Review: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

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Review: Until There Was You by Kristan HigginsUntil There Was You by Kristan Higgins
Published by HQN
Pub Date: October 25th 2011
Pages: 416
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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5 Stars

Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriend—sort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking…something like Liam Murphy.

When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he's back, sending Posey's traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again. She should be giving him a wide berth, but it seems fate has other ideas…

Until There Was You was my first Kristan Higgins book. What had I been waiting for?! I honestly don’t even know where to begin explaining just how much I enjoyed this book. I LOVED it!

Every single character in this book felt so real to me. Maybe it was that Posey and Liam’s story is told through several flashbacks to their high school years, therefore letting us into their past, allowing us to understand them better, but even the secondary characters had so much life. I wanted to know what happened to everyone in this book, every single person I met. After reading the last page, I felt I was leaving friends behind. I wanted to reread it just to see them again.

I loved Posey, but man I wanted her to put her foot down so many times! With her family, with Liam, she needed to set them straight several times during this book. She was by no means a pushover, she was just too easy going to confront people about things. I loved watching her grow more and more confident, seeing for herself just how special she was.

Liam’s character really surprised me. I figured he’d just be this sexy, bad guy from her past, whose defenses Posey would brake down. And he was, in a way. I did not expect him to have so much depth. We get to know him, especially his fears, and my heart broke for him several times throughout this book.

To all of my reluctant romance readers: you should read this book. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to get their feet wet in this genre. By that I mean that if the sexytimes is what makes you nervous about reading romance, this book will in no way scare you off. ;)

Until There Was You is a book with layers and layers of story and characters, which Kristan Higgins perfects in just 300 and some pages. I loved it so much that, when finished, I hugged it close to my heart and sighed with a huge smile on my face. If you want that feeling, read this book.

 

About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

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15 Responses to “Review: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins”

  1. Missie Bee

    Okay, since I have yet to read anything by Kristan Higgins I think I might start with this one, especially since, from what you’ve described, I can recognize a bit of myself in Posey. I rather by easy going than confrontational. And I love that feeling of finishing a book with a happy sigh!

  2. forloveandbooks

    I agree, this is a great place to jump in with Kristan Higgins! I love her writing; and I adored Posey!! (And my favorite romance plot is “rediscovering” an old love!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  3. Valerie StuckInBooks

    I loved this book too.  You’re so right about Liam – so much more than a bad boy from the past.  I absolutely loved him!  Nice review.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks

  4. Angie

    This one held up really well upon re-reading, too! And the depth of Liam is one of my favorite things about it. Love everything about this book.

  5. Dixie

    Kristan higgins is one of my favorites and i love that she finally gave us a hero’s POV, because hers are generally pretty enigmatic, but i loved understanding where Liam was coming from. Great book and review!

  6. Allison

    I’m so glad you loved this one! I am a massive Kristan Higgins fangirl, I hope you get a chance to pick up some of her older titles soon!

  7. Bookgoonie

    I don’t want to be scared. Lol. But I know what you mean.

    I haven’t read Higgins. You’ve got me interested & I’ll put her on my must stalk list.

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