Sunday, April 1, 2012

Somebody To Love-Kristan Higgins

Somebody To Love

Kristan Higgins

Harlequin HQN, Apr 24 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373776580

Parker Harrington Welles’ preschool age son Nicky spends time with his father Ethan and his new stepmother Lucy who is also her BFF (see The Next Best Thing). Meanwhile the kiddie lit author of the Holy Rollers, Parker struggles to accept her father is in prison and her once affluent family is broke; he even lost his grandson’s trust fund.

Unprepared for financial ruin, Parker plans to sell her remaining asset a fixer-upper in Gideon's Cove, Maine. Her father’s “Thing One” boot licker James Cahill the attorney asks if he can accompany her to help flip the place. She has no respect for him while he has loved her from a distance for years. As she takes a job as a floral assistant, Parker begins to learn living without a gold spoon means accepting decisions you hate. James proves he is more than her dad’s lackey, but will that be enough to overcome her iconic image of him as a butt kisser.

This entertaining contemporary romance is a fun tale due to the female lead who begins to understand life for the 99% of the population who having to eat means accepting decisions you may dislike as economic freedom (and subsequent social freedom) belongs only to the 1%. Enhancing the heroine’s likability is her “chats” in her head with angelic characters from the Holy Rollers. James has issues too starting with a terrible mistake he made as a child cost his loved ones’ plenty. Fans will enjoy Parker’s revelation that “ When the truth is found to be lies and all the joy within you dies … You better find Somebody To Love” (Jefferson Airplane).

Harriet Klausner

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