The Best Man
by Kristan Higgins
Adult Realistic Contemporary
Received ARC for Review
Published By: February 26, 2013
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:
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.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive any compensation for writing this review, nor was I obligated to write a good review.
An Overview of the Novel: Faith Holland is finally returning to her home because her father needs her. It's not easy. She left after being jilted at the altar and hasn't come back since. That day still haunts her as does several other other memories.
Her fiancee was gay and he chose the minute before their wedding to tell her that. Ever since then, Faith has seemed like a magnet for gay guys or guys who are already married. All she wants is a decent relationship.
Enter Levi Cooper. Levi is everything she doesn't need and everything she doesn't want. He is the one who ruined her wedding all those years ago and he's arrogant and definitely not the guy for her. And yet she keeps feeling more and more drawn to him. But will she be able to let the past go and forgive Levi and let him in? Or will Levi just be the next guy to break her heart?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't know if I'd like this novel going into it or not, but it looked like a really cute read and I loved the cover. I know you shouldn't judge a book by a cover, but come on we all do at least to some level.
Anyway, it took me a few thirty pages or so to really get into the story, but after that I was completely hooked. I loved Kristan's writing style. Adult contemporary romance is a genre I usually don't read, but this one was actually quite good.
It was definitely an adult novel, but not so adult as to lean to the erotic side or to make me feel uncomfortable. The characters were interesting and well-developed.
In fact, every single one of the characters in this novel seemed so real. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and recommend it to fans of this novel.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? It was slow at parts and I felt like the pacing could have picked up. It also lacked the depth of my favorite novels. However, it was a cute, thought-provoking read.
Warnings/Side-notes: Adult book. Not one I'd recommend to young teens, but it's actually pretty clean for an adult book.
The Wrap-up: Kristan's writing was actually really intriguing and I loved this story. It was one I'm really glad I read. Definitely a cute book with hilarious characters and an intriguing plot. If you like adult romance, then check it out.