Waiting On You
Author: Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #3
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.
But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them – but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.
First Sentence: “Drinks are on the house!”
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Kristan Higgins’ books and I have this weird relationship. The first two books I’ve ever read from her made me absolutely furious, and not in all in a good way. (But then again, when is feeling furious a good thing?) I absolutely hated the messages the two books I’ve read from her sent out and absolutely refused to read any of her books ever again. When I heard that Kristan Higgins was writing a new series, the Blue Heron series to be more specific, my first thought was “meh.” However, when I saw the gorgeous cover of The Best Man, I just couldn’t resist and gave in. To make matters even more surprising, I actually liked the book. I recently finished the second book in the Blue Heron series, The Perfect Match and to my surprise (again!), I actually liked the book! I wasn’t sure what to expect with Waiting On You, but boy, I definitely wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one so much.
“It’s good to see you, Lucas. Even if you did break my baby girl’s heart all those years ago.”
“Oh, snap,” said Bryce, grinning. (232)
Waiting On You constantly plays with your emotions. I’m sadly not exaggerating. I’ve cried exactly 6 times while reading the book (yes, I really counted), even when I was out riding on the subway in public. Waiting On You made me want to punch Lucas out (I honestly still do), shake Colleen and scream girl, what are you doing/thinking?!, kick some people to teach them a lesson, glare at some other people, and yeah, I should stop there before I make you guys think I’m utterly crazy. (I hope it’s not too late to convince you guys that I’m totally sane – I really am. I just have some strong emotions. -wink wink-) Basically, you want to read a book that will make you feel tons of emotions? Well, you’ve got one right here. Reading Waiting On You is one wild ride as I’m sure many people who saw me crying on the subway can tell you. I wonder how many people I scared away. Just looking inside the book for quotes to insert in this review makes me tear up all over again.
“I’ll call you about dinner,” Lucas said as she left the room.
“The offer has been revoked,” she said. “See you soon, Joe.” (179)
I’ve read at least three other books written by Kristan Higgins besides Waiting On You and they all revolve around the hero and the heroine and their respective families. In fact, Kristan Higgins’ adult contemporaries always includes a family subplot. Those part of her books were always boring for me to read since I usually can care less about the hero and heroine’s family drama (that might sound mean, but I just can’t help it). However, in Waiting On You, I couldn’t get enough of the family drama; maybe it’s because a majority of the family drama in Waiting On You dealt with romance, which always draws me in as long as it isn’t a painful love triangle or insta-love.
Unlike the first two Kristin Higgins book I’ve read a long time ago, I actually like the message Waiting On You sends out to me, although it is a sad and annoying message for me to accept nevertheless. Yes, people make mistakes and yes, sometimes they deserve a second chance (you do not want to know how many times I was urging Colleen to forget about Lucas already and just ignore him forever). I’m still stubborn though and kind of, sort of, still dislike Lucas despite the message the book sends out.
“No, please. I mean, as irresistible as you are, I’d get hurt, you’d leave, I’d hate you again, and I don’t hate you now, and I’d rather not hate you ever again. Okay?” (283)
So in the end, what I want to say is GO OUT AND BUY THIS BOOK. I frankly don’t care if you don’t read adult books and only read young adult; believe me, Waiting On You is everybody’s type of book (that is, not if you’re like ten to fifteen years old because there are some sex scenes in this book now that I think about it). I guarantee you that Waiting On You will make you cry, or at least majorly tear-up. Unless you’re completely heartless of course. Now time to go off and reread The Best Man, the first book in the Blue Heron series so I can reminisce about Faith and Levi’s relationship all over again…