The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

December 10th, 2013 Kimberly Review 59 Comments

10th Dec
The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
The Perfect Match
by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #2
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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 fiancé, 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…

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins is the second book in the Blue Heron series. I did not realize at the time that this was part of a series, but it worked well as a standalone. Second chance love and a marriage arrangement are tropes visited in this small-town romance, but side stories added depth and connection to this tale that kept me turning the pages. Mini review: heart-warming, and realistic with lessons and love.

The tale takes place in the small town of Manningsport, New York; population of 715. Honor Holland and her family own the local vineyard, and it’s been in their family for generations. She has helped put the vineyard and its cellars on the map since she began working there. On her thirty-fifth birthday, her Doctor informs her that her biological clock is ticking, and this has her focusing on marriage. She asks her best friend with benefits to marry her and he flat out rejects her only to announce he is engaged a mere three weeks later to her best friend! Tom Barlow is a British professor here on a green card. His visa is about to expire, and he is deeply concerned for his unofficial stepson Charlie and their fragile relationship. Thanks to a meddling old woman, these two meet and agree to marry. The tale that unfolds offers a slow building romance with growth and tender moments as Higgins wraps these characters around your heart.

Honor Holland is the back-bone of her family and their business. Her only relationship has been with her best friend and it’s been an unhealthy one. She is your average woman, who really sees herself as a plain Jane, and sadly often dresses that way. She has spunk though, and we see moments of it. While not my favorite character, she made me laugh, and I was pleased with the growth we saw from her. Tom Barlow has strong features and a sexy crooked tooth but it is his British accent that has woman fawning over him. I really liked this damaged and flawed man with a heart three sizes too big. His interaction with his stepson, and attention to Honor was sweet. Of course, he needed a big kick in the pants when it came to love and trust, and I enjoyed watching him grow. The side characters were wonderful in this tale and added depth. Higgins filled the tale with characters to make you melt, laugh and loathe all while allowing them to see growth, as well.

Going into The Perfect Match, I expected a romance wrapped around the marriage trope and knew it would be laced with humor, a little angst and looked forward to watching the relationship develop. What I didn’t expect was well rounded world Higgins drew me into. I fell in the love the Holland family, with Charlie, Tom’s stepson and I got caught up in the drama with Honor’s best friends. Higgins even introduced some traditions surrounding the Vineyard that held me spellbound. I would love to live on a vineyard, the whole idea is romantic, and while I know it is hard work it seems like a simplistic way of life. The romance developed slowly, in fact; their first encounter did not go well at all. These two are complicated, and whenever an arrangement is involved and feelings enter into the equations things get deliciously complicated. Higgins balanced the angst, and misunderstands with growth and depth. I really became quite entangled in everyone’s life and felt like I lived it with them, making this a realistic and heartfelt romance that I didn’t want to end.

Fans of small-town romances with fleshed out characters will enjoy The Perfect Match. The first book in the series, The Best Man is currently available and tells the story of Faith Holland and the third book, Waiting on You, shares Colleen O’Rourke’s tale and is one I am anxious to read. It is scheduled to release in March of 2014.

Four cups of coffee out of five
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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She’s a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat…

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59 Responses to “The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins”

  1. Giselle

    Dude I love all these small town books you read! Woot! I also have been wanting to read something by this author for like 90 years so I should get to that soon! lol. I like how well developed and crafted it all sounds especially with all the characters this book seems to have! Great review, Kimba!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have a soft spot for small-town romances, they offer a little something more.

  2. Lauren

    I love small towns with great characters, and I’m always up for a good romance. I don’t read nearly enough Higgins, so I should definitely grab a copy of this one! Great review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It happens, we each bring a little personal experience into the story. I need to go read your review, or maybe the audio wasn’t up to snuff..idk but we cannot love them all!

  3. Mary

    I’ve always enjoyed Kristan Higgins’s stories. Her characters are relatable, I want to live in the little towns she writes about and yay for romance! Her writing is surprisingly well-rounded, too (I don’t really know why that’s surprising to me. I guess because I expect fluff when I pick up her books but get something more. Win!).

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think you are right, small-town romances invite you into the town, and it is more than just a romance.

  4. Jenny

    I have yet to read anything by Kristan Higgins Kim, I really need to change that! I’m glad the angst is balanced by a lot of growth from the characters, that’s a very good thing. I’m fine with some angst in my romances, but I need that balance there to keep me from getting frustrated. Definitely need to start with The Best Man I think, I’ve heard such good things about that one!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      this was my first, I think she is falls between Carr and Shannon Stacey.

  5. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    We seem to have read this book the same way:) I enjoyed the same things about it you did. Thanks for the review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad, it just reaffirms my feelings about it, thanks for letting me know.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      :snort: yes there was wonderful humor in this, I will keep an eye out for My One and Only

  6. Andrea

    I wanted to review this, but couldn’t fit it in. I will definitely try to give it a go, though. Everyone seems to love Higgins!

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  7. Sharlene Wegner

    Oh, my gosh, I loved this book! And you must read The Best Man – I did a reread before reading this – it is so good! I have read all of Kristan Higgins’ books & they are all excellent!

  8. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    “Well-rounded world” are the magic words I was thrilled to read! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for lately. I found it in Thunder Point, but I’m almost done, and Higgins was recommended to me on several occasions. I know it’s not the same, but the feeling of comfort is.
    Lovely review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know what you mean, small-town series invite you to move in, to be a part of the family and community and someone always has a pot of coffee on.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, in another week or so I will have you looking at paranormal, dystopian and urban fantasy..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too, I really should have researched but I loved a blogger’s review, and then saw it on netGalley and bam!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love romantic suspense for that reason, Have you tried Carr, her stories always have something unfold that adds suspense.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was my first read of hers Lily, I am curious about book one.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad. Did you read book one Best Man? I am hoping to add it to my pile..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Lindy, I have a lot of small town romances this month..LOL