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The Next Best Thing

(Gideon's Cove #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,919 ratings  ·  778 reviews
Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks… 

She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart…or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named F
Paperback, 394 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2010)
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Kristan Higgins has done it AGAIN. Seriously though—and I hope this doesn’t come back to bite me—it’s not like I had any doubts, she’s become one of my favorites for a reason. Through this easy to adore cast, with varying views of the world, Kristan Higgins delivers a host of emotions—utter heartbreak, longing and even a touch of giddiness, to name just a few—all while driving home the notion that happiness can be found in the most unexpected places, if you open yourself up to the possibility.

There are things about this story I liked, but unfortunately, there are more things that didn't work for me.

KH is an intelligent writer and I never have a problem with the way her stories flow. This one was written in first person POV and I have no problem with that. I liked the setting and I enjoyed that it involved bakeries, cooking, chefs, etc. I like that there is always humor in her books as well as decent character development. This book had all that.

Unfortunately, by the middle, I was g
The Next Best Thing is the second installment in Kristan Higgins's adult contemporary romance series: Gideon's Cove. This was a heartbreaking, conflicted, and healing novel. As a reader, in my opinion, the heroine is not easy to love because she's "stuck" and can't quite see what's right in front of her but don't give up on her because grief can be a frustrating and long process that sometimes doesn't make sense to bystanders much less to the person actually going through it. I connected with th ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars

Enjoyed it. Seemed to drag a bit in the middle ... Lucy sort of annoyed me with her wishy washy, couldn't make up her mind what she wanted attitude. I loved Ethan. He was so sweet.

Alone again, naturally, like that sappy song I'd discovered in my parents' tape collection. Oh, I'd love that song! Many happy, maudlin hours were spent weeping and singing along to my cassette player, until my mom burst in one day, snatched the tape from the machine and snapped it in half..

LOL. Gilbert O'
Pros: Kristan Higgins can write. You won't find clunky phrasing or bad transitions in the book.The writing is tight and solid.
Ethan is a great hero. I loved him and his sexy, gentle ways.

Cons: Lucy was a totally unappealing and unsympathetic heroine. She's emotionally stunted (and surrounded by emotionally-stunted family, her mother being the worst), self-absorbed, dense, and obsessive. Almost 6 years after her husband of 8 months died, she is still wallowing in self-righteous grief. She can't
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It is safe to say that Kristan Higgins has become one of my go to authors when I am in the mood for a sweet, funny and emotional romantic read. I enjoyed this one.

But I have to be honest, it took a while for Lucy to grow on me. I understood why she was hesitant with her love life but her wishy washy behavior drove me batty at times.

Now Ethan, well he was just wonderful. What a sweetheart. I loved how he treated Lucy with such tenderness and kindness. Even when his heart was being bruised he wa
Sometimes I don't even know what to say! We've all read books that resonate with us and affect us long after we've turned the last page. This was one of those books for me. I LOVED IT! I've just come to accept that Kristan Higgins writes for me...well, not for me specifically, but for people like me. Her stuff is always emotional and sweet and funny. But sometimes it's also excruciatingly heartbreaking and sad. But there's always an underlying hope in her books, so yes, for people like me, WE LO ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Hora De Soñar de Kristan Higgins narra la historia de Lucy y Ethan.

Las historias de esta autora suelen gustarme bastante, son sencillas y predecibles pero en el 80% de los casos me suelen dejar satisfecha y con un buen sabor de boca, en cambio esta lectura no me convencio del todo.

La trama no esta mal, es muy del estilo de la escritora, mi problema fue que la protagonista femenina me resulto muy pesada.

Lucy pasa por un momento muy duro ( el cual espero nunca tener que vivir ) pero me aburrio sob
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved my escape to the fictional town of Mackerly this week. This story was rich with a town full of enchanting characters.

Lucy becomes a part of a group of family members dubbed “The Black Widows” after losing her husband Jimmy several years ago. I loved the interaction between these women consisting of Lucy’s mother and two aunts. They were very entertaining and I loved every scene they were in. Lucy handled all of their oddities like a champ, especially her mom's constant criticism of her l
Suzie Quint
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
At 400 pages, this book is 100 pages too long. There are some fun things in this book but the heroine wallowed too much in the grief of being widowed. She was so blind to the hero's love that she was cruel to him. And selfish? Oh, man. Even at the end where she finally realized she wanted him, she had to tell him on her timetable. The hero was either a saint or a doormat, depending on how you want to see him. She walked all over him enough for me to vote for the latter. What gripes me the most i ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well Hello there, awesome book!
This felt like a departure from Higgins’ typical romp (fresh & funny vs small-town cozy) But hey, I’m the one reading out of sequence! It was just the right book at the right time. 📚
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another fabulous romance, as expected from Kristen Higgins. My only issue with this one was the issue of the SHS. (stupid heroine syndrome) Lucy was a likeable character, but she just couldn't see the forest through the trees sometimes. She was fairly self-absorbed most of the time, and her epiphany was long in coming. But I suppose I'll cut her some slack, she did have quite a bit to deal with.

And luckily, there was Ethan... who I myself am now madly in love with. He evened out the score in thi
5++++ "Totally Blew Me Away" Stars!!!

The best bits:
Ok, I'm just going to say it. Pretty much EVERYTHING was the best bit!!!

This has got EVERYTHING!! It's a forbidden love/ best-friends-to-lovers/ friends-with-benefits/ neighbours-in-love/ reluctant lovers/ romantic comedy/drama that will burst your heart, keep you up late at night, and ultimately stay with you for a long time after you've finished.

And it's by Kristan Higgins!!! It's no secret that I DEVOUR everything this woman writes. And
Ohmygosh this book is so cringeworthy. This girl is a fuckin’ mess. I can’t. She’s just… The. Worst.

I enjoyed the 1st book, but this was honestly disappointing. I liked the ending, but everything else was just not my cup of tea.
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Erin
Lucy Mirabella was widowed 5 1/2 years ago at the at the age of 25. Her husband's death devastated her and she's unwilling to go through that kind of pain again. Her solution is to find someone that she can like, raise a family and move on again. The person can never be her one true love again because she doesn't think she could survive it.

Lucy is surrounded by lots of family who are committed to keeping her grieving. Her aunts and her mother, known as the Black Widows (maiden name is Black and
Miss Kim
May 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the author, and First Person
Kristan Higgins is going on my ‘must read least’. This is my second read by her, after Catch of the Day, which I really enjoyed. She writes in first person, so that may put off some readers. However I don’t mind. I this one, the man communicates very openly so there really isn’t a question about what he is thinking.

Lucy has been a widow for over five years, after losing her husband in a car accident when she was 25. She’s still trying to put her life back together. She’s part owner of a bakery w
While I admire Higgins for writing different and difficult romance plots, this one was just too challenging for me. Falling in love with an in-law after you’re no longer in-laws is one thing, and Higgins does that plot fairly gracefully elsewhere. But a widow using her husband’s younger brother as a booty call... well, that’s pretty icky, and from skimming the book, she just generally comes off like a callous, clueless user. I'm not going to give a rating though, since I didn't read it through. ...more
Mixed emotions about this one, and scrapes to a 3 star for the crazy characterization of some of the secondary characters and the humor.

Definitely in the Contemporary Romance section. Unfortunately, we have a problem with the heroine. She doesn't deserve the hero.

Plot: The heroine is the GRIEVING young widow who has been having a friends with benefits affair with her BIL. It's not as creepy as it sounds, and this is usually a hard rule for me. The heroine has decided she needs to date as all she
Not the hit out of the ballpark her other books were for me. Kristan Higgin's trademark humor is still there, but it was at a lower simmer than usual. All in all, I think this one fell curiously flat.

I was very turned off by the perfect dead husband who seemed to really dominate the book. Ethan was way too understanding and a little too beta of a hero for my taste. Also KH usually does family dynamics perfectly. It is one of the things that I really appreciate about her books. But that too felt
En esta ocasión Kristen Higgins me ha quedado a deber, si bien es verdad que me gusta mucho como escribe y que la mayoría de los libros que le he leído me han gustado, este libro ha quedado muy por debajo del listón.

Para empezar la protagonista es impasable, realmente le llegue a tomar una tirria como pocas veces me sucede con personajes de libros de este género, egoísta, llorona, egocéntrica, débil, en fin, que tiene tantas cosas que no van conmigo que de verdad me ha hecho pasar un mal trago.
MB (What she read)
Hmmm...this was kind of an anti-romance for me. I spent 348 pages developing a very strong dislike for the heroine who was so neurotic and blocked by her grief and her inability to move forward that she needed counseling considerably more than a happily-ever-after. (I started out with compassion, but by 2/3 of the way through, that had changed to annoyance.) I felt--and still feel sorry for the hero, and hope his martyr complex, and selfless unfailing love holds out for him and that the HEA and ...more
Ugh, I really wanted to love this book. Heck, I would have taken to just really liking it, but **sigh** it was not meant to be.

The story is about Lucy who is a widow, she lost her husband Jimmy in an auto accident. She's been having a friends with benefits relationship with her brother-in-law Ethan for over 2 years until she decides it's time for her to get back into the dating game. She wants a family one day, but she doesn't want to be in love like she was with Jimmy.

Let me preface my next s
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a bit of a mixed bag. The quality of writing was excellent. No surprise there. Kristan Higgins is a wonderful writer. Her words flow seamlessly and she knows how to weave an exceptional story. However, the flow of the plot and the storytelling got stuck. There were too many obstacles that took too long to resolve. There was Lucy's codependancy, her eccentric and thoughtless relatives (including her own mother), the love of a good man (that she was too blind to see). All these things wer ...more
Rating: 3.5 Stars

While I thoroughly enjoyed THE NEXT BEST THING and fell head-over-heels for Ethan Mirabelli, the protagonist, Lucy, could grate with her naivety and obliviousness from time-to-time. Still, this is a solid Higgins novel--not her at her best but certainly not her at her worst.
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Duchess Nicole
4+ (such a tough book to rate - I may change this to a 5, b/c I have a feeling that I won't be able to get it out of my head!)

What an emotional roller coaster! I was five starring this all the way until around page 200, when it started to get a bit redundant and I kept wanting to smack Lucy. She's a widow who lost a truly wonderful man, the love of her life, in an accident after a very brief marriage. It's now been almost six years, and she's still dealing with the emotional baggage that comes f
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3.5 - 4 stars

This one dropped a shocker on me a little early on. I wasn't sure if I would like it after that. However, I do like how it played out - the late hubby was not demonized and I ended up really liking the H. H is the brother of the dead husband
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Kristan Higgins fans.
This is a hard one to review. I LOVE Kristan Higgins engaging writing style, and her cast of characters. I was up until the wee hours last night finishing it, because I really wanted to see how it turned out.

Yet, Lucy made me so frustrated. Through most of the story, I kept thinking, "You seriously need to get into therapy. Grief counseling. Something." I didn't expect her to "get over" her husband's death. But, by the end of the book, I never really felt convinced she dealt with her grief in an
I don't really care for books written in first person POV, especially when I don't like the main character as it was the case here.

The first 100 pages was alright, your typical chic-lit. There were some witty dialogs and some laugh-out-loud moments (I dont think I will ever breast feed after reading this book).... and then, the heroine just started getting on my friggin nerves.

Did the author have to create a girl this self-absorbed and selfish? Seriously, the book is all about, me, me, my pain
Shannon Stacey
I don't know what to say about this one. I loathed the heroine and yet I couldn't stop reading. And I actually wanted the hero to live happily ever after with one of the secondary characters. But the ending was so emotional and I got that warm and fuzzy AWWWW feeling. Not my favorite, but still a good book.
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times. She is a two-time winner of the RITA award from Romance Writers of America and a five-time nominee for t ...more

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“My blood pressure surges. Folks, unless you've walked the walk, never tell a widow it's time she moved on.” 3 likes
“So I guess I’m ready to...start dating. I want to get married again. Have a family.” Ethan leans forward, causing Fat Mikey to jump off his lap. “I see,” he says. I look at the floor for a second. “Right.” Risking a peek at Ethan, I add, “So we should probably stop sleeping together.” 0 likes
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