Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Perfect Match by Kristin Higgins

Author: Kristin Higgins
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: October 2013

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. 

I so wanted to love this book.  If you recall, I loved the first one in the series, The Best Man.  It even made my top 10 of 2013.  So I had high hopes for this one.  Sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations. While I didn't love it, I didn't exactly hate it either. The Perfect Match is Honor's story.  She is 35 and facing a life with no kids or husband.  When her long time hook up turns her proposal down, she finds herself agreeing to marry Tom so he can get a green card. 

In the first book, Honor came across as a no nonsense type of person and very strong.  In this book she was kind of a doormat.  I had a hard time getting over the fact that she let someone string her along as a "friends with benefits" hook-up for as long as she let Brogan.  Then, she is so hurt when her rejects her proposal of marriage.  Why wait that long to find out his true feelings?  I also didn't like Tom much. He drank to much and was a jerk to Honor most of the story.  When exactly did they fall in love with each other?  

There were a couple of things that saved the story for me.  I loved the relationship with Charlie and Tom.  I thought that storyline was so endearing.  Because of his determinatin to win Charlie over, I ended up liking Tom in the end.  I also loved the peripheral characters.  Goggi and Pops in particular.  They had a lot of funny scenes. 

The next book is Coleen's.  I look forward to reading Waiting on You next!   

1 comment:

Sharlene said...

I almost always like the first book in a series best. I thought this book was good, but I loved the hero & heroine in the first book, The Best Man. I will probably reread both before reading the 3rd book. Maybe Tom will grow on us! LOL! And I really, really disliked the "best friends" that betrayed Honor. But I guess you are supposed to.