Before you get down on bended knee…

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O’Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she’s got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it’s the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who’s now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she’s positive married life isn’t for her.

But this time, Connor says it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t want to marry him, he’ll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he’s never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn’t quite as sure as she thinks…


I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited to read this book. I have not read anything from this author before, but I have seen lots of great reviews from other people. I know this book is already the fifth in its series, but since it can be read as a standalone, I was fortunate. It meant I could read this book without feeling lost.

Let me say this now that I truly liked the book. I think Ms. Higgins has a way of delving into a story that I haven’t seen yet from other authors in this genre. The transition from past to present was always smooth. I didn’t get confused at all. The secondary characters all had a signifcant contribution to the story. The time span of the entire story took decades, but she was able to beautifully highlight the most important events and still did not make me feel like a huge hole was left in the time lapse.

The book’s hero was such a great guy. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the heroine. I am sure that her reasons for holding out for so long were valid, but I just couldn’t bring myself to like her as I did the hero. The constant back and forth between the main characters exhausted me at times, but I guess that is what love is for some people. It’s not just a second chance romance. It’s one person giving the other a million chances and more.


Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times.

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