Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen ~ Live & Review!

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Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen ~ Live & Review!Also by this author: Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North, #5
Published by Indie on May 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 452
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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…


One thing that is always consistent with a Sarina Bowen book is that I easily get hooked and gobble it up. Speakeasy was relatable, fun and heart warming. While it is the fifth installment in the True North Series, it can be read as a standalone. I’ve been with these guys from the start so it’s always good to get more of the gang.

May Shipley has always felt like the black sheep of the family. She’s bisexual and a recovering alcoholic. She’s also an extremely intelligent lawyer and loved by her family. Coming off a breakup from her live-in girlfriend, May finds herself becoming closer friends with Alec Rossi. He’s easy to be around and has a sharp tongue that keeps her laughing during a rough time in her life. She also starts to feel attracted to him but fights it with everything that she has.

Alec feels like the kid in the family who messes up and is considered a playboy but he has a successful bar that he puts his heart and soul into. When May walks into the bar and he sees her world shatter, he can’t help but be drawn to her. He wants nothing more than to make her smile again. The more he spends time with her, the harder he falls for her. When things get heated, they say it’s for fun only but Alec wants more. Problem is, May doesn’t. Now he has to convince her that they are actually perfect for each other.

I like May and Alec together. He has his own insecurities, which makes him real, but he also has a confidence that is perfect for May. He supports her when she needs it but she can recognize when he needs it in return. He was so patient with her while she worked out her insecurities.

It was also great to get more of the gang. Gruff Griff, Audrey, Lark, etc. I will say that I wanted more of Jude but I understand based on the story of May and Alec how it isn’t that easy to really bring him into it more than he was. Plus, Griff and Alec were sort of enemies so it was great to see their relationship play out as well.

Overall, I enjoyed Speakeasy. It talks about real issues and it makes the characters relatable. I’m greedy so I hope we continue to get more out of this series.


About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

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