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When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone...exactly unlike her renegade neighbor, Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Tammy
Grace Emerson is a history teacher at a stuffy prep school, devoted sister and daughter, and a Civil War buff (who participates in re-enacting the battles), but she also has a small problem: she invents imaginary boyfriends in time of crisis. For instance, in middle school she wanted to be accepted by the cool kids, so she invented an older, much cooler boyfriend who attended a different school. Worked like a charm. The same thing worked for her in high school when she invented a beautiful, Fren...more
Gabriella *is awesome*
when i read the title..i should have known...this book was too good to be true...

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This story might have had a history teacher and an ex-convict..but i only ended up like the dog....

seriousy ? i know :/

Initally, i picked up this book with high expectations in regards of humor and romance but ended up being thoroughly disappointed until the very end..soo boring.

i think i cultivated a migraine,for skimming through the pages on my phone....

so yes well.As the title so ironically states ,This book was...more
Lili
The writing was good but the plot was not very... believable?, interesting?, appealing?
And the characters... well.. I liked the dog!

I loved Cal until the lying thing, then he went bersek and made a huge deal about someting so stupid!, the whole scene didn't make sense to me.

Grace... ugh! I just feel soooo sorry for Grace, she's so busy worrying about what other people think of her that she forgets about living and ejoying life.
But forget about that, my main problem with Grace is the fact that h...more
Mojca
Feb 14, 2010 Mojca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of smart, funny, funky chick-lit
Meet Grace Emerson. She's thirty, she's a prep school history teacher, Civil Was enthusiast, member of a Civil War reenactment group, proud Highland Terrier owner, old Victorian house owner, middle child, jilted three weeks before the wedding...But that was more than a year ago.

Now, her ex-fiancé is dating her younger sister (that's the reason he broke up with her), she's indulging in too much Ben and Jerry's, she invented a boyfriend so people wouldn't pity her, and she recently assaulted her h...more
Didi
Once again, I'm reminded why I'm such a fan of Kristan Higgins. Her work just resonates with me. Loved this book although it was lighter on the emotional angst than her usual fare--and that's okay. You can't always have us in tears, Kristan!
This time around we're treated to a sexy neighbour next door in the form of Callahan O'Shea. Even his name is sexy! One hockey stick injury from a freaked out Grace Emerson, and Cal falls hard. Poor Grace is trying to get past being dumped for her sister...t...more
Wanderlust
This book is so fantastic, i laughed so many times. It is honestly one of the funniest books i have ever read. Absolutely amazing book. There is a scene in this book in a restaurant, i laughed so hard I thought I might pee my panties. seriously :)

Favorite lines - "Jesus is my wingman." & "Was it me, or did a lot of men leave in handcuffs when i was around"
Autumn
2.5 stars....

Im beginning to think chick-lit genre is really not my cup of tea for good romance.

Overall i think is was a good story, but had many glitches along the way..technically speaking.. i would say she had many writing inconsistencies and lacked structure... As far as the story itself, i didnt think it was terrible,but the character`s reactions.. towards certain situations..lacked so much depth.. idk.. There were some parts where i found my self laughing, and waiting for the bloom of the...more
Mona
Jul 17, 2013 Mona added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
DNF at 86 pages.

This book wasn't too bad from what I read, but I felt bored and annoyed at times with the main character Grace.

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I have a feeling this will be focused purely on her and the romance will feel like its a back story. So no thank you, this is...

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I'm leaving this unrated, because in my imagination (where I have all the time in the world) I'll one day be able to come back to this and finish it.

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We all have our flaws LOL
Fani
Loved the writing, loved some scenes, but most of the heroine's family were assholes and the hero, though great for the whole book, had to swallow a stick in the very end that made him stiff as a..... stick I guess and me mad at him . Still, a very entertaining story ;I think I am becoming addicted to Higgins' stories!
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Grace Emerson's ex-boyfriend is a prick. Seriously. And her younger sister? A spoiled moron. Grace sure isn't perfect either.

Luckily, she has better luck next time around in the love department with her neighbor Callahan (I love the name Callahan, by the way). She accidentally hits him with a hockey stick...and then a couple of other times too. Luckily, he has a well-developed sense of humor. He also appreciates that Grace's neurotic tendencies can be construed as cute instead of completely insa...more
Tasha
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Duchess Nicole
This was a sweet little contemporary, though I didn't feel as if it had the emotional punch as the other Kristan Higgins that I've read. Grace was quite the doormat up until the very end, and Callahan was quite the jerk except for a thirty page stint. His reaction to Grace's made up boyfriend thing is over the top.

Still, the writing is clever, with lots of laugh out loud moments and the requisite adorable dog. I love how Grace's pup has the big dog syndrome so prevalent in smaller breeds and is...more
Jane Stewart
I enjoyed the couple’s relationship, but I didn’t care for Grace’s ponderings and the Margaret subplot.

STORY BRIEF:
Grace is a high school history teacher engaged to Andrew. Andrew fell in love with Grace’s younger sister and broke up with Grace. Grace made up a fictitious boyfriend. Grace’s family is an eclectic mix of people who cause a variety of discomforts for Grace. Grace has a good heart, and she wishes her family would stop doing certain things. She continues making up lies to deal with t...more
MRB
Normally, I prefer reading historical romances to contemporaries, but Kristan Higgins is among the very, very few exceptions. It's finally dawned on me, though, that I gravitate so strongly towards KH's contemporary romances because most of them aren't truly romances. As many other reviewers have noted, the majority of Higgins' novels seem to qualify more as 'chick lit' (argh---hate that term!); fiction that explores myriad facets of a woman's life. Romance is PART of her novels, of course, but...more
Elizabeth
Kristan Higgins is one of the smartest, funniest contemporary authors out there!
Stephanie
Decent enough. Callahan was a nice character, Grace was a bit dull for me. And that dog of hers...ugh, even reading about it was annoying. I can't imagine if you'd ever have to deal with one like that in real life, biting everyone who came over, yapping incessantly, getting into something every time you left the house. What bad behavior! After the twentieth description of Angus and her baby-names for him, I was rolling my eyes. I can get goofy about my dog, too, but it feels a little over-the-to...more
❥ Azzurra
Grace ha trent'anni, fa l'insegnante di storia al liceo, partecipa alle rivisitazione storiche della guerra di Secessione, adora Via col vento (il romanzo, non il film...anche se poi ;)) e sogna l'uomo da sposare.
Peccato che l'ultimo tentativo sia andato così male che ora è stata costretta ad inventarsene uno per tranquillizzare l'adorata sorellina, che si è appena fidanzata con il suo ex (che sfiga eh?!). Senza contare l'evidente effetto anestetizzante sulle ansie dei genitori invadenti con con...more
Katyana
Eh. What's sad is that I liked it quite a bit until the last 50 or so pages. H/H have a fight about something really stupid ((view spoiler)), and it really wrecked the couple for me. I was hoping the author would salvage it with the hero having a come-to-Jesus moment of realization (view spo...more
Melanie
It was ok...Not great, but ok.. After reading All I Ever Wanted, which I loved, I was a little disappointed in this one. Cute, sweet, but it took too long to get started, and if I'd had a sister like Nathalie, just shoot me, lol! 3.5*
Patty  (BookishWanderlove)
I don’t know where to start…I LOVED this book. LOVED IT!! It’s been added to my favorites on Goodreads. It was just, SOOOO GOOD!!! I’ve added it to my favourites, oh wait I've mentioned that already. Oops! I recommend it to everyone! Okay, back to the book.

I couldn’t stop laughing, this reminded me of Wallbanger in that sense. I constantly had a smile on my face, expect for the last couple of chapters. Grace is your everyday woman looking for love, and sadly she doesn’t have the greatest track r...more
Estara
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Just - The romance reader
I love, love, loved this book! Grace Emerson is an extremely kind-hearted, witty, clumsy, american history loving young woman. She is ubber devoted to her family, and although it doesn't strike me that she has low self-esteem, Grace definitely lacks confidence enough to realize that her hunky handy-man next door, Callahan O'Shea is into her.

From the moment Callahan moves in next door Grace finds him irresistable, yet at the same time terrifying. That could be because she thinks he's trying to b...more
Keertana
Callahan O'Shea. If you're not a pile of goo after just hearing that name, then I don't know what's wrong with you. BUT *clears throat* this review isn't about the tall, handsome, utterly charming hunk of a neighbor who just happens to be an ex-convict. (Really, who cares about the convict part when there is the tall, handsome, utterly charming hunk part to focus on?) All goofiness aside, though, Too Good to Be True is, really, almost too good to be true. For me at least. As a cross between two...more
Samantha
I'll give kudos to Ms. Higgins that she knows how to write laugh-out loud scenes, but that's where the fun stops.

This story is about Grace, a high school history teacher with her fair share of romantic issues. Her fiance dumped her three weeks before the wedding, only for him to later hook up with her sister. To complicate matters she has a history of making up boyfriends to avoid pity (gag me now).

I think the problem with Grace was she cared way too damn much about what other people thought. En...more
Krista
Delicious! This book was instantly funny, fabulously quick witted, riddled with heartbreak and hopefulness and more than a little lust, but it was, mercifully, not at all overdone or trite. An imperfect girl with her little white lies, freakish family, devoted friendships, nasty coworkers, even a delightfully quirky little dog named Angus...this book has it all. I quickly fell in love with Grace, her family, her friends, her house, her crush (even the name, Callahan O'Shea, was enticing). All of...more
Angela
This title fits the book. I really liked Kristan Higgins latest novel: "The Next Best Thing," and was hoping this story would be just as good, but my hopes were . . . well . . . too good to be true.

I just didn't get how the two main characters got together. I mean, yeah, sure, the protagonist was super sweet and perfect and nice to her family. But to the potential love interest she was constantly demeaning, insulting, and rude. And while it was clear that the lead character, Grace, secretly lust...more
TJ
This book was like two completely different reads. The first half of the book, while cute, held way, way WAY too many words and very little plot. It was almost like a stream of consciousness type of writing. Whatever Grace was thinking (it was written in first person) was written. I found I could skim pages at a time and still not miss a thing. But, just when I thought I couldn't stand it any longer, it changed! The second half of the book was delightful! Ms. Higgins settled down and got to the...more
Elena
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L'ho letto perché c'è di mezzo la Higgins e, bé, perché la protagonista ha un piccolo e pazzo West Highland White Terrier mentre io ne ho due che sono ancora peggio.
Callahan è *sospiro* Boh, non so come descriverlo. Posso solo dire che è dolcissimo, dolcissimo, dolcissimo *o*
Il bello è che qui il colpo di fulmine è un tantino doloroso, nel vero senso della parola. Ogni volta che Grace incontra Cal, lui finisce preso a mazzate o rastrellate, il tutto ovviamente è accidentale ma in alcuni casi ci...more
Nicoletta
la lettura di questo libro è stata davvero una botta di vita.
semplice e dal morir dal ridere, mi è sembrato di rileggere le mille e una catastrofe dell'eroina della Evanovich.
ironica e sfortunata Grace mi è piaciuta tantissimo. i suoi appuntamenti a scatola chiusa poi mi hanno fatto scompisciare dalle risate, soprattutto l'ultimo.
e i batti-becchi col figo della porta accanto? solo a leggere la sua descrizione, mi faceva sudare, figuriamoci immaginarmelo.
il finale è stato davvero una sorpresa. il...more
Sophie ♥
This one just wasn't quite there... not like her other books. I mean I could still see the appeal, but if I had read this one first I think I wouldn't have continued with her other books. Hopefully I'll have better luck with the next one.
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“You shouldn't give him a ride, Grace!" Meme snapped. "He's likely to strangle you and dump your body in the lake."
"Is this true?" I asked Callahan.
"I was thinking about it," he admitted.”
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“Dance class, huh?" he said. "You don't look the type."
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"You're not built like a dancer," he commented.
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