ARC Review + Giveaway: The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

Posted October 27, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 27 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review + Giveaway: The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
The Perfect Match
by Kristan Higgins

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: October 29, 2013
Series: Blue Heron #2
Published by Harlequin HQN
Pages: 441
Format: ARC
 

 

THE PERFECT MATCH is Contemporary Romance at its best! Each page is filled with Higgins’ quick wit, hilarious antics and fun family drama. If you haven’t met the Hollands yet, then you are missing out in a huge way! ~ Under the Covers

THE PERFECT MATCH is book two in the Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgins and oooooh, she has hit the spot with this one! There are so many fabulous things about this book that I think it might fall into fangirl territory if I’m not careful but first things first, let’s talk about the amazing heroine, Honor Holland.

Honor Holland is the middle sister, the boring one, the one who handles the business (yuck!) side to their family wine business. She is thirty-five when her ob-gyn tells her that hey, you’re getting a little old and your eggs are shrivelling up! Oh, the horror! In a panicked mode, Honor decides to spring the life-changing question and asks her best friend and part-time partner in the sack, Brogan Cain to marry her. As you can expect, it comes tumbling down on her and poor Honor is left climbing out herself.

The hero is Tom Barlow, an English chap who is a professor and a little bit of a meanie. When Honor’s marriage proposal goes horribly wrong and later Brogan confesses to her that he is marrying her best friend, Dana, Honor drops down in attack mode and literally attacks her best friend in a bar. Not her brightest moment, but for Tom, who witnesses this all, he finds her feistiness attractive. They go on a date and well, it turns out that feistiness may not be a good thing.

There’s also a situation about Tom’s green card and also a little about marital fraud, but hey, that’s all speculation and it actually makes the book better if you can believe. I’ll let you decide for yourself.

As you can tell, I had an absolute blast reading this book! Higgins’ humor in this one is right on the money and had me crying because it was so damn funny. But laughter isn’t the only thing you’ll be experiencing in this book. There are plenty of suspenseful moments, plenty of jaw-dropping-holy-shit-did-Honor-really-do-that? moments and lots of I-want-to-strangle-Tom-and-Charlie moments as well. I got so involved in these character’s lives that I was feeling every single emotion they were.

Honor is an incredible heroine and possibly one of my favourite heroines this year. She shows such strength and courage and the things she experiences in this book are just dreadful, yet she handles it all fairly well. I just had an immediate liking to her character and hope that this continues on with the rest of the series.

If there is one downside to this book is that Tom’s revelation to this book is a little quick and a little too close to the end. Other than that, the only nitpicking I can think of is this:

Higgins, I want more detailed sex scenes.

You can’t give me a hotter-than-hell hero and do fade-to-black sex scenes! Gimme the goods! I want to see upside-down, hanging off the chandelier sex in the next book, 😀

Love, your newest #1 fangirl.

THE PERFECT MATCH is Contemporary Romance at its best! Each page is filled with Higgins’ quick wit, hilarious antics and fun family drama. If you haven’t met the Hollands yet, then you are missing out in a huge way!

*ARC provided by publisher

We have one copy of THE PERFECT MATCH by Kristan Higgins
up for grabs.  US/CAN

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About Kristan Higgins

I live in a small Connecticut town with a beautiful library, a great agricultural fair, nice people and not much else. I have two lovely, entertaining children and a brave firefighter for a husband, who is, perhaps more importantly, a fantastic cook. Digger from Fools Rush In is inspired my very own Digger, our cheerful Lab mutt. We also have two cats and grieve for an occasional, short-lived beta fish.

I worked as a copywriter until I had kids and started writing fiction when my children graced my life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, I surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so I started my first novel. Before long, I had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America's RITA© award, which just thrilled me to my toes. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good To Be True (Feb 09), The Next Best Thing (Feb 10), and All I Ever Wanted, summer 2010. More books are in the pipeline.

I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. And I try to focus on an aspect that’s common, if not universal, hence the “stalking” in Fools Rush In and the crush on the unattainable man in Catch of the Day. People ask if I’ve ever stalked a guy. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! They also ask if I’ve ever had a crush on a priest. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! As far as being crazy about one of my brother's friends, which is the plot of Just One of the Guys, well, yes to that one. But I'm not naming names. Dating a fictional man, like Grace does in Too Good To Be True? Um...can I take the fifth on that one? Whether it's my own experience or not, I try to find something we can all relate to.

When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake. I suffer from chronic bedhead and an unhealthy (and completely understandable) obsession with Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees. Like Millie Barnes, I run, which provides the neighbors with some real entertainment.

We spend as much time as possible at our family home on Cape Cod, swimming in the Atlantic, shivering on the beach, swatting horseflies and watching fish evade my lure at Higgins Pond. It’s as close to heaven as it gets.

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DENISE SMITH
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DENISE SMITH

ohhh i have many funny crazy fictional i quess the Bundy`s and the Simpsons

Rebe
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Rebe

I love the Spellmans (mystery books by Lisa Lutz). They are INSANE. Makes for a funny book, but I’d probably strangle them in real life, lol.

Megan
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Megan

I love reading Kristan Higgins books.

erinf1
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erinf1

I’d have to say one of my favs would have to be also have to be the Simpsons 🙂 Thanks for sharing and congrats to Kristan on the new release!!!

Texas Book Lover
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Texas Book Lover

One of my favorite fictional families is Bella Andre’s Sullivan family! They are have it all from actor to fireman and they are all hot!

Elizabeth P
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Elizabeth P

the bridgertons by Julia quinn

Sharlene Wegner
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Sharlene Wegner

Oh, crazy fictional families! How about Carolyn Brown’s O’Donnell family in the Spikes & Spurs series?

Linda Townsend
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Linda Townsend

LOL! My fav zany fictional family was the Adam’s Family. I loved that TV show! Thanks for the giveaway!

Glenda
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Glenda

Simpsons, Munsters, and Addams families top my list!

Jennifer Crawford
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Jennifer Crawford

FAMILY GUY!!!

Cheryl Sanders
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Cheryl Sanders

The Addams Family!

Great review! Thank you.

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

Stephanie Plum’s – especially her grandmother!

jodi marinich
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jodi marinich

i love the walker brothers from nicole edwards books

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

The Simpsons.

Leanna h
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Leanna h

The Golden Girls most of them were not related but they were like family.

Crystal Guidroz
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Crystal Guidroz

I would have to say Charley Davidsons from Darynda Jones series. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

Sue G.
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Sue G.

I love the Barron brothers from the first 3 books in Carly Phillips’ Serendipity series.

I love your comment about more detailed sex! 😉

robin the book nerd
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robin the book nerd

The family from modern family tv show!

Meghan Stith
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Meghan Stith

The Simpsons are my fav! They’re funny and dysfunctional and they’ve been around for FOREVER!
THanks for the giveaway!

Natasha
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Natasha

The Addams Family is my favorite family.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Ada
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Ada

The Dunphy’s on Modern Family! Every single member is awesome!

Anita H.
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Anita H.

My favorite would have to be the Simpsons

Krysten M
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Krysten M

Hmm.. I think the Sullivan’s (Bella Andre) and the MacKenzie’s (Jennifer Ashley) are my favorite fictional families, at least for books 🙂

Daniel M
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Daniel M

the simpsons

Christine L.
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Christine L.

I gotta go with the Bluths from “Arrested Development.” The whole lot of them be cray-cray..

bn100
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bn100

Nice review. The Riccardos

Bube
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Bube

I love books from Kristan Higgins 🙂

She writes funny,incredible and amazing!

Very nice review 🙂