Too Good to Be True is a standalone from Higgins. It features Grace Emerson, whose fiancé dumped her weeks before their wedding and later starting dating her younger sister (technically with Grace’s blessing, but she didn’t like it). The book opens with a wedding, a favorite setting for Higgins, where Grace is dateless and ashamed of the way her family pities her and worries over the whole ex-fiancé-dating-the-sister thing. She invents a boyfriend to make everyone (and herself) feel better.
Then, when she gets home that evening, she sees what she thinks is a burglar at the empty house next door. After a series of humorous (but a little overly silly, in my view) incidents involving the presumed robber, she meets Callahan O’Shea and gets him hauled into the police station overnight. Unfortunately for her (in those moments, anyway), he’s her new neighbor and not a burglar. And he’s seriously attractive and so not her type. Her type is a little nerdy and maybe a little scrawny, and definitely not brawny and strong like Callahan is.
The book is full of Higgins’ trademark humor and depth of emotion. But I have to admit that (especially at the beginning), Callahan felt a little flat to me. I mean, he’s a guy and doesn’t say much (which is fine), but when he does speak it felt a little like filler. As Grace gets to know him better, he livens up quite a bit, so perhaps it’s just his character. Grace is entertaining throughout, even if she is kind of silly and even ridiculous at times. I loved that she was a history teacher and did Civil War reenactment battles. So nerdy. And great.
I wouldn’t normally give away the black moment, but I actually felt like this was a little weak spot in the book. It has to do with Grace’s made-up boyfriend. Callahan freaks out when he realizes that she lied to him—and her whole family—about it. And I just didn’t know why he reacted like that, as I felt we didn’t really have the buildup of an aversion to lying like I would have expected.
Regardless, overall, I did enjoy this book even if I felt it wasn’t Higgins’ best. Fans of hers will still like it.