…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 Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.
When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.
But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…
I generally love this author. I love her quirky characters and nearly impossible situations. But this book was a little too 'real' for me at times. Too many times did I need to wipe the tears form my eyes. Then at other times I just wanted to throw this book against the wall. But I'm glad I stuck it out, even when I felt emotionally drained. To watch the characters grow and blossom was a journey I'm glad I didn't give up on. The story was a unique one for me. It deals with several painful issues that plagues quite a few people. We have to deal with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Alcoholic Parents, a teen/ young woman having sex just to protect her brother. And true love. The book starts out with Conner our hero, on his knees proposing to Jess -the love of his life since he was 12 and was attacked by Jess' brothers pit bull... My issues with this book is that for the first half, the breaking up/getting back together was cute -but by the second half I just wanted to slap some sense into them, especially Jess. (thank goodness for character growth!) There are many other interesting facets to this story that will make the main plot fade into the back-ground at times. The blending of so many story lines and how the characters grow, is what makes this a book that I will be re-reading and has me giving it 4 stars.