This week my featured backlist book is Whiskey and Moonshine.
Whiskey and Moonshine is one of my traditional, contemporary, sweet with heat romances. This story has a few tropes and themes but at its core it’s a Pygmalion romance. Colt is a young man living on the streets. Mal is old money, being the third-generation heir to a whiskey distillery.
When Colt lands at Kensington Distillery and Still House he falls in love with the place and uses his street smarts to get a job there. He’s a hard, likeable worker and eventually uses some grifter knowledge to get an even better job, one that puts him in daily contact with the owner and master distiller, Mal Kensington. They become friends and that friendship turns to romance.
It’s not easy for them. Mal must answer to a board of directors, many of whom see Colt as a gold digger. Mal sees more and knows Colt isn’t motivated in that way. While he’s fighting to keep Colt in his life, Colt is kidnapped forcing Mal to now fight for Colt’s life.
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?
Whiskey and Moonshine is available in paperback, eBook and through Kindle Unlimited. There is a French translation published by Juno Publishing.
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