Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: The Perfect Match ( Blue Heron #2 ) by Kristan Higgins

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Excerpt

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….

Genre

Contemporary

Review

The phrase women fear the most.

The years are precious, egg wise. 

To Honor Grace Holland, her days are numbered. She's freaking 35, single, live with her father and having this non-relationship with her high school crush, Brogan whom she constantly engaged in a fling whenever he's in town (or when she's in his town).

When her gynae, Jeremy uttered the dreadful words to her, she heard the clock ticking and decided to pop the question to Brogan. She loves Brogan all her life and proposing to him seems like a no brainer. Until....... she crashed and burnt and totally humiliated in public nonetheless. 

Then came Tom Barlow, British, a mechanical engineer, who happened to teach at the local college. Here is a man looking to commit marital fraud in order to stay close to his almost-stepson. Aww.... who wouldn't fall for that? 

Tom can be a goofball and a jerk sometime, especially when he's faking his charm or being nervous, but I think he had a great heart and soft spot for Honor and decided to step in to help her fend off her scumbag of a crush and her evil bff who stole her man. 

Honor totally appreciated his help and decided to hell with it and proposition to marry him to get his green card. Honor wanted to make it work by being sincere and give this relationship a try, Tom was kinda freaked out by her generosity, but is hard to reject due to his desperateness. 

eCommitment was much more romantic than a contract negotiated in a stone basement, like some illicit agreement between two shady government agencies.

The constant eggs talk was pretty damn funny and I felt like cheering Honor along with them. Go for it!

Oh sigh, said the egg. Think of what we would do with his DNA.

We are dying here.


And then there were often some British humor that came along,

"You have a nice accent."
"I haven't any accent at all, darling. It's the English language, remember? And I'm English. You're the one mucking things up, you ungrateful Yank."


I think the draw of this book was actually the big Holland family of Blue Heron. I love their family dynamic, from their Pop and Goggy who wanted to bludgeon each other, to her dad and Mrs J who was having an underground affair and of courses the Holland sisters. We also caught up with Faith and Levi, the couple from Book 1. 

And then there was Charlie, Tom's almost stepson from his last relationship. It was sad to hear about that awful relationship that he experience, but he truly love Charlie, the teenage who was full of angst and hated him so much. At times, I can't stand the way the boy treated him. But what came later was of course a beautiful heartfelt ending that reduced me to tears. 

All in all, I love the Blue Heron series. Maybe the romance might be lacking in steam, but overall the plot and the characters dynamic totally make the read worthwhile.

Rating 4/5

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