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Until There Was You

Until There Was You - Kristan Higgins I generally like Kristan Higgans - I think she's got a good sense of humor, and she writes contemporaries in a style I would call "optimistic realism" ~ real enough not to be sugary sweet, but with the happily every after vibe that romances require. That said, Until There Was You was just ok for me: I like a bad boy turned good father as much as the next person, but there was something about Liam & Posey that just didn't fit for me. I guess a lot of that had to do with other aspects of Posey's personality - her doormat-ness, if you will - that bothered me so badly that I wasn't completely on board with her being mature enough for a relationship. (Although there were a lot of other parts of her personality that I appreciated, so she wasn't a total wash out.) But there were a lot of things about Liam to appreciate - the portrayal of his panic attacks, for example. I thought that storyline was generally well handled - it edged a little into uncomfortable areas : The quick wrap up of an epilogue doesn't leave much room for long discussions, but ending things with "his obsession... dwindled. Just enough for Posey to mock him about his handwashing" flirts into both love is a magical cure! and mental illness is quirky and twee! territories, but I'm going to be generous because she handled it so well in the rest of the book, and say that the author just missed those danger zones.