'm not sure why you thought things would be different now."
"Davey can adjust."
"No, he can't, Connor. He has an IQ of fifty-two. And he hates you, or have you forgotten that? He can't even see you in the grocery store without having a meltdown. You remember the head-banging when he saw you with our dog?" Yes, Connor remembered. It had been one of the scariest moments of his life, as a matter of fact. "I don't have room for marriage and kids," Jess continued. "My brother is my responsibility in more ways than you could ever know. I'm surprised you brought marriage up at all. We've had this conversation a million times."
"Actually, we've never had this conversation."
Her cheeks were getting pink. Finally, something more than calm, cool and collected.
Good. It didn't seem fair that he was the only one feeling something here.
"Well, I thought you knew," she said. "I've always been very clear."
Blood thrummed through his temples, too hard, too fast. Another slow breath. "You're using your brother as an excuse. He'll adjust. He's held you hostage for years now."
"Do not go there, Connor."
"What I mean is"
"What you mean is, put him in a home."
She was really digging in now. "No, I don't," he said. "I bought this house with you in mind. There's an apartment upstairs, in case you forgot. It's for him. I love your brother."
"No, you don't. You've never even had a conversation with him, and he certainly doesn't love you. And let's not rewrite history. You decided to buy a two-family house without even talking to me."
Fair point. But it had seemed like a perfect solution; him and Jess downstairs, Davey upstairs. Instead, his sister had moved in after Jess turned him down.
Jessica sighed, some of the steel leaving her posture. "Connor, look. I think it's sweet that you made this gesture. Maybe it's because your sister's pregnant and you're feeling sentimental, but this just can't work. And I also think you're saying it because you're sure I won't say yes, and you're right. I won't."
"I wouldn't have asked if I didn't want you to say yes, Jessica."
Her phone buzzed again. She looked at the hateful device. "Great. Davey clogged the toilet, and Gerard can't get the valve to shut off. The last time the bathroom flooded, and I had to pay to replace the whole floor."
"Jess, I want you to marry me."
"I have to go. I'll see you Thursday, okay? This was a nice thought, Connor. I appreciate it. I really do." She stood up, kissed him on the head like he was a dogwhich he basically was, just some half-brain Labrador retriever you could ignore until you were lonely, and it was always happy to see you and would cheerfully forget the fact that you'd locked it in the cellar for a year or so. She grabbed her denim jacket from the hook by the door.
"Jessica." He didn't look at her, just stared at the candles flickering on the table. "This will be the last time you break up with me."
Well, shit. He hadn't really planned on saying that, but now that the words were out, they sprang up between the two of them like an iron door.
She froze for a second. "What do you mean?"
His head was killing him, every heartbeat stabbing behind his eyes. "I'm talking about all the times you've broken up with me, all the times you said life was too complicated, and you couldn't make any changes. I want a wife and kids and to be able to kiss you in public. If you leave now, make sure you mean it."
"Are you breaking up with me?" She actually sounded indignant.
"Well, I have no idea why!" she snapped back. "You know this is the best I can do."
"Okay, then." His jaw clamped shut. Her mouth opened a little. "Really."
"Fine," she said. "Do what you want."
"Thanks. I will."
She gave him a long look. "Have a nice night, Connor."
And with that, she left, and he picked up the stupid little black velvet box and threw it across the room.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is the ultimate closure novel, tying up the stories of all the Blue Heron characters who have felt like family. Read this series starting with The Best Man! The story is also good on its own, although I swear I can gain weight just reading about Connor's cooking. Jessica has to live through an unusual amount of hard times to get to her happy ending, even for a Higgins heroine, who specialize in true-to-life difficulties. Cheer her on through a promotion, a stay in a real hotel, home ownership, vindication over a rival, successfully raising a brother and finally accepting the love of a faithful man. I'm sad to see this series end. Thanks for letting me join you in wine country for a few years, Kristan.
Truly enjoyed the plot line. Yes, I saw some of it coming, but I still was immersed! Finished in about a day.
In this 5th book of the Blue Heron series, Connor and Jessica’s story starts out with his proposal and her less than enthusiastic response. As with the other books, we get a look at their history from grade school to present day. Connor has loved Jessica since she was a twelve year old living in a trailer park with alcoholic parents and a special needs little brother, Davey, who was a fetal alcohol syndrome baby. Davey has hated Connor since then because his dog was taken away for seriously injuring Connor. Their complicated on and off again relationship has pleasure and deep attraction mixed with a lot of strife and sadness because they both have serious issues with relationships after having less than perfect parents. Connor’s father cheated on his mother, got a new trophy wife with a baby, and was never really a very loving or connected parent with him even prior to the betrayal. Jessica exemplifies the difficulty of growing in a small town where half the people never left. They remember her reputation for sleeping around and some of those fine citizens cannot let that go nor does Jessica who does not see all she has accomplished as something to be valued. Despite having sacrificed her own happiness to protect and care for her brother, she does not believe herself capable of loving anyone other than Davey or worthy of being loved in return. She has built a fortress around heart because after growing up the child of alcoholic parents in poverty, Jess was hurt and betrayed too many times. All the regulars from the Blue Heron series are back including the engaging Holland family who have sort of adopted Jess despite her efforts to keep an emotional distance. Growing up, she was always outside looking in at what seemed to her to be the perfect family because despite the chaos and crazy relatives, they actually loved and cared for each other. Connor’s family including his twin, Colleen, who sees herself as the town matchmaker and all around life coach continues torture and love him as only family can. While it’s a good story, this book has less of the humor and zaniness of the previous ones. The challenges Connor faces in trying to convince Jess that they can have a normal relationship as well as trying to win Davey over give this book a darker mood. Jess comes from a hard knocks life so she is very determined to do better for herself and her brother. Although Jess has achieved much success where it would seem right for her to be with Connor, the pain from a damaged heart is not always obvious. Jess and Connor have much to overcome in order to be together; thankfully, their perseverance pays off.
While I enjoyed this book, I thought it was a bit slow in getting through the plot of Jess finally figuring out how much she loves Connor. But Kristan never really fails in delivering a truly well-written book.
This was such an excellent story. Loved all the characters in the book. Well worth reading.
I am not a regular reader of Kristan Higgins but I heard good things about her and after reading this title I understand why. She has a great sense of dialogue and character but I do think this particular genre of Contemporary Americana is not for me. Connor O'Rourke has been in love with Jessica Dunn for over ten years. He has been in an on and off relationship with her for just as long. Jessica is content with the ways thing are going with Connor and wants nothing to change. Connor however feels the need to push forward and gives Jessica an ultimatum. A public relationship or they have to break up. In my opinion, Anything for you is a well written book but I would classify it as an OK title rather than a stupendous one. I just found the characters frustrating. Jessica definitely had issue but she was willing to address them and was visibly discontented because of those issues. She had to have her issue with her brother and her father visibly forced into her face again and again. Connor, while sweet, enabled her and was unhappy because of it. Again, this was a well written title, with great characterizations and dialogue. I just get frustrated reading about adults who make the same mistakes over and over again. This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. I didn't feel the need to run out and grab the rest of the series, so I can honestly say the book didn't grab me. Reviewer received copy of ARC on Netgalley
Anything for you by Kristan Higgins Blue Heron Series #5 4 stars I have waited for Connor's story for what feels like forever! I really wanted him to have his HEA. He's such a sweet caring guy, good sense of humour, a chef and successful business owner and great looking… the whole package… but he's only got eyes for this girl, that quite frankly, throughout this entire series, I have never really liked. Yes, Jessica has had a rough life, and yes she's hard working, responsible and devoted to caring for her brother, I will give her that. However, she's so prideful and stubborn that she turns away help and breaks the heart of an awesome guy one too many times for my liking. It just makes me think she will just cut and run when the going gets tough… but maybe that's just me. Aside from that, I loved the interactions between Connor and his sister Colleen. They always crack me up. The visit back to Blue Heron was a nice reminder of all the other characters as I really have enjoyed this series. Kristan Higgins is a wonderful writer. I think I have a few more of her back list on my tbr shelf which is good, as I hate when I am update with a great author! Then it’s all patience, patience, patience as I wait for their new stuff!!! Ha!
Good book. I've been waiting for Connor's story and I was so happy to finally get it. Connor is the chef and co-owner of his restaurant, and always seems so happy and carefree. At the beginning of the book, he is really nervous, because he is about to propose to Jessica. He's been in love with her since he was a kid, and they've had a relationship of sorts for ten years. It's been a secret one for various reasons but he's ready to share it with the world. Unfortunately for him, Jessica's not of the same mind. She likes things the way they are and sees no reason to change anything. This doesn't make Connor very happy because he wants more, and is ready to pursue it with her or someone else. I loved Connor. Throughout the series I have enjoyed his teasing relationship with his sister Colleen. Their conversations, with the insults the throw back and forth, are always fun. There is always an undercurrent of love and support there, and it really showed when Colleen discovered that Jessica had turned him down. As a determined matchmaker, it was fun to see her setting him up with dates, and even more fun to be present at those date. His inner dialogue during them was hysterical. I also quickly suspected that she had an ulterior motive. Though he is a marvelous chef and restaurant owner, he also has some issues with confidence in himself. He tends to feel that he stumbles around when he's talking, especially when it's something important. We see his thought processes, but what comes out of his mouth never quite matches up. This creates some majorly awkward moments, such as his presentation to possible investors. He's also really sweet, and a scene with an old lady at a rest home is funny, sweet and adorable. I had a little more trouble warming up to Jessica. I thought her response to Connor's proposal was pretty mean, and I really wanted to smack her. As the book went on and I learned more about her I did feel better about her by the end, but she's not one of my favorite heroines. Jessica's parents were alcoholics and from a very young age she was the responsible one in the family. When her little brother was born, he suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and has many challenges because of it. She has always taken care of him, and he lives with her now. Davey has always been her first priority in her life, often to the detriment of other things. Because she has grown up being able to depend on no one but herself, she never asks for help from anyone. She has done things in the past that she isn't proud of but seemed necessary at the time. She has worked hard to improve her life, and now has her dream job at Blue Heron Winery. Due to space limitations, rest of review is here: http://susans2016readingblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/anything-for-you-kristin-higgins-hqn.html
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Another Kristan Higgins home run! Set in the same town as the Blue Heron vineyards book, but this one is different and it made me like that it came at this point in the series. The fifth in the series, this book takes a break from the family the Holland family and instead someone who has lived in town her whole life and the reasons why she never left and what is keeping her trapped in the life she is in. As all romance novels, the ending can be predicted from the beginning, but for some reason this book felt a little more up and down than usual. I didn't mind it, but it was definitely a roller coaster!
I am a huge Kristan Higgins fan and this book does not disappoint. Liked how this book starts out in the present then returns to the past to show the evolution of Connor and Jessica's relationship. I loved the devotion in this book, Jessicas devotion to her brother, Connors devotion to Jessica and her finally realizing her love for Connor. A really great read and I hope we see more in the future from this series.
I've read everything Kristen has ever written and they are all excellent. This is one of the best, so that's really saying something. This novel works great as a stand alone, but the entire series is fantastic.
If I had to sum up this book with one word, that word would be Devotion. Jessica's devotion to her brother, and, Connor's devotion to Jessica. A great ending to the Blue Heron series.
Connor O'Rourke has been in love with Jessica Dunn since he was 12 years old. Connor's was raised in one of the more financially successful families in Manningsport. He and his twin sister Colleen (aka Dog Face) own a successful pub in town. For over 20 years, Connor has carried the torch of Jessica. Jessica (formerly known as Jessica Does) has carried the burden of her dysfunctional family for several decades. Born to alcoholic parents, Jessica is forced to raise herself, her handicapable brother and care for her parents. She works multiple jobs to keep her brother in the medicines he needs. She went to college to earn a degree and get a dream job at the local winery. She saves her money to buy a home for herself and her brother, yet she carries an awful lot of baggage and can't let herself love anyone but her brother. This is a beautifully written book about Connor and Jessica's history. Poor Connor keeps opening his heart to Jess, only to have it skewered and returned to him time and again. Connors relationship with his mother and sisters is so delightful. He and his twin share that twin magic and the loving insults kept a smile on my face. His little sister Savannah is 22 years younger than he is, but they share a wonderful relationship also. His mother, who has suffered for years from a broken heart, finally finds a man to worship her and most of Connor's life is good...except his life is empty because he needs Jessica. Jessica's battles are deep and she has been let down so many times by responsible family members, she just feels as though she can't possibly trust Connor and his intentions.
Kristan Higgins has created another wonderful story. This is the story of Connor O'Rourke and Jessica Dunn. Connor has been in love with Jess since they were kids and does everything in his power to win the girl. Jessica is taking care of her special needs brother and doesn't feel she has time for anyone else. This story is full of ups and downs, tragedies and love. I highly recommend it.
Anything For You by Kristan Higgins is the fifth and final book in the Blue Heron series. Our hero is Connor O’Rourke (Colleen’s twin brother) who is part owner and cook of O’Rourke. The heroine is Jessica Dunn who works at Blue Heron Winery for the Holland family, waitresses a few nights a week, and takes care of her special needs younger brother. This story covers a twenty-year span, starting from the time the two were twelve years old. The reader get glimpses into their lives prior to the ten years they spent together as lovers and how their relationship evolved over the years. Because of the life Jessica had growing up, the time she has spent taking care of her brother, and working all of the various jobs she has a very difficult time allowing anyone to take care of her. Jessica also does not envision how her brother could ever accept Connor in their lives, due to an unfortunate accident that opens the story. I highly recommend Anything For You to all readers. I have read every book Kristan Higgins has written and love how she draws the reader into the story. She is a talented writer and story teller, able to bring humor, tears, and sexy into her stories and make it realistic. Higgins makes me laugh and cry when I read her books and that’s a good thing. I am sad that we are leaving Blue Heron but I do look forward to her future books and can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers.
Enjoyable. A little more serious than I anticipated. One of the things I love about Kristan Higgins is the humor in her writing and the banter back and forth between characters and this one didn't quote hit the mark of her other ones. A light and easy read but probably my least favorite of the Blue Heron novels.
Yes the book starts in the present and then goes into the past...not my favorite...but I was drawn into the story quickly and forgot about the beginning. I really liked how the the all of the characters, main and secondary, blended together. It really did feel like a small town and families that had been around each other for their lifetimes. I thought the disabled character, Davey, was well written and Connor's wish to get past closely held be beliefs Jess had for Davey was true to the characters. Overall a very good, heartwarming read.
Kristan Higgins is a master of the complicated relationship and none is more complicated than her cockeyed optimist, never give up hero and frustrating even though her wariness is understandable heroine, in this ill-fated second/third/fourth/fifth chance at romance. Her past/present timeline and fabulous tongue in cheek pun filled narrative are the perfect way to bring this Cinderella-esque tale to readers. Her co-stars from the sweet Davey the pups and the character catch-ups from her past Blue Heron tales add humor, humility and reality. The way she describes cooking, a mix of magic and science (food porn) and her genuine handling of Davey’s disabilities and the consequences that caused them was awesome and humbling. When Connor O’Rourke was twelve he fell in love with Jessica Dunn. Now theirs wasn't an easy love and they had much going against them but Connor had faith that one day they’d overcome all. When that day finally came (in Conner’s mind at least) Conner popped the question. And she turned him down flat! There were only a few good things in Jessica Dunn’s much less than perfect life, her brother Davey, her job at Blue Heron Winery and Connor O’Rourke. Even though hers and Conner’s on again- off again relationship was complicated, when they were “on” she always made it clear that Davey came first and that her and Conner’s relationship had to be kept under wraps because she was afraid Davey’s fragile mental condition just couldn’t handle Conner being a permanent fixture in their lives. And just when she thought all was well he had to go and ruin it by proposing.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Anything for You. For starters, I have never liked Jessica (right from book one in the Blue Heron series), but I have always liked Connor. I couldn’t wrap my mind – or heart – around the two of them together. But, it was Kristan Higgins, after all, and everything she writes is impeccable, so I knew I had to give it a try. The outcome: Everything Kristan Higgins writes is still impeccable. I still don’t like Jessica, though I do understand her a bit more. I still adore Connor. I’m still unsure about the two of them together. :) The spotlight on fetal alcohol syndrome and parental alcoholism is an element of the story that gave this book even more heart than usual. Kristan Higgins writes Davey with grace and honesty, showing both the endearing and the frustrating. At no time does he become a poster boy for the syndrome – he is simply Davey. The scenes with just him and Connor are some of my favorites in the novel! Jessica’s fractured relationship with her father is handled very well, too, in my opinion. In Anything for You, we are given – for the first time, really – some insight into Jessica Dunn and her less-than-pure reputation. Instead of disdain, then, we can summon up a good deal of compassion and admiration for her. Even a measure of understanding for her choices. There, but for the grace of God, go any of us. Overall, I do like Jessica more after reading this book than at any other point in the Blue Heron series. Her attitude toward Connor for the majority of the book completely irritated me though, and while I understand her motivations it doesn’t excuse the fact that she basically took advantage of him for ten years. That Connor continues to put up with it just shows how deeply he loves her and makes me like him even more. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Every morning I check what new books are being offered and of lately it's like same-o,same-o.One example-WEEK-END WARRIORS ran about 3 weeks and by the reviews I think there were maybe 2 takers.I'm just curious as to why the variety isn't run the way it used to be.While I'm at it,I think bringing back FREE FRIDAYS would be Fabulous and a great marketing tool B.& N.What person doesn't like a BARGAIN!!!
Kristan Higgins has the recipe to whip up the perfect romance every time! With sparkling dialogue and heartfelt emotion, ANYTHING FOR YOU is a winner all around. Higgins takes on Connor O'Rourke and Jess Dunn this time, and she is giving no mercy. On again-Off again is all Connor and Jess will ever be, well, if Jess has her way. Connor has never pushed the issue because pushing might mean losing her forever, and he isn't ready for that to happen. Until she says "No", and Connor realizes it might be time to push or move on. As a fan of Higgins for a long time, and a huge fan of the Blue Heron series, it was so much fun getting into the heads to two of the series most beloved secondary characters, Connor and Jess. Jess, had a rough go, but has made the best of what she was given, worked hard and maybe, just maybe, thought she could have something special that was all her own (Connor). And Connor, my favorite O'Rourke brother, always great for some comedic relief (The Perfect Match) and to play the loving big brother (Waiting on You). I think it was Connor that stole my heart from the first page of ANYTHING FOR YOU. Not that I didn't relate and feel for Jess, but Connor, yes he could be a dolt sometimes, but he just loved her so much, and I literally was crying at the end of this book. Higgins couldn't have written a better ending. ANYTHING FOR YOU has humor, so much heart and a fantastic couple that you find yourself cheering for out loud! I never want the Blue Heron series to end! If you have never ever read a Kristan Higgins romance...where the heck have you been?...then don't just pick up ANYTHING FOR YOU, you need to pick up this one, and the first four in the Blue Heron series (cause I have seriously done a re-read like twice in the last two months), and then go back and purchase ALL the rest of her backlist (starting with JUST ONE OF THE GUYS....oh the tears), and then you can join the millions of Higgins-a-holics who wait in hope for the next release to arrive!
I love books that have characters that I can see as my best friend, sister, brother, or lover. I felt every emotion which is due to a wonderful author. I highly recommend this series. After each book I didn't think they could get better but they did!
Being familiar with the author, I was expecting a fun, light romance, with lots of laughs and humor, but this turned out to be a different kind of tale. First, it starts with a break up, and then goes back in time, to show how Jess and Connor grew up in the same small town, how they got to know each other, and evened up in an on again off again relationship for ten years. A relationship Connor is now trying to change and make a commitment. The characters are dealing with a lot in their lives, with responsibility, and alcoholism, Jess takes care of her brother, and working full time, basically running the family, until she is able to leave with her brother, and built a life for them on their own. All very serious issues, and they were taken in that manner. I understand Jess' need to take care of her brother, and it was endearing, but it also came somewhat an excuse, to keep others at three feet distance. I think she used it against Conner, and Connor was very sweet and understanding, to let her do it, again and again. Connor is easy to like, and relate to, his kindness his biggest fault. The story spent most of the time in the past, looking at Jess and Connor get to the place where they are in present time, both in their lives and their romance. I wish there would have been more about the present time, about Jess comes to her 'senses'. I wasn't 100% convinced about the ending, that she really was ready and able to commit to the HEA. I'm glad there's an epilogue, that brings the story to more of a conclusion. As friends with benefits for ten years, are trying to figure out, if there's a chance for more in their relationship, their history and past together is relived, and shown how they came into the conclusion, that after all the turmoil, love wins ~ Three Spoons
I really enjoyed the book.