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The Perfect Match

(Blue Heron #2)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  12,965 ratings  ·  1,250 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 e
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Mass Market Paperback, 441 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published 2013)
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Mo
Nov 06, 2013 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
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Meryl
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book

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

TOM BARLOW

- 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
AND...
- good in bed (and probably, on the ki
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Julie James
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this! Any book that makes me cry AND laugh out loud is a definite keeper.
Yodamom
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
Didi
Mar 02, 2014 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
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Jennifer
The Perfect Match is the second installment in Kristan Higgins's adult contemporary romance series titled: Blue Heron. I really enjoyed this particular story and its romance. It was sweet with the slow burn and surprising complications that come with a relationship of convenience. I loved the incorporation of the angsty teenager, the conflict associated with one of the most horrid friendships I've read, and the fun cultural element the too-sexy hero brought to this town. Our cute heroine feels h ...more
MRB
Aug 12, 2013 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
Mou
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Why all of the Holland girls are naive when it comes to love?? Damn. In the previous book, I thought Honor was the smart one among all three Holland girls but NO, I was wrong. (view spoiler) ...more
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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
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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.
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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
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Karen
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this! As I have every KH book I've read so far. Brilliant.



Spike! (aka Ratty)
♥Rachel♥
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
The romance was a big disappointment. Tom and Honor didn't let their shields down for each other except for a few fleeting moments. Even when there was a temporary crack, and some genuine emotions got through immediately the shields came back up making any connection null and void after. I didn't feel much spark between these two, Honor kept on about what a great kisser Tom was, but I felt like I was being told that rather than actually having the feelings come through. (view spoiler) ...more
Christine
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
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Renee
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
**** 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?
Feminista
Nov 03, 2013 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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Brandie
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, romance, read-2018
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Lorelei's
Oct 28, 2013 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 (
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Andrea
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
So, I read this one out of order, by mistake. Closed the book with a smile, sad to say goodbye to the small town characters of Manningsport . But NO....why did I think there were only 3 books in this series?! Happy to be wrong :)
Jonetta
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
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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
Dee
Aug 15, 2015 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
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Keertana
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
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Maqluba
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
Fani *loves angst*
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, makes this a keeper.
Melissa
2019 Audio Update ... I'm going to keep my original four star rating because that's how I really felt after reading this story the first time, but ... this story really does not merit four stars. I can't see how I felt like it did five years ago. You see, Tom, the hero of this book, is a bit of a cold fish. He can swoop in and rescue Honor from embarrassing or uncomfortable situations. He can play the role of the adoring fiance ... until he doesn't. When the audiences are gone, there goes Tom's ...more
Jultri
4.5/5. My first book by this author, and it was a winner! Nice to come across a proper grown up CR with more mature protagonists past their first blush of youth. Honor Holland is the workaholic sales manager of her family vineyard. On her 35th birthday, her doctor and her eggs have reminded her in a non-subtle way, that she needs to commence baby-making sooner rather than later. The only man in her life now and ever is her long-time friend with benefits, the man to whom all other men have been c ...more
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 he
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❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ 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
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Ian
Nov 01, 2013 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
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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. She is a two-time winner of the RITA award from Romance Writers of America and a five-time nominee for t ...more

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