The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love Kristan Higgins. Her wit is amusing, but sometimes quietly scathing. It took a while for me to warm to this story because I didn’t find the characters particularly likable at first. But therein lies Ms Higgins’ skill because by midway, both the hero and heroine began to change for the better and I didn’t want to put the book down. I’m glad I persevered. A flawed hero who drinks too much, a feisty heroine involved in unladylike fisticuffs with her best friend in a pub – this almost had me putting the book down, but when you get past that and delve deeper into the characters’ point of view, the story reveals a wealth of buried hurt and emotion that somewhat justifies their vices. Each chapter peels back the layers until the two discover they truly are the perfect match. A satisfying conclusion with characters who redeemed themselves in the end to provide a heartfelt happy ending. I didn’t love it, but I liked it a lot.
About The Perfect Match
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…