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Too Good to Be True

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  15,235 Ratings  ·  1,011 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 379 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 03, 2009 Tammy rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
I should have thought this book was Too good to be true..After reading the title.Seriously :(


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

In facy,Im pretty sure I cultivated a migraine,after skimming through the glowed up pages on my phone....

So yes well.As the title so
Oct 24, 2010 Lili rated it it was ok
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
4 "God's Nightgown! It's another fake boyfriend!!" stars.

Best bit: It's a toss up between Higgins' sarcastic humour, heartfelt storylines, and the heroine (Grace). It's not often that I like the heroine more than I do the hero but I really felt a tremendous connection with the adorable civil war buff. Perhaps it's because I share her love for Gone with the Wind (I often refer to Rhett Butler as my most favourite hero of all time...and while James Fraser comes awfully close, in truth, there is
Feb 14, 2010 Mojca rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 09, 2014 Didi rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, betrayal
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
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

I was really disappointed with this one. Grace was one of the biggest push overs ever! I'm all about being there for your family but this girl took it too far.
She was engaged to Andrew who 3 weeks or maybe 5 weeks before the wedding calls it quits (due to being in love with her younger sister).
She is heart broken over it, but hooks them up, it hurts her to see them together yet she goes to each event she is invited to.
Her grandmother calls her nasty names yet she visits her 3x a week.
Camila, the opinionated Catruler
3.5 stars

So, here is the thing... I like cats. In case my name hadn't clued you in, yes, I'm a cat person.

When I go to other people's houses, I either glare at their dogs or run from them. Even the ones I like, I would never have. Dogs are smelly, drool and require more attention than what I'm willing to give to anything alive.

And seriously, some dogs are cute. But cats? Way cuter!

Kristan Higgins is a dog person. I knew this going in. This is not the first KH book I read. Plus, every single one
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.


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...


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.


We all have our flaws LOL
Sep 09, 2012 Wanderlust rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baby-mama-drama
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"
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 03, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, audible
Well this was an interesting surprise. This was a solid romance that I ended up enjoying despite some elements that threw me out of the story. Grace was engaging, despite some elements that bugged me. Mainly, though, my engagement was driven by a huge crush on Callahan.

Grace has, well, issues. She has taken some recent hits and her coping mechanism is the protective lie. Which is exactly the recipe for landmines you'd expect it to be. I was a bit worried by the presence of so much farce early in
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!
Nita  Kohli
Oct 24, 2015 Nita Kohli rated it liked it
A Chick Lit after a long time and I quite enjoyed it!

Book Cover
The cover is really pretty and all girly with a sexy pose of a couple and yes..color pink! And then there is cute little dog too which according to the story should be Agnes. So, yes a very nice-looking cover.

The story is of Grace Emerson who is a teacher and lives with her cute little dog Agnes(I guess this is the name!)
She has two sisters Margaret and Natalie. Margs is a lawyer and married to Stuart. Natalie is like a beautiful
Duchess Nicole
Jun 04, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommended to Duchess Nicole by: Shatara
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
Feb 04, 2011 Autumn rated it it was ok
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
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
Jan 16, 2009 Tasha rated it it was amazing
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Kristan Higgins is one of the smartest, funniest contemporary authors out there!
Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
I enjoyed the couple’s relationship, but I didn’t care for Grace’s ponderings and the Margaret subplot.

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
Mar 04, 2012 Katyana rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, girly-books
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
Ani Gonzalez
Funny book. Great characters. I hated the heroine's family with the passion of a thousand burning suns. I still wish they had been eaten by zombies, but, alas, that would be a different genre.
Jun 10, 2013 MRB rated it really liked it
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
D.B. Reynolds
Jul 10, 2016 D.B. Reynolds rated it liked it
Grace is a little too saintly. I mean, come on, her fiance broke up with her in favor of her younger sister! Higgins writes wonderful characters, but Grace needed a backbone.
❥ 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
Jessica A.
Jul 10, 2016 Jessica A. rated it really liked it
Que delicinha de livro *-*

Como esses dias estava com o encosto da ressaca literária grudada no meu 'ser', fiquei dias sem conseguir ler nada, começava, parava, colocava pra escanteio... mas, eis que me deparei com esse livrinho aqui e finalmente esta bosta saiu de mim \o/

Eu nunca ouvi falar nessa autora, então estava super animada pra conhecer algum livro dela e gostei muito, confesso que tive alguns probleminhas durante a leitura, mas nada que me atrapalhasse ao ponto de eu não gostar.

Aqui temo
al final resulta que no, no había leído el libro este... pero estoy segura de haber leído uno que se le parece con lo de la temática esta del "next door neighbour".

vamos a ser sinceros, me lo he pasado pipa leyendo los líos y enredos en los que se mete grace a lo largo de la historia con la mentira del pediatra. me he reído muchísimo con los apuros que pasa... he llegado a llorar de risa...

me han encantado los personajes, pero sin llegar a quererlos, salvo quizá margareth, creo que ella es la q
Oct 26, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 06, 2010 Estara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2010, dnf
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Sue Grimshaw
Aug 28, 2013 Sue Grimshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this copy at RWA this year and must say it was a thrill to get back into the world and writing style of KH - what a pleasurable, LOL story.
This book was published in 2012 but as a story it is timeless -
book copy here:
How far would you go to get over a guy?

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. S
Jun 29, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-own, sweet-romance

I needed a chick-lit so bad.

I like them. I have to admit it.
Sometimes I just need a sweet-funny romance :)

I love Grace she's such a good person.
I dream awake as she does. I admire her positivism.

I laughed so hard with Margaret. She's the one!
And Callahan he's pretty close to the perfect boyfriend (Simon Parker still winning)

I loved this book. I loved the couple. I love love(?)
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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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“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.”
“Dance class, huh?" he said. "You don't look the type."
"And what does that mean?" I asked.
"You're not built like a dancer," he commented.
"You should probably stop talking now," I advised.
"Got a little bit more meat on your bones than those girls you see on TV."
"You should definitely stop talking now." I glared.”
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