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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Feasted On: All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins

Format: Paperback | Pages: 409 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: HQN Books

"All I Ever Wanted" by Kristan Higgins

My Book Summary : Calliope (Callie) has loved Mark from afar ever since she had her first kiss with him when she was 14-years-old. Since then she has tried to gain Mark’s attention with little success. But as she got older, she became successful employee at Mark’s advertising agency, she has dated him (even though now he’s calling it a fling), he has broken up with her, and yet ... she still cannot get over him. So, being the people-pleaser she is, Callie tries to win him back over by being patient and doing little things. However, on her thirtieth birthday Mark makes her knees weak with his hotness, gives her a cute gift, and tells her ... his girlfriend (Muriel) is going to be an employee at his agency.

Callie is devastated! She leaves the office as quickly as she can to renew her driver’s license at the DMV and to just get away fast before she breaks down in front of him, only to have to deal with an rude customer at the DMV, and to talk to an unsympathetic sister on the phone.

Her best friend tells her it’s time to find someone new and gets her involved with online dating. She also, finds out that there is a new veterinarian in town, so she takes her dog into see him (planning to flirt and hopefully win him over) only to find that he just happens to be the rude customer from the DMV! She also finds out that his name is Ian and he has some personal issues of his own to deal with. Plus, it just so happens to feel like he is now everywhere she turns, and he always seems to catch her in some precarious situations. However, after one meeting with her niece’s Brownie troop visiting his clinic, they talk about her doing a little PR work for him to improve his image with the community -- much to Callie’s delight, as she loves her job!

As they work together, things start heating up between them, but Ian is adamant that he isn’t looking for a relationship -- so for a while they are just friends. Meanwhile, things at work are getting worse. Muriel is taking over -- so it seems -- and making Callie do twice the amount of work, by working on campaigns that was originally fine and having her start over with them.

Then just when things are looking up for Callie, Mark throws another wrench into the situation -- what will she do? Will she ever be able to move into a stable relationship with someone other than Mark (maybe with Ian) or will she forever want someone she cannot have?

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!!! Okay this is about a girl who just wants to find that special someone and fall happily-ever-after. And even though she has been through some hard times, she has never lost her hope. Especially not with her happily-ever-after chair that she got when she was 8-years-old, but she saves that chair for special occasions only. Callie has an eclectic family, good friends (most of them anyway), and has a great dog. Ian has had some hard times growing up, a tough childhood, and even more issues currently. He keeps to himself but Callie is determined to open him up a bit.

What can I say I LOVED the dogs, Ian's and Callie's, the author always has some type of pet for her main characters and she hit the nail-on-the-head with these two. Plus .. Callie's grandfather, Noah, was adorable! I loved the banter between Callie and him! And last but not least ... I just have to say that Muriel and Fleur are both bitches -- I am SOOOO HAPPY with what happens to them!!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just One of the Guys | The Next Best Thing

Author Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
Around ten, there was a ruckus in the hallway. "Give me ten minutes, Damien!" Mark snapped. Uh-oh. He rarely lost his cool in the office. Trouble in paradise? Betty Boop perked up.
Mark strode right into my office, which seemed to shrink instantly.
"Hey, Mark," I said, giving him a big smile.
He didn't smile back. Instead, he closed the door and put his hands on his hips. "What's this I hear about you doing some freelance work for some vet?" ~ within Chapter 11
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kristan, then please check out her website.

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