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Fools Rush in

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  7,449 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
Rewarding job as a local doctor on Cape Cod? Check. Cute cottage of her very own? Check. Adorable puppy 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. Sure, he ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by HQN Books
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Sep 21, 2009 Tammy rated it liked it
Reading this book was like chewing on a lemon, hoping it would taste sweet. Chewing harder didn't change the taste. Adding sugar only covered the sour taste temporarily. Pretending the lemon was a juicy, sweet plum didn't help either.

Millie Barnes has had a crush on Joe Carpentar since middle school. She knows everything about Joe and I mean everything. Millie is a world class stalker. Unfortunately, Joe is one of the cool kids and he never really notices plain ole', overweight Millie.

Millie le
There is something wrong with me. Maybe I am actually a Kristan Higgins heroine, smart but compulsively unable to avoid what I KNOW is bad for me! I mean, I give her credit, she writes very breezy, readable books. But lordy, her heroines are dingbats. Dress them up as doctors or what have you, they are all pretty much romantically stunted - all the way back to high school. My big question is how Millie's supposed straight-talking, no-nonsense, bitch-on-wheels bff actually stayed friends with ...more
May 20, 2014 Didi rated it it was amazing

" Millie," he whispered a little hoarsely, " I want you to know that this is not some passing thing. I look at you and see the rest of my life."

Yet another successful and emotional book by KH! Seeing as this was her first book, it definitely didn't read like a debut. It was just as emotional and affecting as her later work, and I loved it. There's something to be said about all her stories. Romance, humour, lots of family dynamics and at least in my case, much room for tea
Apr 24, 2016 BookLover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, tpl, romance, rs
Once again, Kristan Higgins drops her readers into the life of her heroine and makes you feel like you’ve known her your whole life.

Millie has her heart set on a life she has built up in her head to be perfect and that perfect life revolves around her crush since high school, Joe. Who among us hasn’t created a perfect version of someone in their mind, one with bits of reality and a LOT of fantasy?

I really enjoyed this story. Millie gets exactly what she has always wanted and soon realizes that
Jan 06, 2012 Christiane rated it did not like it
Let me just tell you what happens so you don't have to waste your time and read it. Millie Barnes is endearing for 3.7 seconds and then turns into the most annoying, immature, unlikeable person ever. Oh, and she's a doctor. I don't know how, because she's so stupid, but whatever. Ever since high school she's been pining over the most perfect, gorgeous man, Joe Carpenter the Carpenter (I'm serious) who is, you guessed it, a carpenter. She loses weight and pretties herself and stalks him ...more
May 15, 2011 Karla rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. This was a very unique and sweet story. I just loved Millie and her crazy strategy to get Joe. It made for some really funny stuff. The most endearing and charming character was Sam...send him my way, what a man. At times my heart just broke for him. I have to say I shed a tear for Joe too. Katie was so real with her "tell it like it is" advice. Just a great bunch of characters that blended together nicely, some broken hearts, but an Millie would say...that left my eyes ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok
Millie, a local-girl-done-good, returns to her Cape Cod hometown to start her career as a doctor--and, if being perfectly honest, to also secure some true love and romance with her childhood crush, Joe. Plus, she hopes to set up her freshly divorced former-brother-in-law Sam with her happily-divorced BFF Katie. Of course, what goes on in Millie's head has no bearing on what happens in reality, and while the book ends with a wedding, it's NOT one of the specified couples.

I needed to read somethin
Jul 16, 2011 Brie rated it liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

This is the third book I’ve read by this author and I think I’ve finally found the key to really enjoy them: it’s all about the heroine. If you can relate to her, then you are probably going to like the book because this author doesn’t write romance, she writes woman’s fiction. This means that even though you do get a hero -or a romantic interest I should say- he is basically a secondary character and could never be called a protagonist.

Our heroine i
Sara ♥
From the reviews I read before I started the book, I think most people agree that this is Kristan Higgins's weakest novel. I was sort of hesitant to start, especially since the hero is the heroine's sister's ex-husband (Jerry Springer, anyone?)... But my verdict is:

If this is Kristan Higgins at her worst, bring on the rest! I REALLY liked it! Okay, YES, Millie is a crazy stalker. I didn't realize you could get a medical degree from CGNU, but apparently you can! (GOSH, I love that video! That tak
Kristan Higgins is one of those endearing authors that has a romance formula that works. She takes a gullible, needy, susceptible thirtiesh woman and adds some family drama, a dog and an attraction to a man who is (usually) out of her field. She includes light humor, some goofball embarrassing instances and lots of realistic moments. ->As in, this could have been you.<- Elementary school friendships, cherished hangouts and cheery softball games add to the homespun yarn. Older parents are ...more
Meet Millie Barnes. She's almost thirty, she's a family doctor recently returned to Cape Cod and she's been secretly harboring a crush on Joe Carpenter for sixteen years. Oh, Joe Carpenter, the Carpenter. Perfect Joe Carpenter. So beautiful he makes traffic stop, so stunning his smile can make a woman's heart flutter at fifty paces. So...Just so Joe.

Well, since she'll be turning thirty soon (which pretty much means she'll enter old age), Millie has finally decided it's about time to make Joe not
Jun 15, 2011 Brianne rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, contemporary
This book is a trainwreck. Millie spends two-thirds being in love with Joe, putting him up on a pedestal and then being stunned when he inevitably doesn't live up to the hype. And then she goes and falls in love with her ex-brother-in-law, Sam. And the whole time you can see it coming, see that it's Sam she should be with. It's all a little unbearable, made even worse by a terribly selfish sister.

I didn't hate Fools Rush In (I finished it in an evening, after all), but I didn't really like it ei
Tamara Morgan
Aug 18, 2010 Tamara Morgan rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of devouring the Kristan Higgins backlist, and she almost never disappoints. This one was just as cute and light and fun as the rest.

But...there was a bit of a squick factor in the h/h relationship that I couldn't get past. Taken as an isolated couple, they were adorable and made sense. Within the confines of the family dynamic, not so much. I couldn't get past the fact that the hero recovered from an 18 YEAR marriage in one year and hooked up with his SIL. 18 years is a long
Nancy - Vanille
May 22, 2014 Nancy - Vanille rated it it was ok
No, lo siento. Lo intenté, pero este libro se me quedó atorado en la garganta, intentando asfixiarme.

Y como es probable que despotrique, también es probable que suelte algún spoiler (aunque bueno, la historia ya es bastante predecible por sí misma).

Es la tercera historia que leo de esta autora, y no puedo quejarme. Me entretiene, me encanta su estilo, me hace reír... Y me enamoré por completo de su libro Tood Good to be true, fue simplemente uno de los mejores que he leído últimamente en cuanto
Jun 11, 2013 MRB rated it it was ok
WARNING: Review contains some mild to moderate spoilers! :)

I'd always remembered this book as my least favorite of Kristan Higgins' novels. Convinced that the problem must be with my sieve-like memory rather than with the book itself, I tried rereading it a couple of months ago, and was pleased by how adorable and engaging and...OH. I soon recalled all too vividly why I could barely bring myself to finish this one the first time around. I try very hard to avoid using spoilers in my reviews, but
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Dec 09, 2009 Patti TheLoveJunkee rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
After reading Too Good To Be True and Just One of the Guys, I was sooo ready to settle in for a good time with this book. Mmmm...Not so much.

This is the story of Millie Barnes, a new doctor who moves back to her hometown to live and work. Her plan is to snag the guy of her dreams - Joe Carpenter. She's crushed on him since 9th grade. In a stalker way. I will admit I was warned, the first words in the book are: "I'm a stalker. The good kind." (Is there a good kind of stalker? Really?)

While the w
Jul 06, 2010 KimKirt rated it really liked it
What a funny, adorable little romance! I totally am/was Millie, right down to the stalking of a guy I thought would have been wonderful for me. Okay, I did NOT take it to the extremes she did lest my friends here think I'm some sort of loon, but I did do the "oh wow I just happen to be here as the same time as you what a coincidence!" stuff. Coincidence my ultra planning little butt. Heh heh. Wait, where was I? Oh yes, book review.

Anyway, darling read, totally loved Millie, thought Joe was an im
Jun 07, 2012 constance rated it it was amazing
This was a very good light hearted romantic comedy with some real emotion thrown in. Millie Barnes has moved back to her hometown. She has her dream job of being a family doctor, her dream home that was left to her by grandmother, and for the most part, a loving, supportive family, particularly her ex-brother-in-law Sam and her nephew Danny . Now all she needs is to get Joe Carpenter, the guy that she has been crushing on for practically ever to notice her and fall madly, deeply in love. So she ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again I've been charmed by this author's writing style. I love her use of humor, and her ability to create a heroine who is lovable and sweet with the kind of insecurities and quirks that I can relate to.

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Evelyn Biden
Apr 02, 2012 Evelyn Biden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how to explain... Okay, I guess I'll start with the fact that I really love every single one of Kristan Higgin's books that I've read so far.

Except for this one.

Why? Well, Millie bothered me. From the very start, I really didn't like her that much. Maybe it's because she reminded me a bit too much of myself, going after the guy who you know, you know is only going to hurt you in the end; or maybe it's just because she was so flat. All of the characters were flat for me. It was like Kristan
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Apr 04, 2013 Dawn (Kat N Hat) rated it did not like it
I hate to give a book 1 star but I really couldn't justify anything more.

I only read this book for a team challenge, otherwise I would have given up.

The main problem with this book is Millie, the main character. I really just wanted to smack the stupid out of her. She was a doctor so there had to be some smarts in there somewhere, but she had this whole plan to catch the guy she's had a crush on for 15 years. This in itself is enough to want to slap her. the first part of the book is where she
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I think this was K. Higgins first published book and if this is correct I could tell. Having read all of her most recent books I could see her evolution as a writer and flashes of her current writing style but could also see room for improvement in several areas. I really liked the protagonist and the male lead in this one as well as the setting and all in all it was a nice light read. Like I said, there was room for improvement in this one including making Millie so silly about Joe and it could ...more
Lady Ethereal Butterfly
If you’re looking for a light romantic read, look no further! Dr. Millie Barnes has just returned to Cape Cod after finishing her residency, and now she wants to catch the attention of the guy she has been crushing on since high school. She decides to get in shape, revamp her wardrobe, and get a new hairstyle to boost her confidence and allure. Once she’s ready, she sets her plan in motion so that her crush cannot help but notice her, but things don’t always go as predicted.

Fools Rush In by Kris
Apr 15, 2013 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Millie Barnes always lived in her sister's shadow. Trish was beautiful while Millie was frumpy, dumpy and just plain in her own eyes. Millie has LOVED Joe Carpenter since high school but Joe barely gave her notice. After med school Millie returns home to the Cape to try to win her man. Losing weight and changing her image works but is having Joe in her life what she truly wants?
Sam Nickerson was Millie's brother-in-law for 18 years until Trish left him for another man. Sam always treated Millie
Jul 03, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-so-bad
Fools Rush In was not as good as I expected it to be. I was not as connected or engaged to the story as the other books by Kristan that I have read.

While I applaud Millie for being a strong, determined and smart woman, I could not understand some of her actions. I also love the idea of a gay best friend but it's kind of becoming a cliche in Kristan's books. I can tell that a dog/cat is one of her trademarks in her stories but the gay best friend, mother who doesn't pay attention, mean sister sto
Evie Owens
Jun 11, 2011 Evie Owens rated it really liked it
This was my first Higgins book and it started me on a GLOM of unexpected proportions. I got "All I Ever Wanted" in a goodie bag at a recent writer's retreat. A retreat where I met Ms. Higgins herself. And having met her, I decided, wisely, I believe, to read her first published book first, rather than just jump in. So I did. THEN I read All I Ever Wanted. I really liked Fools Rush In, but I LOVED with a WHITE HOT HEAT "All I Ever Wanted." I'll say more about that when I review All I Ever Wanted. ...more
Ángel Oscuro
¡¡Me he reído un montón!! En serio, creo que hacía mucho tiempo que no me reía tanto con un libro. Ha sido tan refrescante y diferente que me ha encantado por esta parte. La locura de Millie resultaba hasta lógica de lo bien que te lo explicaba, es que pobrecita, la llegabas a entender y todo.
Me ha gustado el transfondo de su obsesión con Joe y en general toda la trama. PERO... LO SIENTO PERO NO ME HE TRAGADO LA HISTORIA DE AMOR. Ni un poquito, nada, ni una migaja ni una pizca. No me lo he creíd
Sheila Judson
Apr 01, 2011 Sheila Judson rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sheila by: Mary H
A cute and funny book in the typical Kristan Higgins fashion. Millie has been in love with Joe Carpenter for half her life and she is finally goint to get him to notice her. After stalking the man for the last 15 years she finally succeeds and Joes turns out to be more than what she ever imagined. Always in the shadow of her beautiful sister, she finally gets the man whom everyone from 6 to 96 turns to drool over. But it doesnt pan out quite like she imagined. Under all the good looks, Joe is, ...more
Reed Raab
Jan 03, 2012 Reed Raab rated it really liked it
So you know when you have a crush on someone in high school and you "discretely" follow them around, memorize their class schedule, know what their mom packs them for lunch everyday? You grow out of it right? Well, the main character in this book doesn't. She goes on to medical school and comes back home to pick up right where she left off. It sounds loony but it just seems to work for this story. Higgins' writing, told through the main character her-crazy-self is funny and believable.

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“It doesn’t matter how old you are, what level of schooling you’ve had or where you live—stalking is innate to the female psyche. We’ve all been there.” 43 likes
“Then, walking across the room, hips swaying, blond hair flowing as if in a shampoo commercial, came Joe's date. Tall. Skinny. Big boobs despite the skinniness, their cantaloupe-like roundness announcing them as store-bought” 2 likes
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