Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're taking a break from the promos to share thoughts from my time between the pages of a late December read that I've been too wrapped up in the Cybils reading to post. Hey, no apologies here; I warned you I'd be busy this month and most of next! My only regret would be that if you haven't discovered this one on your own yet, you've seriously been missing out, but then again that can be said about the entire series. No sense in keeping you in the dark any longer though because it truly should be in the spotlight. Ladies and gents, join me as we venture across the states to get the story on the other twin of the O'Rourke family clan with today's book of choice...
The Blue Heron series, Book 5
About the book...
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 gotta say, this series just keeps getting better and better.
Connor O'Rourke is not the easiest chap to get to know and the combination of him with Jessica Dunn, make them about the toughest nuts to crack...or perhaps I should say grapes to crush. They are both headstrong, loyal to those they count among their family and friends, and...get in their own ways when it comes to love. I adored how chivalrous Connor was even as a lad. He and his twin Colleen are as thick as thieves (then and now) and despite the usual brother/sister bantering, he's always been her protector...though she doesn't really need much protecting per se as she could make a stone gargoyle blush if necessary - which I wholeheartedly approve! Anywho, back to Connor. He's made quite a name for himself though not in a flashy way and he's the kind of man most ladies would love to have by their side....unless you're Jessica.
Okay, truth be told, she's not immune to his courteous charms, stellar cooking skills, or ability to make even the most outside outsider feel welcome; she in fact knows this better than anyone else and that's why she's so vehemently stayed away...until now. You see, she had a bit of a reputation growing up, not fully unwarranted mind you but with a much bigger reason behind it than loose morals, and that along with her shaky family history had led her to believe she's not worthy of the "perfect love" Connor seems to have on offer for her; well that, and her fierce obligation to her brother who is a special case but maybe not as special as she would like to think. Basically, they are two similar peas in two separate pods that if they could ever get the timing right would be as unstoppable as a fairy tale happily ever after...but that's the challenge is it not? Getting things right, but you see perfect and right are two different things and though these two may step on their own feet time and again, fate is going to have her say in the end.
In short, I LOVED this installment and getting to know these two colorful characters was fantastic. They are memorable long after the final page is turned and vividly live on until your next read through, or perhaps the next installment. ^-^ Recommended highly for Contemporary Romance fans that aren't afraid of a little family drama.
About the author...
Special thanks to the entire Harlequin team for the ARC for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Harlequin Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. Stay tuned next month as this title along with a few others hits the blogosphere for a special Valentine's Day themed tour! You never know what you might find...or have a chance to win.
Until next time...happy reading!