Sunday, September 5, 2010
All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgans
Calliope "Callie" Grey has been in love with Mark since she was a young girl. He even gave her her first kiss in a dark closet when they were young. She's always loved him, but he was her friend. Years later, Mark hires Callie at his advertising agency. When they have to go to a conference, Callie goes with Mark, and the two start a whirwhind affair. Callie is sure Mark is going to be her happy ever after, so she is confused when Mark tells her it isn't the right time in his life for her. She can wait, but then Mark tells her he is serious about Muriel, the daughter of their biggest client -- someone he has been seeing for months.
Callie is heartbroke, but she figures the quicket way to get Mark back is to make him jealous, to see another man. There's a new vet in town, Ian McFarland. He's easy on the eyes, but his attitude leaves a different impression. Ian is very formal and stodgy, but so good with the animals, including Callie's dog, Bowie. But Callie soon learns Ian is a good man, and with him, she could get her happily ever after if she can put Mark in her past.
All I Ever Wanted is the first book I have read by Kristan Higgans. I was pleasantly delighted! The writing is superb with some laugh out loud situations. I really enjoyed the secondary characters - Callie's family and co-workers. Their antics and advice really added to the story. Unfortunately, I couldn't find that connection with the main character, Callie. I wanted to like her, but I thought she needed more backbone. The romance between her and Ian though was sweet. Romance fans will devour this one!