Series: Blue Heron #5
Published by HQN Books on December 29th 2015
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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 didn’t really know what to expect from this book, being really wary of Jessica Dunn the moment she was introduced in the series and unfortunately, that instinct proved me right this time. We’re told rather superficially of her standoffish yet slutty ways and in this book, the decades unfold in the pages – in a rather draggy manner – to come, telling of the on-and-off again hookups that she and Connor O’Rourke have over the years. All of them end the same way however: with Jessica walking away and Connor crawling back to her.
The reason for Jessica Does’s behaviour is sort of given some justification, and as misguided and flawed as Kristan Higgins wants it to be, I unfortunately, only saw stupidity. Her intellectually disabled brother had for too long, become a crutch and I didn’t appreciate the way she threw her past promiscuous acts in Connor’s face when she felt Davey was threatened. On the other hand, I wished Connor grew a spine and truly walked away because it felt as though Jessica never really got over her own prejudices or her unwillingness to truly trust him. Not that I expected her or Connor to be perfect, but I had hoped for some steadiness and more self-respect on both sides at least.
But clearly the ratings and the reviews give a contrary opinion to mine, so this is probably just me. I’ve got some mixed-feelings about the Blue Heron series and unfortunately, this one was quite a dud.