Review copy was received from Publicity team. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
High Heels and Haystacks by Erin Nicholas
on April 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicity team
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Only three things stand between Ava Carmichael and her twelve billion dollar inheritance:
1. A year of living in Bliss, Kansas.
2. A relationship that lasts six consecutive months.
3. A pie.
Ava has run a multi-billion-dollar company, negotiated with shark investors, and hobnobbed with business royalty, but she’s about to be defeated by her inability to turn sugar, flour, and apple pie filling into something edible.
Conveniently, the owner of the diner next door, Parker Blake, is magic in the kitchen. And he technically works for her. So she can make him teach her to bake. And, hey, if everyone assumes they’re heating up more than the oven during their time in the kitchen…well, that’s called multitasking.
Parker Blake likes his women the way he likes his coffee: not in his diner. But gorgeous, strong-willed, type-A Ava clearly isn’t going to stop messing up his kitchen—or his simple, stress-free small town life—until the conditions of her daddy’s will are met. So, sure, he’ll teach his “boss” to bake.
But once the kitchen door closes, it’s pretty clear who’s really in charge.
I’m generally not big on billionaires but small towns are my history. I understand them. They aren’t quite as they are portrayed in fiction but there are quirky folks who are comfortable and accepted as they might not be anywhere else. And the billionaires in this case are WOMEN not men! Cori was so creative and fun in Diamonds and Dirt Roads . And now I’m invested in the town and its people, as well as the other two sisters, Ava and Brynn, and Evan’s friends, Parker and Noah.
Ava is the high powered, organized one. I can relate to her perfectly. She multi-tasks, she figures out options and backup plans after analyzing the situation. Her abilities are not about having power or money, other than to protect the other members of her family and keep them happy. Her methods of organization, time management and lists are standards with me. She is always busy, not letting go, and doesn’t really let herself feel.
Parker has his own rules and organization. Some of his reasons are emotionally similar. The rules are also a way of managing expectations. People are often happier when they know exactly what to expect. His consistent methods give him some control and efficiency also. There’s also an aspect of paying homage to his father and how he created the diner.
I enjoyed getting further into the dynamics of Bliss, Kansas. The stories deal mostly with the main couple and their personal growth. But we also got to revisit Cori and Brynn, as well as Evan and Noah to add to the story of Ava and Parker. These people are fun, and their banter is humorous and sexy. I look forward to the third book of Billionaire in Blue Jeans series which is Cashmere and Camo. It is projected for release in May.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge