The Next Best Thing
By Kristan Higgins
(Harlequin HQN, Mass Market Paperback, 9780373777341, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks
She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbecue, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important: someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate "friend with privileges," and hello to a man she can marry.
Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?
Kristan Higgins is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been praised for their "genius level EQ, whippet-fast, funny dialogue and sweet plots with a deliciously tart edge" (USA TODAY). She lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband and two extremely advanced children, one shy little mutt and an occasionally affectionate cat.
"Kristan Higgins is a rising superstar, thanks to...sweet plots with a deliciously tart edge."
--USA TODAY on My One and Only
"Both gut-wrenchingly emotional and hysterically funny at the same time...Kristan Higgins writes the books you don't want to end."
--#1 New York Times bestsellingauthor Robyn Carr
"Romance fans and lovers of women's fiction will devour this witty and tender novel. Highly recommended." -Library Journal, starred review on Somebody to Love
"A funny, poignant romance."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review, on My One and Only
"Higgins has a special talent
for creating characters readers love."
-RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars on All I Ever Wanted
"A heartwarming, multi-generational tale of lost love,
broken hearts and second chances."
-BookPage on The Next Best Thing