February 18, 2013

Book Review: THE BEST MAN by Kristan Higgins

Book Review:  The Best Man
Author:  Kristan Higgins
Publisher:  Harlequin
Category:  Adult Contemporary Romance

“Do you have bad dreams? Is that why you bake in the middle of the night?”- Faith
“Yes.”- Levi
“You could wake me up too.  If you’re sleeping over that is.”- Faith
“I don’t have those dreams when I’m with you.”- Levi

Description via 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

**********SPOILER ALERT*********SPOILER ALERT ************

Faith Holland is healing far away from home.  Her boyfriend and fiancé of 8 years left her at the altar where he finally fessed up that..... He's gay. Distraught and heartbroken, Faith left for their supposed honeymoon destination, San Francisco, alone, and didn't return until three years later, forced to come home by her siblings because their father is being seduced by a great white shark... by that they mean a cleavage bearing, skintight wearing gold digger.
So off to their vineyard she goes.  And there she bumps into their town police chief, the man who, in her mind, destroyed her happiness.
Levi Cooper was the Best Man at Faith and Jeremy's wedding.  Having known the groom’s secret, he urged Jeremy at the very last minute, to tell Faith the truth.  He had never particularly liked Faith... Attracted to her? Yes.  Lusted after her? Yes. But liked? Not really.  She had always been just a little bit too sweet, too perky, too rich, too perfect... Princess super cute…. yep, just way too much.
Though there is THAT one moment, a secret that they share from when Faith and Jeremy were broken up, one they never told anyone else.
In their tiny town, there was no way they wouldn’t run into each other, no matter their dislike, especially since as Chief of Police, Levi is treated as a member of everyone's family.
Through their constant verbal spars (her sarcasm and his grunts), their chemistry builds and eventually explodes.

Hilarious...absolutely hilarious!
This has got to be the funniest cast of characters I have read in a long time. The only serious ones here are the 2 leads and everyone else is absolutely crazy.... Including the ex-coulda been hubby, Jeremy and 
Faith's dog, Blue, the leg humper .
Kristan Higgins has always been humorous in her story telling, but this book is extra witty and extra funny, giving (another favorite) Shannon Stacey's The Kowalski family a run for their money.

Here's a some of my favorite lines:

“My late husband was sterile… a groin injury when he was a boy. Tractor backed up, squished him in the soft parts so we never could have kids, though hell, we sure got it on!”- Lorena the gold digging shark

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“Can you hook us up with the hottest men here? I like them fifty, fifty five plus.  Don’t mind a little beer belly. Missing limbs okay as long as it was lost heroically.  I don’t want some dumb ass who cut off his own hand chopping wood.”- Colleen, Faith’s best friend

 “Gays make the best dates Helena.  Everyone knows that.”- Jeremy, the ex

“People say to me, John, I don’t know how you do it.  And I tell them just look at my wife.  She’s got the face of a saint! A Saint Bernard that is.”- Mr. Holland, Faith’s grandpa

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“Here he is.  Viagra for women.”- Prudence, Faith’s sister

Since Levi's character is stoic and a one word man, there's really not many romantic lines, yet this book is sweet in its simplicity.  I like Faith.  She is sugary sweet with a bite.  I also like that Jeremy still played a huge part in the family and Faith's lovelife after the non-wedding, since He is the best gay man everyone would love to have for a best friend.
There is a bit of a lag in the middle of the book that made me want to speed read but it picks up enough with the many crazy lines that's laugh out loud funny.  The book does not get too dramatic or too sappy but you do feel how and why Levi and Faith fall for each other.  This is a story with much heart.
So if you like books that will make you smile all through out and is laugh out loud funny, pick up The Best Man, and prepare yourself for a fun ride....

P.S. if you're a Justin Timberlake fan you are going to LOVE his part in the story.  Let's just say he is such an "inspiration"to..... (**smirk**snort**)

Here are my reviews on other Kristan Higgins' books:



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