Highballer (World of Love book 17)

Title: Highballer (World of Love book 17)
Author: Ava Hayden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 25, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, college students
Page Count: 154 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

What happens when the man is as tempting as the money?

Remy Delacour’s family doesn’t believe in mainstream medicine, and when Remy’s boyfriend reveals that Remy is majoring in nursing, they cut him off. He has to find money to finish his education—fast. And he is so done with boyfriends.

Levi Aronson met the guy of his dreams and followed him to Australia. He knew the chances for a lasting romance were slim—and boy, was he right. Now he’s back in Canada, a year behind in his university program, and short of funds. He needs money, not another man.

Tree planting is a way to make a lot of money fast, but it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. When Levi, an experienced planter, sees pretty, sloe-eyed Remy, Levi is certain he’ll never last.

They’ll have to pry Remy’s shovel from his cold, stiff fingers, because he won’t quit—or let anything take his eyes off the prize. When a storm brings Remy and Levi together, each finds the other a distraction from the big goal. But can anything develop between two men who have sworn off relationships?

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This was a good read. I enjoyed seeing two men that were so against getting in a relationship find themselves not being able to avoid it. Sometimes when it is meant to be, it is just meant to be.

Remy is so determined to become a nurse even though he is going to be disowned by his parents because of it. His parents do not believe in modern medicine so Remy becoming a nurse goes against what they believe in. Remy is not going to let this stop him though. So Remy goes out and gets himself a job to earn the money he will need to finish college. Tree planting is not an easy job to say the least and Remy is not experienced in it but what he lacks in experience he makes up for in determination.

The first day on the job Remy see a man that intrigues him named Levi. Levi is standoffish towards Remy and Remy is undecided on if he wants to approach him at first. Remy is attracted to him from the start but the last thing that Remy needs is a man to come in between his dreams and his job to help him reach his dreams.

Levi is a lot like Remy when it comes to not wanting to get involved with anyone. Even though he immediately notices Remy he keeps his distance. After his last disastrous relationship Levi is not willing to even contemplate getting into another.

Sometimes fate has a different motive than the recipients may have and in this case these two are meant to be together. Though they may fight it fate has a way of making the right things happen just when they are supposed to. The question is even when fate throws two people together, if they are determined to not end up in any kind of relationship will they be able to fight what fate has in store for them or will they figure out that sometimes love is better then money?

This was a good read. I love reading a books where both the main characters try to fight their attraction to one another only to figure out in the end that they are meant to be together. Ava Hayden did a really good job on this book and I look forward to more by her in the future.

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