Series: Gideon's Cove #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: February 28th 2012
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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What's the market price on a decent guy these days?
Maggie Beaumont's luck is about to change. Sure, she's known for her bad romantic choices—her former boyfriend broke up with her by bringing his new girlfriend home for a visit. And then there was the crush she had on a gorgeous young Irishman, who turned out to be Father Tim, the parish's new priest.
But romantic salvation has arrived in the form of handsome, if surly, fisherman Malone. It turns out there's a heart of gold underneath his barnacle-clad exterior. Will this catch of the day turn into the dish of a lifetime?
When I was deciding what would be my last read of 2013, I wanted something that would make me happy. So I thought, “What author always makes me happy after reading their books?” The answer came almost instantly: Kristan Higgins. So where to start? I mean, I own all of her books, so I’m set. I decided on Catch of the Day because I’d met these characters briefly in Somebody to Love and had always been curious about their story.
Maggie was such a loveable character, and I just felt awful at the way her first love treated her, and then to fall in love with a priest! Ugh. She lives in such a small town that of course everyone will know all of your business. Grant it, Father Tim treated her kindly, if at times did take advantage of her niceness, and he took her crush in stride.
After finally deciding to get a grip on her love life and try to find someone, things didn’t get much better. But then there was Malone, the quiet, dark, brooding fisherman who basically intimidated her to no end. Malone is a man whose actions speak louder than words…basically because he hardly EVER talks. It was difficult to like him at first, but the things he does ended up winning me over.
There was a part in this book that made me sob, you guys. I can’t tell you what it is because I’ll ruin it, but if you’ve read you might know what I mean, and if you read it soon you might also guess it. That was the moment I probably finally REALLY like Malone, after his actions in that moment.
Also, you can’t have a Higgins book without a unique set of secondary characters, be it family, friends, or townsfolk. In this case, I loved Maggie’s siblings, but her parents drove me nuts. Overall though, I liked what each added to the story.
Catch of the Day was the perfect way to end 2013. I got to completely feel the emotional parts and still end up with a happy ending, which I must say, really tugged at my heart.