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Fools Rush In

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  8,613 ratings  ·  634 reviews
Millie Barnes is this close to finally achieving her perfect life... Rewarding job as a local doctor on Cape Cod? Check. Cute cottage of her very own? Check. Adorable puppy suitable for walks past attractive locals? Check! All she needs is for golden boy and former crush Joe Carpenter to notice her, and Millie will be set. But perfection isn't as easy as it looks—especiall ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by HQN Books
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Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Reading this book was like chewing on a lemon, hoping it would taste sweet. Chewing harder didn't change the taste. Adding sugar only covered the sour taste temporarily. Pretending the lemon was a juicy, sweet plum didn't help either.

Millie Barnes has had a crush on Joe Carpentar since middle school. She knows everything about Joe and I mean everything. Millie is a world class stalker. Unfortunately, Joe is one of the cool kids and he never really notices plain ole', overweight Millie.

Millie le
Fools Rush in is a sweet but complicated story about a girl who thinks she knows what she wants. She just has to get "what she wants" to notice her. And sometimes when we want something for too long, the reality just doesn't live up to the dream we've stored on that very attractive pedestal.

This Kristan Higgins standalone romance features a likable heroine that you can't help but want to shake sometimes. The storyline is full of internal conflict and decision making that doesn't quite seem t
Julie Zantopoulos
UPDATE 12/7/17
So, initially I was going to let you guys wait and watch my Throwback series video review but I want my thoughts to be available to everyone. After Kristan's shit show of a fat-shaming storm on Twitter today I decided you should know the triggers in this crapfest.

Our MC is a doctor, a legit medical doctor, who loses weight, restricts her eating, and then binge eats in order to get "sexy" for the guy she's been crushing on since high school. That's it. That's pretty much what this
There is something wrong with me. Maybe I am actually a Kristan Higgins heroine, smart but compulsively unable to avoid what I KNOW is bad for me! I mean, I give her credit, she writes very breezy, readable books. But lordy, her heroines are dingbats. Dress them up as doctors or what have you, they are all pretty much romantically stunted - all the way back to high school. My big question is how Millie's supposed straight-talking, no-nonsense, bitch-on-wheels bff actually stayed friends with her ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

" Millie," he whispered a little hoarsely, " I want you to know that this is not some passing thing. I look at you and see the rest of my life."

Yet another successful and emotional book by KH! Seeing as this was her first book, it definitely didn't read like a debut. It was just as emotional and affecting as her later work, and I loved it. There's something to be said about all her stories. Romance, humour, lots of family dynamics and at least in my case, much room for tea
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

Another enjoyable read by Kristan Higgins. I so enjoy her characters. Millie was great though there were moments when she was going on and on about Joe that I just wanted to pinch her and tell her it might be time to move on. And talking about Joe, he might not have been the brightest bulb but what a good guy he was.

Daniel was great too. He was such a sweetie. And then Sam. He really was perfect. Kind, patient, loving and sexy in his own way.

If you enjoy KH then this one is worthy of your time
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Me he reído mucho con esta historia, no es de las más memorables de Higgins, pero tienen su toque, y son excelentes para pasar el rato.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Millie is back on Cape Cod, after ten years. Her teenage crush, Joe is still there and she feels she has to up the ante to catch his attention. Ok, maybe a bit immature to be crushing on the one person for over 15 years ... but, it's fiction. Hey, maybe it happens in real life too.

OK, maybe the cottage is not exactly on the ocean ....

Here she is, ladies and gentlemen. Dr. Millie Barnes, winner of the Boston Marathon! I looked at my watch again. Twenty-eight minutes. 1.7 miles. That was awesome.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Kristan Higgins drops her readers into the life of her heroine and makes you feel like you’ve known her your whole life.

Millie has her heart set on a life she has built up in her head to be perfect and that perfect life revolves around her crush since high school, Joe. Who among us hasn’t created a perfect version of someone in their mind, one with bits of reality and a LOT of fantasy?

I really enjoyed this story. Millie gets exactly what she has always wanted and soon realizes that
qué ratos más buenos me da la Higgins
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Let me just tell you what happens so you don't have to waste your time and read it. Millie Barnes is endearing for 3.7 seconds and then turns into the most annoying, immature, unlikeable person ever. Oh, and she's a doctor. I don't know how, because she's so stupid, but whatever. Ever since high school she's been pining over the most perfect, gorgeous man, Joe Carpenter the Carpenter (I'm serious) who is, you guessed it, a carpenter. She loses weight and pretties herself and stalks him (somethin ...more
Nay Peregrino
May 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
No, lo siento. Lo intenté, pero este libro se me quedó atorado en la garganta, intentando asfixiarme.

Y como es probable que despotrique, también es probable que suelte algún spoiler (aunque bueno, la historia ya es bastante predecible por sí misma).

Es la tercera historia que leo de esta autora, y no puedo quejarme. Me entretiene, me encanta su estilo, me hace reír... Y me enamoré por completo de su libro Tood Good to be true, fue simplemente uno de los mejores que he leído últimamente en cuanto
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Millie annoyed me a LOT at first. But I love the character of Sam. He's the type of leading man I wish there was more of in romance. And after a while the character of Millie got less annoying, til the point I really enjoyed this book. The ending to me felt rushed, I felt like there needed to be more dedicated to especially his son coming to grips with the whole thing. I think it would have made the emotional denouement more satisfying.
3.5 Stalking Your Secret Crush Stars

So good.
So weird.
So funny.
So much to say!

Review to come.
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
WARNING: Review contains some mild to moderate spoilers! :)

I'd always remembered this book as my least favorite of Kristan Higgins' novels. Convinced that the problem must be with my sieve-like memory rather than with the book itself, I tried rereading it a couple of months ago, and was pleased by how adorable and engaging and...OH. I soon recalled all too vividly why I could barely bring myself to finish this one the first time around. I try very hard to avoid using spoilers in my reviews, but
Sara ♥
From the reviews I read before I started the book, I think most people agree that this is Kristan Higgins's weakest novel. I was sort of hesitant to start, especially since the hero is the heroine's sister's ex-husband (Jerry Springer, anyone?)... But my verdict is:

If this is Kristan Higgins at her worst, bring on the rest! I REALLY liked it! Okay, YES, Millie is a crazy stalker. I didn't realize you could get a medical degree from CGNU, but apparently you can! (GOSH, I love that video! That tak
Kristan Higgins is one of those endearing authors that has a romance formula that works. She takes a gullible, needy, susceptible thirtiesh woman and adds some family drama, a dog and an attraction to a man who is (usually) out of her field. She includes light humor, some goofball embarrassing instances and lots of realistic moments. ->As in, this could have been you.<- Elementary school friendships, cherished hangouts and cheery softball games add to the homespun yarn. Older parents are ...more
Meet Millie Barnes. She's almost thirty, she's a family doctor recently returned to Cape Cod and she's been secretly harboring a crush on Joe Carpenter for sixteen years. Oh, Joe Carpenter, the Carpenter. Perfect Joe Carpenter. So beautiful he makes traffic stop, so stunning his smile can make a woman's heart flutter at fifty paces. So...Just so Joe.

Well, since she'll be turning thirty soon (which pretty much means she'll enter old age), Millie has finally decided it's about time to make Joe not
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
I think I may start just throwing 5-star reviews at all Kristan Higgins' books. This had just the right balance of angst, good pacing, tension and romance. It broke my heart and made me smile - just the right combination of happy/sad. Loved Sam and Joe and especially Millie, who really did remake herself from a chubby kid with braces into a beautiful accomplished doctor. I never stopped rooting for her.

Xe Sands is perfect for the audio. She captured the Cape Cod accents perfectly. She also balan
[May 6th, 2018: At a reduced price ($1) on Amazon and Kobo]

Kristan Higgins took a rather difficult issue. I know she writes always deeper books but I was quite anxious how she coped with it. But she did it well. It only shows that she is a really good writer.

The summary of this book doesn't tell the most important thing about the plot, you must read the novel or believe me when I say the plot/love story is more complicated than the summary suggests.

So, I have read another charming, witty and wis
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Le doy 2.5/5 Y el medio punto lo he sumado al final que es lo que más me ha gustado. Me ha parecido un libro soso y tirando a aburrido. Los protagonistas no me han transmitido demasiado. Creo que tenía unas expectativas muy altas después de leer Si supieras...
En resumen, libro prescindible
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es de los mejores de Kristan pero cumple su mision de hacerte sonreir, reir y divertirte que es al fin y al cabo lo que se pretende de estos libros....

La historia es muy parecida a otras de la autora, con sus puntos de comedia, personajes divertidos con un punto de locura ( como mucho de los secundarios) pero la verdad es que esperaba mas y el final me ha parecido muy flojo, demasiado rosa y hasta algo cursi....

Lo dicho, cumple su mision de divertirte y no pensar demasiado.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leer a Kristan es siempre un acierto y es que esta autora siempre logra engancharme a sus libros, consigue sacarme una sonrisa y emocionarme mucho con sus historias.
En este caso es cierto que al inicio la protagonista me daba algo de miedo por su obsesión con Joe, pero a la vez tenía unos momentos especiales en los que no podías parar de reir.
Millie, a local-girl-done-good, returns to her Cape Cod hometown to start her career as a doctor--and, if being perfectly honest, to also secure some true love and romance with her childhood crush, Joe. Plus, she hopes to set up her freshly divorced former-brother-in-law Sam with her happily-divorced BFF Katie. Of course, what goes on in Millie's head has no bearing on what happens in reality, and while the book ends with a wedding, it's NOT one of the specified couples.

I needed to read somethin
The fact I not only finished this dumb book but stayed up late to do so makes me question my own judgement.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

This is the third book I’ve read by this author and I think I’ve finally found the key to really enjoy them: it’s all about the heroine. If you can relate to her, then you are probably going to like the book because this author doesn’t write romance, she writes woman’s fiction. This means that even though you do get a hero -or a romantic interest I should say- he is basically a secondary character and could never be called a protagonist.

Our heroine i
Estefanía Álvarez
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Solo los locos se enamoran es una historia fresca y divertida, aunque tal vez con un final algo precipitado. Pese a no ser de mis favoritos, lo sigo recomendando ya que os sacará más de una sonrisa y disfrutaréis leyéndolo. Vivo enamorada del protagonista de esta historia.

Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, romance
This book is a trainwreck. Millie spends two-thirds being in love with Joe, putting him up on a pedestal and then being stunned when he inevitably doesn't live up to the hype. And then she goes and falls in love with her ex-brother-in-law, Sam. And the whole time you can see it coming, see that it's Sam she should be with. It's all a little unbearable, made even worse by a terribly selfish sister.

I didn't hate Fools Rush In (I finished it in an evening, after all), but I didn't really like it ei
Tamara Morgan
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of devouring the Kristan Higgins backlist, and she almost never disappoints. This one was just as cute and light and fun as the rest.

But...there was a bit of a squick factor in the h/h relationship that I couldn't get past. Taken as an isolated couple, they were adorable and made sense. Within the confines of the family dynamic, not so much. I couldn't get past the fact that the hero recovered from an 18 YEAR marriage in one year and hooked up with his SIL. 18 years is a long
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars. This was a very unique and sweet story. I just loved Millie and her crazy strategy to get Joe. It made for some really funny stuff. The most endearing and charming character was Sam...send him my way, what a man. At times my heart just broke for him. I have to say I shed a tear for Joe too. Katie was so real with her "tell it like it is" advice. Just a great bunch of characters that blended together nicely, some broken hearts, but an Millie would say...that left my eyes ...more
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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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“It doesn’t matter how old you are, what level of schooling you’ve had or where you live—stalking is innate to the female psyche. We’ve all been there.” 40 likes
“Then, walking across the room, hips swaying, blond hair flowing as if in a shampoo commercial, came Joe's date. Tall. Skinny. Big boobs despite the skinniness, their cantaloupe-like roundness announcing them as store-bought” 2 likes
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