I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #2
Published by HQN on October 29, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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 fiancé, 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 .
What I Thought…
- I have been a huge fan of Kristan Higgins well before I started blogging. Her books are always a little bit fun and a little bit serious. A few have even made me cry. What Higgins does so well is blend her characters and plot into one. Sometimes things are ridiculous, sometimes not, but it doesn’t matter because it always goes together so well.
- I loved the storyline of The Perfect Match. Honor has been “seeing” this guy for years and upon reaching an age where everyone is telling her that she must get married she decides to propose to him. Obviously this does not go well, in fact it goes so poorly that within a few weeks of her proposal he tells her he is engaged to her friend Dana.
- Tom is in the States on a work visa. When he first came to the states he fell in love with this girl, who had a son, and they were going to get married, but she died before they could get married. He might have returned to England, but he wants to be here in the states for Charlie, his almost step-son. Tom is such a nice guy. Almost too nice. He put his whole life on hold for a kid who doesn’t really even like him, all because his grandparents see him as a chore (“We already raised our child, why do we have to raise another.”) and his father is… nowhere.
- Honor and Tom cross paths and when she finds out that his work visa won’t be renewed she offers to marry him. I know that this plot line has been done before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be good (and it was good)!
- Honor’s “Mr. Perfect” (Brogan) is now engaged to her friend Dana. Dana is the worst friend ever. Not just because of the engagement thing, though that would be enough, there are many other reasons. Basically Dana is all about Dana and uses Honor and is seriously jealous of Honor. She has a scheme for everything, including Brogan. Brogan is just your average I don’t want to settle down type of guy and isn’t all that terrible. He’s not great, but he does have some redeeming qualities.
- Charlie is going through the rough teenage years without either of his parents. His dad only comes around whenever he feels like it, which is almost never, and his grandparents don’t really want him, yet don’t want to give custody to Tom (which annoyed the crap out of me, you obviously don’t want him and Tom does so do what’s best for the child)!
- I enjoyed The Perfect Match, but it isn’t my favorite Higgins book. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but I wasn’t able to feel the same connection to Honor and Tom like I do for the couples in her other books, however that could have just been my frame of mind when I read it. I would definitely recommend The Perfect Match to anyone who loves contemporary romance.