Title: My One and Only
Author: Terri Osburn
Series: Ardent Springs #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
As far as Dr. Haleigh Rae Mitchner is concerned, Cooper Ridgeway is more suited to a superhero cape than mechanic’s overalls. It’s just like Ardent Springs’s most upstanding resident to rescue a pregnant, homeless teenager and bring her to Haleigh’s delivery room. When they team up to help the new mother and baby, Haleigh is determined not to cross the line with Cooper. Not only is he her best friend’s brother, he’s a guy who deserves more than Haleigh’s checkered past could ever offer.
At first glance, Haleigh is no longer the girl Cooper pined for in school. The sleek, professional OB-GYN seems more out of reach than ever for this small-town mechanic. But the more time he spends with the complicated woman, the more he wants her. Who better than Cooper to prove to her that nothing is beyond fixing? Especially in Ardent Springs, a town that’s tailor-made for second chances.
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
Cooper is wonderful. He’s a seriously good guy, a loyal friend, helps out others, is all around awesome and has been in love with Haleigh for as long as he can remember. I really, really liked Cooper and he was the saving grace of this novel of second chances and long-time crushes – because try though I did, I just couldn’t like Haleigh at all.
In fact the only time I agreed with her in this book was when she thought Cooper deserved better. He did. It’s not that she treats him so badly (although she is a bit mean at times), it’s more that she doesn’t think about him at all. Even when they’re together, it’s all about how Cooper makes her feel. She never once thinks about how Cooper feels, what she might give him in a relationship, it’s all one way traffic, except right at the end.
Haleigh is a mess. She’s a seething mass of guilt and insecurities. This doesn’t make her a bad person, but my word, there were so many times I just wanted her to grow up. At one point she claims she doesn’t blame her mother for the bad things in her life, but she actually does. Whenever she has a loss of willpower, it’s all because of what her mother said/did/thinks. Their relationship is completely toxic, yet despite Haleigh having a clear perspective on it all (and having done so for many, many years) she still lets her mother rule her life. Grow up and move on, Haleigh!
That sounds harsh, and it probably is, but there was nothing about Haleigh that I could latch onto to like. She’s an average friend, doesn’t truly value what she has with Cooper and is a complete pushover when it comes to family. Even she thinks she’s a bad person. Only Cooper thinks differently, and although I liked him enough to want him to succeed, I never saw what he did in Haleigh.
There are a few interesting subplots – Jessi was a great character, while Abby was borderline awful at times, and it was nice to catch up with the other couples in the series – but if it hadn’t had Cooper in it, I don’t think I’d have finished. I’m a fan of Terri Osburn and have been really enjoying this series so far, but I have to say this heroine was just too messed up for me. Here’s hoping the next couple have a bit more balance to their relationship.
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