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The Perfect Match (The Blue Heron Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Kristan Higgins
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)

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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 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….


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    The winemaking Holland family, first introduced in The Best Man (2013), returns in Higgins’ latest Blue Heron romance. Middle sister Honor has been so focused on growing the family business, she hasn’t started her own family. She’s then humiliated when her lifelong friend and occasional hookup partner, Brogan, turns down her misguided marriage proposal. Enter Tom Barlow, a British professor who needs a green card to stay in the country and remain close to his dead fiancée’s son. After a blind date, Honor and Tom impulsively decide to enter a marriage of convenience. Of course, once they’re living together for their sham engagement, their natural chemistry leads to what inconveniently seems like real love. Higgins once again blends sweet romance, quirky humor, and realistic emotion in a story that will keep readers entranced. Fans will also enjoy checking in with Faith and Levi and the other Hollands who make cameo appearances. --Aleksandra Walker

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    Praise for the author:

    ''Both gut-wrenchingly emotional and hysterically funny at the same time . . . Kristan Higgins writes the books you don't want to end.'' --Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    ''Higgins [offers] strong storytelling and a refreshing, sarcastic edge . . . Thoroughly entertaining.'' --People

    Product Details

    • File Size: 581 KB
    • Print Length: 448 pages
    • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (November 1, 2013)
    • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00DSX0PX8
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Okay, so I find myself in somewhat of a dilemma reviewing this book. I adore Kristan Higgins' writing. She tells a wonderful story, she's laugh-out-loud funny, her characters have dimension, her heroes are fantastic--I would go so far as to say she's my favorite author out there today.

    Except...(and here's my dilemma) I am so, SO tired of her frantic-to-be-married, emotionally immature heroines. I had high hopes for Honor after reading The Best Man. Unlike Faith, who came across as so needy I wanted to throw the book across the room more than once, Honor seemed smart and sensible. Unfortunately, desperation must run in the Holland family (and many other families in the Higgins fictional universe, since several of her heroines suffer from the same problem), because I couldn't like or identify with Honor either, for the same reason. I love marriage of convenience stories, but I couldn't enjoy it because I was, once again, too busy cringing at Honor's desperation.

    I don't want perfect; flaws are what make characters interesting and fun. I just wish Ms. Higgins would write more heroines like Parker Welles from Somebody to Love, my all-time favorite Higgins heroine. Parker was bright, funny, capable, sexy, and (most important) a grown-up, with just the right amount of prickly and neurotic thrown in to make her human. Please, please, Ms. Higgins, give us more Parker-style heroines, instead of these ditzy thirteen-year-olds in heat. I want to love your books again, and to give them five stars without hesitation!
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    17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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    (3.5 stars) I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars for this. There are lots of things I like about Higgins' romances. There's the humor, often LOL, the great dialogue, quirky characters, cute animals, nicely-done sexual tension and sex scenes that are hot without being explicit. However, I may be tiring of the Higgins formula to the extent that her stories don't delight me as much as they used to, although I still enjoy reading them and will continue to read them.

    Part of the issue I have with the books is that the Higgins heroine doesn't have enough self esteem and can end up doing some cringe-worthy things. Also, the heroine is too often betrayed by a sister or best friend, and the man the h is in love with, whether he be an ex or current love, is stolen away. Of course we all know that this is always for the best; she'll find somebody way better in the book, but still, that betrayal rankles.

    This is Higgins' second entry in the Blue Heron wine country series and features Faith's (from The Best Man (Hqn)) sister Honor, the rather stiff-rumped one. The family is all here, with oldest sister Pru still giving us TMI about her sex life with hubby, Grandma Goggy and Grandpa Pops still nastily bickering with each other, and we still have to deal with Faith and Honor's dad's love life, although this time without the inappropriate girlfriends of the previous book. And there's Spike, the endlessly entertaining little dog rescued by Honor.

    Honor has just turned 35 and her biological clock is ticking overtime. She has fancied herself in love with longtime friend Brogan (a friend with occasional benefits) and, casually, after sex, suggests they get married.
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    26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars snail's pace October 29, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley.com in exchange for an honest review. I really really REALLY wanted to like this book - it had even been on my Amazon wish list for quite awhile before receiving the free copy - I've read Kristan Higgins for a long time and overall have enjoyed her books...but I just couldn't get into The Perfect Match. The story just seemed so long and drawn out, full of little descriptions and details that meant nothing more than filling up pages but really had nothing to do with the story, and a cast of characters who weren't all that likeable. I expected a lot more from Tom, somebody that devoted to a kid that wasn't even legally his by blood or marriage you would think would be a kinder sort, but when it came to his relationship with Honor, he was a jerk more often than he wasn't and I just couldn't see what would make her fall for him. And Dana was just downright obnoxious!!! That the author tried to play her off as being oblivious to proper morals rather than cop to the fact that she's a complete b***h was just annoying. I got so sick of the author and Honor acting like Dana was so far removed from understanding social protocols that she really didn't understand how all of her choices made her a terrible person. Brogan was a grade A a** too and Honor's continued friendship with him even after the whole Dana drama (like it was all her fault and he held no blame) made it hard to like Honor or root for her to get a "happily ever after" when I really felt like she was a complete moron (just couldn't buy that she was a well-educated woman in her mid-thirties at all!).

    This book just dragged on and on and on, but I stuck it out because I kept hoping it would redeem itself - unfortunately it never did.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Charming beach read
    I'm late to the Kristan Higgins fan parade, but now I understand the squees of joy. She is a wonderful writer, and I'm so reading more of her books. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Jody
    4.0 out of 5 stars Audio version is terrific
    Honor Holland is ready to get married and have a family. She has loved Brogan since she was a child. So, she takes a deep breath and proposes. Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Lisa Hutson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Honor, a perfect combination.
    This is my favorite Kristan Higgins book so far. Maybe because there's a Valley girl minor character, Dr. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Clare Chu
    4.0 out of 5 stars As far fetched as this plot is - I can totally see myself doing the...
    Manningsport, New York, population 715 - not exactly where you would expect to find British professor, let alone one that is handsome AND charming or one with an unofficial stepson... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by E. B. MULLIGAN
    3.0 out of 5 stars I was generally okay with the unofficial stepson thing. Until every...
    Last weekend I was looking for something to listen to on my long drive between errand stops. Well I stumbled upon this story and figured it sounded good. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Tsukikomew
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great story easy read really liked it
    Published 1 month ago by Wesley Toomay
    5.0 out of 5 stars I need more!!!!!!
    I didn't want to find a new author. I already have a full library. I read The Best Man (book one in the series) and was lost. This is the best. I laughed. I cried. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Sharon Gates
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Witty and fun book.
    Published 2 months ago by Thomas J. Kimbrell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
    I love all of Kristin Higgins books. I missed her characters when I'm finished.
    Published 2 months ago by Lark Howard
    3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it.
    Okay, enjoyed it.
    Published 2 months ago by Lawrence Dessler
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    Kristan divides her time between home in Connecticut and summers on Cape Cod. She is the mother of two lovely kids, the wife of a brave firefighter, and a devoted Ben & Jerry's fan. Previously a copywriter, Kristan began writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous naps...so much more satisfying than folding laundry. She holds a BA in English, which enables her to identify dangling participles and quote many great novels. She loves to connect with readers on her website www.kristanhiggins.com and her Facebook page www.facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks

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