Monday, October 7, 2013

Book Review: The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

Title:  The Perfect Match
Author:  Kristan Higgins
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 2013
Publisher:  Harlequin
Pages:  448
Source:  NetGalley


What if the perfect match is a perfect surprise? Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there…or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn't easier said than done.

Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind.

In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancĂ©, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn't easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love….

Honor has been secretly in love with Brogan for years.  They’ve had a ‘friends with benefits’ type relationship going back to their college days.  What she sees as potential for the perfect relationship, marriage and future; he compares to a well worn baseball glove.  Rejected, Honor turns to her best girl friend Dana for some much needed advice and a shoulder to cry on.

Three weeks have passed, she meets Dana and Brogan for drinks only to have them tell her they are ENGAGED!  Honor freaks (but honestly who wouldn’t?) and storms from the restaurant.  This sends the small town of Manningsport into gossip overdrive.

One of the things I love about Kristan’s books is that she never makes it easy for the heroine.  She puts them through their paces before giving them their happy ending and Honor isn’t an exception to that.  I felt for her, how could you not?  Dumped, betrayed and everyone is talking about it!  I’d be hiding in my room with my head buried in a pillow.

Honor’s grandmother fixes her up with a friend’s relative.  Tom’s newish to the area and doesn’t exactly make the best impression on their first date.  With his visa about to expire he has to figure out a way to stay in the US to be close to his stepson who isn’t really his stepson – which is a very complicated relationship.

Like all of Ms Higgins books, after all the ups and downs, and the gruelling torture she puts her characters through they find their happy ending.  What good romance doesn’t?  Another great thing about this book, is the dog!  Each and every one of Kristan’s books has the best four legged character that wiggles it’s way into our hearts.

Would I recommend this author?  Easily.  I have several of her books on my bookcase and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of them to a friend.  These are great, fun, easy to read romances that have you laughing, crying and sighing.  Would I read more by this author?  Can’t wait for her next book!

1 comment:

  1. I nabbed this from Netgalley too and now I can't wait to read it!


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