High Test, by Elizabeth Noble
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.
I've read Ms Noble's Vampire Guard series, and loved those. So when asked to read this one, naturally, I said yes!
Its a great read, flows well, and while I saw that maybe Neal already knew that Hayden wasn't who he thought he was, it was kinda fun watching it all unravel.
Loved that Neal, while extremely wealthy, was too obnoxious with it. All too often these billionaire characters are not nice people! But I loved Neal, his family though? Not so much. Hayden's family?? Loved them!
Not overly explicit, but the heat level does creep up as the relationship between Neal and Hayden moves along. Nicely written.
Only Hayden has a say. (and that's all I am gonna say about that! )
And there is a particular phase that pops up more than a few times, and that kind of began to grate on me. Sorry!
I read this is the bathtub, in one sitting, and was just the book I needed after a really hard read. Hence the hangover cure tag.
4 solid, cute stars