19 Jan '13

A Nix Contemporary Review : The Best Man by Kristan Higgins (4 Stars)

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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…

I read this book based upon a recommendation and I am so glad that I did. Its light hearted humour and steamy romance made this a highlight of a very dark week.
Faith left when her fiancée came out at the alter. She didn’t blame her fiancée for this; she blamed his best friend Levi. That side of her character actually annoyed me slightly. Put the blame where blame is due, or even realise that you’ve been let off fairly lightly, but don’t blame the man who tried to do you a favour! Nether the less, she does blame him and this leads to some very prickly conversations with the town cop when she returns to town to start on a new project.  Their early interactions were quite hard work to read as there was no way that I could see the romance building. Once it did, I really got into this tale! Faith was a strong character who dealt well with a lot of baggage and I did want her to get her HEA…eventually!
Levi was a hero I could get onboard with. He was nice to everyone, except Faith, rescuing dogs and helping people with their everyday lives. He was a bit of a ladies’ man but not one to sleep with a different girl every night. His attitude toward Faith at the start was a little trying (he was rude the majority of the time) but once he realised that he was very much attracted to her, and that she wasn’t the snob that he imagined, I started to like his character. His dry humour and charisma made him a lovely main character and I enjoyed reading his story.
This story was full to the brim with humour.  The sweetest was to be found in Faith and Levi’s burgeoning relationship; whether it be removing the horny dog from the room when they are trying to have heartfelt discussions or dealing with her gay ex-fiancée, there were some lovely moments. I have to say the bits that had me laughing aloud on the bus weren’t to do with the lead characters at all but to do with the sex life of her mad-cap sister. In this book, Faith has a series of family members who help the story along nicely whilst creating some slap-stick humour. The scene where her sister tryed to sext her husband but mistakenly sent it to her oldest son made me cry with laughter…got some strange looks for that one J
This is set in a small town and I love small town stories. I love that everyone knows everyone, can ask people for the smallest favour and some of these interactions actually helped the story along well. It was a delightful romance that had me laughing aloud manically at points. It did take me a while to get into it, because of the afore mentioned problems with the romantic setup, but once I was in I was hooked until the end.
A charmingly funny story that blends the ridiculous with the heart-warming, seamlessly. With a cast of amazing characters, there is bound to be something that appeals to pretty much anybody. I will be picking up the next book in the series J  


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