A caring family, a successful business and a hot man, Posey Osterhagen has all she could want. Or that’s what she tells herself. Her tight-knit German family is eccentric and overbearing at times, and not everyone sees her architectural salvaging company as a dream job. The real catch is that she has yet to go public with Dante, which she blames on the fact that he is the owner of the Italian restaurant that is putting her family’s restaurant, Guten Tag out of business, but Posey isn’t sure. Enter hunky bad-boy Liam Murphy, and good-in-bed-Dante is given a real run for his money. Apparently she never got over that die-hard crush she had on Liam back in high school. As a widower and protective father to a teenage daughter, Liam is more appealing than ever, and naturally Posey can’t seem to get her mind off him. But he would never go for plain Posey, and Posey would never give someone who broke her heart so heartily a second chance – or would she?
I’d been hearing Kristan Higgins’ name mentioned over the last few months as a contemporary romance writer in the same vein as Jennifer Crusie and Julie James, a comparison that made me immediately raise my head and take note. Who doesn’t need another light, entertaining, and happily-ever-after read – romantic comedy for a night in? So when I saw Until There Was You on Netgalley I dashed right over to request an egalley. I’m glad I did because it fit that bill and gave me another author to add to my slumps-away book list.
If for some odd reason you were only going to read a chapter of this book, make it the opening one. That comic introduction of Liam to Posey after more than a decade is a riot. The timing is flawless and the sarcasm spot on. How you could not be endeared to Posey, I don’t know. It’s awkward and embarrassing and is guaranteed to transport you back to your angsty teenage years. That history and their complex blend of surety and vulnerability is what made this book for me. Posey is and never was a girly girl and I found her boyish figure and dressing habits refreshing. Yes – tattooed, swoony bad boy Liam is a cliché. Women fall at his feet left and right and he is the proud owner of a motorcycle shop. But Liam also settled down at a young age and had a daughter whom he loves fiercely and is extremely overprotective of. And under his put together shell he has some major insecurities that are revealed to Posey early on. Overall their conflicts and dilemmas are light and keep this from being none other than a cute and fun romance with comic relief from all sides. I was overwhelmed by the amount of characters surrounding Posey (aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues, the list goes on) but I ended up loving the interactions between her gay brother Henry, who is an amputee surgeon and his partner Jon, which were hilarious. Also the bordering on cloying descriptions of Liam’s physique were tiring. But entertaining, sometimes witty, and with (to my relief) strictly fade-to-black sex scenes, I would pick reading Until There Was You over watching any derivative, clichéd rom com any day. I happily look forward to making my way through Kristan Higgins’ backlist.
Until There Was You is due out October 25.