by Kristan Higgins
You might start this book thinking, "Oh, poor, Honor Holland." Yes, she finds herself in a barroom battle with her best friend. Yes, the man she's loved for years rejects her. Yes, she decides an arranged marriage is her only hope toward motherhood one day. She winds up with a freaking hottie who's incredibly intelligent. Poor Honor, my foot.
She takes on pseudo-motherhood to a boy who is not quite a stepson. Luckily for Honor and Tom, the bond with this teenage boy is a strong factor in making the marriage work. Like any teen, Charlie is struggling with evolving friendships, bullies, and his own world view. He's never had much in the way of a truly loving family other than Tom. When suddenly thrust into the Holland clan, there is a definite adjustment period regarding unconditional acceptance.
Higgins' characters are funny, snarky, and terrible liars. Somehow, they manage to fool even the toughest critics of the relationship. Of course, with this arranged marriage, there is a period of utter loneliness for two individuals who crave more love, nurturing, and, yes, sex, than they believe is available. Don't worry fans, Higgins makes quick work of that misconception.