Anything for You

Anything for You

Book - 2016
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When Connor O'Rourke proposes to his long-time on-again, off-again secret girlfriend, Jessica Dunn, and she says no, he gives her an ultimatum--marry him or their relationship is over.

Harlequin
Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.  

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her. 

But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : HQN, c2016
ISBN: 9780373789085
Branch Call Number: PB FIC HIG
Characteristics: 408 p. ;,18 cm.

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Connor O'Rourke has loved Jessica Dunn since he was 12, but their relationship over the years has been rocky at best. Now, together once more, Connor wants to settle down, but convincing independent Jess to marry him is not going to be easy.


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AnneCarolineDrake
Mar 27, 2018

Jessica Does (as in promiscuous ~ her last name is Dunn) is definitely not a sympathetic character in The Best Man. Read that book before you read Anything for You. Lots of delicious developments between books.

Jessica didn't get handed a winning hand in life. Her parents are alcoholics. Her brother was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. They lived in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. She was self-supporting at a very young age, and her father stole her money to drink and gamble.

Yet, she persevered. She became an adult too soon and took care of her disabled brother. She was brilliant and beautiful. She worked incredibly hard. She and Connor O'Rourke have loved each other since they were kids, but their road to the altar is bumpy with lots of detours.

This is a chick lit book rather than a romance. The characters are real. Their life struggles are real. The unconditional love is real. It is a beautiful story, and I definitely prefer Kristan Higgins' books which tell a story rather than flip between characters which she adopted in later books.

Can't wait to read the two Blue Heron books waiting for me at the library. If you like Susan Wiggs' Lakeshore Chronicles, you'll love this series too.

lbarkema Nov 12, 2015

Another excellent, well-paced Kristan Higgins novel. Connor was incredibly dreamy in this one and he was what won this for me. Jess, the heroine, didn't do as much for me as she was very frustrating. I also wish there would have been a bit more humor in this one as this is a trademark of Higgins, but considering the content was a bit heavier, I'll forgive it :) Overall, good story with a great cast of characters!

I'm a little nervous that this is the last in this series because I don't know who else she would do a book on. It makes me sad, but I'd also be interested to see if she would do another series, more stand-alone novels again, or even veer into the chick-lit genre.

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