Series: Blue Heron #2
Publication Date: 29th October 2013
Book Source: Harlequin & NetGalley
Synopsis: 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….
You may have read previous guest reviews I’ve done for Kristin Higgins' books here at The Eclectic Reader. It’s easy for me to say that Kristan is by far my favourite contemporary romance author. Seems that after introducing Kristan’s fabulous stories to Teddyree that I’ve found another fan for Kristan, but also possibly some competition as to who will review her books!
One of the things I love about picking up one of Kristan’s books is that her storytelling is flawless, her characters are loveable and always find a place in my heart, I’ll have a laugh or two, maybe shed a few tears and am I am always guaranteed a HEA.
The Perfect Match is Honor and Thomas’ story. We meet Honor in the first book The Best Man, the story of Honor’s sister Faith. Thomas is a very cute and charming Englishman, and I loved that Kristan crossed the water to find a new main man. Thomas has issues extending his work Visa and the plan is they will marry to enable Tom to stay. I love the marriage of convenience storyline in a historical novel, usually not so much in a modern setting, but Kristan has pulled this one off very well. Thomas has many qualities to be admired, as noted by Honor.
Oh sigh. Not only could he shag like a friggin’ Olympian, he cooked for her.
I adore the quirky family members and residents of Manningsport. Honor hosts a wine and movie night at the local retirement village.
Honor had started the Watch and Wine club a couple of years ago: show a movie that had even a little bit of wine in it and pair it with a themed tasting. For Un-corked, they’d of course had the Chateau Montelena chardonnay. Pinot noir for Sideways. A full-bodied cab for Twilight, though the combination of wine and Taylor Lautner’s torso had proved too much for some, and 911 had to be called when Mrs Griggs fainted.
I feel that Kristan with her latest two novels is skirting the edge a little more with the sexiness. I’m used to reading some steamier romance novels but I never feel like I’m missing anything with Kristan’s novels because she sure knows how to write fabulous chemistry between her characters.
This series has been promoted as a trilogy but there are so many fabulous characters in the town of Manningsport that I really hope Kristan’s publishers ask her to write more about this lovely town and its quirky characters.
See my review of the 1st book in the series THE BEST MAN.
Guest review by Karen Barr
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