Saturday, February 16, 2013

*Book Review* The Best Man by Kristan Higgins -5 Winks

ARC Review

Title: The Best Man
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: HQN
Date: February 22, 2013


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.

Higgins has done it again – a great mix of humor, complex storyline, and unique characters. My quick fondness for Levi, the subdued hero, fascinated me. Levi is a man of few words, but we still know his every thought, emotion, and feeling. It’s sexy as hell. Always wanting out of his little town, leaving the poverty behind, he joined the army and served in Afghanistan. Upon leaving the army, he moved back to town and became the town’s favorite Chief of Police. Behind his tough exterior, the reader finds a sensitive and caring man who takes care of his little sister, bakes cookies at night and goes out of his way to serve the people.

Unfortunately for Levi, Faith hates him – or so she thinks. Ever since he stopped her wedding to his best friend who turned out to be gay, she’s held a grudge against him. When Faith returns to her family business, Blue Heron Winery, she keeps her mind busy with a landscaping job and finding a girlfriend for her widowed father. All the while, Levi keeps turning up at every corner, saving her from trouble. Faith is a heroine to love. She is independent, caring, fun, and a bit “lush” which is nice to find in a character. It makes her real.

The best part of the story is the witty dialogue between all the characters. Every page had me laughing and routing for the characters to finally find love, even in the earlier teenage memories. You will not want to miss this one! 

5 Winks!

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