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Uncorked & Unforgettable: "Sweet Honesty" by Joan Vassar Paired w/ 1924 Double Black Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon


A Books & Booze Pair that shares the same rebellious spirit of their time but invites you to slow down and savor each experience.


Atlanta, Georgia, 1950–Michael can’t believe his eyes as he watches the man he loves marry a woman from the back row of Mount Zion Baptist Church. When the beautiful couple is pronounced man and wife, he leaves his home in Georgia for the chance of a better life in New York City.

Alexander is just trying to exist in Queens, New York. Although his family is aware of his unnatural attraction to men, they adore him. The price of hiding his true identity from the rest of the world leads to a deep and painful loneliness for Alex, even in the bosom of a loving family.

When Michael’s life collides with Alexander’s world, both men are afraid to trust. Sweet Honesty is an African American M/M romance that provides a glimpse of black love from a different lens and time.

I recently enjoyed reading "Sweet Honesty”, a captivating and heartfelt romance novel.  The story is set against a turbulent backdrop of 1950s America, where societal norms and personal desires sometimes collide with heartbreaking consequences.

One thing I have come to expect from this author is she excels in creating multidimensional characters whose vulnerabilities and strengths are laid bare. Michael and Alexander's portrayal of strength, intelligence, and family-oriented individuals, adds depth and authenticity to the story.

Michael is a stoic and introspective figure, haunted by his past. Alexander, even with his family's support suffers in silence trying to hide his attraction to men from the rest of the world. Upon meeting offers a glimmer of hope. Their intertwined destinies unfold against a backdrop marred by racism, redlining, and societal taboos. Despite all that, their journey evolves into a profound impact of love, support, family, and friendship.

The author skillfully crafts the complexities of love and relationships within the African American male experience, offering a unique perspective in the romance genre. The novel beautifully captured the nuances of love, family dynamics, unwavering support, and personal growth, making it a compelling and thought-provoking read.


In the realm of literature, “Sweet Honesty” shines as a testament to love’s boundless capacity to heal and uplift.  Embark on this enchanting odyssey of emotions, and enlightenment, and let it envelope you in the canvas of acceptance.   Trust in its magic to captivate your heart and mind, leaving you entranced until the final page is turned.

I highly recommend "Sweet Honesty" for your reading can thank me later!

Double Black Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon--Rooted In Rebellion

Back in 1924, at the heart of Prohibition and wine’s darkest hour—the founders planted their first vineyard. Rumor has it some of those grapes might have been used to make wine. That same rebellious 1920s spirit lives on in our daring wines—and in those who drink them.

Its distinct characteristics and flavors of bourbon barrel-aged wine, make it a nice choice. It is an affordable wine for you to feel the complexity with strong tannin that remains in your mouth for a while.

Pairing the Double Black Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon with "Sweet Honesty" creates an exquisite experience that marries the richness of fine wine with the depth of heartfelt romance. Just as the wine unfolds its layers of complex flavors, Joan Vassar's novel reveals a tender, intimate exploration of desire and self-discovery between its protagonists, Michael and Alexander.

Both wine and book share the same rebellious spirit of their time, but they invite you to slow down and savor each experience, which is why they have a Book Bar 5 Start Rating!

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