Monday, October 28, 2013

Review and Giveaway: The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

Title: The Perfect Match
Author: Kristan Higgins
Series: Book Two in the Blue Heron Series
Published By: Harlequinn (October 29, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
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 fiancĂ©, 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….

My Thoughts and Review:
For the record, I love Kristan Higgins. She is one of my absolute favorite authors in this genre. I look forward to each of her new releases and have read every single book she has published, she is that good and that loved.

Her books are witty and funny and have all the good stuff I love in a romance. The heroines are flawed and loveable and so down to earth and always someone I would want for a friend. And of course the heroes are their perfect match (no pun intended) in every way. Smart, handsome, ambitious and completely swoon worthy. 

I fell in love with the Holland family after reading The Best Man and was so very excited to learn that all of the same characters I fell in love with in the first book would once again be starring in the second.

I love stand alone series for the simple fact that we get glimpses into the past characters without all the fuss of having to read the last book or even the first book (although I do highly recommend you do read them all in order because this is a fabulous series) to know what is going on and to have the chance to get to know all the other characters in the story and series.  

I love that we got to see more of the Holland clan and especially Levi and Faith. 

And even though I loved Levi and Faith I was super excited to dive into the life of Honor the middle child in the Holland clan and learn more about her. And of course, I fell in love with her immediately. Would I expect anything less from Higgin's work? Not a chance.

I love that Higgins can make me laugh one moment and then get teary eyed the next with her heartfelt stories that are sure to tug at your heart strings and leave an impression on your soul. Her characters are so real and so enduring it would be almost impossible to read one of her stories and not have it stick with you long after it has been put down. 

I absolutely loved Tom and just how amazing the the grumpy Brit could be. His sense of humor, loyalty and just plain goodness (when he wasn't deliberately trying to be a turd) were what made him a stand out character. His love for Charlie was so tender and true that I couldn't help but like him and root for him to get his HEA. 

Once again Higgin's managed to take my breath away with how wonderful a writer she really is with her enduring stories about love triumphing over everything, growing into your own, forgiving and forgetting and learning to let go and be happy. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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  1. This is the type of romance I'm always in the mood for, and since you and Keertana both love Kristan Higgins, I added Somebody to Love to my audio wishlist, for a start. :)
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. After reading Keertana's and now your review for this book I think I'll have to read something by this author. I'm not the biggest fan of romance but maybe I just haven't found the right book. Great review :)

  3. There is so much fun and humor in these that it is so worth it!! Plus the romances are mature, not angsty like some of the YA and NA books out there right now.

  4. I DESPERATELY NEED TO READ A BOOK BY KRISTAN HIGGINS ALI!!!! She's one of those authors I've heard nothing but amazing things about, but yet have not read anything by. I fail. I always love a British romantic hero, so I'm already pretty in love with Tom:) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  5. Yes Jenny, you need to for sure, she is a fabulous writer!!

  6. I had to giggle snort when I read the first paragraph of your review, since that is pretty much how I started my review for Mira Grant..i felt like I had to throw it out there that I was a total fangirl!
    I love, love, love marriage of convenience tropes, they make for the most delicious tales. I am going to pick this one up!! Love your review!

  7. It is hard not to go all fangirl over those authors that you really love Kim!!

  8. I haven't read any of her books but you sure made this sound good!

  9. I hope you guys all enter the giveaway!

  10. Another author I need to try. I will need a few light romances once Wicked wraps! Thanks for the giveaway. Sorry I have been AWOL Truly trying to keep up with blog, Wicked and Family!

  11. I think you would like her Heidi!

  12. Wonderful review. I love Harlequin Romances and this sounds just up my alley.

  13. I read The Best Man and I enjoyed it. Her writing is wonderful! cannot wait to get my hands on this one, glad you liked it!

  14. Ellen and Lily I hope you both decide to give this one a try too!

  15. This reminds me, I still need to read The Best Man! I'm so glad to hear that Kristan continues to kick butt at writing these romances. I love when the heroines are flawed and relatable, someone I'd want to be friends with. And Tom sounds totally swoonworthy! Great review :-)