Tuesday, May 29, 2018

5 Big Stars for Speakeasy (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen

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Speakeasy (True North #6)

Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it.

Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.

I should know better than to hook up with my rival’s little sister, but the fiery look in May’s eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I’m just the guy for the job.

It’s not like I’ll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we’re good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don’t do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us.

Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know…

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What I thought about Speakeasy

I always get excited when there is a new book releasing in this series.  I love these stories of love and friendship and family, good and bad.  I've been hoping for an HEA for May and this is it.

When Alec Rossi rescues May Shipley from an ugly scene at The Gin Mill, neither one of them think it's anything but a friend helping a friend. But when May asks Alec to escort her to a law school function where she's likely to meet up her ex-girlfriend, Alec's sweetness turns to sparks and May finds she can still have fun without getting drunk. Alec is just so absolutely perfect with her, their chemistry is off the charts, and what seemed to be a one night thing, turns into more.

But May has some issues to deal with regarding her recovery and living at home again. Alec has some business issues he's dealing with and a playboy reputation that gets in the way.  Getting together at night is a great way for them to get their minds off their troubles, and those clandestine meetings change things between them.  Alec really likes May and doesn't want a "just-sex" relationship, but May isn't quite ready for him.

I have to say that I loved May just as much as I loved Alec in this story.  Her recovery is difficult and I love that Sarina Bowen doesn't sugarcoat her struggles in this tale.  This is a significant part of the story and how May is dealing with it is important. There's an awesome scene between May and Jude where they talk about cravings that was so very well done and it warmed my heart.  So many things in this story hit me right in the feels.

 There was so much to like in this story, from May and Alec's romance, to the way Griff reacts to May being back home again.  I must admit I loved seeing Alec give Griff a bit of a hard time. It really was true to life and just perfect. And it was awesome how the ladies caught on to who May was seeing before the guys did. So clueless!

If you are a fan of contemporary romance and love family-oriented conflicts, sweet heroines and not the usual alpha-males, you should be reading this series.  It's terrific. 

3 huge snaps in the shape of a (5) star(s) for Speakeasy.

About the Author

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.


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