Series: Gideon's Cove #2
Published by HQN
Pub Date: August 27th 2013
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks...
She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart...or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate "friend with privileges," and hello to a man she can marry.
Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?
I’d met Lucy and Ethan before, when I read Somebody to Love, which features one of the characters in The Next Best Thing. It was nice going back and reading all of their beginnings. I hadn’t actually realized, from reading about Lucy and Ethan in Somebody to Love, just how emotional their story was.
To explain the tangled lives of Lucy and Ethan would be doing you a disservice. It would take away the fun in discovering it all as you read. So I’m not going to go into those specific details.
Lucy is a young widow who’s found she can lose herself and not think about her pain when she’s with Ethan. They have great chemistry and steamy sex and it really scares her to think she can really fall in love again. And get hurt again. Because of this she pushes him away and begins looking for someone unextraordinary, someone safe. Kristan Higgins is really great at setting up our heroines on really awful but hilarious blind dates. I’ve come to really enjoy that in her books. So, Lucy gets some of that and it was pretty entertaining. I thought Ethan was really, REALLY, patient with Lucy. Until he’s done with that and tells her she can’t have her cake and eat it too. I was glad Ethan stood up for himself because he’s done so much longing and hurting because of and for Lucy.
Lucy’s family consisted of all females. Her mom, her two aunts, and herself were all widowed too young. Supposedly it’s a curse, which makes Lucy’s sister crazy and in turns drives the sister’s husband crazy. Also, her in-laws still play a big role in her life and she visits with them often. I thought that was nice, but I didn’t think they were very nice to a certain someone, so it made me dislike them.
I LOVE Lucy’s friend Parker and her son Nicky, who happens to also be Ethan’s son. Parker and Ethan dated and got pregnant unexpectedly, but they knew they weren’t right for each other in the end. They have a great relationship and are great parents to Nicky, meaning it only made me love Ethan more. Somebody to Love is about Parker and her road to a happily ever after. :)
The end of The Next Best Thing made me shed a tear or two. I won’t lie to you. I thought it was emotional and touching and you should totally read it. Simple as that!