Book Reviews

Whiskey and Moonshine (Dreamspun Desires) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-January-2019

Book Blurb

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?


Book Review

Old money, well-aged whiskey, and a solid work ethic are just as much a part of this fun novel as Fate. You could also call it chance, luck of the draw, or pure coincidence – the fact is that Colt, a young man who was kicked out by his parents for being gay when he was fifteen, and Malone, the owner of a whiskey distillery in Tennessee, just belong together. Not that either of them expects to find the love of their life in someone who is so fundamentally different from themselves, but once they meet and begin to work together, there is no question that they get along. As for the evolving romance? It’s one littered with obstacles such as the evil plans of those who want Malone’s money and a few misunderstandings, but nothing too serious. As a result, I found this book to be very entertaining because I never had to worry too much about Colt and Malone being able to create a happy ending for themselves.

Colt is a fighter – he has had to be since he spent the last ten years living on the streets. Having to fend for himself has taught him a few things – like how to stand up for himself, how to detect other people’s BS, and how to use his natural charisma to his best advantage. Once he decides to leave Toledo after a severe beating, he ends up working at Kensington Distillery – originally a layover during his bus trip to Charlotte. Colt decides he wants to stay because he likes the mountains and trees, manages to get an entry-level job, and works his way up from there. I particularly liked how he was given leeway to begin creating his own products, allowing his creativity to contribute to the company and helping his self-confidence to grow.

Malone may be the owner of the distillery, but he is shy and doesn’t like dealing with curious journalists, never mind facing big groups of people. When his manager suggests hiring a spokesperson to do these things for him, Malone is skeptical to say the least. But when he runs into Colt eliminating the competition by chasing the other applicants away, Malone is impressed and decides to give it a try. He imagines that he will “tame” Colt and get rid of his somewhat rough edges, but Colt has his own ideas and soon teaches Malone a thing or two about relationships, being honest, and relaxing enough to allow time to “smell the roses” as well as work hard.

Both men have lots to learn from each other, and I loved watching them figure out how to relate, how to deal with their differences, and how to decide what was really important to them. Colt values a good job and having enough money to pay the bills (a new experience for him), but he is also a hard worker and has had to “go without” for too long not to appreciate his new position. Malone has always had money, works as hard as anyone else, and appreciates Colt’s dedication. But that is just the start of a relationship that quickly deepens – and not everyone likes the “newcomer” and the “boss” getting along so well. Needless to say, there are a few hurdles to overcome…

If you like romances between men who come from very different worlds, if opposites attracting is your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is entertaining, lots of fun, very informative regarding whiskey production, and full of sweet and tender moments between two men who are falling for each other against everyone’s expectations, then you will probably like this novel. Some books are just fun to read, and this one was definitely one of those for me.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 238 pages/61700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-January-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle, $14.95 audiobook, $10.47 Audible
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