Love, Lies & High Heels by Debby Conrad
Series: Spoiled and Sassy #1
November 26, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
It never hurts to be rich, but . . .
Who would have guessed a lie could bring them together?
Luke Galloway doesn’t lie. Well, not normally. And never about anything as serious as death. But, somehow Luke’s friend and business partner, Sam Paris, convinces Luke he needs to do just that. Sam believes the only way his daughter will come back to see him is if he were dying. And so the lies begin . . .
Rusty Paris has been alone most of her life. Her parents were divorced when she was very young. She was pushed off to boarding schools, while her mother made a hobby of marrying rich men. She doesn’t remember much about her father, only that he never made an attempt to be a part of her life for the past twenty-one years. But all that is about to change. When she gets word he is dying, she runs home to be by his side, which puts her right in the path of that scoundrel Luke Galloway.
Luke has no room in his life for rich heiresses. Been there. Done that. From the first time Luke and Rusty meet, they clash. She considers him nothing more than a lowly ranch hand who enjoys riling her temper. He finds her arrogant and prissy. But that doesn’t mean he can fight his attraction to her, nor hers to him. And when they find out they’ve both been duped by Rusty’s father the sparks really start to fly.
Rusty hasn’t seen her dad since she was a little kid, so when she hears that he’s dying, she packs up to go be with him for as long as he has left. But she’s a spoiled fish out of water, with designer duds and spiked heels that have no place on a working ranch, and her father’s partner and ranch hand Luke won’t let her forget it.
Okay, so I can’t say I like the idea of a parent faking terminal illness to get his adult child’s attention, but many books I’ve loved have started off even crazier than that, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
The story hooked me right away. From the awkward confrontation with Rusty’s stalker-y ex to Luke’s admission that he’d done prison time, it was gearing up to be an awesome case of opposites attract. But the more I turned the pages, the more irritated I got with both of them.
First, I didn’t like the way Luke was so judgmental of Rusty. One look at her designer shoes and manicured nails, and he decided she was a spoiled rotten princess who didn’t deserve any of his respect, much less affection. I could understand the first impression, and who among us doesn’t make the wrong call about people sometimes? But he was mean about, and that didn’t sit so well with me.
My real problem, though, was Rusty’s naïveté. What started out as cute, like forgetting her coat because the winters she was used to were the mild Florida ones, went a bit too far as the book went on. Early on, she assumed the hotel they’d be stuck in would be the kind of place with lobster and a masseuse, and while I understood her being used to those things, I thought she’d be smarter than to assume the only available room in a snow storm would be something in the five-star range. But what really got me was her immediate determination to get herself knocked up because her father wanted grandchildren. In fact, her dad’s scheming seemed more like some kind of slapstick thing from a sitcom than a somewhat believable story plot, and Rusty’s acceptance without question had me quickly doubting her intelligence. Why didn’t she immediately Google the made-up disease he claimed to be dying from? Why didn’t she know that a small town grocery store probably wouldn’t have the high-end gourmet foods she was used to? Why didn’t she try to work out why her father had abandoned her as a child before deciding making a baby with some random guy was a good idea?
At 40%, I gave up trying to make sense of it and decided I should pick something else to read.