Reviewed by Louisa
SERRIES: World of Love
AUTHOR: Ava Hayden
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 138 pages
RELEASE DATE: 25th October 2017
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?
Highballer was a good book, with an interesting storyline. Remy is the newbie in the world of planting trees. Wanting to save money for university after his parents refused to continue paying for his nursing degree. Levi is a seasoned planter who needs to concentrate on the number of trees he can get into the ground and not on men.
While the pair don’t immediately hit it off, Levi is impressed with Remy’s ability to put up a tent and work in the harsh environment. Sharing a tent is what leads them on their path to love.
I really liked Remy as a character, he is quiet and strong and comes from an unconventional background for a nursing major. Levi left less of an impression, but together the pair are really good. Not perfect, but interesting and well characterised. My favourite thing about Highballer is that Remy and Levi live and function in their environment. We see plenty of secondary characters who are all well thought out and integral to the story.
Funnily, even the planting term of Highballer is explained it didn’t really mean very much to me and this story. It’s really only mentioned at the start and the end of the book and the way it is used at the end is rather cheesy. The little bit of drama at the end was cute more than anything and right up until the epilogue I really enjoyed the book.
Overall, this is a great, light hearted read. Very enjoyable. I think it would be the perfect book to read in a bubble bath with a glass of wine. It’s a nice look at the tree industry in Canada and the people who work there.