Series: Blue Heron #1
Published by Harlequin on 2/26/2013
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!
Point One: The Best Man was a great introduction to Kristan Higgins’ books. It was a lot of fun, and although it isn’t an all-time favorite, it certainly won’t be the last Higgins book I read.
Point Two: Faith was a fun main character. She loves her family, and her hometown. After being away for three years in San Francisco (largely because of” being left at the alter”), she’s really glad to be home, but also struggling a bit because everyone knows her business. I could identify with Faith in certain levels. I love how much she cares about her family, and how she wants the happily ever after.
Point Three: I pretty much love Levi, the love interest. He’s quiet, and calm, and he gets done what needs to get done. After having a rougher childhood, and doing four tours in Afghanistan, he came back to Manningsport and became the sheriff. I really liked Levi a lot to begin with, but when he crawled under a porch to “save” a woman’s chicken, well, I fell hard them, friends.
Point Four: I loved the setting – The Finger Lakes region in New York. I live very near this area, and I’ve been there many times. It’s a beautiful place, and I just love settings that are places near where I live. I also loved that small-town setting, and Higgins did a wonderful job showcasing the quirks of small towns (see above where I mention the chicken under the porch – I think that was my favorite scene in the whole book).
Point Five: The Best Man started off incredibly funny, and you guys know how much I love a book that makes me laugh. I thought “this book is for me!!!” But as the story progressed, it lost a lot of the humor, and I missed that a lot. I also thought that some of the ways Higgins tried to add humor could actually be mean. For example, Faith and her siblings are trying to find a girlfriend for their dad, and some of the things they say about the women they find are more mean than funny.
Point Six: I do think The Best Man was a little too long. About ¾ of the way through the story, I started getting really impatient.
Point Seven: The Best Man is more of a chick lit book than a romance, at least I think it is. If you are interested in romance, but not the sexytimes, then give The Best Man a try.