Monday, November 4, 2013

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (giveaway & review)

November 2013

A Blue Heron Novel

“Charm, laugh-out-loud humor and, most of all, Higgins’s genius-level IQ 
about people and love.” —USA TODAY on Until There Was You

“Romance fans and lovers of women’s fiction will devour this witty and tender novel. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review on Somebody to Love

Is it really possible for a modern day marriage of convenience to end in true love? 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and two-time RITA® Award winner Kristan Higgins brings her signature whipsmart dialogue and endearing characters to a charming, new novel—THE PERFECT MATCH (HQN Books, November 2013, $7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.)—the second book in her wildly popular Blue Heron series.
Thirty-five-year-old Honor Holland has been unceremoniously, and unexpectedly, dumped by her lifelong crush. The man she’s daydreamed about since high school. The man she imagined walking down the aisle with until just moments before he broke her heart. And now—a mere three weeks later—her ex 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. Not to mention the fact that she doesn’t exactly have a lot of time for dating. Running the family vineyard keeps her traveling or at the office all hours of the day (and night). Not exactly a schedule conducive to romance.
Charming, handsome Briton Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his employer has declined to sponsor Tom’s work visa. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States and leave Charlie behind. The only solution Tom can see is to marry a United States citizen, and as luck would have it, he knows a woman vivacious and intriguing enough to make the plan seem possible. And it just so happens she was just dumped.
Suddenly, a marriage of convenience doesn’t seem like such a bad option for Honor. In an impulsive moment, she agrees to help Tom—and make her ex jealous in the process. But as their pretend marriage begins to feel quite realistic, the stakes get higher and the two might be surprised to find out they’ve found in each other THE PERFECT MATCH....
$7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-77819-5

My Review:
Rating: A

It's no secret that Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors. I love her humor and her very real characters, especially her quirky heroines! This book proved no exception. I read it on a day when I was feeling really crummy and regardless of that found myself laughing out loud constantly. I also spent a good deal of the book reading passages out loud to my husband because they were so funny. This is definitely a sign of a good book.

In this book, we meet Honor and Tom. Honor was introduced as the sister in a previous book, but you absolutely won't miss anything if you haven't read that book (besides another really good read). This book is a perfectly good stand-alone read. Honor is a normal girl. She runs the business side of the family vineyard. She's a good granddaughter, daughter, and business woman. What she isn't is very good with men. She hasn't had a real date in six years although she's had a casual hook-up every once in a while with her best friend. That friends with benefits thing has been going on for 17 years. So when she turns 35 years old and her gynecologist tells her that it's time if she wants to have kids, she immediately thinks of him with disastrous results. 

Eventually she meets Tom, but it's definitely not love at first sight with them. He has his own desperation. He just found out the university he works at won't extend his work visa which means he's going to be deported and will no longer get to see Charlie, his almost stepson. BUT Tom saw what happened with Honor and her friends. He admired her before he ever met her. He can't use her for his visa so he acts like a jerk. I really loved that side of Tom. He's so protective of Honor and hates that he has to use her. 

They end up making a business arrangement which is their first mistake. They both feel the chemistry between them and know that it would be so easy to fall and you can't do that when you know that this isn't meant to be anything more. That's just gonna open yourself up to hurt and both of these characters know what it means to be hurt. They don't plan to go there again. 

I loved this book, this storyline, and these characters. You can't help but feel for them. Honor is just right there in front. She's honest to a fault. She doesn't play any games...ever. Tom is a little bit harder. He has moments where he lets himself feel and then will pull himself back so Honor never really knows how much he's feeling for her. Usually I am not a big fan of that, but the way Kristan Higgins wrote it in this book, worked for me.

There's also Charlie, the 14 yo almost stepson. *gah* My heart hurt for this kid who is obviously in so much pain. Tom loves him so much, but Charlie doesn't give him an inch. When they had their breakthrough, I just wanted to cry with them. So gorgeous! I liked the whole boxing aspect with Charlie and Honor's niece. Those were some gorgeous mental visuals...hmmm, Tom is not your normal professor. ;o)

It was just a great book all the way around!!


Even more exciting, the publisher has offered to 
giveaway one copy of 
to one of my blog readers. 

Just leave a comment on this post 
and I will draw a random winner on the 7th. 
Be sure to leave your email so I can contact you!


Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award, Kristan lives with her family in a small Connecticut town that boasts a wonderful library, a great agricultural fair, a really good ice-cream stand and not much else. She is the mother of two lovely kids and the wife of a brave firefighter who is also (perhaps more important) a fantastic cook. 

Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, she found, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so began her first novel. Kristan holds a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross, which means she can identify dangling participles, quote many great novels and play a mean game of Scrabble.

Kristan is an award-winning baker, devoted fan of the New York Yankees and an avid reader. She and her crew spend as much time as possible at the family home on Cape Cod, where they shiver in the Atlantic, ride bikes, swat horseflies and don’t catch any fish. 

1 comment:

heather said...

I've not read this author, but winning a copy of her book would be a good time to start!