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Speakeasy

por Sarina Bowen

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Séries: True North (5), World of True North

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Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now... May 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. Alec 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...… (mais)
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What another wonderful addition to Sarina Bowen’s True North series!

As a recovering alcoholic, May Shipley never expected to set foot in the bar owned by her older brother’s high school rival. She also never expected to see the woman she had professed to love kissing her ex-girlfriend in said bar. But life is funny like that. Enter in one Alec Rossi – self-proclaimed high school rival of Griff Shipley and fledgling owner of The Gin Mill. When May discovers her cheating girlfriend, it’s Alec who steps in. Alec gets her like no one else does, especially her hovering, but well-meaning family.

Alec knows he shouldn’t feel anything for May Shipley, especially after having a ringside seat to May’s latest heartbreak. But the heart wants what the heart wants. He had no way of knowing that stopping May from smacking down the unfaithful couple would end in something great for the both of them.

I loved watching May and Alec’s relationship develop. Alec was sweet and funny and just what May needed. He didn’t treat her with kid gloves or sugarcoat things. It was equally sweet to see May come out of her shell and make peace not only with her alcoholism but also her unrequited love for her best friend, Lark. It was also wonderful to see that passion Alec had for his business and his determination to make it succeed. I enjoyed the glimpse into both Alec and May’s minds. As with every book in the True North series, Speakeasy shed light on the inner workings of the Shipley family but it also allowed readers to delve into the Rossi family dynamics and understand Alec and Griff’s strained relationship.

Although I’m a diehard fan of Jude and Sophie, Alec and May’s relationship is a close second. Out of all the books in the series, I think this one is the most fun. It's surprisingly lighthearted for a book that deals with some heavy topics. I genuinely felt like they made a good couple and had a good time together. Their chemistry was off the charts and I couldn’t put the book down. Highly recommend. ( )
  A_Ravenous_Reader | Apr 28, 2020 |
Great read. I was so excited for May's book. I love this series and I hope to see more. I loved everything about this book!! ( )
  Kellylynn22 | Mar 24, 2019 |

Bowen brings us back to Vermont in Speakeasy. I never thought I would crave Vermont so much! May, our heroine, finds her live in girlfriend kissing another girl. Alec swoops in an rescues her like a true hero! I appreciated the depth that Bowen takes on with these characters. May's sexuality and alcoholism are topics that play a major role in the story. However, Bowen also knows when to lighten things up too.

May's struggle with addiction has shaped her and her family. Her family has always handled her with kid gloves for fear they might set her off. May is tired of it all, so the story is not just about her relationship with Alec, but about repairing her relationship with her family. The Shipley's are great and they provide some levity with their zaniness! May is also not sure that a real relationship with Alec would ever work. She is sure that friends with benefits is all they could be.

Alec is steady a s rock. He is one of those book boyfriends who just makes you swoon. He is so laid back. It was refreshing to have a character who is just kind of going with the flow as an opposite to the heavy emotions that May experienced.

Speakeasy is another stellar entry in Bowen's True North series and further reminder why Bowen is one of my go to authors!

 

  • POV: dual 1st

  • Tears: no

  • Trope: addiction, friends with benefits

  • Triggers: none

  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series

  • Cliffhanger: no

  • HEA: yes





Character driven stories like Good Girl by Jana Aston, Wasted Words by Staci Hart, Fighting for Everything by Laura Kaye...then you will probably like Speakeasy!

 


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  thebookdisciple | Oct 9, 2018 |
I loved this book! May and Alec were just great together and I really loved that this story was a little different. I only recently stumbled upon this series when I read the fourth book, Bountiful, and immediately fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the style of storytelling. I have since went back and read the first book in the series but I can assure you that each book in this series works well as a stand alone story. Readers of the series will enjoy getting to catch up with favorite characters but anyone new to the series will have no problem jumping in with this book.

I was hooked by this book from the very beginning. Alec sees someone he thinks he knows kissing the wrong person in his bar one night and knows he has to do something about it. He doesn't get the chance to figure out what he should do because the person being cheated on walks in a sees everything for herself. Alec stops things from getting out of control and helps May move back home that very night.

I thought that the chemistry between Alec and May was very well done. Even when May has just been hurt by her girlfriend's betrayal, I thought that these two worked very well together on the friend level. Alec just seemed to know how to be the support that May needed at that point in her life and she accepted him in that role. I liked how open these two were with each other from the very beginning and how they just seemed to have a lot of fun together.

When things heat up and they decide to act on their attraction, Alec and May just seemed to fit each other perfectly. On paper, these two shouldn't work. May is a recovering alcoholic while Alec owns a bar. May is bisexual and always thought she would end up with a woman but Alec is definitely all man. I had such a good time watching them try to figure things out and was cheering them towards their happily ever after.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I had a fantastic time with this book filled with wonderful characters, steamy moments, a few laughs, and scenes that melted my heart. I can't wait to read more from Sarina Bowen very soon!

I received a digital review copy of this book from the author. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Jun 4, 2018 |
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Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now... May 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. Alec 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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