Reading a Kristan Higgins book is such a treat and "The Perfect Match" was no exception. Honor Holland has been in love with her childhood friend turn...moreReading a Kristan Higgins book is such a treat and "The Perfect Match" was no exception. Honor Holland has been in love with her childhood friend turned friend with benefits for years. Only Brogan doesn't feel the same way. Honor figures this out after an impulsive marriage proposal because, well she isn't getting any younger and neither are her eggs. Brogan was such an ass, but Honor's life drastically changes in many ways as a result. She starts to date to find a potential husband that would be good father material too. Her responsibilities at her family's winery, Blue Heron changes. She gets a dog. She wants to be more than boring, reliable Honor.
Tom Barlow, I love! He's a British engineering professor that tries to do everything in his power to stay in the U.S. to be a role model for his almost step son. Tom was engaged once, but his fiance past away. Tom wants to be there for Charlie in any way he can even if it means marrying an American for a green card. Honor's grandmother had a connection to Tom's great aunt a long time ago and fixes Honor up with Tom. It couldn't have gone worse. Honor continues unsuccessfully dating, but these two are not done with each other.
Circumstances throw the two together and they try to give it a go together and see if it develops into something more permanent than the required two years. They have great sexual chemistry, but their relationship isn't easy. I loved how their story unfolded and the interaction with the rest of the Holland family. Contemporary romance fans of will enjoy this second edition of the Blue Heron series. The first book does not have to be read first, but will provide a deeper understanding about some of the Holland family. "The Perfect Match" is my favorite of the series so far and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
The Next Best Thing is a book I have wanted to read for awhile. A contemporary romance about a young widow and cat owner who discovers a new and lasti...moreThe Next Best Thing is a book I have wanted to read for awhile. A contemporary romance about a young widow and cat owner who discovers a new and lasting love that was in her life all along. Lucy had many bumps in the road but finally accepted her destiny. It was interesting seeing Lucy go through terrible date after terrible date trying to find a safe guy. And rediscover her purpose in life as well.
Widowed at 24 after eight months of marriage, Lucy Mirabelli is just going through the motions of life. Convinced that a part of her has died when her husband Jimmy was killed in a car crash. She exists as a bread maker at her family's slowly failing Hungarian bakery. After her sister has a baby she decides she needs a husband and wants children. Just no scorching love. She wants someone boring and safe so she doesn't have her heart broken again.
Ethan Mirabelli, Lucy's former brother-in-law is the perfect package, and boy did I love him. He is Lucy's rock and best friend, friend-with-benefits, and secretly in love with Lucy even when they first met in college. Ethan moves back home to be near his son, a delightful little boy, Nicky. His mother, Parker a one time fling of Ethan's was a likable character too. I am glad she gets her own story in, Somebody to Love. Ethan is patient with Lucy, even when she says she can't try to be in a relationship with him and would rather be safe and miserable.
The cast of secondary characters is wonderful, making this story that more enjoyable. I mentioned Parker, the Black Widows are fun too. They remind me of those eccentric or slightly crazy, slightly nosy aunts that everyone has in their family. A fun pun, the Black Widows are all widows from Lucy's mother's side, named Black. Her mother, aunts and herself are all widows. All work and have part ownership in the family bakery and all but Lucy are excited to have readings done by a psychic who contacts their deceased husbands. This provides an interesting element to the story whether the psychic really had ability or not, she gave the widows comfort.
Lucy eventually finds a nice guy who happens to be a Jimmy look alike, there just is no grand passion and Lucy must come to terms with what she really wants in life and who she really loves. Sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to pick Ethan and not choose to make herself miserable, but this reader enjoyed her journey. The ending was sweet and satisfying. Lucy had to face some hard truths that her husband was not as perfect as she thought, but that was okay because he was in her heart and in her past and this helped her realize that Ethan truly loves her and she truly loves him.
I recommend this book to fans of the author, fans of lighter humorous contemporary romance, and readers who want to try a book by Higgins. This is my first book by the author, and I have already purchased and plan to read more in the near future.
*Thank you to Harlequin for providing a copy of this book through NetGalley.
Too Hot to Handle features Merry Kade (best friend introduced in book one, Close Enough to Touch). Merry gets a great job for her new career as a muse...moreToo Hot to Handle features Merry Kade (best friend introduced in book one, Close Enough to Touch). Merry gets a great job for her new career as a museum curator in Jackson. This just happens to be where here friend Grace moved to and met her love, Cole.
The hero, Shane whom we met in book one, who is also a resident at the Stud Farm, an apartment building Grace's eccentric aunt owns. He happens to have a personal mission to make sure a historical town that is a ghost town now does not become a museum and tourist trap. He finds out Grace's friend and new temporary roommate is in charge of restoring the little town. Merry quickly finds out that this job is a sham. Part of a legal battle to make one side look like they are being serious with historical renovations when in reality they do not want much work done. Merry is a trusting, bit of a geek, who just wants her new job to actually mean something to her and others. Kind of a way to add to and define her confidence. She gets her sexy neighbor, Shane to help her restore. Of course at first she doesn't know the truth behind Shane or the lawsuit.
This reader had a hard time connecting with the characters and the story. Much more so than book one. I was hoping that Victoria Dahl would be back on top of her game with this one, sadly it didn't happen for me. Because of the lack of connection and investment with this story, I couldn't finish this one. I will not read any more books in this series and will just wait for a new one from Dahl.
For new readers, I recommend reading "Talk Me Down." For avid fans of the author, I recommend this second book in the Jackson Series only if you are following the series.
*Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book.(less)
Leigh Bailey is an "it" Hollywood starlet on the brink of marriage to her rocker fiance. She is secretly having second thoughts since the relationship...moreLeigh Bailey is an "it" Hollywood starlet on the brink of marriage to her rocker fiance. She is secretly having second thoughts since the relationship has not been the same in several months. Even though she has reservations she is a good girl, and lets others in her life determine life choices that effect her happiness, including her mother. When Leigh receives a phone call after dressing for her wedding, she knows the only sensible thing to do for herself is to go on her honeymoon alone. Yes, she is a runaway bride. She hides out and decides that she wants from life. No more letting other people run her life.
Leigh meets the resort pilot, Will. An altogether not likeable guy, that in a moment of near weakness was going to personally cash in on Leigh's misfortune. Will and Leigh get to know each other as acquaintances, then as friends and lovers. Will discovers that he has a partner to support him in his dream of opening up a beach bar and club. Leigh finds a new purpose in life, but all of this is not realized right away. There are trials for this couple before all turns out well. This story was entertaining, but did drag sometimes. The relationship between the two main characters was not always believable and may have attributed to the story dragging in some places. The love scenes were true to the author, but not the steamiest. Fans of the author will enjoy this book. Even though I didn't love this book, I will read more in the future from this author.
* Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.(less)