Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen

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…

4 Stars

Speakeasy is another fantastic read in The True North series. May Shipley, one the of Shipley siblings, finally gets to share her story. May's life is not all grand. She feels like the "black sheep" of the family. May has her fair share of bad relationships and also recovering alcoholic, that keeps her family on her case--making sure she is OK. 

Alec Rossi owns a bar that he's trying to keep afloat and expand, but it seems like every time he wants to take a step ahead, he hits a roadblock. Lack of funding and his reputation as a man-whore doesn't help. 

And when May Shipley enters his bar and finds herself with another broken relationship, Alec is there to pick her up (literally!). Alec grew up with the Shipley family and harbors resentment towards the family, especially towards May's brother, Griffin. And getting close to May is the last thing Alec wants, but he can't help to be drawn to May. 

As May and Alec start up a secret affair, things start to get messy. May doesn't want her family to find out and Alec is hesitant, because he has ties to her family and it's not all pleasant. 

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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