“…reeked of a vulnerable heroine…settling into some relationship that might or might not work out.”
Reviewed by Margaret H.
Kristan Higgins is unmatched in her storytelling! Her laugh-out-loud one minute, crying the next emotional roller coaster romances leave you wanting to re-visit the characters you fall for time and again…however, in her latest, The Perfect Match, you might find yourself getting a little tired of the desperate heroine antics. You also might find you didn’t need yet another betrayal of the heroine by a close ‘girl’ friend. This story reeked of a vulnerable heroine who feels her biological clock ticking (sense an ongoing theme from Higgins?), desperate to start that family she didn’t realize she wants or hasn’t had time for, and settling into some relationship that might or might not work out. The low self-esteem of the heroines and the jerkiness of the guys isn’t a these in all of Higgins’ works but it does seem more prominent in some of them lately.
The Perfect Match centers on the ever reliable, responsible, Honor Holland who gets her heart broken by her long-time crush, long-time friend with benefits and then revived by the most unlikely of fellows. A British professor who desperately needs Honor’s help in order to stay in the country. The good professor, Tom Barlow, is cute though a bit abrupt or maybe he really is a jerk underneath. But he isn’t all bad. He is trying to do right by a boy who isn’t his relation by marriage or blood, so that’s something. In the end, the sparks between the two seem real and like something to build from. Maybe not as solid as the previous book (The Best Man) but still something you can see working out and the two having a future.
What I really didn’t like about this story was the fact that the heroine was yet again betrayed by a best friend (or sister), Dana wasn’t her friend. She never would have let things go so far with Brogan. And while I didn’t really see Honor and Brogan together for more than they were, it was sort of callus of him to get engaged to Honor’s best friend like that just weeks after she’d asked him to marry her. What kind of friend is that? Him or Dana? Not the kind you trust, that’s for sure. And I think forgiving or overlooking what either did to her is unacceptable. She might forgive and move on but the two wouldn’t really be in her life like before…which to me seems to indicate they didn’t care one bit about Honor to begin with. I’m all for getting over things, but not forgetting them. You couldn’t have your heart wrenched that way and then stay close with two people like that…at least I couldn’t.
Overall, though, I enjoyed checking in with the quirky secondary characters. And I’m nearly done with the next in the series so I’ll send in something on that soon. But since I had so many issues and the story dragged at times, I can’t say this one is a keeper, but I’d recommend it as a must-read if you’re sticking with the series.
About the book…
What if the perfect match is a perfect surprise?
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….