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Anything for You

(Blue Heron #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,725 ratings  ·  828 reviews
Before you get down on bended knee

you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyardit's the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the
Mass Market Paperback, 410 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by HQN Books
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It's Connor's story and up until now, he's only been twin Colleen's affable brother who is in the kitchen of O'Rourke's making wonderful dishes for the restaurant. I didn't know what to anticipate but was completely unprepared for the richness of this story. He had a history with Jessica Dunn, who was known in high school as Jessica "Does" so I was a bit leery of their relationship.

This was an extraordinary story, tackling really tough issues related to alcoholism, promiscuity and the long-term
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one. I usually enjoy all the Kristan Higgins books I read. The first is the series is still my favourite and it was great to catch up with Faith and Levi again.


Connor loves Jessica.
Jessica had a shitty upbringing. Trailer Trash. Her brother, who she looks after, has learning disabilities.

"Hail Mary."

Loved the interaction between Connor and Colleen. The Twins!

Great food descriptions.

There would be no Cinderella story here.

If you're looking for smoking hot sex scenes,
Duchess Nicole
Why can't I copy and paste Kristan Higgins about a thousand times...just clone her and live to read her beautiful, wonderful, magical stories?!

This fifth installment in one of my all time favorite series is perhaps Higgins most melancholy of books. Connor O'Rourke and Jessica Dunn have had an on again, off again relationship for years. Jessica is the girl from the wrong side of town, and very few people understand the hand she's been dealt in life...but Connor does. Jess is the type of girl who
Anything for You is the fifth installment in Kristan Higgins's adult contemporary romance series titled Blue Heron. This book shows that the strong can still be incredibly fragile inside and the most patient and understanding person will eventually draw a line in the sand. Themes include alcoholism, absentee parenting, special needs, doing what it takes, and putting yourself dead last. Higgins brings a contrast of humor and heartbreak to a very real story of a girl trying the best she knows
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have loved Connor since book of the Blue Heron series. He always struck me as the silent, sometimes gruff guy, happy to be in the background via the kitchen in his pub and always able to hold his own when sparring with his hilarious twin, Colleen. In Anything For you, we got to see the inner dialogue happening in his head, which brought a lot of insight into who Connor was. He was constantly trying not to talk, afraid his words would be considered rambling or uncool. I laughed so many times at ...more
10 +++ STARS!

What can I say about this amazing book? This incredible series I've loved from the start? I ADORED IT. LOVED IT.

Kristan higgins is my most favorite author. She's the top and between her and Lisa Kleypas, the world is a beautiful place, lol. The 5th installment in the gorgeous Blue Heron series was unbelievably good. Definitely my second favorite after The Best Man. As of now, anyways...they might swap back and forth. The whole series is beyond words. Here we finally got Connor's and
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is no secret that Kristan Higgins is my go to author when I want a sweet, funny, lovable read that will always leave a smile on my face and sometimes happy tears in my eyes. I jump at the chance to read her books and savor every single one of them. I have come to love her writing style and the humor and heart that she bleeds into every single page.

Her Blue Heron series is by far my most favorite series of her's and I love everything there is to love about it. The small town setting, the nosy
Lisa Filipe
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Kristan Higgins has the recipe to whip up the perfect romance every time! With sparkling dialogue and heartfelt emotion, ANYTHING FOR YOU is a winner all around.

Higgins takes on Connor O'Rourke and Jess Dunn this time, and she is giving no mercy. On again-Off again is all Connor and Jess will ever be, well, if Jess has her way. Connor has never pushed the issue because pushing might mean losing her forever, and he isn't ready for that to happen. Until she says "No", and Connor realizes it might
Les Romantiques
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Reviewed by Fabiola
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Anything for you is the fifth volume (and probably last, see her interview in our December 2014 issue ) in the Blue Heron series of which the first volume, The Best Man, is available in French.
To my (big) shame, its my first Kristan Higgins, when a lot of people around me keep on to sing her praise. To my defense, I have a huge TBR So when the occasion arose to

Every time I think you cant break my heart again, he said, you find a way. The words were like a hot knife into her heart. I dont mean to, she whispered. Which makes it even worse.

What's it about: Jess has had an incredibly difficult past. She is known as the town slut, she's trailer trash, and she has never had less than two jobs since she was fifteen. She is an ice princess. She guards her heart and has no time for emotional attachments.

Connor has been in
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the perfect book to pick up as I started my end of the summer vacation! Perfect reading while sitting on the beach.

Another fantastic edition to this series! Kristan Higgins writing is wonderful. Connor and Jessica's story was sweet and sexy in a way only KH could deliver.

If you have set this series aside, do yourself a favor and get back to it and if you haven't started it then you must!

Oh my! This poor hero. This poor, poor, POOR hero! Lets nominate him for sainthood.

Long, long time crush/love for the heroine; he gets kicked in the teeth time and time again, and cant settle on anyone else. This yearning goes on for years as in over ten years. Plus hes a chef and Kristan Higgins lets us know by detailing some seriously yummy food porn. Im trading my husband in.

I had some issues with the heroine based on past bad girl behavior and some past book snooty behavior, but the sweet
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Connor ORourke is ready to take that next step in life so he has the ring, he has the special night all planned out. But when he pops the question to his long-time girlfriend, Jessica Dunn. She flat outs says no.

Talk about awkward.

But its clear that this isnt the first time that they have gone over this. In fact, their on-again, off-again relationship has been something that these two have been dealing with for some time. I had to give Kristan Higgins some credit. You dont often see these
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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3 and a half stars

Heres the thing. This is #5 in Higgins Blue Heron series. Its not a consecutive story, just stories of individuals within a town Im longing live in for a bit. I havent read these In order, and it doesnt really matter if you do. Everything about these books are COZY. You just want to curl up on the couch with a blanket, some cookies & milk and get lost in wine country.
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. First book of 2016!! Going to be frank with you, as much as I adore KH and her writing skills. Jessica's treatment of Connor had me wanting to at times to throw my book against the wall....more than once. I know that Jessica got it in the end, but I felt the ending was a bit to pat and Connor a bit too forgiving too fast. She put him the constant heartache with her on again off again BS. I get her situation with Davey, I really did, but to constantly deny yourself a chance with ...more
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is only the second book book I've read by Kristan. I wasn't super impressed with the other one, but I liked the premise of this and decided to try it.

Jessica and Connor are likable characters. I did get tired of Jessica's past drama, but it does make sense for her character and for some reason, I enjoyed how consistent she was with it. She's also really loyal and I loved how she handled her brother. Connor is charming and all of his interactions with his twin sister were the best.

The push
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I haven't read a book from this author but for some reason I feel excited that I got an ARC and can't wait to read it :D

*An advance reading copy was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Yomi M.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

Will post my thoughts later.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I really enjoyed this last book in the Blue Heron series. Kristan Higgins is a breath of fresh air and I will definitely read more of her books in the future.
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
I expected better for Connor's story.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
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Nostalgic, achingly tender and sweet - Anything for You showed the extremely slow development of Jess and Connor's relationship. All the characters we already know and love in Blue Heron were present as well.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I have to admit I felt really bad for Connor with the beginning of Anything For You! He had prepared a very romantic evening for his on-again off-again girlfriend Jess, complete with a diamond ring to ask her to marry him -
Well this is my first dnf for this author...

I just cant finish a book like this when I'm vouching for the main characters to NOT end up together.. And for someone who claims to know their partner so well should know when he is not joking and should be taken seriously i.e. Connor proposing to Jessica. The way she rejected him made me not care about their past, which is what the next few chapters are about. And as if that wasn't enough the author had to add / write an annoying character persona
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really good book!!! Probably my favorite in the series. I think there was just a little more depth and substance to this book, that just gave it that little extra something something. I really liked the backstory to Jessica and Connor. Jessica had it rough, and she kept it together and made something of herself and took fantastic care of her little brother. I like how Connor took the initiative to improve the relationship between himself and her little brother, knowing that was a make it or ...more
This was wonderful - all the best qualities of Kristan Higgins writing. The dialogue, the "scenes," the characters. I was completely immersed in the story and if I'd been able to, I'd have read it in one sitting. Give me more!
Two-haiku review:

They're secret lovers
She has special needs brother
Refuses marriage

Great plot, characters
Has typical Higgins depth
I love all her books
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2019 Audio Update ... This was a great conclusion to my favorite Kristan Higgins series. It has been a few years since I have read these books, though, and I have to admit that my reading tastes have changed since I first read this story, so I don't think I felt the same level of enjoyment that I felt the first time I read it. That also may be because I wasn't a huge fan of the audio version. I think these books work better when I can imagine it in my head as I read the book myself. Amy Rubinate ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 One of the stronger books in Higgins' Blue Heron series, largely because our heroine is no humorously abject pushover. Readers of previous books in the series know Jessica Dunn as the mean girl about town. In this book, we get to discover the reasons why she's so tough, and get to root for the tough girl finding her HEA.

The child of two alcoholics, Jess has spent most of her life taking care of her younger sibling, Davey, disabled by fetal alcohol syndrome. As a teenager, she slept with
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.9 stars
I dont know what stopped me from adding this to my five star shelf except perhaps that I listened to this on audio.
Im not sure Ive ever really loved an audio book like the print versions and I suspect this could be a favourite if I were to re read it.
The blue heron series was the first Kristan Higgins that I read. The first one is on my five star shelf and the book about Colleen (anything for yous heros sister) is one Ive wondered about upgrading to my favourites also as its one of
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IMO This was the second best book in the series ,The Best Man being the best.
This book didn't have the problems I had with the #2,#3 and #4. There was one story line (unlike In Your Dreams), H/H dealing with their personal ,professional lives and the romance. A bunch of great secondary characters added fun to this great and sometimes angsty story.
After reading the first chapter, I was ready not to like Jessica but she started to grow on me. She and Connor were a great couple, it might have
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“Thank you,” she whispered against his mouth. “Thank you for putting up with me.”
He kissed her again, then rested his forehead against hers. “You know how it is, Jess,” he said, smiling. “Anything for you.”
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