“The Perfect Match” by Kristan Higgins

 photo ThePerfectMatch_Cover_zps0ccb7d74.jpgWhat 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 won this book in a contest held by the Author, Kristan Higgins, but this won’t influence my review.

The Review

The story starts out with Honor Holland getting a pap smear on her 35th birthday. This alone tells you what type of person Honor is.  She’s the good girl, the one every mother would be thrilled for their son to bring home. The boring and predictable one. The one who was always prepared for everything.  Hell she even had her engagement ring picked out for when that special day arrived and she was proposed to, but only Dana her best friend knows about it.

When the Doctor casually mentions in so many words, her clock is ticking, Honor begins to panic. She decides then and there she is going to propose to Brogan. A man she’s been best friends with since 4th grade and who she’s been having a friends with benefits relationship with for years. Basically, she’s been in love with him all this time and he’s just been using her as his in between girlfriends bed buddy.  In all fairness to Brogan, he has no idea how she feels about him. They’re best friends and he thinks the benefits with no romance has been a mutually agreed upon thing. When she proposes, things don’t go as planned.

Brogan was quiet for a minute. “You know how I feel about you, On?”  He turned to see her face. “I think of you like an old baseball glove.”

She blinked. Was he kidding? A sports analogy? Granted, he was full of them, but now?

He nodded. “Like an old friend, something you turn to when you need it.”

“A baseball glove.”  Could she smother him with the pillow, maybe, or did that only work in the movies? How about panty hose strangulation? Too bad she hadn’t worn any.

He took her hand and squeezed it, and she let it lie there like a dead fish.  “It’s like Jeter once said. Or was it Pujols. Yeah, because this was back when he played in St. Louis. Wait, was it Joe Maurer? No, because he’s a catcher, so that’d be a mitt. Anyway, whoever it was, he was talking about how when he’s in a slump, or when he doesn’t feel right about an upcoming game, he puts on his old glove.  He’s had it for years, right? And when he puts it on, it’s like an old friend, and he knows he’ll have a better day because of it.” He turned to her, tipping her chin up, and she blinked, her eyes feeling like two hot, hard stones. “But you don’t need that glove every day.”

You’d think she’d kick him in the balls and tell him to go shove his baseball glove up his ass. Instead what does she do? She goes for round two with him.  Afterwards she runs to Dana’s house in tears.  Dana is comforting, yet there is something off about her reactions to everything Honor told her prior to the proposal and then after. But Honor continues to stick her head in the sand.

Well, later her head is yanked out of the sand, by her hair and then she proceeds to yank out Dana’s hair when she sees the engagement ring she’s always wanted and had hope to receive from Brogan, on Dana’s ring finger…..FROM BROGAN!!! Yes, the best friend she’s been in love with for years, is engaged to her backstabbing other best friend. Well isn’t that just a kick in the gut! Worst part is, they expect Honor to be happy for them.  I hated them with a passion…especially Dana.

Tom Barlow is in the restaurant when the entire thing takes place. He has his own issues. His visa is about to expire and he needs to figure out a way to stay in the states and near his “almost” stepson.

When Honor and Tom are set up on a blind date, sparks fly, but not necessarily as planned. And so begins their strange relationship.

My final thoughts: I loved this book, yet I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing from it the entire way through.  It definitely pulled emotions from me, usually frustration or anger though. I have an issue with weak heroines and I found Honor to be weak and content to be a doormat most of the time. It bugged the hell out of me. It kept me wanting to read it the whole way through, but not in a “I HAVE TO FINISH THIS BOOK BEFORE I CAN SLEEP!” kind of way.  I was able to stop quite a few times to do tasks.

Despite that, I would still wholeheartedly recommend this book to others. Especially those who love a more mellow flowing love story. I tend to gravitate to more explosive and passionate love stories and I just didn’t get that from Honor and Tom. Maybe because even when Honor was being her strongest, she was still weaker than what I would’ve liked to see her.

I still give The Perfect Match a strong rating of 4 Stars.

~Robin

 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 10
  • Threshold Quality – 6
  • Addictiveness – 4

Total – 40

Rating – 4 Stars