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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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"Higgins [offers] strong storytelling and a refreshing, sarcastic wit...thoroughly entertaining."-People Magazine

"Well-placed flashbacks; snarky, snappy dialogue; and conflict both tender and traumatic will shove you into love with a perfectly irresistible array of imperfect characters. You'll adore every bit of this story...Higgins' latest is sexy, screwy, funny and fulfilling - a simply radiant read."-USA TODAY on The Best Man

"The result is a deliriously funny story...The Best Man is Kristan Higgin's best book -- and that's saying a lot."-Eloisa James

"A funny, poignant romance."
-Publishers Weekly starred review, on My One and Only

"Romance fans and lovers of women's fiction will devour this witty and tender novel. Highly recommended." -Library Journal starred review on Somebody to Love

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

"Higgins specializes in the kind of prose that makes you laugh out loud...hilarious on the surface, but with a bittersweet subtext."-National Public Radio

"Higgins has a special talent for creating characters readers love."-Romantic Times, 4½ stars on All I Ever Wanted

"A heartwarming, multi-generational tale of lost love, broken hearts and second chances."
-BookPage on The Next Best Thing
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Product Details

  • Series: The Blue Heron Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373778198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373778195
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Word Gal on November 6, 2013
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 By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2013
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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 By Reading Fiend on 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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