Title: My One and Only
Author: Kristan Higgins
Release Date: March 29, 2011
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4 out of 5
Harper James has decided she is going to propose to her boyfriend, Dennis. After all, he’s good looking and he does care about her. Okay, so maybe it’s not the romance of a lifetime, and Dennis isn’t exactly the smartest guy she’s ever dated, but they’ve been together for awhile and she’s comfortable. But before Dennis has the chance to give Harper a response, she receives some unexpected news - her little sister is getting married for the third time to a man she barely knows. But what’s worse is that she is marrying the brother of Harper’s ex, Nick, a man who Harper loved with all of her heart before he broke it. Unsure of whether she is even strong enough to see Nick again, Harper plots to convince her sister that marriage is a bad idea.
I just love Kristan Higgins (reviews of All I Ever Wanted, The Next Best Thing, and Too Good To Be True), so I’m always thrilled when I discover she’s coming out with a new novel. Her books are reliably sweet without being sappy and always have wonderfully smart and funny women as their stars. My One and Only was no exception to this rule I have come to rely on.
Harper is a great main character. From the beginning, it’s clear that she has been burned by all-consuming love, and she wants nothing to do with it anymore. Her relationship with Dennis is laughable, yet it’s solid and Harper is sure that she won’t be hurt by it. It doesn’t help that Harper is a very good divorce attorney and, in many ways, has lost faith in love and marriage. Seeing Nick will make her remember all those things that she once allowed herself to feel, and the reader knows from the beginning that Harper’s world is going to be turned upside down.
Though Harper is difficult at times, the reader can’t help but love her. I became so emotionally involved in her story, and I just wanted her to find happiness. Admittedly, the story does do some unbelievable back and forths with the Nick-Harper storyline, but I was so into the story that it was easy to swallow my frustration and just enjoy where Higgins was taking me.
My One and Only is a sweet and funny story with an engaging leading lady that women will definitely sympathize with. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Harper and watching her come to a place of happiness. If you’re a fan of smart and funny chick lit that’s about strong women, definitely check Kristan Higgins out. She’s a talented author who has become a must-read for me.