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Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins
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Feb 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary-romance, freebies, hqn, first-person-pov, chick-lit, favorites, kristan-higgins
Recommended 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 hot new neighbor with a lawn-hockey stick. Okay, so she was a bit tipsy, but he is and ex-con. Sure, embezzlement doesn't sound as ominous as rape or murder, but he does have a record.

And did I mention he's hot? Well, he is, and she suddenly finds herself having all kinds of improper thoughts about him. But she can't because he's an ex-con and besides, she's looking for someone ready to settle down with a wife and four children. And her little dog can't stand the man. And she does have a boyfriend, imaginary, but still, she can't go cheating on Wyatt Dunn, pediatric surgeon, and disappoint her whole family, now, can she?

I'm so happy when Harlequin decided to give away good ebooks. Because this one was good. In fact, it was great. Though I'm not particularly fond of first-person POV I found myself reading this one in one sitting and enjoying it immensely. It was hilarious, a little sad, a little strange, a little annoying when the heroine was in a funk and didn't want to get out of it, it was funky, it was sparkly, spunky, and very well-written.

It had all the elements a chick-lit book requires. A slightly crazy heroine, a middle child that doesn't want to hurt people's feelings, but doesn't want their pity, either, so she invents a boyfriend. There was her crazy family with an old, nasty, belligerent grandmother, a tax-lawyer quirky father, a porno-artist mother, a grouchy older sister deciding to leave her husband and move in with Grace, a coddled, protected younger sister, and a cute little Highland Terrier named Angus.

Throw in a hunky, sexy, bedroom-eyed neighbor slash punching bag slash chew toy, a gay best friend who owns a dance studio and hasn't been in a relationship in eight years, a female best friend who can't keep a guy, a two-hour "How To Get Your Man" seminar, a classroom of bored teenagers, a race for chairman of the History department, a few battlefield (in Connecticut!) reenactment, a few lies strewn here and there that almost ruined the HEA, a weddin' in the making, a hillarious pre-HEA brawl, and a cute epilogue, and you get yourself this charming little story.

I absolutely loved it. And I'm thinking of giving the author's other books a try. If they're as good as this one, I'm in for quite a fun few hours.

Highly recommended.
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5.14% "The prologue was hilarious."
February 13, 2010 – Finished Reading

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Rossy Fantastic review, Alathea!

Mojca Thanks. It was a fantastic book.

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Susan Thanks for the great review. Had this one on my wish list but deleted it for some reason. Will now have to re-add it!

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