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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The coffee is rich. Hayden isn't. But Neal doesn't need to know that—yet.

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 architect, Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactl
ebook, Dreamspun Desires #47, 202 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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4 Dreamspun Desires Hearts!

Overall, in the grand scheme of things this was a very strong 3.5 Stars, but within this particular formulaic DSP series as a whole, it was a 4 star win!

As per the blurb, Neal assumes Hayden is part of a wealthy family instead of the struggling grad student he is while at a fundraiser Hayden’s college is putting on to ask for donations from various affluent patrons and alumni. In turn, though he’s utterly charmed by the dashing Neal, Hayden doesn’t really think anythin
4 Hearts

I am a firm believer that there is a perfect time for a book to be read and for me, after having a stressful morning where I was hustling to get everything done, it was nice to spend some down time with Neal and Hayden watching them fall in love. This was such a simple yet sweet romance that I read in a single day. It’s a nice an easy read and Elizabeth Noble gave me a wonderfully light but poignant story that was perfect for my day.

Told from Hayden’s POV, the men meet as Hayden is worki
Joyfully Jay
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

For me this one was just okay. The number of misunderstandings approached double digits and that was irritating. Hayden is really overwhelmed by life, work, and school, and seemed extremely naïve. I thought he was in his late teens as a result—and was later surprised to find he was a grad student. I often struggle with plots where the tension is only generated by a Big Secret, and it didn’t work for me here either. The “jilted, vindictive woman” from the blurb is
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-read, m-m
3.5 Stars. This is a very engaging, fairytale-esque, May-December romance, with the added interest of Neal being of Indian descent. I’m always in favor of diversity in my books, plus the depiction wasn’t heavy-handed, just a guy dating another guy, who happens to follow Hinduism. Hayden is a sweet character, shy and geeky and pretty naïve, even for his young age. He’s quite swept off his feet by Neal, the older, sophisticated businessman. It’s a slow build, slow burn, as finding time to date is ...more

Prepare for a cute cinderfella love story! I really enjoyed this loveeee story between Hayden and Neal, complete with the 'oh I have to go' after the dance? But unlike Cinderella, Hayden afraid of missing his bus!
No chance to tell Neal after a few dates, some bitch showed Neal who's Hayden really is. No chance to tell Neal that he's not 'that Owen' did Neal mad ad him, and ditched him?
Oh, let me tell you this.

Neal is the sweetest man in the world (and a super generous)! He's 45 years old (yes,
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Audiobook provided by the publisher through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

At times elementary, this story is loaded with trope—though that’s to be expected with these Dreamspun Desires stories. Some of the writing was too unpolished and not what I expected. It’s possible though, that some of my impression of the simplistic prose is from the narrator, who told the story in a somewhat singsong voice, although thankfully, he used a different voice for each
Becky Condit
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hayden is working on his PhD in automotive engineering. He’s also working fulltime at a coffeeshop and
between those two commitments Hayden doesn’t have time to look for a boyfriend. Or so he thinks.
Then one day a handsome business man walks into his coffee shop and there is an attraction between
the two of them. It takes Hayden’s coworkers to push him into even talking to the man, let alone going
on a date.
Neal is an architect and also an heir to his family’s tea conglomerate world wide. He s
2.5 stars

My first from this author and I'm afraid I find it blah. The sole perspective makes me a bit baffled on why the rich sophisticated older guy gets infatuated with the younger character. I'm not really into cars -- well, at least American cars -- so the talk about those machines bore me. I skimmed a lot just to see how it ended.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, m-m, on-my-kindle
4.5 Stars ~ The fantasy of meeting an older, wealthy, sexy man who is completely smitten with you is as old as most fairy tales. At least, it is in my head. I was certainly looking forward to reading Hayden and Neal’s story as not only had the description grabbed me, but the author is a personal favorite as well. I can readily admit to doing quite a bit of sighing and dreaming throughout my read.

I empathized with Hayden’s position after meeting Neal. Of course, I had a sneaky suspicion that Nea
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book & Author: High Test by Elizabeth Noble
Rating: 4 Stars

Although I think this story was good it didn’t hold my interest as these stories normally do which made it just okay for me.

First and foremost the woman “Villain” rather annoyed me and seemed unnecessary plus I really do think the author could’ve found a way around using her that way. I get the tropey feel of these books and that was a book trope element at one time but it has turned into one that very little amount of readers like.

I lo
Fluffy romance between a grad student and a rich man of Indian descent with hints of Cinderfella.

Hayden, the grad student, is working an alumni/sponsor event for his university, where he meets Neal, the rich guy. There's some apparent assumption on Neal's part that Hayden's last name, Owens, means he belongs to the Owens family of coffee house fame. Hayden doesn't get a chance to correct that assumption, and after a dance at the event, he must rush to catch his bus. Cinderfella, right? Leaving a
Natosha Wilson
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can a relationship that starts out with lie white lies that quickly turns into bigger lies work in the end or is it a disaster waiting to happen? That's what this book is about, how letting someone believe something that is not true turns into something so much more then just a white lie by omission.

Hayden is a college student that is working hard to finish school to become a high performance automotive designer. Not only is he trying to finish up school with his PHD for this but he also works
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Book blurb sums up the plot quite well so I won’t rehash.

This was a pleasant enough read with your basic May-December plot: young man meets older man, young man and older man connect, outsiders try to interfere in relationship, there are trials and tribulations, happy ever after.

I liked Hayden, he was personable enough. I liked Neal, filthy rich but not ostentatious about it. I didn’t like Steffe – those of you who’ve read my reviews know my thoughts on the female friend/coworker/sister who Has
Mari  Cardenas
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-work
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book direct for the author, that I write a review was not required.

Hayden meets Neal at a university fund raiser and the chemistry burns hot and bright. But then Neal turns up at the coffee shop that Hayden works at, and assumes Hayden is an owner of said coffee shop. Every time Hayden tries to tell Neal otherwise, something gets in the way. Then the coffee shop goes bust, and a vindictive woman threatens to tell Hayden's se
College student Hayden Owens did not expect to have a good time at the donor event he volunteered for. But he met Neal Kirchner, and older man who is clear out of Hayden's league, and that proved to be more than worth the time. There's definitely a spark between then right away, but Neal is clearly rich and successful--and Hayden is not. But the fact that he shares a last name with the family who owns the chain of coffee shops where he works worries him that Neal may have the wrong idea complete ...more
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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From that review: High Test by Elizabeth Noble is a sweet contemporary romance from Dreamspinner Press' Dreamspun Desires line.  While not exactly Cinderfella, it does have the rich man/poor man trope down  as part of the storyline.  Student Hayden Owens meets older rich Neal Kirchner at his university function for his department.  Their attraction is mutual and a relationship is
Cathy Brockman
So I am usually no huge fans of billionaire romances but this being a Dreamspun Desire I know it's about the tropes and May/December IS one of my favorites. I will admit I fell in love with Neil and Hayden. There was something about Neil that didn't hit me as the typical billionaire. I loved both characters and the storyline. There was a lot packed into a short story and it really worked.
Colin Darcy brought both Neil and Hayden to life. He showed lots of emotion and passion.
Katy Beth Mckee
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
It was so much fun to see Hayden worry about how much he cares about Neal and how afraid he is about Neal's reaction to the "truth". Of course Neal isn't really in the dark and has been doing his own worrying and taking care. I love the great way everything works out for both of these men.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's dull as dishwater and I struggled until I got a headache to finish it. I couldn't understand why Neal was interested in Hayden, and it's also difficult to differentiate between Neal and Hayden since their personality was just blah.

3.5 Stars

This was super sweet story with MCs I could help but fall in love with.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, dsp
Sweet story, formulaic but cute nonetheless. :)
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm
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Overall this was a fun, engaging book that read like a Cinderella story. College boy meets older, hunky man; misunderstandings ensue and it ends happily. The book had good writing and I really like how the age difference was handled. That became less of a big deal because the misunderstanding about Hayden being rich was the main focus for the story. I really love the whole misunderstandings/mistaken identity trope (especially when the MC is too awkward to cl
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