The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet )
Part of the Blue Heron series.
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Target audience: Adult/romance
Keywords: winery, marriage of convenience, family
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)
Other books by Kristan reviewed on RBR: Somebody to Love
Summary: On her 35th birthday, Honor decides she is ready to propose marriage to her best friend/friend with benefits. When he turns her down and her desire to have a family grows, Honor is ready for anything. Even marrying Tom, a cute British guy she just met who needs a visa to stay in the States and care for his unofficial stepson.
You know what’s great? Reading a romance novel and feeling just as excited for the funny times as the sexy ones.
Kristan Higgins is awesome at injecting humor into The Perfect Match, the story of Honor who feels jolted by her 35th birthday and the knowledge that her eggs are getting on the old side. She wants to get married! She wants to have kids! And she decides to ask her best friend from forever turned occasional lover to finally make their romance public and walk down the aisle with her. When he says no, she’s totally devastated and decides to appease her grandmother (what a cute lady) and meet a guy who needs to get married to stay in the country.
So she goes.
And the first meeting is pretty terrible. Like possibly one of the worst first meetings ever.
But you know how these stories go. A few things changes, and the key players end up together. Tom is a teacher. He has a British accent and tattoos. He likes to box. He also likes whiskey. He honestly has no idea what he did in his lifetime to have someone as nice and willing as Honor to sacrifice so much to agree to marry him. When they barely know each other. Just so he can stay. And why does he want to do that? His deceased ex-fiance’s son (that’s a mouthful) is the apple of his eye, and he wants to be around to stay in Charlie’s life because he has very little support.
Isn’t that terribly noble?
If only Tom wasn’t so hard to get to know. If only Honor felt like she could be honest with him about how she feels as this charade continues. A marriage of convenience affects so many more than just the two getting married, and Higgins does a great job of expressing the confusion that Honor’s family feels and the pressure that the two could be found out. It’s a lot! And the counterbalance provided by Honor’s family (they own a vineyard) is so welcoming.
While I loved Tom and Honor together and I couldn’t wait to find out just how they would make things work, it was really Tom’s devotion to Charlie that made me warm up to him. Charlie is this typical teenager, totally traumatized from his mother’s sudden death and the fact that he feels so out of place everywhere. Their relationship really grew throughout The Perfect Match and that journey was as touching to follow as Honor and Tom’s. (There’s also an adorable dog!)
Another top read from Kristan Higgins! I could not put it down.
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