All About Siblings
by Kristan Higgins, author of Anything for You
One of my favorite things about Anything for You is that Connor O’Rourke is a twin. His sister Colleen and he have shared what she calls “a magical twinsy bond” since birth, and though Connor hates to admit it, it’s true. They can talk without speaking, and Colleen knows way more about Connor’s longtime love for Jessica Dunn than he’d like.
The magical twinsy bond goes both ways. When Colleen was dealing with her own romantic angst in Waiting on You, her older-by-three-minutes twin was there for her. Now, Colleen’s expecting a baby, and Connor suffers along with her, enduring sympathy back pain and the occasional bout of heartburn. When Colleen goes into labor, guess who’s at her side?
Jessica Dunn, the heroine of Anything for You, is also a devoted sibling. All her life she’s protected her little brother Davey from bullies. A special needs kid, Davey brings a lot of love and laughter into Jess’s life…and a lot of complications when it comes to Connor. Davey’s always had it in for him, and it’s not going to be easy for Jess to convince her brother that Connor isn’t the bad guy.
But back to twins…I always wanted to be one, didn’t you? Blame it on Mitch and Amy by Beverly Cleary, which I read at a tender age, or the Wonder Twins from the Justice League, who could knuckle-bump and turn into an animal and a form of water. “Shape of…a monkey! Form of…mist!” How that helped catch the bad guys was less clear, but it was still wicked cool.
Have you got a favorite set of twins in literature or movies? Fred and George Weasley? Mary Kate and Ashley? Luke and Leia? Those terrifying girls from The Shining? Or maybe, just maybe, Connor and Colleen O’Rourke!
About Anything for You:
…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…