by Kristan Higgins

February 2009
ISBN: 978-0-373-77355-8
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Grace Emerson is unlucky in love. Her ex-fiancé is now dating her younger sister, Natalie, and everyone in the Emerson family cannot seem to keep from pitying Grace. Well, Grace will not stand for it. Yes, she is not fully over her ex, but she certainly does not want to be the object of her family’s attention. To make them understand just how happy and how ready she is to date again, Grace goes to the extreme. She invents a boyfriend.

Now that her family is off her back, Grace can actually concentrate on finding a real boyfriend. Dating and getting back into the social scene has its ups and downs but little does she know that love is about to find her. Her new next door neighbor, Callahan O’Shea, is hunky, handsome, hard-working and, well, there is a downside as Grace is about to find out. But is a not so perfect Mr. Right better than a perfect, but nonexistent, Mr. Right?

Kristan Higgins does another bang-up wonderful job of conveying both humor and depth in her plot. Yes, Grace has made up an imaginary boyfriend, but there are some serious issues that get worked out through that imaginary man. It also gives her a great chance to get to know Cal, though she is ashamed of the fabrications about her boyfriend. Complex emotions and laugh out loud situations ensue when Grace gets anywhere near Cal. Their first meeting is a memorable one to be sure! Nothing is easy for these two, but there are so many good things about their blossoming relationship that I will not spoil it.

One of the best parts of this story was Grace. She is a vibrant woman with a family that relies on her heavily, an interest in her job and social activities, and the craving for her own happily-ever-after. She simmers with anger at her sister while at the same time, wanting her to be happy, even at the expense of her own happiness. These complexities make Grace a realistic and approachable character.

Too Good To Be True is another surefire hit from this wonderful writer. Kristan Higgins has a deft hand building complex relationships with heart and soul.

Reviewed in January 2009 by Sarah.

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