Redonk Nutshell: Rich girl learns the age old lesson of not judging a book by its cover

Children’s author Parker Welles has some tough choices to make when the money from both her’s and her son’s trust fund are confiscated by the government, thanks to her father’s insider trading charges.  The only legacy she has left is an old house left to her by a distant relative, nestled in  Gideon’s Cove, Maine.  She decides to take a trip up, flip the house, and pocket the money from the sale in order to get back on her feet.  When her father attorney, James Cahill, volunteers to go with her to help, she’s immediately put off.  She calls the guy “Thing One,” because of the way her father treats him.   James, however, is far from put off.  He’s always liked Parker, and he’s genuinely intent on helping her and her son get back on their feet.  What neither of them count on, though, is genuinely falling for each other.

This is a super sticky-sweet romance.  I think it’s a good example of what I see as a “traditional romance,” – a strong back story featuring a normal, yet independent woman, who reluctantly falls for a goodhearted guy.  Lots of back and forth.  A little bit of steam, but mostly lots of romantic intrigue.  This was my first time reading Kristan Higgins, but I’ve seen enough of her covers to know she’s a pro of the genre.

I enjoyed Somebody to Love, though it wasn’t quite my cup of tea.  I’ve been attempting to branch out into more contemporary romances, and I was looking forward to reading this.  Though I liked it, it’s not a book I see myself going back to read again.  It was sweet, heartwarming, and endearing.

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins, 384 pgs, 4/24/12

Rating: C

Romance: 5/5          Raunch: 1/5

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