Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Title:  The Best Man
Author: Kristan Higgins
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: A Blue Heron Novel #1
Release Date: Feb 2013
Main Characters: Levi and Faith
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: mild



Story Overview:
Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect… 

Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there….

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

My Review:

*sigh* Kristan Higgins books are my happy place and I've been saving this one because I love them so much. It did not disappoint. Everything about this book was good. From Levi and Faith and how much they truly don't like each other, for different reasons. Then there's Jeremy, Faith's former fiance, who's just too sweet...and a bit clueless...to be real. But oh, I could so see him as a great best friend for both Levi and Faith. 

Faith is a real girl. She has real girl curves and is epileptic. She has a dog she loves, a family she lovingly tolerates, and a secret that she's hidden for twenty years. In the meantime, she's tried to be as perfect as possible to make up for it. The one flaw in her perfect world....Levi, the guy who's never liked her...oh, and yeah, he ruined her wedding to the perfect guy. So what that he was gay and no one including her realized it, they still had a good thing going. But Levi has never made it any secret that he only endures Faith when she's around. 

Levi grew up as one of the poor kids. He always watched Faith from afar with her perfect-princess persona, always helping and volunteering and being too sickly sweet to everyone. It drove him nuts and he never saw the person below  that facade, even though she dated his best friend for years. Now Faith is back and their paths keep crossing, showing Levi a completely different person than the one he thought he knew.

For the first half of this book, the story unfolded with a chapter from the present followed by a chapter from the past. I'm not a huge fan of this many flashbacks, but it worked for this book because so much of who these people are and what has put them where they are at in their lives rests in the nuances of the past. 

It was interesting watching the way the characters, especially Levi, have evolved from the past. At first, I really wasn't sure I was going to be able to like him, but by the end, I was in love. *sigh* Such a great character and he is so perfect with Faith. He's a much more introverted person although he's always helping people and showing his feelings in little subtle ways. Faith is all out there. The two of them together were great. 

There was also this huge cast of characters from this tiny town...and a lot of them are just that...characters. It was fun to get to know everyone in the town. My favorites:
*Jeremy
*Sarah, Levi's little sister. 

There was also a great moment with Levi at a car wreck that just melted my heart. I was so happy that K. Higgins included that little touch. 

Overall, this was another FANTASTIC read from Kristan Higgins. I am so happy that it's the beginning of a series. I LOVE upstate NY and this little town.

1 comment:

paperbackdaydreamer.com said...

Wonderful review Christi. I've never been able to pick up a Kristan Higgins book...they are on my TBR list, I have at least one on my shelf at home and I've thought about reading them on and off over the past couple of years. It's official, I NEED to read her books! My question to you, she always has an animal (mainly dogs...or maybe always a dog) on the front cover...are they an important part to the story line? I love animals, as you know, and always thought that I'd extra love her books if the pets were integrated in the story line. :-)