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Just when she thought she had life and love all figured out...

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...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Gabriella *is awesome*
oh crap ! just made a whole review before it had to get deleted....ugh ! whatever !here we go again...
first things first.....this book is absolutely FANTASTIC !
4 1/2 stars !!! :) .



ME: I KNOW !!!!
u read me ! with such a solid plot and lovable main characters..i found it very hard NOT TO LIKE 'MY ONE & ONLY'

"COME ON FLOREANCE !"I yelled out of the window."CAN YOU MOVE IT ?"
The driver of the car extended and arm....and a finger.
It was a male arm and a finger.

And then the car door opened,with
...more
KarenH
First of all, if you are on the fence about whether or not to read this book because it is giving you that "chick-lit" vibe, you can climb down now sista and start reading ...this one is all about the romance.

My One and Only is Harper Evan's story, a 33-year-old divorce (and divorced) lawyer living year-round on Martha's Vineyard with her Toto-lookalike dog. She is attractive, successful...but OMG what a force to be reckoned with!. She is cynical, she is sarcastic and she has extreme OCD issues....more
Didi
4.5 STARS

This is going into the 'faves by Kristan Higgins' pile. It was angsty, emotional and beautifully written. Nick Lowery,( all I think is Bad Boys with Will Smith!), is probably one of the most endearing and compelling male Hero's by this author. He's right up there with Lucas from Waiting On You, with the same dark, gypsy eyes that never fail to tell a story, and the same intense temperament that manages to lure you in and trap you.
His dedication on initially wooing Harper when they were...more
Dija
Mar 06, 2012 Dija rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of contemporary romance.
Recommended to Dija by: GoodReads, based on my 2011 shelf.
My list of authors to stalk follow keeps growing every time I read a new contemporary novel, it seems. My One and Only is the first book of Kristan Higgin's I've read, and I can't wait to read the rest of them.

My One and Only begins with divorce attorney, Harper, trying and failing to convince her boyfriend of more than 2 years to finally marry her, as she'll be turning 34 soon and wants a stable family life. While she's popping the question, her sister calls to tell her that she's getting marri...more
willaful
There’s a scene in this book in which Harper and Nick, reuinted exes, watch a movie in a theater while loudly snarking and annoying everyone near them, just like old times. If you get the sense from that that both of these people are kind of self-absorbed assholes, well, I think you’d be right.

I’m so ambivalent about this book. It was well-written and powerful, and I couldn’t put it down, so it doesn’t seem appropriate to give it a low rating. Yet I can’t exactly say I “liked” it. Parts of it we...more
Nomes
Reading this book was exactly like watching a romantic comedy.

I like reading books like this for indulgent relaxation. For some swoony/fun times. For the romantic in me (I guess, haha).

I don't expect depth. It's the kind of book that is predictable just after reading the back blurb. A guilty pleasure indulgent read.

The thing is, I am not the hugest fan of romantic comedies. As much as I want to love them, they more often than not frustrate me. Still, I continually go back searching for more (w...more
Nina
I guess this makes it official: I'm back into het romance.

This was just perfect. Period.
It has the most amazing cast - from the extremely likeable and relatable MC, Harper, whom I couldn't help but see as Donna Paulsen/Sarah Rafferty, to dreamy Nick (oh, Nick), from that sweet lug Dennis to exasperatingly sweet BeverLee - and a plot that's pretty linear up to a certain point, and then starts twisting and turning around like one of those crazily powerful hoses you see in comedies.
It has elements...more
Farah *Professor Dean's Beauty*

Have you ever had that one person that from the moment you met them they took your breath away and immediately you knew you would never be the same again?



Harper and Nick were madly in love- at age 21 and after two years or dating she knows she wants to be with him, that he is THE ONE

Nick...



Harper...



She just doesn't want to get married just yet..
But she does, because he asks and because love can withstand it all, right?

That's what Harper thought, until Nicks aspirations and dreams came first and...more
Maldivianbookreviewer
5+ Stars Emotional Wrenching Goodness!!

I have always heard very good things about Kristan Higgins. Though I have a couple of her books in my to-be-read pile which I have yet to make a dent in, which just keeps growing in monstrous proportions on me, I decided to take the plunge into her stories with this read that was up for grabs on Net Galley. I was surprised and a little bit thrilled when my request to read this which is to be released on the 29th of this month got approved. So here I go, r...more
Karla
Wonderful! Just a sweet story about getting it right the second time around. Lot's of great characters, especially Harper and Nick. He's so laid back and willing to let life play itself out, and she over-thinks things, and acts on a whim. Yet they are perfect for each other. Her feelings were so well written, that even though Harper's personality was annoying, my heart just broke for her. Nick's declaration of love just warmed me through and through. Loved it!
Vinaya
I ♥ Kristan Higgins. Along with Jennifer Crusie, she is one of the Queens of Contemporary Romance. I've read every book she's written, and they're always consistently warm, funny, moving and, most of all, romantic. At a time when way too many romance novels rely on the 'Me Tarzan, You Jane' formula, Higgins forms a bright spot in the firmament, with stories that are real, characters that are flawed, and relationships that are warm and funny.

My One and Only, like most of Kristan's books, has a s...more
~Tina~
Shark divorce attorney and realistic-thinker, Harper James, just found out that her little sister Willa is getting married. Again. Only she happens to know the groom since Willa is marrying her ex-husbands brother.
To make an even more uncomfortable situation worse, Harper finds herself on a cross country road-trip home with Nick, causing her very guarded heart to open up again. Can Harper and Nick remember what love was suppose to be all about, or will they make the same mistakes all over again?...more
Tam
I was lucky enough to get access to a arc of this book, and me and Kristan Higgins' books, we're tight. So I jumped at the chance to read this.

First things first, ignore the cover image. Yes, the general idea is correct in that there are 2 main characters, there is a dog and a red convertible mustang. But the characters aren't 17 like the cover suggests, nor is the heroine blonde. I (secretly) love when the cover art doesn't match up. I feel like I just caught someone doing something wrong.

This...more
Harlequin Books
My personal opinion:

What a compelling read! Harper James will make you laugh and sigh with frustration. She suffered a major heartbreak and divorce that has skewed the way she looks at every relationship since. Her firefighter boyfriend was perfect for her because he never demands more than she was willing to offer. He followed direction well too. :) Harper thought life was pretty good until she got a call from her younger stepsister with the news she was getting married to someone she has known...more
Tammy
Wow. I guess I'm the odd girl out. This one has five star reviews. Many four stars. And then there's my lonely little one star.

Like others, I hoped to warm up to Harper. But she was full of selfish ambition. Very self-centered. A horrible attorney - too emotional and hostile to be productive in a law office - or to be an effective advocate in the courtroom. She made bad decisions. Definitely pushed my legal geek button.

It was fairly obvious that Kristin Higgans tried to give Harper's character...more
Miss Kim
This gets a 3/5 for me. I turn to Kristin Higgins recently when I want a funny, feel good read, but this really didn’t do it for me. The heroine, Harper, was grating, and she never really grew on me. Yeah, yeah, stilted emotionally by a run-away mother, heard that one…but… meh. She had the chance at the perfect guy twice and blows it the first time, and by some luck ends up keeping him in the end. Part of my dislike with her was that she constantly thought or said “crotch!” or “holy testicle Tue...more
Splage
What a great read, and I have to say I wasn't expecting it to be this good, easy read... yes, but I loved it. Kristan Higgins is the type of author that I don't always love her stuff, though I usually like it. Mainly because she is very clean in the passion and therefore, she has to write the connections beautifully to get me to buy into it or excited about it. My One and Only was a great one for me. It was very mild in the sex department, but such a engaging story that it still worked. Also, w...more
KatLynne
I loved this book and can easily say it is my favorite by this author. Not only did I love the H/h, but the secondary characters were so interesting and lovable too. I found myself laughing, crying and anxiously turning the pages hoping for Nick Lowery & Harper James to get their much deserved HEA.


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Heather
I LOVED Higgin's latest, My One and Only. And at first, I was pretty confident that I wouldn't. Harper doesn't start out as a sympathetic narrator. A divorce attorney who has been done wrong, and with a laundry list of examples of love-lost stories, she is guarded and sharp. Married to Nick at a young age, they divorce and are now forced back together for a mutual family wedding. Harper is focused, successful, and loyal to friends and family - but too open with relationship (*cough divorce *coug...more
Jennifer
There is a goofy positivity (however misdirected) of the heroines in Kristan Higgins’ books that propels the stories (at least in the books I’ve read of hers, maybe The Next Best Thing deviated from that). This book is definitely different, and I’m not sure if it works. In Higgins other books, the heroines are in pursuit of something and come to the realization that they didn’t want what they thought they wanted, or didn’t realize what they wanted was right in front of them. In Harper’s case she...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I had a hard time deciding between three and four stars, but decided to go with four because I feel maybe this book is a little underrated, all things considered.

Yeah, Harper is a straight-up bitch in the beginning, and I really, really disliked her. But I knew that there must be a reason, so I trudged on, and yeah, there was a reason. Harper became a bit more bearable as the story progressed, and by the end, her dumb ass had finally woken up and she quit being quite such a controlling, emotion...more
Diana~
My One and Only is one of those books about finding love again a second time. It's about forgiveness and realizing what went wrong in a love so strong that ended up in heart-break for more than 12 years. I've read a couple of Kristan Higgins' books before, and so far this is my favorite one! I absolutely loved it because it was a combination of humor, romance, and a little mystery (why Nick and Harper's love ended up dying instead of staying strong). I think I teared up a few times because even...more
Büşra Bal
Bu kitap uzun,çoook uzun yorumu hakeden bir kitap. Açıkçası bu kadarını beklemiyordum, ''okuyacağım beğeneceğim ama 2 hafta sonra pek aklımda kalmaz '' kitaplarından olduğunu düşündüm,ama feci yanılmışım.
Harper 34 yaşında başarılı bir boşanma avukatı, 13 yaşındayken annesi tarafından terkedilmiş ve o zamandan beri bağlanma korkusu yaşayan bir tip.Neyse DEnnis isminde çok çekici bir sevgilisi,bir köpeği,suskun ve pasif bir babası, baş belası (ama çok sevimli ve komik) bir üvey annesi ve hafif so...more
Sarah
I don't know why I just re-read this book. It's perhaps even more awful a second time around. I really hated Harper just as much as Nick this time. Ugh.

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Original thoughts:

Harper was a great character but Nick... ugh. Every scene he was in it felt like he was pressuring Harper into doing what he wanted, into feeling what he wanted her to feel. By the book's end, I found the way he introduced himself, their "meet-cute" if you will, rather revolting and stalkerish.

On the other hand,...more
Jane Stewart
I disliked her. I had no sympathy for her. I was angry at her actions. But the guy was good.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I love the way Nick always wanted her, desired her, loved her. I liked the way he fell in love at first sight. He called her his wife and mother of his children before he even knew her name.

Harper (the heroine) was another story. I was angry at things she did. During their short marriage she was a wimp. He needed to work long hours. She couldn’t handle that. She punished him for it. The...more
Tina
Hmm, well. I waffled between really enjoying this book and being really exasperated by it.

I've read all of KH's books and all of her books generally contain all or some of the following:
- a first person POV by the heroine
- a heroine that is often funny, a little goofy and totally relatable
- humorous, light tone
- important family dynamics and well rounded supporting characters
- a non-Alpha hero who is often not truly 'seen' by the heroine until much later in the book.

This book actually conta...more
Shawna
5 stars – Contemporary Romance

This is my favorite Kristan Higgins read. Harper annoyed me, but her innate fear of abandonment and commitment were palpable and heartbreaking. I wanted so much for her and Nick to work out their issues and finally get their much deserved HEA. I got choked up several times and shed quite a few tears, but KH perfectly balances the emotional angst with her signature style of quirky humor. I loved it! Solid 5 stars!
Becca
Harper is a divorce attorney who has decided that she is going to propose to her boyfriend of two and a half years. But after he doesn't say yes right away like she expected she gets a phone call from her sister saying that she is engaged. Willa has been married twice already and has only been dating her boyfriend for a few weeks. That's not the best part though, the best part is that she is getting married to Harper's ex-husbands brother. Harper and Nick got married young and divorce before the...more
Kim
Getting married is no joke. Heck, it isn't a game either, unless you consider the scenario when the villian gives your avatar the final lethal swipe of game over. In this book, divorce attorney's work is intertwined with her life - around her, couples are finally asking themselves why the heck their ring finger has that fat golden band around it and are tossing the rings into the gutter (literally). Marriage didn't work out, married too young, infidelity, I-married-a-convict-without-realising-I-...more
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“You asked why I couldn't forgive you," Nick said, very quietly, and I jumped a little. "It was because you were the love of my life, Harper. And you didn't want to be. That's hard to let go.” 394 likes
“I'll tell you something, Harpy," he said, his voice almost a whisper now. "It never even occurred to me that we wouldn't make it. And it never occurred to you that we would. You were just waiting for us to go down in flames. I thought we could get through anything.” 209 likes
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