Haley Brandt isn’t the one-night-stand type, but too much tequila and a man with two sinfully black eyes left her breathless and willing to break her own rules. Her only solace was the fact that she’d never see him again.
Until the next morning when she finds out he’s her ride out of town and back to the ranch where she grew up.
Nixon Holt works with Haley’s father, so Haley makes her position clear—she doesn’t get involved with ranch employees. Ever. At nineteen, she’d learned her lesson the hard way, and it became her one unbreakable rule.
But Nixon makes hisposition clear, too: He’s going to wear down Haley’s defenses and he won’t stop until she breaks all her rules for him. He’s well on his way when Haley finds out the one thing that could make her hate him. Nixon is left with two choices: walk away or break all his rules for her.
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I loved the mix of fun banter, familial connections, and moments of deeper topics and emotions that M. Leighton wove into Tequila High. It made for a compelling and addictive read. This was a slow-burn romance, and the anticipation made the final connection between Haley and Nixon that much sweeter.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked Haley. If it weren’t for the anticipation of finding out what the something bigger than a simple break-up had made her flee her family’s ranch, I might have made some rash decision about her. Once everything was revealed about her, my heart was broken for her. I wish there would have been more time spent on that part of her story, but that is only because I love spending time wallowing in that kind of emotional pain.
Nixon was the shining light of this story. I’m usually all about a broody bad boy, but there was something refreshing about this guy who seemed incredibly straightforward, went for what he wanted, and was a didn’t have an entire closet full of skeletons to uncover. The more I found out about him, the more I appreciated everything he brought to the table. Even his biggest secret endeared me to him.
One of my favorite parts of Tequila High was the ongoing game Haley and Nixon played and how it developed and deepened their relationship. It was so much fun and let them open up to one another in a way they probably wouldn’t have otherwise. The fact that it ended up being so crucial in the pivotal moments of their connection made it that much more incredible.
Ultimately, Tequila High was an entertaining ride, and I enjoyed each second I spent with Nixon and Haley, as well as getting to know her crazy family. I can’t wait to see her sisters find their happily ever after, and hope we get to check in with Haley and Nixon, too.