Saturday, February 27, 2010
The Next Big Thing by Kristan Higgins
Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks.
She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart…or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate "friend with privileges" and hello to a man she can marry.
Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?
I personally have never lost a person close to me, so I've never experienced grief, but I still disliked the heroine.
It's been almost six years since she's lost her husband and she's still wallowing: she's still watching their wedding video and she still won't move on. There were times when I just wanted to shake the heroine, slap her, and tell her to cut the crap and get her life together. It made me want to swear off getting married or loving someone.
I felt bad for the hero who had been in love with her for many years. He's always been there for her and he was always understanding--too understanding sometimes because he came off as perfect. The fact that he'd been in love with her for many years and she didn't know (eyerolls; it was so obvious), and that he was amazing with children made him sound like the ideal man. In turn, she came off as undeserving.
This was the first book I read by Kristan Higgins and I'm not sure if I want to read more of her books. I did like the secondary characters: Corrianne (the heroine's sister), the "mean" woman, and the family portrayed in this book. The fact that the women were all widows in the family was so interesting. And there was some light humor in the book, but it was used sparingly and a bit cliched.
I did not like that a secret of Jimmy (the heroine's dead husband) had to be found out in order for the heroine to realize that he wasn't perfect and that she should move on. I would have preferred if Lucy had just learned to move on by herself instead of learning something disappointing about her dead husband.
Overall, it was an okay romance--a bit too depressing for me.D/D+