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Until There Was You

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  13,176 ratings  ·  1,025 reviews
Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriend - sort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking; something like Liam Murphy.

When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But no
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by HQN Books
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May 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, 2017
I guess when you binge on an author’s backlist, you’re bound to stumble across one that doesn’t leave you all starry-eyed. Don’t get me wrong, the character development, snarky humor and compelling storyline was all there, I just didn’t feel the sparks between Liam and Posey, like I was expecting to. In fact, Kristan Higgins failed to convince me these two belonged together or that Liam could ever love Posey somewhere deep down in his soul.

There’s a cringeworthy aspect to this story and it’s our
Imagine yourself as a heroine.

What kind of hero would you wish for?

How about one that overlooked you and your love as a kid, ruined your social life in a stupid attempt to help you in a 4 minute time span that he could divulge to you and then forget you even lived for the next 15 years?
How about one that leaves you at every turn because he hides behind parenting his child?
How about one that is so hooked up on his dead wife that this child is almost a bizarre extension of what he had with her?
2 1/2 to 3 stars

Meh. I didn't really care for this book, though the writing was superb. I was somewhat disappointed with the heroine. I liked her a lot, don't get me wrong, but her unwillingness to stand up for herself started to grate on my nerves. I kept waiting for her to stop being everyones doormat, unfortunately that never happened. Plus, I wasn't able to fully accept or believe in the supposed feelings the hero had for the heroine. I felt his feelings for her never compared to his feeling
Higgin’s books are often considered more chicklit than romance, with the lack of hero point-of-view cited as the reason they may seem insufficiently romantic. In Until There Was You, she departs from her usual first person style to give us both points of view -- yet ironically, though it’s a good read in many ways, it’s the least convincing romance by her I’ve ever read. Possibly one of the least convincing romances I’ve ever read.

Once upon a time, the school bad boy married the school good girl
Another enjoyable standalone from the amazing Kristan Higgins. She can write about family, love, heartbreak, and all their complications like nobody's business.

My favorite quote:
“But they're family, and you forgive them, even if they are the human equivalent of hyenas. Because that's what you do. Forgive.”
I ♥ Bookie Nookie (
Who doesn't love a bad boy? It really doesn't matter if you are young or old, the bad boy has appeal. Picture this: Piercing green eyes, dark hair, powerful body clad in well worn jeans and a black leather jacket with a motorcycle helmet tucked under his arm and a smile that promises to fulfill all your fantasies. Now, you are lying to yourself if that mental image doesn't turn you on!

Posey is just one of those loveable characters that you just want to squeeze and you get a little teary-eyed jus
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a little different from the usual KH fare. There was a third person POV from the hero! Usually, KH writes using the heroine's POV for most of her books. Aside from the Blue Heron series as of late, books were told in the first person. But here, she gave us a sample of what she's now doing with Blue Heron, and I love it. Getting into the mind of the hero is perfect for connecting with him, understanding his motives, thoughts etc.

I really liked this, Posey was a sweet but passed over typ
I was very disappointed by the time i finished it.Did not like the way Liam behaved with Cordelia through the book,did not feel any love blossoming from Liam's side,i felt he was still hung on with his guilt and past and was very much in love with Emma,as a father his decision to keep his daughter first was right but why did he started this affair with Cordelia when he knew how deep she felt for him.

Cordelia i wanted to like her but the way she always let everyone walk over her and the begging n
Leila bibliofagos
How bout no?
How bout I don't think this dude was good enough.
how bout he can shove his hypothetical "lurve" up his glorified bad boy ASS.
How bout our heroine needs to grow a fucking spine?
I'm annoyed. I dunno if you noticed.
God...I usually read a couple reviews (five star and one star reviews just to be sure) before starting a book, but seeing as how I absolutely adore Kristan Higgins, I winged it.
Bad choice.
I should've known, what with the whole dead wife and teen daughter...that's always a
When I began reading this book, I was so sure that I would really like it. However as the story went on I really began to dislike it.

The things that attract me to Kristan Higgins' writing and storytelling are very evident in this book. Great family dynamic, a heroine who has some issues but also has a great sense of humor about it, and some really interesting break-out secondary characters. She also has a voice that I find comfortable and easy going.

However I all that couldn't overcome my exaspe
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
‘Until There Was You’ is Kristan Higgins latest offering and it’s different yet again in tone, but still has some trademark tropes (of both the genre and her previous books I’ve read).

I love the premise, it may be cliche, but it is deliciously addictive in its anticipation. Posey’s high school crush, bad boy Liam “tall, brooding and criminally good-looking” returns to his home town, widowed with a teenage daughter in tow. Posey and Liam have some history between them, more-so from Posey’s POV wh
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3 stars

This one is not my favorite. While I enjoyed it, a couple of things kept me from rating it higher. I was not thrilled with the H and the description of the h.

The description/appearance of the h is a recurring theme/peeve for me. I don't need perfect looking people, but I do need to feel like there is some aspect that is appealing enough to attract 2 individuals. I didn't get that here - the god-like beauty of the H and the overlook 3+ time appearance of the h is not believable to me. This
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, romance, steamy
I'm having a really hard time characterizing this book. It's so middle-of-the-road that it's hard to pull out anything truly distinctive about it. It doesn't help that I finished it four days ago and simply couldn't be bothered to review it for so long.

For all their little quirks and nods to individuality, the characters just felt kind of flat. Posey was something of a dreamer/doormat and Liam was mostly a heartthrob bad-boy-gone-good. Sadly, that tells you pretty much all you need to know about
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This hasn’t been my favourite Kristan Higgin's read to date, but I did like it overall. Posey has harboured a crush on Liam since high school and now he’s back in her life.

On the one hand, I really felt bad for Posey. She has self-esteem issues, feeling inadequate as the adopted daughter who doesn’t live up to her cousin in her parent’s eyes. (or so she believes) She doesn’t think enough of herself to force the men she dates to publicly claim her and instead becomes their “secret”. On the other
Diana~ (Kiss Me Books)
I'm going to write a review just because I want to escape the horridness that is Accounting! Anyway, Until There Was You is Kristan Higgan's latest contemporary romance novel. This book... was quite different yet the entire feel and setting is totally the same. I didn't love it as much as her previous book, My One and Only, but it was really sweet and the hero is to die for! I mean who can resist a bad boy turn good named Liam Murphy? Our heroine, Posey Osterhagen, is probably one of the dorkies ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed this book better if KH would just omit out the hero and heroine entirely from it. Those two just about annoyed me silly.

Liam was so self centered that I actually was glad when he broke up with Posey. One of his selfish moments:-
-Emma, you really screwed me by dying, Liam thought irrationally.
WTF? Should Emma his late wife apologize for being sick with leukemia and died from it thus ruining Liam's life now? Liam, you are officially on number 2 spot in my Most Hated Hero lis
I have seen some mixed reviews for Until There Was You, but I LOVED it! The heroine, Posey, was adorable and Liam was HOT! I am so, so glad that Higgins did not make Liam just the stereotypical motorcycle riding, bad boy turned good, who is too cool for most of the female population. While on the surface it appeared he was going to be like every other gorgeous alpha hero, I was pleasantly surprised by how neurotic he was. I loved the scenes were we see his OCD, his panic attacks, and his psychot ...more
4.50 Stars - Contemporary Romance.

No summary. Few thoughts only.:

Effortlessly hilarious, this book sported a very likable small-town heroine who worshiped solicitously the age-old ultimate high-school bad boy of our times, all her life, who, oblivious to the notion, didn’t return the favor.

Liam Murphy, an adorable dream come true hero, was a delight to read about. The way he was narrated by the author throughout the book should alone be enough to make the readers sigh dreamily. Ms Higgins quite
Initial Thoughts- I don't really know how to rate this book. It was a typical Kristan Higgins book for me- too clean and the story and characters just suck you in. I felt like I kept reading not only because it was so interesting, but I wanted it to get better... for the heroine, Posey, at least. She was so funny and normal, but I just felt so sorry for her because everyone was so mean to her, overlooked her or put her down and she wouldn't tell them all off, but put up with it. I wanted her to ...more
Dilushani Jayalath
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading many Kristan Higgins I can officially say that this is my favorite book by her. Something about the book almost made me sentimental. Maybe the loss of first love or the pain of being a 16-year old who didn't actually fit in school despite having friends and trying hard, everything just made me sliiiightly emotional while reading this.

All of that made it a bit more natural than the happily ever afters often happening, though I wished they fleshed out the story of the whole Rick-Pose
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm having some conflicted feelings about this book so I'll start with what I liked about it first. As always, this book was funny and had a certain quirky charm to it. Posey, the main character, is a little odd and so is her whole family. I loved the scenes that take place at her family's restaurant, as they reminded me slightly of my family's obsession with eating. I only wish I had Posey's issue of not gaining weight! Gretchen was also entertaining and I was constantly wishing to smack her up ...more
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
*contains spoilers*
Kristan Higgins is a great author and definitely one of my faves. I was expecting to love this book like all her others, but I just didn't. Of course it was a page turner and I couldn't put it down, but that had more to do with the way it was written vs the content.
The book was riddled with pop culture references and that really got on my nerves, especially "oh bieber" I mean come on, in real life what 34 year old woman is actually going to say that? constantly bringing up cu
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Liam Murphy is back in his hometown after being away for some seventeen years. He grew up in this small, idyllic town as the requisite bad boy complete with band and motorbike, a bad reputation and a killer track record with women. But then he left Bellsford, New Hampshire to follow his perfect girlfriend to California, marry her and raise their surprise baby.

Now Liam has returned a widower and father to his sixteen-year-old daughter, Nicole. He’s back in Bellsford to be closer to Emma’s parent
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
While I thought the ending could have a used a longer, more thoughtful denouement, I was so enthralled with the character of Posey that I thoroughly loved this book.
I wouldn't call it one of my favorite of Higgins but it was great. I would divide her novels into three groups: perfect, great and really good. I can't imagine her capable to write bad or even just ok/nice book.

Multidimensional, real characters. Some really tough issues. First love. High school atmosphere, proms. Parenthood. And of course, a lot of humor.

Nonetheless, it lacked something to be 'perfect' to me. For sure, the ending was too sudden and although I understand why it took place at prom
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I’m a fan of Kristan Higgins’ work. Some of her books have been more of a miss than a hit for me, but I know that I can always count on her to make me laugh and spend a pleasant evening reading a good story. That’s why I was so happy to see this book on Netgalley and why I didn’t hesitate to request it. It was a big surprise when I started reading it and realized that this marked a big “first” for Kristan since in this book we were getting the hero’s
This was a sweet story. The main character is an oddball. She's a delightful girl who runs an architectural salvage company. She isn't a girly girl at all, usually dressed in work pants/jeans and flannel shirts. In high school she was an oddball, the adopted daughter of a German couple who own and run a local German restaurant. Despite the disdain she got from her classmates, she always knew she was loved and wanted. She's tiny, skinny (has to eat like a horse to just maintain her weight) and ve ...more
Sarah Mayberry
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book totally worked for me. Hubby was away, so I lounged on the couch and powered through this book feeling very decadent and self indulgent. My absolute favourite Kiggins is One Of the Guys. I've re-read it several times, and I think this one is on the same level for me. The heroine is terrific - feisty and funny and vulnerable. The hero is troubled and human. I love watching him trot out his usual "sexy bad boy" moves with Posey and them bouncing off the brick wall of her determination to ...more

While a few thing didn't work for me, like Posey's choice of "swear" words (Beiber and Elvis Presley) and how often we get to read Posey's mental and physical reaction to Liam for the first half of the book (we get it, she lusts for Liam), there were several things I really liked about the book. For one, it's the first book Higgins has published that's written in 3rd person. I much prefer 3rd person POV. Her other books are all first person POV, and several are written in first person presen
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked Cordelia and Liam for the most part. They had human failings just like we all do. I know when I read KH I am never going to get a straight romance and it is always going to have a chic-lit feel to it. I also know she is going to tap into some emotion or event that I have been through in my past and she did with this one big time...gawd the prom scene...I could so identify with the scene. I shall not tell my story here though, as it was a billion years ago, but some things you just ...more
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. If you want to receive a free short story and be notified when Kristan releases a new book, sign up at

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