Millie Barnes is this close to finally achieving her perfect life. Rewarding job as a local doctor on Cape Cod? Check. Cute cottage of her very own? Check. Adorable dog suitable for walks past attractive locals? Check! All she needs is for golden boy and former crush Joe Carpenter to notice her, and Millie will be set. But perfection isn't as easy as it looks - especially when Sam Nickerson, a local policeman, is so distracting. He is definitely not part of her master plan. But maybe it's time for Millie to make a new plan....
Perfect. Loved every minute. Kristan Higgins is a genius with romantic comedy. And Xe Sands is one of the best narrators out there. She could read me the phone book!
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loved the story...overall everything was excellent. ...I enjoyed everything about the story and the narrator was excellent too.
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I have read many Kristan Higgins books and I found this one to be a snooze fest. The main character's stalking tendencies and obsession with Joe, made her character pathetic and annoying. Although almost 30 years of age, the characters outlook toward relationships was sickeningly immature. I understand that the character is portrayed this way so that she can eventually have her epiphany as the story progresses, however, I just found her character irritating. I would not recommend this book.
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Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins (Audio Edition)
Narrated by Xe Sands
I have had this book in my tbr pile for a while. Some of the reviews were not that favourable, so it kept getting pushed down the line. However, I finally decided to listen to it, largely because I love listening to Xe Sands (the narrator) and also because Kristan Higgins hasn’t steered me wrong so far.
The characters: Millie, she seemed a bit immature to me for a good chunk of this story. The whole “stalking a crush” is very much a high school girl thing and just seemed a bit pathetic for a smart woman, on the other hand I can see how she’d perhaps kept that crush alive in her mind for so long, that she just wanted it to happen….albeit desperately. She had some good growth in the book, which I liked to see and in the end she was a decent character.
Joe.. oy! That guy was too much. Some of the crap he pulled mad me just plain angry.. Then for Millie to just accept it! UGH!!! Whatever.. His immaturity matched Millie’s during that part of the book so, I guess I can’t complain too much. He had his sweet guy moments but he definitely wasn’t a normal Higgins hero that I would fall in love with.
Enter in Sam. Here’s the hero.. He’s a good guy, sweet, funny, caring. All the good stuff. I enjoyed his straightforwardness and conversations with Millie. The naturalness between these two is one of the reasons I kept reading… (the other pretty much was the narrator, I truly love her voice). Sam's teenage son Danny was also a great addition, and I really enjoyed the bond between him and Millie.
Now.. for the subplot… I will admit that I did get weirded out by the whole “ex-brother-in-law turned lover”, for the sole reason that he had a kid that, if this turned to marriage, would have to switch from her being Aunt Millie and now think of her as his step-mother.. But I must say.. Kristan Higgins even wrote this well. When it came right down to this part of the book.. I was fine with it.
In the end, this wasn’t a favourite of mine by this author but I am glad I read it.
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Would you try another book from Kristan Higgins and/or Xe Sands?
Yes, I really like Kristan Higgins books in general and Xe Sands does a great job of narrating.
What could Kristan Higgins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Make the heroine more sympathetic. She wallows in self-loathing, focused on her own angst, She's whiny and lies and it's hard to like her. And one wonders why she has friends. And she's pretty casual about not showing up to do her doctor job.
Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Great, as always
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fools Rush In?
Any scene where she's whining.
Any additional comments?
Looking forward to listening to another one of Kristan Higgins books and forgetting this one.
She writes well, and the concept of the story is good.
This book did not do a very good job of grabbing and keeping my attention.
Loved every minute of this book! Ups and downs and lots of laughs! Highly recommend!
I always enjoy narration by Xe Sands- she is spot on and adds a little tinge of humor to her characters.
The story was interesting and the characters vibrant and believable. Didn't want to stop listening. Another great novel by Kristan Higgins. I highly recommend!
Maybe you know someone who is very intelligent, book smart anyway, but is a total idiot when it comes to their personal life? That's the main character here. It can be frustrating to hear her obsess over someone like a teenager, yet work as a doctor. Some parts just didn't make sense to me. But I listened anyway, and it was entertaining enough. Not the best KH book, but still not bad.
I didn't care for this book at all. The main character was, for lack of a better word, goofy with her "stalking" behavior with her almost life long crush. It was like listening to a 13 year old girl tell about the boy she was crazy about. The main character was not only an adult, she was also a doctor. I find it hard to believe that someone that smart could act so stupid. The narration made the main character sound ever dopier. Don't waste your time or your credit on this one.