Sarina Bowen’s all-new contemporary romance standalone in the True North Series, SPEAKEASY, is live!
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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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4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
This series is a total joy to lose ourselves in! There is something really heart-warming when we open our Kindles and devour one of Bowen’s books. The True North series is especially one of our favourites for sure. We’ve read all of these stories and fallen head over heels in love with these fun characters. Although these novels are standalones, we highly recommend you read them in order to avoid spoilers. The reason we say this is because the author carries on the stories of all the other couples from the previous books. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why we adore this series so much.
“ …love is messy, unpredictable and occasionally loud.”
This story focuses on May Shipley. She’s sat on the fringes in previous books so many times that we felt she really needed her story told, and thank goodness we were given what we wanted! If you’ve read the other books you will know May has not had it easy. She’s been well and truly through the wringer and now thinks it’s high time she gets her life back on track. She’s not had the best of luck in her love life but in breezes Alec and blows her plan to smithereens! The way Alec deals with her insecurities made us swoon! They do say timing is everything and we think Alec was just the guy to help.
“You think I’m never a drag?”
“No. I think you invented fun. I always have fun when we’re together.”
“But that’s not me, that’s us. You and I are just a naturally fun combo, like peanut and chocolate.”
Alec, what a guy! We simply adored him. Hardworking, loyal and gorgeous to a fault, what’s not to love? He’s also out to prove himself much like May. His professional life is flourishing but needs further investment for his dream of an accomplished business owner to come true. In the past he’s been known as a bit of a party animal and not the best at being responsible, so he’s out to show his family just what he’s capable of. Alec is not the relationship type at all and prefers casual hook ups; however, when May storms into his life, it makes him question his choices. These two on paper were not the most ideal couple, but does that really matter when it comes to a point that their chemistry just cannot be ignored? They absolutely sizzled and of course, Sarina did a tremendous job of telling their exceptional and sometimes messy journey.
“Because this is my role in life, if there’s a song, I make it louder……. If there’s a pretty girl in my arms who wants my tongue in her mouth, I give it to her.”
With some series, we felt that maybe they’d run their course. With this one, we felt it could have run on and on. The stories told by this author are always fresh and uplifting. We feel like we get the whole package; angst, off the wall chemistry and plenty of fantastic banter from not only Alec and May but also the rest of the Shipley’s. We have to mention Grandad Shipley. He was an absolute hoot and has impeccable timing! We think he’s our new favourite Shipley.
“I know what sexual satisfaction looks like, and it looks like that.”
“Thanks for the five-star review ….”
Although we loved this read, the reason for our 4.5 stars is we felt the story ended rather abruptly. We are huge fans of epilogues and for us, we felt Alec and May deserved just one for chapter to conclude their story. Saying that, this is a personal view and no way affected our enjoyment of the book. To satisfy our hunger for more, we are hoping May and Alec’s story continues in the next book so fingers crossed there is one! As always, this author’s writing just seems to get better and better! We have been well and truly spoilt with more superb stories from our friends in Vermont. Bravo Sarina!
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.
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