Kristan Higgins is an author I stumbled upon somehow. Her books were not the usual type I liked but with her heart warming writing style she had me hooked from "One of the Guys." I read this book in about four hours because I couldn't put it down. If you need a break from your normal historical/contemporary romances where someone mistakenly marries someone/someone thought their divorce was final but finds out they're still married, this book would be a nice change of refreshing straightforwardness.
Grace has been making up boyfriends since she was a little girl so when her sister feels guilty for stealing Grace's fiance she makes up another one. Like the title says, this man is "too good to be true," but her family jumps at the chance to meet him. Wyatt Dunn is perfect, a pediatric surgeon that rescues cats in his spare time, its hard to find anything not to love in this new fake boyfriend. Meanwhile the house next door gets a new inhabitant in the form of the sexy ex-con Callahan O'Shea. He's everything a girl can dream about (minus the minimum security prison time he served) and Grace soon starts to feel a huge attraction for him. Sadly she still has to perpetuate the lie of the fake boyfriend in front of her family and that means doing it in front of Callahan as well. How can she date Callahan the ex-con when her family will compare him to the fake standards of Wyatt Dunn? There's also some pretty funny antics with her parents and her gay best friend that I'm not going to get into but they were quite hilarious.
This book is probably not going to change your life, but it is a pleasant diversion from everyday activities. The reason why I like Kristan's books so much is that the heroine of the book is someone that I can relate to and oftentimes I have done some of the same stupid things that she's done. Grace is one of those people that you would want as a friend and Callahan is a man that is very crush-worthy. Add in Grace's crazy family and you have a recipe for another great book. The only reason why I gave it four stars is because the plot is very formulaic in all of her books, but a plot I really enjoy so I'll keep reading them until the last one.
As with all K.H. books, this book was witty and enormously entertaining. The characters were very true to life and relatable. Reading this books was a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
I have read several of Kiristan Higgins books and have enjoyed them all. This is her best.
Once again I have mixed emotions about this author's book. There's a lot that's good here, but sometimes one false note is all it takes to take away the shine. That false note comes when the heroine comes clean about the boyfriend she made up to stop her family from pitying her when her ex-fiance gets engaged to her sister and the hero's reaction is that she's a liar and he coldly walks away. Up until that moment, I though Callahan was a great leading man. I'd have even allowed him that judgmental moment (as out of character as it was) if it had only lasted through the fight, but when he held onto it, it was like the author had suddenly replaced the hero with someone completely different and I lost respect. For him. Or maybe for the author. In the end, it doesn't matter. I'm happy when an author manipulates me skillfully, but when the characters start acting out of character so the author can make a difficult plot point work--when I can see the strings on the marionette, as I could here--it's not a good time.
Guess I'm done with this author.