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The Perfect Match (Blue Heron #2)

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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 ea
Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2013)
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Nov 07, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I must say I love this author. Have read all of her books, some of them twice. Her writing style is quirky and fun. Her heroines are always great, a bit older and the Heroes always good-looking.

This one is set in a vineyard so I was happy.

Tom is British and needs to stay in America to be near his sort of stepson. He had been engaged to a lady who had a son, Charlie, then she died and he wants to be near him. Even though Charlie is your typical teenager who does not have the time of day
Nov 07, 2013 Meryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book

Seriously, the guy in this book is THE dream guy (well, at least for me).


- British (THE ACCENT!!!)
- has a killer smile
- witty
- a college professor teaching mechanical engineering (good at building stuff, and also good with his hands)
- licensed to fly airplanes
- loves his unofficial stepson (unofficial meaning his dead ex-fiancee's son)
- a supporter of Manchester United
- a boxer (ahem, freakin'-hot bod!)
- makes dinners for you
- has big hands
- good in bed (and probably, on the ki
Julie James
Jan 10, 2014 Julie James rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this! Any book that makes me cry AND laugh out loud is a definite keeper.
Honor's biological click is ticking, and she is going to ask her long time bed friend for his hand because they really love each other right ? Bwahahahha, right. He's not in love with her, he just likes having a sex friend. So she takes her annoying whining eggs, yes they talk, and talk and talk, over to an online dating service where she gets a hit or two. Living in a small town makes it hard to date, being a well known member of the town makes it harder. Dang it, her eggs want some fertilizer ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Didi rated it it was amazing
*** 4.5 STARS ***

I am in love with this series! The second book in the Blue Heron series was amazing, nothing short of beautiful. This was Honor's story, Faith's older sister. The man in question?
Sexy, troubled and uber-seductive, Tom Barlow. I do love a British accent! This was an arranged marriage turned true love story and I loved it. Honor was always the quieter, more reserved and dependable sister in the Holland clan. Her long time crush and best friend, Brogan, doesn't reciprocate her fee
Duchess Nicole
"I haven't an accent at all, darling. It's the English language, remember? And I'm English. You're the one mucking things up, you ungrateful Yank."

Another winner from Kristan Higgins. Such a solid author for me so far. Each book is low key with a sweet romance that is consistently engaging.

Honor is the responsible, staid sister. She lives with her father in their big ole rambling family home on their vineyard and helps run the show. Her lifelong
A Ryan
4.5 "Eggs with bifocals cheering madly" stars

The second book in Kristan Higgins 'The Blue Heron' series is an hilarious, romantic, and utterly thrilling read!

The story starts with:

" THE day Honor Grace Holland turned thirty-five, she did what she always did on her birthday. She got a Pap smear."

And I was hooked. I immediately had a sense of exactly who this heroine was and what type of life she'd been living (or not living) so far. In 20 words, Kristan Higgins hooked me in and made sure I was f
Oct 30, 2013 MRB rated it it was ok
Following a surprisingly dissatisfying reading experience, it's always hard to distinguish how much to blame on a book's actual quality vs. subjective, "eh, it just wasn't my literary cup of tea' preference. I've read every book that Kristan Higgins has ever written, so I obviously think she's a talented writer. Her style has a unique amount of warmth, charm and wit, albeit a tad too much cutesy, trying-too-hard preciousness for my taste :) I also love how heavily she emphasizes familial relatio ...more
So firstly, I won a copy of this through Goodreads' First Reads program, but this had no bearing on my thoughts about the book.

So Kristan Higgins... Mostly I like her stuff, but sometimes there's enough that I dislike to color how much I enjoy the parts I do like, I think. Like, in the first Blue Heron book, I was super turned off by the whole thing with Mr. Holland's transgender date, and the author's treatment of the situation. In this book, it was definitely Honor's use of slutty for pretty m
Jun 16, 2014 Renee rated it really liked it
**** 3.75 Stars****

This was a really sweet, cute and adorable read. I was looking for something light to get me through a busy weekend, this hit the spot nicely. Pleasant writing, quirky characters and the hero was a gorgeous British professor - Need I say more?
Oh, the feel good books, how I love you thee!
Oct 31, 2013 Lorelei's rated it it was amazing
Hallo darling readers, (note, the British accent) I'm in love! Yes, with the Perfect Match!
Kristan Higgins creates another masterpiece taking us to the lovely Finger Lakes region again, this time delighting us with Honor's story, a heroine who puts others first, a workaholic member of the Holland family and considers herself average, compared to her younger sister Faith, from The Best Man.
Honor just turned 35 and desperately wants to marry and have a family before her ovaries die of old age (
Jun 16, 2014 SanO rated it liked it
Gotta say it... Could've been so much better!

This started out cute & strong, but somehow along the way it lost it's pizzaz for me.

It was long-winded in many areas. If this story was weaved tighter & included more romance, then I would've marked it higher.

Honor Grace Holland is everything her name suggests. She is the heart of the family; reliable, cute, honest, well-bred etc... BUT she's 35 and wants to start family. So she looks to her life-long friend, Brogan Cain, for a permanent rel
Sophie ♥
I actually enjoyed this one more than Waiting On You. I'm so happy to have discovered Kristan Higgins and basically I'm going to dedicate the next month to her books! Yay I'm so excited! I think I'll be reading Faith's story next. I really liked Honor and Tom as characters (God they were adorable) - I think that's why the book worked for me. Faith and Colleen are both so pretty and flirty that it's hard to click with them y'know? Honor is much more relatable. I guess that's the only criticism I ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
Good romance as always with Kristan Higgins. She's pretty much a romance genius to me. It would have been impossible to top the Best Man imho. Book 1 in this series was perfection and, while I didn't enjoy The Perfect Match as much, it is definitely a great book.
Aug 26, 2015 Dee rated it really liked it
This is the first KH book I've read so didn't know what to expect but it had good reviews so had good hopes. It had a bit of angst which was great but was also very funny at times that made me smile, grin, giggle and full out belly laughs so definitely a winner!

KH reminds me of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips in that her stories are full and can be a very satisfying read. I do however have one complaint but that really is down to personal preference - I don't expect a contemporary nov
The set up
Honor Holland hears her biological clock ticking and wants to have a child before it's too late for her to have one. Tom Barlow is a British professor who is facing deportation unless he can get his visa renewed. He needs to stay in the country to look after his "almost" stepson and his current employer's budget can't handle the cost of the renewal process. After meeting, the two of them agree that an arranged marriage will allow them both to get what they want.

The issues
Honor has been
Nov 06, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Honor and Brogan have been friends with benefits for 17 years. Despite loving him for all of that time he's never seen her as anything more than passing time. As he describes it, she's like "an old baseball glove". With her biological clock ticking away she is desperate for more...marriage, children, forever.

But when she suggests marriage, Brogan laughs it off as messing with a good thing. And then a matter of weeks later he rubs salt in by becoming engaged to her best friend.

Tom is an English
Kristan Higgins has quickly become one of my favorite go-to authors, so after devouring no less than four of her book this past year, it should come as no surprise that I loved her latest, The Perfect Match. From the surface, this novel seems rather familiar. After all, how many romances start out as a "marriage of convenience" and quickly progress to something more? You can always count on Higgins, though, to take a typical chick-lit romance and turn it into a love story with depth.

Honor and Br
I'm really disappointed by this book. I thought that I was gonna get a modernized version of my favorite trope (marriage for convenience) but all I got was a big mess. Honor the heroine went from a love-struck doormat to, yeah no she pretty much stayed that way the whole time, even when she switched boyfriends. Tom the hero was an enigma to me. He was compassionate one second, a genuine jerk the next, and rather then come off "charming" he came off like a player to me. Honor showed serious defia ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
02/17/2015 --

Yep. I really like this author. She creates solid, believable characters that are just regular people. They live normal lives, but she tells their stories with humor and humility. I love the friend and family dynamic she captures for us. I can immerse myself and just forget "stuff" for a while. Nothing heavy, but enjoyable.

This one fell just a bit short for me. I thought the situation [not going to spoil it for you] toward the end for Honor and Tom felt a bit contrived. I also thoug
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
Feb 16, 2014 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ by: Karla
This is the first book I've read by this author but it definitely won't be my last!! I thoroughly enjoyed the main & secondary characters in this sweet book.

Tom is a handsome, hot, sexy, sometimes sweet, and definitely brody British college professor who's work visa is about to expire. He doesn't want to leave America because he has a unofficial step-son that he loves.

Honor is sweet, loyal and a bit repressed...she lives in her childhood home and works for the family vineyards. she is in lo
Mar 17, 2014 Kamaliah rated it liked it
3 1/2* n Levi is still my first choice....

The review:

At the risk of provoking the angers of Tom’s fans, I’m so so sorry to say that I don’t like him. Not HATE. Mind you… Just don’t like because to me, Tom is:
(a) Selfish
(b) “Blind” to a fault of what is good and pure
(c) Too wallowing in self pity
(d) Insensitive because he refuse to acknowledge the sacrifice of others

Honor on the other hand is somebody who is good and pure. When she loves someone, she loves unconditionally. That’s what I love abo
Mar 12, 2014 Feminista rated it it was ok
Rating: 2 out of 5.

One of the most disappointing Kristan Higgins' books I have read...

I hated, absolutely disliked the constant references to the word 'whore' and 'slut'. Those connotations, are especially used when describing women, to depict them as something less. It disgusts me how easily and frequently authors use them.

Also, the ending... Honestly was that it?

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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars

THE PERFECT MATCH is book two in the Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgins and oooooh, she has hit the spot with this one! There are so many fabulous things about this book that I think it might fall into fangirl territory if I’m not careful but first things first, let’s talk about the amazing heroine, Honor Holland.

Honor Holland is the middle sister, the boring one, the one who handles the business (yuck!) side to their family wine business. She is thirty-five when her ob-gyn tells her
Alessia ProfumoLibri
Avevo bisogno di una lettura leggera, simpatica e semplice. Sentivo il bisogno di sentimenti puri e di emozioni. La Higgins è una garanzia quando una lettrice sente il bisogno di queste cose.
Le sue storie sono sempre piene di sentimenti, di storie semplici ma anche di tanta simpatia. In ogni suo libro ritrovo una grande naturalezza nei personaggi e nella narrazione e anche "Lo voglio" è così. Sembra sempre di essere parte integrante del libro, di essere amici dei personaggi. Abbiamo la possibili
Nov 03, 2014 Pupottina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sì, lo voglio

Adoro la Higgins! Sa conquistarmi ogni volta che leggo uno dei suoi romanzi.
È una garanzia di un romanticismo emozionante, divertente, scritto con stile.
Con questo romanzo, già il titolo è indicativo dell’atmosfera rosa, rivelatore della potenza di un sentimento, inquadrato nel momento fatidico, ma non banale, perché quando una donna arriva a dire “Lo voglio” non lo è mai. Certo che, in questo romanzo, la protagonista dal nome anaforico, Honor Holland, in realtà, ne programma uno m
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 because even though Tom could use a solid hit on the head to wake up, his heart was in the right place and Honor reminded me way too much of myself. Besides, the fact that I was misty-eyed near the end and stayed up late until I finished it, make this a keeper.
Jan 14, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

Brit needs a green card
He's an ass, then not so much
Should she marry him?

Outstanding story
Multi-layered characters
Made me laugh and cry

Re-reading series January 2016
The phrase women fear the most.

The years are precious, egg wise.

To Honor Grace Holland, her days are numbered. She's freaking 35, single, live with her father and having this non-relationship with her high school crush, Brogan whom she constantly engaged in a fling whenever he's in town (or when she's in his town).

When her gynae, Jeremy uttered the dreadful words to her, she heard the clock ticking and decided to pop the question to Brogan. She loves Brogan all her life and proposing to him se
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. Her books have been honored with dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, the New York Journal of Books and Romantic Times.
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Blue Heron (5 books)
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