Review * The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

February 21, 2013 Reviews 10 ★★★★★

Review * The Best Man by Kristan HigginsThe Best Man by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #1
Published by HQN on February 26, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: The Perfect Match, Waiting On You, In Your Dreams, Anything For You
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Sometimes the best man is the one you least expect…

Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there….

Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief—and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes. The only catch is she's having a hard time forgetting that he helped ruin her wedding all those years ago. If she can find a minute amidst all her family drama to stop and smell the rosé, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

It’s possible I may have said this for the last Kristan Higgins book I read, but this one is my new favorite. Seriously, I can’t even describe how much I love her books, and this one is no different from the rest. I’m going to do this review slightly different and highlight the reasons why I love Higgins’ books.

#1 – The Setting

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love small towns. I have nothing against big cities but small towns are just so cute and quaint. Everyone knows your name (cue Cheers themes song) and your business. Manningsport is no different, plus it has the extra benefit of having a couple of vineyards. Vineyards always make good settings.

#2 – The Heroine

I love the heroine’s in Higgins’ books because they’re so realistic. No matter what their issue or hang up is they don’t seem out of place to the character. Faith has a couple of issues. She was jilted at the alter by her fiancé. Who was the perfect guy, except for one tiny, little, detail – he was gay. Her other, more serious problem is dealing with her part in the death of her mother. She was a child when her mother died and accepts responsibility for what happened. That’s a hard burden to carry.

#3 – The Hero

The hero’s are also realistic and hate me if you want, but I like that they do the typically stupid things that you expect guys to do in books like these. Levi is no exception, though in The Best Man his stupid thing is a direct result of Faith’s stupid thing. Y’all know how hard it is to communicate in books, right? All that aside though, Levi does one of the sweetest things I’ve read in a book in a long time. It wasn’t a traditional romantic gesture, but… sigh. So sweet, and exactly what Faith needed. Made me tear up a little.

#4 – The Secondary Characters

I love them so much! They are always fun and quirky. In Manningsport we have:
Jeremy – the former groom, who finally admitted he was gay. He’s absolutely delighted that Faith and Levi are together, and it’s definitely awkward for them.
Pru – the older sister by 16 years. Pru’s husband has decided they need to “spice things up”, Pru does not feel the same. Pru also likes to share.
Honor – the older sister by 4 years. Faith and her don’t talk much.
Faith’s dad – He might be looking for love in all the wrong places
Lorena – one of Faith’s dad’s interests. She uses a sharpie to touch up her roots. Seriously.

#5 – Feelings

Higgins’ books make me laugh and tear up a little bit (or a lot). They always make me feel something. In The Best Man she does it all again. The date from hell in the beginning had me laughing (it just goes to show you that you never can tell about people). Discussing her mother’s death with the family had me in tears. It was an emotional roller coaster that I had no problem being on.

If you haven’t read a book by Kristan Higgins before I encourage you to pick one up. They’re amazing!


10 Responses to “Review * The Best Man by Kristan Higgins”

  1. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    This sounds adorable! You’ll have to tell me what the sweet thing is, although I do remember talking a little about this book on the way home from Cary. Also, I still wonder if the sharpie thing would work for me as long as I stay out of rain?

  2. Christina

    Okay, this is weird, but I love how happy that puppy looks on the cover. So freaking cute!

    “Y’all know how hard it is to communicate in books, right?” < -- It's hard to communicate in life too. Lol. I'm watching a kdrama right now, and they keep messing up relationships because they won't ask the right questions or say things straight out. It drives me bonkers, but it's also so true about couples. If you beat around the bush, things are going to get messed up. This happens especially in the early days when you're both trying to be accommodating. I love when there are good secondary characters. It’s ridiculous when there’s just the main two and they’re both perfect but somehow have no friends or family. Ummm, what? I don’t really read romance, but I’ll add this to GR, because it sounds super cute.

  3. fakesteph

    There is nothing like an author who always delivers on everything you love in a book! So glad you are reading books you loooove! :) I’ll have to check her out.

  4. Midnyte Reader

    This sounds cute, but not my typical read. I may make you just e-mail me to tell me what happens. This is one of the parts about book blogging I love. Even though I may not read a book, I like hearing about them through others.

  5. Lauren

    This sounds like a wonderful romance read! I love vineyard settings. I agree, it seems like it’s so hard to communicate in books, but it usually makes for some pretty great drama and misunderstandings. Wonderful review, I’ll have to check this one out!