Genres: Contemporary Romance
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SPEAKEASY by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North, #5
Release Date: 28th May 2018
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…
The True North series is a series that truly keeps on giving. Although Speakeasy is fifth in line, there appears to be no let up when it comes to my enjoyment of the stories Sarina has to tell about her Vermont natives.
If you’re already a fan of the series, you’ll know that May Shipley is little sister to our favourite grumpy farmer, Griff. We know enough about May to establish some of her background. She’s a recovering alcoholic, and her relationship with her girlfriend appears to be more of a crutch than a healthy, balanced one. Still, even with all we do know there’s enough intrigue about May and how she comes to form an attachment to Alec that makes this story as exciting as if I were going in blind.
Alec Rossi is the owner of Gin Mill bar. He’s never short of female attention and although he admittedly takes full advantage, he struggles with the effect it has on his ability to be taken seriously. He has grand plans for the Gin Mill, but his most immediate plans involve holding May Shipley back from causing a brawl in his bar.
There are some degrees of separation with May and Alec but it’s in the midst of May’s messy breakup that they reconnect. For all intents and purposes a recovering alcoholic and publican might not make the most sense when it comes to forming a friendship but I was fully on-board for the genuineness of it all. There’s a disarming likeability about Alec, and along with May I found myself charmed by him. So much so in fact it’s not long before they are charming the pants off one another.
Humour and sexual attraction aside, the admiration, support and lack of judgement they have for one another made them a praiseworthy couple in my eyes. I respected May’s honesty and Alec’s steely determination. That said I feel as though I had a deeper emotional/poignant connection to the previous males in the series than I did with Alec. I know it’s wrong to compare but even held up side by side with May, it was she who stole the show for me.
At the heart of it Speakeasy spoke to the part of me that believes in second chances and finding love in the unlikeliest of places.
About Sarina Bowen
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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