Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on March 3, 2020
His dreams of flying went by the wayside when family duty brought him back to the ranch and a certain feisty office manager who could never be his. I’m all in for ranch life, small town, big family and friends, and an office romance, country-style.
The Billionaire in Boots is the third of the Princes of Texas series. For the most part, it worked fine standalone, but at the same time, I think I would have gotten more out of it if I’d read the first two stories.
Nick Prince is the eldest and not interested in ranching. At. All. He loves animals and makes pets out of cows, but what really sends him soaring high is his dreams of being a commercial pilot and visiting all the places a plane can take him. Right on the verge of getting that coveted license, his father dies leaving a pile of unexpected debts and there goes his dream. So, he’s back in Three Rivers and reluctantly running the family ranch and the other Prince business interests. The only bright spot is their office manager who he once had a fling with after a Christmas party. He’s never gotten Charlotte out of his system. But, she wants to be grounded in Three Rivers with a family. How could it ever work?
Who would have thought that she’d go in for big, ruggedly handsome, brooding grouches? Charlotte knows the score with Nick and yet she can’t help holding out hope that he’ll change his mind. She should be moving on and she tries dating other men. He’s as interested as she is and they share some common ground, but will it be enough?
The Billionaire in Boots was country cute right down to the adorable rescue animals that both main characters loved. Nick is a vegetarian rancher who holds to a dream of being a pilot while Charlotte is a put together business manager who needs her own family and kids to fulfill her dreams. They were both fun and flirty- see office emails sprinkled throughout the book.
I enjoyed the backdrop of Three Rivers and ranch country, the cast of characters of family and friends surrounding Nick and Charlotte. They were fun and the town softball rivalry was a hoot. I also enjoyed the personal story of seeing Nick figure out how family, duty, and getting to live the life he wants can eventually work out.
Now, the romance was the moderately engaging part. I loved the people and loved them together, but I just could not buy into the conflict. I saw no reason why it had to be one extreme or the other and why the pair couldn’t sit down and actually talk through a compromise that would give them both what they wanted. Nick is more guilty of the not talking since he pulls a strong and silent and forces Charlotte to guess while he quietly just decides things because he thinks he knows what she’ll say- not that he’s wrong. They loved each other from the beginning and were even good friends, but just could seem to make their goals jive causing the book to feel long and drawn out at times and I skimmed a bit waiting for something to happen.
There is more than Nick and Charlotte’s romance going on as the book catches readers up on the previous two Prince romances and the ongoing story of the rest of the Princes even one who came as a result of Nick’s dad cheating. I do have an interest in going back for the other two stories and seeing what comes next in the family.
All in all, it was a cute and adorable story full of small town and family and a drawn out contemporary romance. Those who enjoy gently paced stories like this should give the series a go.
My thanks to Berkley for providing the book to read in exchange for an honest review.
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