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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  14,719 ratings  ·  1,082 reviews
TURNING THIRTY HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS…

For Callie Grey, coming to grips with her age means facing the fact that her boyfriend-slash-boss is way overdue with a marriage proposal. And that she's way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company's new Miss Perfect. If that isn't bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a Big Three-Oh birthday bash
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Kindle Edition, 413 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Harlequin HQN (first published July 27th 2010)
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Melissa
I never would have guessed, one happy twist of fate, four short week ago, disguised as an Audible nudge, would have sparked a new obsession in me—devouring everything and anything written by Kristan Higgins. There are very few times I can say I’ve read the same author’s books in succession. Back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back . . . forget it. No way. Scratch that. Yes way. It’s happening now. This finicky reader who’s prone to boredom, driven by mood and the very real need to mix things up, spe ...more
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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Elle
Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pets, contemp-romance
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
Jennifer
4.5 Stars
Another great Higgins novel for the favorites list! For the exception of a rushed ending, it was perfection. Super funny, some tears, a beautiful wedding scene, and another great satisfying resolution with a man who thinks it's OK to take advantage of our very sweet heroine. If you're a Higgins fan, check out this one!

My favorite quote:
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. So snap out of it."
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Karen
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book, but I had a bit of trouble warming up to the hero in this one. Not even the sappy ending could convince me to like him. What a backhanded declaration of love that was. Well, on to the next one!
Didi
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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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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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Tammy
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristy
Callie Grey is turning thirty, and her life simply isn't going as planned. She's not married--or even dating--and now her boss, Mark, whom she's loved for years, is marrying Muriel, a perfect specimen from California. Even worse, Muriel is honing in on Callie's territory at the advertising agency where she works. Her mother runs the family business: a funeral home, where Callie's thirtieth birthday was held (sharing space with a wake). Her father, meanwhile, is trying to win her mother back, des ...more
Andrea
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Three things:

1. This should have been my first read of 2019, because it made me spectacularly happy. I’m just going to ignore the other so-so book I may have tackled before this one.

2. Callie is, hands down, my most favorite Higgins’ heroine. She is unabashedly herself and someone who I’d very much like to know and befriend. (Ummm, I do realize she’s fictional. I’m not THAT much of a nutter. Usually. )

3. Easily one of my top 3 reads by Higgins. Clever, warm, and belly-laugh-funny. I sti
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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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Tandie
Reread October 2019:
I hadn’t realized that I’d already read this one. Different cover. It was still only 3 stars; mediocre in every way.
Note to self: don’t read it again!

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Original review:
Some good funnies, but the love story was kinda meh. Okay, but not one of Kristan Higgin's better books.
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Holly
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

This was such a fun book! It was my first time reading Kristan Higgins and it won't be my last. I loved every character, I laughed, and I'll admit I even cried. So glad that I finally picked up one of her books!
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Linda
Callie Grey is having a bad 30th birthday. Her 5 week fling with her love-of-her-life has just told her he is seeing someone else. She is an emotional wreck so she leaves work early to get her driver's license renewed. Standing in line, pouring out to her sister on her cell phone, she hears a man continually grumbling.

Finally fed up, she turns around and says, "Look, mister, I am sorry for bothering you, but I am having a really shitty day, okay? My heart is breaking, okay, pal?"

"By all means,"
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Tasha
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hqn-mira-club
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
Leona
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the banter, the secondary characters and the actual plot.

However, I struggled with both the heroine and the hero. She was too needy, immature and never grew into anything different. I know she finally "got over" Mark, but only because she was in another relationship with the hero who IMHO, wasn't really great hero material. To me, he was a self-centered jerk that walked all over the heroine. In fact the scene at his ex-wife's wedding just solidifie
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Jacob Proffitt
The first, oh, half of this was beyond painful. I admit I'd have abandoned it if a friend's review hadn't mentioned that it gets way better after a turning point. She was absolutely right and I have to agree that it was worth getting past the bad to get to the good (though it would have been better to do without the crap up front).

The problem is that Callie starts out as so very gormless. She lets everyone walk all over her and she acts like she is helpless in the face of life or fate or whateve
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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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Ririn Aziz
Still can make me laugh and cry after all this years. Love the imperfection of the characters especially Callie's dysfunctional family haha. Those imperfections were what makes this story so wonderful. ...more
Vintage
It's a case if "It's me, not you." Maybe too chick lit? ...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
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
Nefise
It was very enjoyable story. There're a lot of laugable moments, very tender scenes and overall it's a nice emotional story.

Like Ms Higgins's other books, this too is not only focused to couple. It's like a family story that was told from heroine's POV. Her feelings a man, almost she has loved all her life and then to meeting another man, processing their relationship, her life with her grandfather, divorced parents, cute nieces, strange sister and genious brother.

Although it's not full of roman
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Stella
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Mela
If it is a typical example of funny contemporary romance I am on the way to become a fan of the genre. It is witty, good written, light to read. I laughed out loud many times. I love some of concepts which Kristan Higgin invented or used here, e.g.: "a food baby" ;-) Oh... How many times I have had a food baby!

The main plot is around, in my opinion, three points:

getting over unrequited love
family relationships
love (yes, again) like between Elizabeth and Darcy.

Yes, I know, it sound so familiar. P
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bibliophile ⭐️

After I've finished reading Just One Of The Guys, I decided to read it too. I was just really excited about reading this one. But I was disappointed when I have to put it down for a while to run some errands. And it was late when I got home, and kinda sleepy. But I can't just forget this book and sleep. I was so anxious to finish it. So I started flipping through it, went back and read a couple of sentences from where I left off; I finished it after two hours.

Oh, boy. And I was right! It's anoth
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Lorna
Story 5 stars Narration by Xe Sands was wonderful as always and I rated it 5 stars. I'm so glad the author has been so proficient in the amount of her work that's available on audio because I've been flying through them lately. This story was definitely one of the best so far for me. The author writes good characters, so real that you want to meet them in person. This one explores the ins and outs of romance and it's many facets...unrequited love, falling in love, falling for the exactly wrong p ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Thank you for the gift, Santa’s Kinky Helper!
Leah
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, m-f, adult-lit
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Pickles
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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