The Best Man by Kristan Higgins: Review

March 28, 2013 Reviews 0

cover22098-mediumSOMETIMES 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.

I will admit this straight off the bat – Kristan Higgins is just about my favourite contemporary romance author. Her books never fail to make me smile. Just One of The Guys is one of those books I could re-read until the cover comes off and the spine falls apart. So, as you could imagine, I launched myself at The Best Man when I got the chance to read it.

Oh, I loved this book. Like her other work, The Best Man is charming, snarky, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny.

Faith has some seriously faulty man-radar. A fiancé who jilts her because he’s gay, a couple of other nice guys that turned out to be gay and some super-creepy married guy – I just wanted to tell her to steer clear of RSVP. Then there was Levi. Mmmm, very nice, Ms Higgins, very nice work! He’s her ex-fiancé’s best friend, and someone she’s not that keen on spending much of any time near.

Levi and Faith have fantastic chemistry, and when they are snarking at each other, you just know they’re going to be explosive in more than just arguments. There is more to their relationship than is immediately evident, and while Levi can be a little Captain Cranky at times and Faith seems stuck in the past, all of what we learn has happened in the past explains why they are as they are.

As always in a Kristan Higgins novel, the supporting characters are an absolute hoot! Faith’s argumentative grandparents, the crazy wannabe stepmother who colours her hair with a Sharpie and the gay ex-fiancé that is just too nice you can’t help but like him. But my favourites are her sister, Prudence and hubby Carl. The side storyline about these two rekindling their sex life via 50 Shades and naughty texts – one of which is sent by accident to her horrified son – had me laughing so hard, my husband thought I was crying.

I love the setting of this book too, and after checking out the location on Google, I would love to visit the Finger Lakes region of New York. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the Blue Heron series. Can’t wait!

My rating: 5 out of 5

Release Date: 26 February 2013

Purchase Links: Amazon

Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by HQN, an imprint of Harlequin via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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