Title: High Test (Dreamspun Desires #47)
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 155 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The coffee is rich. Hayden isn’t. But Neal doesn’t need to know that—yet.
Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the “no relation” part to himself when he meets dashing architect, Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactly lie, but he figures it can’t hurt for Neal to believe he’s a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn’t want Neal thinking he’s a gold digger.
The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it’s all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.
Can a relationship that starts out with little white lies that quickly turn into bigger lies work in the end or is it a disaster waiting to happen? That’s what this book is about, how letting someone believe something that is not true turns into something so much more than just a white lie by omission.
Hayden is a college student working hard to finish school to become a high performance automotive designer. Not only is he trying to finish up school with his PHD for this but he also works at a coffee shop to help pay for his books and part of his tuition so he is not left with a lot of debt when he graduates.
After having to attend a function, Hayden meets a man that captures his attention from the moment he lays eyes on him. He meets a man that is older then him, and definitely a lot richer, named Neal. The only issue is when Neal assumes that Hayden is part of the Owens family that owns the coffee shop that Hayden works at, Hayden does not correct him. Seems silly to do something like this but Hayden did not think they would see one another again much less get to know one another the way they just may.
Neal is attracted to Hayden from the moment that he meets him. Though he believes that Hayden is a little better off then he originally is, Neal does not care. He knows that Hayden cared for him for who he is and not what he can give him. But Neal makes the mistake of not letting Hayden know that he is not related to the coffee shop owners and instead everything comes to head when a vindictive woman that wants Neal sheds the light on the subject and Hayden runs.
Can Neal convince Hayden that money is not what is important between them but how they feel about each other is?
This was a good read. It is a nice love story about finding love in an unlikely place and that love being the most important and not the size of someone’s bank account. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to more books in the future by Elizabeth Noble.