Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

One Happily-Ever-After Rocking Chair…
and no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol' Georgebury, Vermont. For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn't bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a three-oh birthday bash in the family funeral home.
Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a crazy relationship with the town's not so warm and fuzzy veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark's attention. So Ian is more comfortable with animals…. So he's formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it's time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But dang, if he doesn't shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont's unlikeliest eligible bachelor….
Callie who, convinced she was in love with her boss, Mark, after a brief fling, is crushed to learn he’s involved with another woman, Muriel.  Callie now has to face the lovebirds daily as Muriel has been hired on only because the client is her Daddy and he demands her presence, despite her complete lack of experience.
Throw in a 30th birthday bash at a funeral home, a handsome yet aloof veterinarian, and an elderly roommate with a missing lower limb and you’ve got all the ingredients for Callie’s  absurd existence and the makings for a humorous, romantic story! I can always count on Kristen Higgins for an enjoyable, light-hearted read and All I Ever Wanted does not disappoint! I loved Callie and Ian’s ill-fated meetings at the most inopportune times; they made for hilarious interactions. This story is truly an “opposites attract” situation!
After having read several of Higgins’ books I have to say that although I enjoy their humor and all the great secondary characters, I’m always left slightly unsatisfied due to the limited point of view (POV). Higgins’ books are all written in first person and I really find that, when I read romance, I always enjoy getting both the hero and heroine’s points of view.
I don’t mind first person POV in other genres such as teen or urban fantasy but I really enjoy romance more when I have both POV’s. It’s for this reason only that I don’t rate her books higher. But if you’re in the mood for a humorous read with quirky characters you should definitely give this one a try!

Disclosure: I received this as a digital ARC through NetGalley. I did not receive any compensation for this review.


  1. Oh, I read this book and adored it. I don't mind the first person POV as long as its written well and I haven't had any problems falling into KH's romances though I do understand why others aren't a fan of it. Still, this was a good one. =)

  2. I really like the humor in her books but something about that 1st person POV makes it a little unfulfilling in the romance aspect, for me at least. But I always do seem to enjoy her books!

  3. Oh this one sounds really cute and funny, I could use one of those right now! I'm with you on the point of view though, I like having the point of view of both the hero and heroine, it's fun to know what's going on in their heads:) Glad you got out of your reading slump!

  4. Hmm, sounds like a good one for when I'm in the mood for a contemporary romance.

  5. @Jenny her books are always funny! Yes, I've been reading but haven't been in the mood to review... :( After I finish Lover Awakened on audio I'm moving on to the Fever audio books! :D

    @Janicu She does good, funny contemps but they're fairly mild on the heat meter. ;)

  6. Glad you enjoyed this one! I did too. I have a thing for kind of taciturn heroes. LOL

  7. I know what you mean about the POV, Mollie. That's why I feel her books are more chick-lit than contemporary romance. Still, they're always fun books :) Glad you had fun reading it!


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