All I Ever Wanted

Author: Kristan Higgins

Publisher: HQN

Release Date: July 27, 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Callie Grey is a successful businesswoman at Green Mountain Media, where she creates advertisements and pitches for the company's clients. She loves her job and oh yeah, is madly in love with her boss. Unfortunately, Mark does not reciprocate and on her thirtieth birthday, when Callie is sure he is finally going to confess his feelings, she is let down yet again. To add insult to injury, Mark has recently started dating a new woman. Callie is determined to move on. She knows, for her own sanity, that she must.

Callie's dating goal does not go quite as smooth as she had hoped however. In fact, her dating life is pretty much disastrous. To make matters worse, Callie keeps running into the new vet in town, Dr. Ian McFarland. He is cool and remote, almost cold. But, Callie knows there is something beneath the surface. How could she fall for a man who is her opposite in every way? Ian is far different from the cuddly vet before him but somehow Callie just knows there is a soft touch beneath his frosty exterior. Is love finally waiting for Callie?

ALL I EVER WANTED is just what I wanted and needed in a contemporary romance. This book has it all: a capable, amusing, and warm female lead and a man with just enough mystery surrounding him to keep the budding romance interesting. Let's not forget about the cast of secondary characters who add plenty of humor, sorrow, and joy to the story to make everything on the page truly come alive. The romance is balanced out nicely by observing Callie in her natural environment: at work, surrounded by her loved ones, taking care of her two nieces, and of course, desperately trying to forget Mark. She is the glue that holds this wonderful story together!

Kristan Higgins is simply a master at conveying a multitude of emotions through the mundane moments of life. A conversation on a dock turns into the perfect opportunity for Ian and Callie to learn more about each other. A hilarious bathroom escapade involving Callie's curmudgeonly grandfather gives readers a slice of his life outside of his grumpy nature. Truly, there is something special on every page of this story!

ALL I EVER WANTED is a good old fashioned romp of a romance. There are some pratfalls both characters face but at the center of this story is heart and love. I absolutely could not put it down! Kristan Higgins captures every romantic's dream in her stories!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sarah W

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