Friday, December 1, 2017

Release Day Review: High Test by Elizabeth Noble

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the “no relation” part to himself when he meets dashing, older Neal Kirchner, a successful architect from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactly lie, but he figures it can’t hurt for Neal to believe he’s a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn’t want Neal thinking he’s a gold digger.
The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it’s all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.


Neal might have been a good twenty years older than Hayden, but he was muscular under his expensive, tailored suit. The scent of Neal’s cologne swirled around in Hayden’s head and mingled with the music. The combination conspired to lower Hayden’s defenses. He leaned more heavily against the warmth of Neal’s body and appreciated the strong arms around him.
Their hands moved slowly over each other, touching and caressing. Hayden pressed closer as Neal’s hand roamed over his shoulders, down his spine, and over the curve of his ass. They swayed together to the music and kept on even when the music changed.
The lights were being turned off when Neal took Hayden’s face in both hands and kissed him. At first it was chaste and sweet. Neal’s lips were just the right combination of firm and soft, and he tasted of martinis.
Hayden decided he really liked martinis.

4.5 Stars!

Hayden Owens is a graduate student who works at Owens Coffee Company as a barista, and he meets Neal Kirchner, an older and successful architect during a school function. While he doesn't lie exactly, he also doesn't correct Neal's assumption that Hayden is a rich kid. However, the longer it takes for Hayden to tell Neal the truth, it becomes harder and being interrupted every time he tries, doesn't help at all. What will happen when Neal learns the truth?

Hayden was adorable, hard-working and caring and I loved Neal, he was a rare blend of sweet and sophisticated. The chemistry between them was great and I loved the progression of their relationship and how Neal wooed Hayden, even if it was obvious Hayden was interested in Neal. I really liked that while Neal doubled Hayden's age and was richer than him, he never made Hayden feel less or not mature enough, which was refreshing. Another thing I liked, was that he didn't let others put Hayden down and gave him his rightful place at all times. The only thing I didn't like about him was that kept interrupting Hayden when he wanted to come clean, and that it took him so long to come clean himself about it all.

This was a cute Cinderfella story, we even get Hayden escaping from the student function and leaving Neal to catch the bus. I loved that age didn't really play much of a part in it and that even if there were obvious economic differences between them, when Neal offered Hayden his help, he did it in a way that wouldn't wound his pride or make it feel like a handout.

Very recommendable May-December read!

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

Elizabeth Noble Bio:
Mystery, action, chills, and thrills spiced with romance and desire. ELIZABETH NOBLE started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children, two grandchildren, and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed-breed canine princess and her sidekick tabby cat. Elizabeth lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Elizabeth has received a number of amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

Twitter: @elizabethnoble1

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