Does being nobody's fool mean that you're nobody's love?
Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love...just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, NY, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart...an experience Colleen doesn't want to experience again, thanks. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some Olympic–level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.
But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who's ever been able to crack her defences. Seems like maybe they've got some unfinished business waiting for them – but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she's ever loved.
"Higgins [offers] strong storytelling and a refreshing, sarcastic edge...thoroughly entertaining." – People magazine
Higgins revisits Manningsport, N.Y., and its large, sometimes confusing cast of characters in her satisfying third Blue Heron title (after The Perfect Match). Colleen O'Rourke runs a tavern with her twin brother, Connor, where she manages to be a matchmaker for everyone but herself. She's not prepared to see Lucas Campbell when he suddenly reappears, as he's the match who not only got away but also stomped so hard on her heart that it's still bruised. Lucas still carries a torch for Colleen, but youthful drama led to obligations that kept him away from her for 10 years. When Lucas is pulled back home by a family emergency, he and Colleen feel the old sparks immediately roar into flame, but the years apart have created wariness in each of them. Colleen's feelings of abandonment and Lucas's unstable early years offer compelling character traits that keep the pages turning despite a thin plot.