I want to start by saying Kristan Higgins is a great writer. The words flow smoothly off the pages and she is masterful drawing you in to the characters’ lives. With that being said, I really had hoped to give Waiting On You more stars. Her writing is deserving of it, and second chance love stories are always my favorite. But unfortunately, this book had me feeling uneasy at the end, and honestly I really didn’t like the hero and heroine of the story.
Colleen O’Rourke has really made a name for herself as the town’s matchmaker. Being successful setting her friends up, she has been a maid of honor many times and even has a few children named after her. The irony is that she has less luck with her own love life as she has never gotten over her first love Lucas Campbell. For her, in her senior year of high school, it was love at first sight. They spent four years in a long distance relationship, and one arguement and misunderstanding later, she is alone and he is getting married. Fast forward ten years from there, Lucas is back to help his ailing uncle and his family. He has been divorced for two years and apparently still has eyes for Colleen.
Like I said I am a fan of second chance love stories but this one just didn’t sit well with me. While Lucas’ actions may have demonstrated how he felt for Colleen when they were together, it irked me that he could never tell her how he felt. But years later he could tell her when questioned, that he felt it for someone else. Even though he said he didn’t love his ex enough, he still never said how he felt for Colleen. It also bothered me that he was so overly careful with Colleen, but then gets a girl pregnant due after one time, he wasn’t that drunk. Such a contradiction. Making it worse, he gets upset with her about who she was with while he was off married and living the high life with someone else? I’m sorry, in my mind her lost that right. But to top it all off, he doesn’t even come to her on his own. He needs his sister and his dumb as a box of rocks cousin to tell him. Annoying.
While on ranting, Colleen was just a frustrating to me. Her one liners often had me laughing and I will get to that later, but when it was important, when it mattered, she just never seemed to be serious enough. I was not a fan of her because she just seemed too cocky. And honestly, I was upset with how she handled things with Lucas. So I guess that since they both annoyed me I should be happy that they get their HEA.
Now despite my rant, I still enjoyed the writing and the secondary characters in this book. Colleen’s brother(placenta hog) was funny and her mom is a hoot. I loved how Collen always commented on local people’s drink preferences, and all the Hail Mary prayers had me laughing. Her helping Paulie get Bryce with the tire change almost had me in tears, I was laughing so hard. And yes there were some heartwarming moments also, like Colleen’s final thoughts on her Gramps. I really just wished the heartwarming stuff actually came from Lucas and Colleen, and unfortunately, I just didn’t feel it.
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About the Book:
Is your first love worth a second chance?
Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell broke her heart…an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some professional-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.
But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them— but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved