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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Kristan Higgins (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Another perfect story from Kristan Higgins

This book was so good I listened to it two times in a row and still loved it! Kristan Higgins writes the best scenes where the heroine is mortified and then digs her out of them. In the Perfect Match, Honor Holland embarrasses herself by showing up at her on-again-off-again lover's house in just her Burberry coat in an attempt to convince him that getting married is a good idea. Of course it doesn't go well and she finds herself single and alone at the age of 35 with no marital prospects in site. A couple weeks later she finds out her best friend is now engaged to that same ex-lover and the two girls get into a cat fight at the local bar. When the opportunity to meet her grandmother's pen pal's nephew arises, she sets up a meeting with him where they don't exactly hit it off. The story gets better and better from there and pretty soon you're totally engrossed in finding out if poor Honor will ever find happiness. I loved the hero of this story - he saves Honor numerous times from danger or humiliation. The part of the story where they found a snake in her grandparents' basement made me laugh hysterically just visualizing the whole scene. If you like romance stories that touch your heart, do yourself a favor and get this book, you'll love it!

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Can't Go Wrong With Kristan Higgins

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This was a great listen. She is a wonderful storyteller. If you like contemporary romance, you will LOVE this book.

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OK story, but not the narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe the book, not the audio version.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator detracted from the story. Her accents were terrible. The hero, Tom, sounded like a Aussie rather than a Brit from Manchester, England. And the sisters, especially the oldest, Pru, sounded like Valley Girls from the 1980s. And the term "mate" was definitely overused.

Was The Perfect Match worth the listening time?

Although by the half-way point I was thoroughly disappointed in the narration, I listened all the way through to see how the author would play out the story.

Any additional comments?

I listened to the first book in the series, The Best Man, and, while it had flaws, it was rather cute and the narration seemed to work. But this book just didn't have the same feeling. I very quickly became tired of the heroine's, Honor, lovesickness over her "friend-with-benefits." I just felt as if the moping went on too long. If I had read the book first, I might have felt different, but by the middle of the story I wanted to say "grow up and move on already." And the hero often came across as a self-serving pain in the butt. I won't waste my time or money on the rest of the series. A shame, too, since I generally like Kristan Higgins.

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  • Mark
  • Innisfil, ON, Canada
  • 04-29-17

Great overall story.

The story itself was very good. The reader had the worst English accent I've ever heard. It was distracting to listen to and took away from the story telling.

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Heart wrenching

Loved this book❣We have our neice after her mother lost all her rights. She still thinks she's perfect. :-( I look forward & hope one day she'll accept me as her mom just as Tom longed to be a dad. :-)

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Blue Heron Series

This title is the second in the series and I have loved them all! Xe Sands and Amy Rubinate perform them either individually or occasionally (to my delight) they narrate together. They are wonderful to listen to. I love all the characters in the series and although all of them are performed by one of these two wonderful ladies, it is as if each one is original. Both can do older voices, child voices, and even male voices without making me cringe. I have stopped listening to other books simply because of the narrator exaggerating their vocals while trying to do the opposite sex. Not the case with either of these performers. They both are able to change from one character to another seamlessly without causing any confusion to the listener. That is refreshing!
I enjoyed all of the stories as well, Kristan Higgins writes with honest comedy and romance. Not far fetched or unbelievable. Her leading ladies are not perfect and the men are flawed to be real enough but not so much that the fantasy is ruined. To me, that is the perfect romance novel...realistic women and dreamy fantasy men.

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Good story but get the book instead

I enjoyed this story but the narrator sounds computer generated. I wish they could re-narrate this series without the robot voice!

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  • Em
  • 04-20-18

Fantastic

Even better than the first book in this series. The reader is perfect. Not many women can do mens voices very well but she pulls it off quite well. Great story and i love the characters. feel like i know them all.

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I can't get enough of the Holland family!!!

I absolutely love this crazy little town. I feel I know everyone personally!! Another winner by Kristan Higgins!!!

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So Perfect

I loved this story. Tom and Honor are one of my favorite couples. Watching them fall in love was incredible. They gutted me at times. Such a good story.

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  • Michelle
  • 04-19-18

Loved the story

I have read this book twice both paperback and audible, but I really cringed at the voice of Tom. It to me was all over the place.