Published by HQN on February 25th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Turning thirty has its ups and downs...
For Callie Grey, coming to grips with her age means facing the fact that her boyfriend-slash-boss is way overdue with a marriage proposal. And that she's 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 Big Three-Oh birthday bash in the family funeral home.
Bad goes to worse when Callie stirs up a relationship with the town's single—yet not so warm and fuzzy—veterinarian, in order to flag Mark's attention. So what if Ian McFarland is more comfortable with animals? So what if he's formal, orderly and just a bit tense? 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 Georgebury, Vermont's unlikeliest eligible bachelor .
I loved so many things about All I Ever Wanted. The way Callie was describe as curvy. The story of how she’s loved Mark since she was a kid and he’s totally taken her for granted all that time. Ian’s uniqueness and all his other qualities and flaws. So many things I loved!
Callie and Ian’s relationship was really interesting. He comes off sort of standoffish and she totally throws him for a loop. But he also really admires her effervescence. And in turn, he surprises Callie at most every turn. It was just a really nice development and I completely enjoyed watching them go through it.
But before all that happens, we learn the history of Callie and Mark. I hated him because he’s a user. UGH! I felt so awful for Callie but girlfriend needed to let that go already. We see Callie at her job and with her colleagues often in this book, Mark being her boss is also there. Blegh. She’s really good at her job though, and every time something good happened I totally cheered for her.
This book also had a big family aspect to it. And it was so diverse too! They all had different careers and they were all so quirky. I really enjoyed reading all their scenes together. There’s also a completely sad and huge event that happens in this book and, you guessed it, I totally cried.
The ending in this book is one of my favorites. Maybe not the epilogue, but the ending itself. Also, the rocking chair thing. Man, I loved that part. All I Ever Wanted made me laugh, and cry, and feel so many other emotions. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Kristan Higgins book though. :)
If by now I haven’t convinced you to pick up at least one Kristan Higgins book, then I’m obviously doing it wrong. But I have faith that you’re here because you want to read a Kristan Higgins book, so go out and do it! :D
Thanks for joining me on this week of Kristan Higgins love. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you all and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!