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The Perfect Match

The Blue Heron Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Series: Blue Heron, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Summary

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 easier said than done.

Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States - and leave Charlie behind.

In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience - and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancé, hiding out from her former best friend, and managing her job at the family vineyard isn't easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love.

©2013 Kristan Higgins (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Book Collector
  • 02-03-19

took me a while to get into the story

I just was not overly pulled into the story the first half, there were so many obstacles, and the heroine let everyone walk on her.(SPOILER) the relationship, 17 YEARS? Really, a little overdone and shows her to be a doormat. She kind of over thought everything and that got a little annoying. If she had been coasting for maybe 5 years, but 17? No. Having said that the author is very thorough in description, plot, story and the build up of relationships, but just my reader opinion it took an overly long time to get to the end result, last third of the book felt more in tune and more interesting.

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  • Pixie Mom
  • 16-01-14

Another perfect story from Kristan Higgins

This book was so good I listened to it two times in a row and still loved it! Kristan Higgins writes the best scenes where the heroine is mortified and then digs her out of them. In the Perfect Match, Honor Holland embarrasses herself by showing up at her on-again-off-again lover's house in just her Burberry coat in an attempt to convince him that getting married is a good idea. Of course it doesn't go well and she finds herself single and alone at the age of 35 with no marital prospects in site. A couple weeks later she finds out her best friend is now engaged to that same ex-lover and the two girls get into a cat fight at the local bar. When the opportunity to meet her grandmother's pen pal's nephew arises, she sets up a meeting with him where they don't exactly hit it off. The story gets better and better from there and pretty soon you're totally engrossed in finding out if poor Honor will ever find happiness. I loved the hero of this story - he saves Honor numerous times from danger or humiliation. The part of the story where they found a snake in her grandparents' basement made me laugh hysterically just visualizing the whole scene. If you like romance stories that touch your heart, do yourself a favor and get this book, you'll love it!

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  • Kindlereader
  • 13-04-15

OK story, but not the narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe the book, not the audio version.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator detracted from the story. Her accents were terrible. The hero, Tom, sounded like a Aussie rather than a Brit from Manchester, England. And the sisters, especially the oldest, Pru, sounded like Valley Girls from the 1980s. And the term "mate" was definitely overused.

Was The Perfect Match worth the listening time?

Although by the half-way point I was thoroughly disappointed in the narration, I listened all the way through to see how the author would play out the story.

Any additional comments?

I listened to the first book in the series, The Best Man, and, while it had flaws, it was rather cute and the narration seemed to work. But this book just didn't have the same feeling. I very quickly became tired of the heroine's, Honor, lovesickness over her "friend-with-benefits." I just felt as if the moping went on too long. If I had read the book first, I might have felt different, but by the middle of the story I wanted to say "grow up and move on already." And the hero often came across as a self-serving pain in the butt. I won't waste my time or money on the rest of the series. A shame, too, since I generally like Kristan Higgins.

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  • Mary
  • 29-04-17

Great overall story.

The story itself was very good. The reader had the worst English accent I've ever heard. It was distracting to listen to and took away from the story telling.

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  • Maribee7
  • 14-11-13

Can't Go Wrong With Kristan Higgins

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This was a great listen. She is a wonderful storyteller. If you like contemporary romance, you will LOVE this book.

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  • Adrienne Richardson
  • 25-10-19

Good Read

I like this family!
Keep them coming!
I wanna read more on this town!
Thanks

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  • Teresa mason
  • 19-10-19

Extremely good

Love this book, hard to put down! Can’t wait to read the next! Love Kristan Higgins , she’s new to me but glad I found her.

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  • Cindio
  • 09-10-19

I love this series!!!

This is such a great series!!! I love how she enacts with her eggs!!! I’m excited to see what’s next!

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  • Linda
  • 07-09-19

loved it

Hon and Tom this is a assume story
lots of love a great loving life
thank you

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  • MaBiche
  • 22-05-19

Enjoyed this

At first, I didn't think I was going to like this because of Honor’s humiliation scenes and Tom’s initial behavior, but in the end I think it's better than Faith’s book.

Having gone through proving that my relationship with my then-fiancé was real, I related so much to those scenes with the investigator, exaggerated they may be.

I love the character development and the progression of Honor and Tom’s relationship. I also didn't mind the seemingly-hundreds of secondary characters because they enriched the story rather than distracted from it.

Lovely narration. I’ll continue with this series. I’m really enjoying it.