"Great contemporary romance"
Callie Grey rings in her thirtieth birthday by having an
emotional breakdown at the DMV while explaining to her man-
hating older sister that the love of her life—and her boss—
has suddenly announced that he's dating the office's newest
It goes from bad to worse when Callie discovers that the
town's new vet, Ian McFarland, is none other than the guy
who witnessed her humiliation at the DMV. Ian is a little
socially awkward and is neither warm nor fuzzy, but he's
awfully cute, and there's just something about him that
Callie finds...attractive. If she doesn't watch out, she just
might fall for the guy she least expects.
I loved this book. Written in first person, it does follow
the chick-lit style, but I thought it worked in this book.
Of course, because it's in first person, I never got to see
Ian's point of view, but it really allowed me to see him
the way Callie sees him. I do like first person stories,
and a first person romance is a refreshing change for me.
Callie isn't perfect, but her flaws are shown with humour
and wit, and I laughed even as I wondered what exactly she
was doing and why. I really liked Callie as a character. I
liked Ian as well, with his stoicism and general social
awkwardness (something I could relate to). I was rooting
for these two all through the book.
Callie has strong relationships with the members of her
family, dysfunctional as they are. She is incredibly close
to her grandfather, and they have a quirky relationship.
The ending was made all the more poignant because of that
This book made me laugh and cry, and not too many books
have done that. I truly loved this book, and I will
definitely be reading more books from Kristan Higgins.
Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted March 31, 2011