Publish Date: March 29, 2011
I received a copy for review from Netgalley
Just when she thought she had life and love all figured out…
Divorce attorney Harper James can’t catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister’s destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she’s being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.
Harper can’t help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick’s eyes, Harper’s always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting—just around the bend.
After reading the first few pages of this book, I was seriously crushin' on Harper James. So much so that I felt I could have read an entire book from her point of view and I didn't need the hero for me to enjoy it. I hadn't met Nick yet and I was concerned that he could not possibly be awesome enough to deserve my new book bff, Harper.
Harper James was abandoned by her mother when she was 13. Her father had the emotional range of a log with her and now she's a successful divorce attorney so she's pretty used to people just leaving, or at least, not being there when you need them. Harper could have so easily been bitchy or cold, but instead she was funny as hell, honest with herself, knew her hangups and loved her dysfunctional family and few friends with all her heart. When her stepsister, Willa, who she's always felt very protective of, calls to say she's marrying Harper's ex-husband's brother, Harper knows things are going to go south from there. Harper's inner dialogue was so great and her snippy fighting with Nick was hilarious. She kinda reminded me of KC. Which made me love her even more.
Add into this her mother issues, her ticking biological clock, worry for her sister, her stepmother confiding in her that there might be trouble with her and her dad's marriage, her intense love and hate feelings for her ex and a boyfriend that she's trying hard to get to walk down the aisle and Harper has her hands and heart full trying to navigate one potential land mine at a time.
I did enjoy the hero, Nick. He was very intense and could also be funny and tender. I loved that he knew what he wanted and had no fear about expressing his feelings. His feelings for Harper are so intense that I think I got flushed a few times while reading. The one issue I had about Nick and Harper's relationship is that Nick was a bit demanding of her. There were times I wanted to yell at him to give her a freakin' second to breathe, but by the end I felt that he had learned to make some concessions for her and that helped a lot.
My final grade: A. This book had me laughing out loud and tearing up and rooting for everyone from Harper and Nick to Willa and Chris to Harper's dad and stepmom.
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