|Anything For You|
(Blue Heron, #5)
December 29, 2015
…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 can sum this book up in three words: Connor deserves better. And if this weren't romance novel, with romance novel expectations, the reality of this book wouldn't detract so much from my rating of it. But, when I read books like this, I don't want to be bogged down by unhappy pasts and unnecessary complications - which is what the majority of this book is about. There just isn't enough of the true romance between Connor and Jess, because so much of it is Jess' inability to see past the hand she was dealt in life. And the never-ending excuses as to why she cannot be happy. While there was a lot of character redemption with a lovely ending, it didn't quite make up for the frustrating start. Fans of the series will love seeing all the familiar characters from the Blue Heron family pop up throughout the book.
Anything For You: 2.5/5 stars
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.