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The Perfect Match (Blue Heron #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  3,970 ratings  ·  584 reviews
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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin HQN
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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...more

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 kit...more
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...more
*** 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...more
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...more
**** 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?
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 (...more
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...more
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.
Julie James
Really enjoyed this! Any book that makes me cry AND laugh out loud is a definite keeper.
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...more
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
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
Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & KA Addict
Feb 16, 2014 Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & KA Addict rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka Wrath Lover & 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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
3.5 stars

If you need a good and fluffy beach read or a funny and charming book to keep you company on a rainy Sunday or even just a palate cleanser after reading more serious or darker fare then read this book. You will laugh. Oh you will laugh. And you will smile and you will get mad at that no-good best friend (who totally reminds me of Darcy from Something Borrowed) and you might even swoon at the hot British guy. Note: I did not not swoon because I was listening to the audio book and the nar...more
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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Give me a British hero, and I’m halfway sold. Make him charming, earnest, and (sometimes) such a dufus? Perfect. Tom is not the perfect man. He drinks a little too much, has poor taste in women, and doesn’t always make good choices. I think this is why I like him so much – he’s not the typical hero. He’s been crapped on by his ex, and all he wants is to make things right with Charlie, his (sort of) step-son. But to protect him, he needs to stay in the country – and there is where Honor comes in....more
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I declare this book a WINNER!

Winner of what, you say? The winner of the “cozy romance” award – I don’t even know if that category exists, but I am creating it if it doesn’t. THE PERFECT MATCH is the kind of book that makes you feel good… cozy and happy and you can feel the romance in the air – and THAT is what a cozy romance is ☺

THE PERFECT MATCH is sweet, romantic, well written and has a boatload of characters I just can’t wait to learn more about! This is a sweet, cozy romance that you would...more
Cocktails and Books
I have never met a Kristan Higgins book I didn't like and The Perfect Match was no exception. What's not to love? Higgins always includes a darling dog (even if this one's nickname is "Ratty"), an irresistible hunk of man and a very lovable heroine in her stories. This is the perfect formula for me! Readers will fall in love with the Holland family (if they haven't already done so in the first book of the Blue Heron series). Honor is a very responsible middle child from a very loving family. The...more
This is the second book in the Blue Heron series and the main characters are Honor and Tom Barlow. Honor is the eldest in the Holland family and she is trying to move on with her life. After an appointment with her gynecologist and she is informed that she's getting a little older and should really think about having babies she decides to make the step and tell her lifelong crush and best friend that she wants to marry him. Unfortunatly he doesn't feel the same way and Honor is devestated. She c...more
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A second in Ms Higgins's Blue Heron Series.
As much quick and light read as Book 1 in the Series, I found The Perfect Match a much more enjoyable experience.

Honor Holland, an older sister of the heroine of The Best Man is as average as your any Girl-Next-Door. At least in her own eyes. A 35 years old spinster (not to say old maid), she has been carrying a torch for her Best-Friend-with-Benefits for as long as she remembers. And he seems to have cared for her...more
For as long as she can remember, Honor has been in love with her best friend and sometimes sex buddy, Brogan. She finally decides to take charge and confront Brogan only to be rejected. To top things off not long after he rejects Honor, he falls head over heels in love with her best gal pal, Dana.

Englishman, Tom Barlow, lost his fiancé to a tragic accident. Having no parental rights over her teenage son, Charlie, he has been forced to take a few hours here and there when his grandparents want to...more
4 stars!

Well, I can't say I loved this more than 'The Best Man' as many other reviewers seem to have... but I can honestly say that I liked it just as much!

Kristan Higgins has a great talent for funny, witty and touching contemporary romance and delivers a heart-warming story that had me smiling, laughing and even shedding a few tears here and there. My only real complaint is how "PG" it was... but that's pretty darn shallow of me and certainly won't stop me from picking up the next in this fluf...more
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