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One Happily-Ever-After Rocking Chair... and no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol' Georgebury, Vermont.

For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn'
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ebook, 318 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Books (first published July 1st 2010)
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May
This book was everything I love about great contemporary romance stories. No 'killers looking to strike', no 'ex Navy seals turned mercenary for hire', no vampires lurking in corners or 18th century Dukes awaiting to deflower virgins. Nope. Just a 'plain' contemporary boy meets girl romance.

(insert my dreamy happy sigh here)

The first time I discovered a story with romantic elements I was captivated. (also about 11 years old) I could read BOOKS that had love and romance and all that mushy happil
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Didi
3.5 STARS

There's a method to Kristan Higgins wonderful books. The heroine is often a little quirky, maybe over pleasing, often self-deprecating. She has a big heart and a strange but loving family. Don't forget the token mutt!
The hero is usually the strong, silent type. And if not, he's not an asshole, never an over-bearing alpha, but ALWAYS a quintessential male. He'll see something in the heroine he doesn't in others, and eventually if he doesn't already, will fall madly, deeply in love with
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Tam
You know, this was really classic Kristan Higgins aside from the fact there was no quasi-incestuous romantic relationships in this book (I think that's a first). By classic Higgins I mean that I have mixed feelings about the book, which had elements that I absolutely loved, some I dealt with and got over, and others that made me cringe/skim/put down the book. Kristan Higgins is just like that for me. But I keep reading her because the elements I love I really do looooove. So I continue to read h ...more
Tammy
Callie Grey - short for Calliope (Homer's muse) - is turning thirty. She lives with her cranky, adorable grandfather, Noah, and is in love with her childhood crush, Mark. Mark also happens to be Callie's boss. After a brief fling, Mark dumps Callie, telling her the timing is not right for a relationship. She clings to those words and wastes spends the next year pining after Mark. But then Mark announces that he has a new girlfriend - a client's daughter - and he is bringing her to work for the c ...more
willaful
RRRJessica recently blogged claiming that Kristin Higgins writes women's fiction, not romance. I see her point. All I Ever Wanted sounds like it's somewhat closer to traditional romance than Higgin's other books, but it still spends a good deal of time on the heroine's family, career and relationship with someone other than the book's hero, in proportion to time spent on the primary romance. And apparently some romance readers find this unsatisfying.

I'm not one of them. Call it women's fiction,
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Tasha
Absolutely loved it!! I laughed, I cried; it was funny, it was sad. I haven't enjoyed a Higgins novel this much since Too Good to Be True, which is the first book I ever read by Higgins and have been reading her ever since. I fell in love with Callie and Ian, and found myself rooting for them throughout. The entire Grey family was great. Noah, Callie's grandfather, is funny, lovable, and a absolute dream of a grandfather. Her parents are divorced, although her father is trying to win back her mo ...more
Carrie
It's been said that Shakespeare only wrote one comedy, then wrote 15 or 16 variations on the theme. That may be stretching it, but there is more than a little truth in that statement. So far, I have to say author Kristan Higgins has written 6 variation of the same story. If you've read one, you know the drill: Heroine obsessed with an unavailable and/or inappropriate man, and who acts on that obsession in embarrassing and sometimes self-destructive ways. Quirky family drama that often includes m ...more
Tammy Walton Grant
This is another of my books that has definitely benefitted from a re-read. The theme of Callie's story - that sometimes everything you think you want is FAR from what you really need - is not a new one in romance.

Kristan Higgans' take on it, though, is charming. It is also laugh out loud funny, poignant, and is going on my keeper shelf. It's a CLEAN romance as well; while Callie and Ian have tremendous chemisty, the love scenes are all fade to black. What we do see, however, is really well done
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Elena
Non mi sarei mai aspettata di amarlo così tanto, da ieri sera vivo in un mondo di arcobaleni.
Tutti i personaggi sono a dir poco adorabili, soprattutto Ian con i suoi modi un po' troppo duri che il realtà nascondono una profonda timidezza. Il fatto che sia un veterinario e che ami profondamente gli animali rende il tutto ancora più coccoloso *^*
E' uno di quei libri che ti riempiono di leggerezza e felicità, uno di quelli che mi servono per rimettere al loro posto i pezzi del mio cuore spezzettat
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Stella
Apr 13, 2011 Stella rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To everyone who loves romantic stories!
All I Ever Wanted was my introduction to Kristan Higgins' writing and I fell utterly and irrevocably under her spell! Let me tell you why. (I'm sorry this is so long, I really tried to select between all my notes and highlights, but there are just so many great parts I wanted to share, and this way you'll see for yourself how wonderful All I Ever Wanted is.)

The characters in All I Ever Wanted are all real, ordinary people, like your neighbours or your friends. Having the same every day problems
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Harper
This is the story of Callie Grey, a 30-year-old creative director for a small advertising agency that just so happens to be owned by her long-time crush. Mark was her first kiss and she’s been in love with him ever since. They were together for 5 weeks before Mark gave her the old “bad timing” brush-off. Ever since she’s tried to be as perfect as possible - cute, bubbly, helpful - in the hopes that one day Mark would look at her and the timing would finally be right.

When Mark starts dating Muri
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Jan
Sigh. I don't think Kristan Higgins is the author for me. I'm a bit sad, because I've been craving good contemporary romance after reading the excellent Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey, and everybody always seems to rave about Higgins. Even though I didn't really liked the first book I read by her,Catch Of The Day, I thought she deserved another chance, and the plot of this one seemed to be quite up my alley.

And I was right about the plot. Callie has been in love with her boss for ages, and when
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Angelc
Callie Grey has a great job in advertising, the only problem is, she's still in love with her boss, Mark. They once had a brief fling, but she still carries for him. When Mark brings his new girlfriend on board at the company, Callie doesn't know how she can handle seeing them together everyday. Meanwhile, the new vet in town is having problems keeping his patients. Ian MacFarland is a great vet but his bedside manner is too cold for their small Vermont town. Callie offers to do some public rela ...more
Keri
As usual Ms. Higgins managed to give me some great belly laughs and bring tears to my eyes all in the same book. Calli has been in love with Mark forever and after he dumps her and moves on, Calli realizes she needs to as well.

She does the internet dating and boy haven't we all had some of those dates. Hilarious. Then she meets the serious new vet in town and feels her female parts set up and take notice. So begins the relationship of Calli and Ian.

As usual, the book has a very chic-litty feel
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Melissa
D'accordo, si tratta della solita commedia romantica in cui indovini tutto quello che succederà solo leggendo la trama e senza nulla di particolarmente innovativo, ma è stata comunque una lettura assolutamente adorabile. Kristan Higgins è riuscita a farmi passare dal morire dalle risate al piangere senza ritegno senza bisogno di inserire chissà quali tragedie strappalacrime, ma semplicemente facendomi affezionare a tutti i suoi stravaganti personaggi, è questa per me è la cosa più importante. Ho ...more
Steph Su
The problem with reading my first two Kristan Higgins novels back to back is that, the second time around, the formula becomes glaringly, embarrassingly obvious. In one breath, here are the characteristics that, after reading just two of her books, I suspect hold throughout all her novels: a theoretically smart female MC (often a middle child with an unusual interest or hobby) with a bad history in men and who turns into idiots around men, a quirky family, a cantankerous grandparent, an over-hyp ...more
Angie
Calling all Julie James fans! Calling all Jennifer Crusie fans! Have I got a book for you. Of course, most of you have probably heard of Kristan Higgins before and are, in fact, already aware of the delectable treat that is her books. But just in case you haven't, I'm here to clue you in. I first discovered her as part of Sarah Rees Brennan's summer reading recommendations and (because I trust her so) I just went ahead and picked up a copy of ALL I EVER WANTED along with The DUFF. I am so very g ...more
Leah
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Allison (The Allure of Books)
Kristan Higgins never fails to amaze me. She is so great at capturing both humor and emotion. Some parts of the book are laugh-out-loud funny, and others make you feel like crying. In fact, I did cry once. I read the book in one sitting, and between all the laughing and crying, anyone that heard me probably thought I was completely insane.

Her books aren't just romance. They explore other relationships: whether they involve family, pets or the community. Callie and Ian are such great characters:
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Ale
LEI: ragazza d'oro che si rifiuta di lavorare nell'impresa di pompe funebri di famiglia, trent'anni, perdutamente innamorata del suo capo da quindici, dopo i Fantastici Tre Minuti nello Sgabuzzino, amante del gelato, con relativi chiletti di troppo, convivente di nonno Noah, vecchio scorbutico e senza una gamba, e di Bowie, husky castrato che tuttavia non ha perso certi istinti.
LUI: veterinario, occhi azzurro ghiaccio, avvenente (mooolto avvenente), fiero padrone di Angie, terrier irlandese che
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Tina
All I ever wanted -- at least, at that particular time -- was a nice, fluffy novel to sink my teeth into. The last time I read a Kristan Higgins novel was some sort of research for #romanceclass. I had fun, and but it was still partly research and I didn't really breeze through it when I read it. This time, I just really wanted something fluffy, something that wouldn't really make me think too much but I would still enjoy. So I scanned my library, picked All I Ever Wanted and settled in.

Then I m
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Anja
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Leigh
Kristan Higgins has been on my auto buy list since I discovered her three years ago.

Her books make me laugh, and they make me cry. She not afraid to tread a little outside the basic romantic book boundary, tackling issues of infidelity, and confusion of the part of the hero or heroine about who is Mr or Mrs Right.

All I Ever Wanted is the story of Callie (Calliope-named for Homer's muse)and her quest to win her boss's love. Mark gave Callie her first kiss years ago, and since coming to work for
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Alea
Jul 11, 2010 Alea rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Oooh this book, this book made me burst out laughing on a regular occasion and also had me tearing up at one point. It was everything. You couldn’t ask for a funnier narrator than Callie, days later I’m still thinking about some of the things she said, what a voice!

While this book is classified as Romance it falls right into Chick Lit category for me. People tell me the difference between Chick Lit and Romance is that in Romance, the relationship between the main character and the potential love
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Denise
I love the way Kristan Higgins writes a story. I found myself laughing out loud on one page then crying on the very next page. She just knows how to get your emotions stirring. I really felt for Callie. I think everyone at one time in their life, thought they had found the love of their life only to find it is not reciprocated. I felt like I really knew all the characters in this book, they all just felt like real people. And Ian, whew.. I just wanted to hug him.
Miss Kim
Classic Higgins! Sweet girl who always gets herself in funny situations, and has a unrequited crush on an a-hole. Man who looks like Clive Owen (seriously this is at least the third book where the author compares him to the actor) who has some kind of social retardation, but is a knight in shining armour.

The family members are all memorable people--especially gramps Noah.

Recommended as a light pick-me up read!
İlkim
Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Kristan Higgins kitabı çıkmıııııış çığlığımı Yorumbaz ile paylaştıktan kısa bir süre sonra kendimi D&R'da kitaba yapışmış olarak buldum ve iki günde felan da okudum yani. Ya bu kadın ne yazıyor ki bu kadar seviyorsun diyenler için kendimi biraz açıklamaya çalışacağım.

İlk kitabı Geç Gelen Mutluluk'ta yazara hayran kaldım, ikinci kitabı belki onun kadar iyi değildi ama yine türünde çok iyiydi İkinci Şanslar Durağı. Hatta yorumuna buradan ulaşabilirsiniz. Kris
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Sabrina
I cried. Really, there's a point toward the end of this book that had literal tears going down my face. The hubby was sitting next to me on the couch and looked at me and said "Are you serious?" Me in my warble-est voice ever said, "I can't help it. There this (insert plot point) and then this (more plot) happens and it's just so sad!" Yep. It's a good book. A really good book and a wonderful read that I think you'll really enjoy.

Kristan Higgins writes wonderfully original, yet relatable, conte
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Trisha W.
This was such a cute book, and talk about funny! I found myself laughing out loud while reading this book. Callie is a very likable character, she is funny and always has something to say, and she always wants people to like her. She has a fling with her boss at work, but after a few months he says that it isn't the right time and calls it off with her. Callie is still in love for him and decides that she is going to find someone else to date to make her boss jealous. What Callie doesn't imagine ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I've just finished my Kristan Higgins glom. Whatever shall I do with my life now? I love this author. She writes with the perfect balance between humor, sincerity, character interaction, character like-ability, and emotional angst.
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