ARC Review: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

Filed in 4 Stars , Kristan Higgins , Review , The HEA Lover Posted on October 18, 2011 @ 11:00 am 9 comments

Format Read: e-ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 pages
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: HQN Books
Formats Available: Paperback, Nook, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads,, Book Depository,

Book Blurb:

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…

My Thoughts:

I’m a big fan of Kristan Higgins’ books, so when I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped on the occasion. It might not be my favorite of her books but I really enjoyed reading it. Until There Was You is a cute romance with sweet and funny characters…a whole bunch of them!
Posey (whose real name is Cordelia AH!) is a funny character. From the first page you can’t help but laugh at her Glass-Half-Full way of thinking. I couldn’t NOT love someone who uses ‘Holy Elvis’ or ‘Bieber!’ as exclamations. Posey is a little thing, she’s short, and very slim bordering on skinny but she eats like a pack of hungry wolves. When she was in high-school she had a crush on Liam Murphy, the bad-boy. The bad-boy who got all the girls, who had tattoos and a motorcycle. Liam broke her heart without even noticing. Now 15 years later, Liam is back in town.
I love Bad-boy heroes. I love even more a Bad-boy hero who turned into the perfect man…a perfect dad. Liam’s now a widower with a teenager.  He thought coming back to Bellsford would be a new start for his daughter and him. I have to tell you I love Liam, he’s sexy and sweet and he loves his daughter sooooooo much it was just so sweet. I love how he’s over-protective of her, the scene at the movie was just hilarious. He’s nearly too perfect, he’s so good and such a great person you wonder if he ever was a bad-boy at some point.
Posey has the best job ever! Well okay maybe I used to think differently but Kristan Higgins really sold it to me! Posey has a salvaging company, I used to think it was mostly preying on poor families who lost a loved one (well that’s the experience I had at least) but Posey loves her job and her philosophy concerning her job is pretty amazing. She sees it as giving a new life to objects which would otherwise be destroyed or left to rot. She loves her job and I ended up loving it too.
My main concern with this book is that I felt it was lacking a bit in the romance section. They didn’t seem to fall in love. Humm maybe I’d needed a bit more. It was still cute and the story is both funny and sweet. I adore some of the secondary characters. Jon is fantastic and hilarious. I adore him. And Henry’s obsession with imputations made me laugh a lot. I fell in love with the Town, with the characters and the story but I wasn’t completely convinced about the romance. It’s still worth it for all the other parts of the book. There’s no denying it Kristan Higgins knows how to tell a good story.

I give Until There Was You 4 Stars

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About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • Blodeuedd October 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I have to try a book by her! One day I shall

  • pattepoilue October 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Oh Linda you really should!!! My favorite is still All I Ever Wanted *happy sigh*

  • Mary October 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I've read 2 books by her and I liked them both, I'll have to give this one a read as well.

  • pattepoilue October 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    @Mary =) I'm slowly reading her backlist *g* Next step is reading Just One of the Guys . You can't go wrong with a Higgins

  • Stella (Ex Libris) October 19, 2011 at 5:14 am

    And once again thanks Caro for introducing me to Kristan Higgins! 😀 (*whispers* and my favourite is All I Ever Wanted as well)

    I agree with you Posey was a lovable character and one couldn't not fall in love with Liam the perfect overprotective dad, but just like you I didn't feel them falling in love with each other. It was a nice heart-warming story, it's just that the romance part fell a bit short for me too.

  • pattepoilue October 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

    @Stella You know I feel better knowing I'm not crazy. It WAS a bit lacking in the romance department. Still just like you said great characters and sweet story.
    *g* We have the same favorite Muahahaha. Such a fantastic book it was.

  • LSUReader October 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review. I agree–you can't go wrong with one of Kristan's books.

    My favorite is Too Good to be True. And yes, Caro, I do believe you'll enjoy Just One of the Guys.

  • pattepoilue October 20, 2011 at 2:10 am

    @LSUReader Ohhhh I haven't read Too Good To Be True yet!! *runs to Amazon*
    I hope you'll enjoy this one too. There are a lot of adorable characters

  • Aurian October 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Great review, I have to admit, never read a book by her, but sure is a nice in-between contemporary romance. I like the heroine already 🙂

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