Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

The Perfect Match (Blue Heron, #2)
Publish Date: October 29, 2013
Kindle {p. 448}
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Blue Heron #2
Source: Publisher
Honor Holland, Tom Barlow
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 hated Honor's BFF Dana on sight. This even before it came to light what a total B she was. It was just something about her I just didn't trust.

I wanted to like Tom, but is love affair with booze wouldn't let me. Sure he had his great moments, but that didn't manage to be enough for me to turn a blind eye to his drinking. I know he was going through some things with his "unofficial stepson" but that still wasn't reason enough to excuse his behavior. I did sympathize with what he was going through, but I couldn't justify his behavior.

I wanted better for Honor than Tom. I felt she need a man that was stronger than the man Tom was. Not stronger physically, but stronger emotionally. He came through in the end, but I didn't love him like I loved Levi or my all-time favorite Higgins hero Callahan.

Honor's relationship with her "friend" she sometimes sleeps with, was just odd all around. He didn't really seem to treat her any differently than if she was just one of the guys, only he was sleeping with her. I found it very hard to believe that she went along/put up with this for so many years. Honor is the workaholic, intimidating one of the family, but when it came to Brogan, she had no backbone. Even after everything came out. That lost her some points as well.

I am curious to see who will star in the next installment of this series, Honor's brother of her nephew. Although this isn't my favorite Higgins novel, it's still worth a read.


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