Monday, May 27, 2013

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
2013, Harlequin HQN
Series: Book 1 of Blue Heron

Synopsis: 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 fiancĂ©. 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 rosĂ©, she just might find a reason to stay at Blue Heron, and finish that walk down the aisle.

The Good: I always love Kristan Higgins' romances, despite the male and female leads. The Best Man was no exception. I found the novel to be enthralling, endearing and completely unputdownable. I was also totally aggravated by both Faith and Levi. You'd think that would be a negative, but with Higgins books, it isn't. Not matter how much I dislike the main characters, I can't help but root for them to overcome their obnoxious tendencies. Which they always do. I loved the winery setting, the lesser characters romantic subplots, and the small town feel.

The Bad: Faith rubbed me even worse than some of Higgins other female leads. She was just so trapped in her past, blaming Levi instead of herself. While it made for much of the plot progression and tension in the book, I wanted to kick her more than once for being utterly ridiculous.

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