Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.
Harper can't help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick's eyes, Harper's always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting - just around the bend.
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My One and Only by Kristan Higgins (Audio Edition)
Narrated by Xe Sands
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Let me start by saying, as always, Xe Sands’ narration was fantastic! I truly enjoyed listening to her. Now on to the book itself. Kristan Higgins is a wonderful writer, which is why I am having a hard time rating this book. Did I enjoy it- yes. Did it keep me listening way into the night ...yes. Did I love the characters.. yes. Am I left with conflicting feeling.. Sadly yes. So, here’s what I thought:
• The Chemistry between Nick and Harper was heartfelt.
• Harper’s past making her the woman she is was understandable
• Nick’s Sarcasm and straightforward attitude.
• Even though some situations felt a bit forced it wasn’t unbelievable.
• That even being as jaded as Harper was… I can’t believe the things she did sometimes.
• That Nick still trusts Harper after her repeated behaviour.
• Harper was a bit too immature still, and made ridiculous choices.
• That Harper could still act the way she did towards Nick, even knowing she would hurt him.
• I can’t see that they actually get their happily ever after, I just see repeating behaviour.
To be honest, I have trouble with most second chance books, because I find it hard to watch people go back to someone that hurt or was unfaithful to them. That said, I have read some great second chance books lately that do not deal with either of those situations.
This story’s plot is a kind of a misunderstanding and the mix of immaturity and lack of listening to your partner - at the same time.. As I think back over the story, Higgins did a wonderful job showing the young couples mistakes, however later.. When you think they both should have matured… perhaps only one of them did. Which is why it leaves me conflicted.
As I said above, this book kept me engaged and I didn’t want to stop listening as I truly did enjoy the characters. Would I recommend this story? Yes... With the disclaimer that it left me wondering if they would truly keep their happy ending.
Can't get enough of the Kristan Higgins/Xe Sands combination. Getting ready to look for the next book to listen to, but I think I may have listened to all of them. Guess I will have to them again again. Great story, great listen.
I recommend Xe Sands narrates the next Susan Elizabeth Phillips book when it comes to Audible.
Kristan Higgins + Xe Sands = Perfection! Maybe the best yet. A perfect example of why I am addicted to audiobooks. Please Audible bring more of her older books to audio. They are a gift to your listeners.
This was my first Kristan Huggins novel and if it's as good as MOAO, I'll be reading more of them. From the description of this book, it sounded like a typical chick lit novel but decided to give it a try. I was more than pleasantly surprised by the character development and the snappy writing. It's been a long time since I got choked up listening to a book but I did with this one. Do yourself a favor and read the rocky-road-to-romance story of Harper and Nick.
Kristan Higgins audibles narrated by Xe Sands are so much fun. The main character is always a little flawed with an off kilter sense of humor. The supporting cast is quirky, too. Really enjoyable listen. While not great enlightening literature, like listening to something Nora Ephraim would have splashed on the big screen. Just pure pleasure.
I have listened to it again, but have to admit I skipped around.
I am not trying to be funny, but I really liked the dog.
I thought the opening scene was funny and set the tone for the rest of the book.
The fallout from the restaurant was moving.
Good read but a little predictable.
This is a very romantic love story. The love story slowly unfolds as you learn Harper's story and feel her pain and heart break but stick with it because there is a wonderfully romantic HEA. Story is well written although it can be a bit angsty. I've not been a member of Audible long but so far X E Sands is my favorite narrator and I tend to be rather critical.
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While the writing and narration were both excellent, I found the totally clueless 34 year old lawyer Harper more annoying than entertaining. After the traumas of being deserted by her mother at age 13 and getting divorced at 22, most intelligent women in Harper's situation would have gotten therapy to deal with the losses.
I winced when Harper proposed to her hunky boyfriend Dennis, who she admitted was not too bright, just because she was afraid her eggs were getting old. When Harper ran into her ex-husband Nick at a wedding, the story of their short marriage wasn't surprising. Both were too young and immature with no communication skills.
I didn't like Nick's character who blamed Harper for their divorce, although he had pressured her into the marriage, insisted that she relocate to NYC then worked 80-90 hours a week. Not the actions of a man who genuinely loves a woman!
While there were cute and humorous moments and some interesting supporting characters, I couldn't connect with either Nick (self-absorbed, arrogant) or Harper (whiney).
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