Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New Release Review ~ Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble

Release Day Review ~ Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble

Title: Whiskey and Moonshine
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Category: Contemporary, Dreamspun Desires
Pages: 228

Drunk on love.

Like a well-aged whiskey, master distiller and old-money entrepreneur Malone Kensington is elegant and refined. Unfortunately he’s also a perfectionist who is more dedicated to the success of his generations-old company than his own love life.

That company needs a public spokesman.

What Colton Hale lacks in sophistication, he more than makes up for with the charisma that’s allowed him to survive on the street from a young age and charm his way into the lucrative—if overwhelming—public position at the Kensington Distillery. When Mal takes Colt under his wing, hoping to polish off his rough edges, opposites attract and a passionate romance blossoms despite the differences in age and background. But can it survive a Kensington Board of Directors who believe Colt is nothing but a gold digger and a kidnapper determined to profit from the love of Mal’s life—dead or alive? 

4.5 Stars!

I loved Colt. He was hardworking and charismatic. I loved that once he fell in love with the distillery, he decided to find a way to stay and work there and make it happen. And the way he got to be the face of the distillery? Just genius!

I adored Mal, too. He was very down-to-earth, warm and genuine, despite his wealth. It made sense that he was hesitant to pursue Colt considering the age gap between them and the fact Colt was his employee, but I was glad he didn't let it stop him for long.

The progression of Mal and Colt's relationship was very realistic, not too fast and not too slow, their connection and chemistry were obvious to everyone and they were sweet and hot together.

I also enjoyed Colt's transformation from a street kid into the representative of the Kensington Distillery. It just showed his drive and desire to get better.

The secondary cast was great. I loved all of Mal's employees (well, maybe not Jeffery) and how they welcomed Colt into their fold.

This was such a great read! I loved all the research and care that went into the whole distillery process, it was so interesting. And while there wasn't that much angst, the whole thing with Theo and Sully in the last third of the story certainly gave it an edge that had been lacking. Overall, definitely a book I'd recommend and read again!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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