Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins: Review


by: Kristan Higgins

An Adult Contemporary Romance


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….

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Star Rating: 3.5 stars

Heat Rating:  SIMMERS

I have been a fan of Kristan Higgins for years.  Her books are always heart-warming, feel good books to read cuddled up on the couch and The Perfect Match was perfect for that!  I loved getting to revisit the characters from The Best Man and the Blue Heron series.  (You can read this as a stand alone book, but I would read from the beginning so you are caught up on all the inside stories)

Kristan Higgins is one of those authors who can write a romance novel without all the sex while delivering a story that packs an emotional punch to the heart.  The Perfect Match focused on the characters and that is really a strength of Kristan Higgins, her characters are always fun to read, a bit quirky and have strong loyalties.

The Perfect Match was a bit cliche with some of the plot lines, but it was an enjoyable read.  Honor was a very likable character that needed a push out of her comfort zone before she could move in the direction she wanted her life to go in.  The Holland family is a true joy to read and it was very fun to reconnect with this crazy cast of characters.  Tom, is a great match up to Honor's goody-two shoes personality.  He was a bit tattered around the edges and drank too much (in Honor's opinion) but he had a HUGE heart and his story really pulled on those heartstrings.

I love reading about people falling in love and Kristan Higgins tells great love stories.  Her writing is very easy to read and ending up lose track of time.  If you looking for a romance that will leave your heart happy and not wrung out, then The Perfect Match is a great match for you!  Go check in with the Holland clan and meet Tom and Honor.

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Meet the Author:

Hello! I’m flattered that you clicked the button. If you clicked by mistake, well, hello anyway.

I live in a small Connecticut town with a beautiful library, a great agricultural fair, nice people and not much else. I have two lovely, entertaining children and a brave firefighter for a husband, who is, perhaps more importantly, a fantastic cook. Digger from Fools Rush In is inspired my very own Digger, our cheerful Lab mutt. We also have two cats and grieve for an occasional, short-lived beta fish. 

I worked as a copywriter until I had kids and started writing fiction when my children graced my life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, I surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so I started my first novel. Before long, I had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America's RITA© award, which just thrilled me to my toes. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good To Be True (Feb 09), The Next Best Thing (Feb 10), and All I Ever Wanted, summer 2010. More books are in the pipeline.

I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. And I try to focus on an aspect that’s common, if not universal, hence the “stalking” in Fools Rush In and the crush on the unattainable man in Catch of the Day. People ask if I’ve ever stalked a guy. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! They also ask if I’ve ever had a crush on a priest. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! As far as being crazy about one of my brother's friends, which is the plot of Just One of the Guys, well, yes to that one. But I'm not naming names. Dating a fictional man, like Grace does in Too Good To Be True? Um...can I take the fifth on that one? Whether it's my own experience or not, I try to find something we can all relate to.

When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake. I suffer from chronic bedhead and an unhealthy (and completely understandable) obsession with Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees. Like Millie Barnes, I run, which provides the neighbors with some real entertainment. 

We spend as much time as possible at our family home on Cape Cod, swimming in the Atlantic, shivering on the beach, swatting horseflies and watching fish evade my lure at Higgins Pond. It’s as close to heaven as it gets.

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