Review: Highballer (World of Love)

Author: Ava Hayden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher


Blurb: 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?


Review: I like this series of books. I pick and choose which ones I want to read but I’m always pleasantly surprised by how much I like them. This follows a nursing student named Remy who through a friend gets a chance to plant trees for some good quick money in Canada. It’s hard brutal work though. I think the author did a good job of emphasizing that. The guys are exhausted after working long non stop days so finding love wasn’t ever what they were expecting. It had a very organic feel to it too. There’s attraction and friendship first. Then they fall for each other. They stumble a bit along the way though. Both have issues they’re still working through.

Levi recently took a leap for a guy who broke his heart. Leaving him a little damaged. He doesn’t mean to but hurts Levi. Levi needs to stay focused and earn this money. His family quit paying his tuition because he chose to be a nurse. His family comes from a naturalist healing type commune and see his career choice as a slap to the face. Levi sees it as a way to help people. This story felt rich in detail. There’s a lot of history and hurt packed in while keeping the current story moving along. I’d definitely recommend it.

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