My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It is impossible to stay pissed when reading a book by Kristan Higgins. I was leg-stomping, thigh-slapping with how funny moments in this were. Better yet, the humor was on equal footing with all other emotions explored. So, yes, one can not not end up happy-content
As previous books in this series have prepared us- Jack indeed is a prince of a lead. Mostly. Because what we have is a guy who likes to do the right thing all the time, even when he's not up to it. I enjoyed seeing that there's more depth to him though. That while he could be (and was) teasing, affectionate brother-son-uncle-neighbor, there was more to him still. The predicament is of him facing up to not being 'up to' dealing with... well, everything really. The same has made for a more honest, possible picture of the guy. Add to that, how he really was nice! Well, mostly nice anyway. As past events have the guy skirting an edge of what's emotionally ok and not. Complicated stuff but less so once Em was in the picture.
And Em? Knee jerk assessment had me thinking she was yet another messy complicated ball of insecurity- She was then wasn't; however, it's her figuring things out was equal parts painful funny and just plain painful (it was more of the first really.) On dealing with aweful exes- Ah, the things women do! On dealing with family and expectations and place therein- Oh! the things children put themselves through! On new men and new relationships- am I back to exclaiming on the things women put themselves through? Needless to say: she was funny but more than that, she was real.
Thank you, NG!
(And please, Book Gods, I hope this is not the end of this series!)
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