The Perfect Match is the 2nd book in the Blue Heron series from Kristan Higgins. The publisher is Harlequin HNQ and the release date was October 29, 2013. From the back cover.~
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….
I was lucky enough to get a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley. I'm a big fan of Kristan Higgins and was excited to read the 2nd book in the Blue Heron series.
I enjoyed The Perfect Match. I'll be honest and say it isn't my favorite book from Kristan Higgins, but it really is a funny read. Honor Holland has just turned 35 and on her birthday is told she needs to get on it if she ever wants to have babies. I laughed out loud many times as Honor had conversations with her eggs about men and babies. Following the engagement of her lifelong crush to her best friend (really?!?!), she decides to try the find her own Mr. Perfect before it is too late to have babies.
Tom Barlow and Honor are set up and honestly, Tom was pretty horrible to her on their first meeting, which made me laugh since he needed to marry someone to stay in the country as his work visa wasn't being renewed. Tom wants to stay in the area for his almost stepson Charlie, even though Charlie pretty much ignores him at every turn. Luckily, Tom and Honor do give each other another shot and their chemistry grew the more time they spent together. I'll be honest, most of the love scenes in this book are behind closed doors. I wasn't expecting that, and kept wanting more as I read. I really liked Tom and Honor as a couple and enjoyed watching them grow closer as the story progressed.
I love the banter between all the Holland siblings. I loved watching Jack squirm each time his sisters would talk about their sex lives. Seriously had me cracking up each and every time. I do wish Honor was stronger than she came across in much of the book. I just didn't buy her continuing to be nice to her ex-best friend Dana after what she did to Honor. Yes when she initially found out Dana and Brogan were engaged she had a cat fight in a bar, but she really held off way too long in telling Dana off in my opinion.
I'm ready to see what will happen with Jack in the next Blue Heron book. We've really only seen glimpses of him in the first 2 books, so I'm intrigued by him and can't wait to learn more about him and meet the woman of his dreams.