Author: Kristan Higgins
Release Date: February 1, 2009
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
When Grace Emerson's ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone…exactly unlike her renegade neighbor Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.
Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so…right?
When I got Too Good To Be True as a surprise in the mail from the publisher, I have to admit, there was a bit of a smirk on my face. The description made it sound like a hot and heavy romance, and while that isn't my usual fare, the description had me intrigued enough to give it a try.
Imagine my surprise when Too Good To Be True turned out not to be a romance at all, but instead an intriguing and well-developed chick lit novel that I had trouble putting down. Grace was a wonderfully drawn character that I really sympathized with. I hated how people always took advantage of her, but I also didn't like how she seemed to roll over and allow people to walk all over her. She felt everything so deeply, but in the end, she just wanted to do the right thing and be good to those around her. I also loved the added element of Grace being a Civil War buff. It was a minor detail but really gave her character additional depth.
I had really mixed feelings about Grace's little sister Natalie, who was dating Grace's former fiance, Andrew. On one had, she didn't do anything strictly wrong – she started dating Andrew over a year after he broke up with Grace. Still, she comes across as selfish and spoiled in Too Good To Be True. But then again, she is sweet and difficult to dislike. I actually appreciated Natalie's complicated portrayal; much like real life, I didn't know exactly how to feel towards her.
I liked Callahan, though I felt like he was a little bit hard on Grace. In a lot of ways, Grace was just trying to protect herself. She put up a facade in order to convince her family, and herself, that she was fine. Callahan saw through this facade and reached the real Grace. In doing so, though, he passed a judgment on her that was a a bit harsh.
Too Good To Be True is an engaging chick lit novel that is extremely fun to read. After reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised with the compelling characters, engaging story, and sheer enjoyment I derived from reading it. I definitely recommend this book to any fan of chick lit – I will be checking out Kristan Higgins' other work!
Thank you to Adam at Harlequin for thinking I would like this book enough to send it to me, and for being right!