the ask@AAR: What do we think about Kristan Higgins?

We’ve reviewed Ms. Higgins 22 times at AAR. She’s received eight DIK grades, twelve B grades, and two C+s. Her last seven books have been women’s fiction rather than straight romances, six of which (the women’s fiction) have gotten As. Higgins is famous in Romancelandia for being the nicest woman you’ve ever met (Jenny Holiday gives her a run for her money but Higgins has been around a lot longer.

Higgins sold her first book to Harlequin in 2005. She says she was trying to figure out a way to be both a stay at home mom and contribute to her family finances. So she thought she could write a romance novel and ended up publishing her first novel, Fools Rush In. It was a success and since then she’s sold millions of books.

Higgins was one of the first contemporary romance writers I read–my adult foray into romance was initially all historical. I loved The Next Best Thing, my first Higgins and have read every single book she’s written since then. And yet, she’s not an author I necessarily recommend to those who ask me for my very best romance recommendations. And I’m not sure why that is.

What do you think about Higgins? Have you read her? If so, what have you loved? And if not, why not?

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