Release Date: October 29, 2013
Title: The Perfect Match
Series: Blue Heron #2
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
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From the Publisher: 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 .
I didn’t know that this book was part of a series until after I’d requested it from Netgalley. But looking at the blurb for this one and the one that came before, it looked as if I could read it as a stand-alone – and I was right. This is one of those series where each book focuses on a different set of people – but the people are all intertwined in each other’s lives. This book was about Honor Holland, and the first book was about her sister Faith.
Based on what I read in this book, I’m pretty sure I prefer Honor to Faith anyway (though when I do finally get around to reading the first one, I’ll fall in love with Faith’s story too).
Honor hasn’t had much luck when it comes to love. My heart absolutely broke for her when the love of her life compared her to a broken in baseball glove:
“When he puts it on, it’s like an old friend, and he knows he’ll have a better day because of it. But you don’t need that glove every day.”
Yeah, that happened. Douchebag.
Could it get any worse than that? Why yes, yes it could.
Then he turns up engaged to Honor’s best friend. Or, “friend.”
So when her grandmother wants to introduce her to Tom Barlow, a British professor who is in need of a green card, Honor decides to go.
Because she’s just turned 35 and her doctor has informed her that after 35 her eggs start to become less viable. And Honor wants a family.
And that right there spawned the only part of the book that made me cringe. There were several instances of Honor talking to her eggs. And the eggs talking back (in her head, of course). If it weren’t for that, I probably would have given it 5 stars. But I just downright cringed every time it happened.
But the romance. Oh the romance! Honor and Tom really were the perfect match. They fought it hard because of how they got together, but it was inevitable. But one of the best things about this book was that it wasn’t JUST about the romance. Tom wanted to stay in the US because of Charlie – the son of his late fiance. He loved Charlie like a son and couldn’t leave him. Charlie’s story made the book – and the epilogue was all about Charlie rather than a wedding or a baby.
It was perfect (except for the eggs).
What Others Are Saying:
- Gone With the Words: Kristin Higgins once again gives me a book that fills me with so many different emotions. She’s incredibly good at writing characters that will move me every time. I insist you guys check out her books if you haven’t already.
- Smexy Books: The Perfect Match is a small town story of unrequited love and second chances. A fast paced humorous and heartfelt story about two people who start their relationship steeped in lies only to find themselves falling in love for real.
- Parajunkee: Ms. Higgins keeps the story moving with quirky secondary characters and humorous observations. Honor’s aging eggs had a running commentary that stole the show, which was good, because Honor’s ‘best friend’ Dana was rage-inducing. So, really, just the right amount of frustration and funny to make The Perfect Match an all-around good read.