Book 5, True North
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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…
"A love story that is unexpected, surprising, atypical, and rewarding in every single way." Natasha is a Book Junkie
"A barn burner of a romance with depth and complexity." The Daily Waffle
Absolutely love this Series
Speakeasy is the 6th book in Sarina Bowen's True North series. And while I still believe that the first two books in the series are the best, this series is one that I will drop everything that I'm currently doing or reading to be able to pick up the latest to read.
Readers of the series will remember May Shipley as the sister of Griff Shipley - apple farmer and cider maker. May is an interesting character. Spoiler...in previous books in the series, readers have learned a few things about May. 1. She is a recovering alcoholic - which is interesting since a majority of the family business deals with the making of hard apple cider. 2. May is a lesbian...or at least she is bi-sexual and has had a long time crush on her friend Lark.
In these latest installment of the series, we learn a lot more about May. And this time we also get to know in depth Alec Rossi - overly protective brother to Zara and bar owner. These two make quite the unlikely pair - you wouldn't necessarily think that they click.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between these two characters. I also really liked Alec. He was quick to accept his increased feelings towards May. I feel that often times male characters are portrayed as being resistance to accepting that they have fallen for a woman. They chalk up their feelings to nothing more than friendship. Say things like "it's too early" to be more than anything. Alec was quick to determine that he really liked May. As well as quick to decide he loved her. It way May who was the reluctant of the two this time around.
One more perk to this story - we get to catch up with the Shipley clan. I fell in love with the family in book one of the series. It's so much fun to reconnect with characters that you've had a vested interest in.
A sexy, heart-warming tale!
❝But love is messy, unpredictable, and occasionally loud.❞
Sarina Bowen's True North series makes me want to explore Vermont! With each book, she gives us new information about small town living and beautiful imagery of the North Eastern part of the US. This city girl needs to get go out and explore!
Sarina Bowen is a one-click author for me. I never read a blurb because I couldn't care less what it's about, I just know that if she writes it, I want to read it.
❝The minute I let myself want someone, I always wreck it.❞
May Shipley has always been a character in the background of the True North series. A little mysterious and a lot misunderstood. A recovering alcoholic, she feels she's always under the scrutiny of her family. She feels their distrust as if they lay in wait for her to mess up. In reality, I think it is May who awaits her destruction. She doesn't trust herself nor her decisions. It wasn't until Alec Rossi showed unadulterated interest in her, despite her flaws, that she begins to trust and even like herself.
❝May Shipley scratches an itch that I didn't know I had.❞
Alec Rossi has always been the fun, happy-go-lucky, party guy. It is this reputation that causes people, including his family, to never take him too seriously. Now grown up, he has grown up plans and dreams and he needs people to believe in them and him. May sees Alec for more than his reputation. He's smart, sensitive, and caring. Her faith in him gives him strength.
Another reason I love this series is the strong family dynamic present in each book. It's refreshing. There isn't a character I don't want to know more about. But I REALLY want grandpa's story!! He is hilarious!!! I want to know his past and how he ended up where he is today.
❝Get a room!❞ Grandpa yells. ❝Oh wait, you did. Right over my head last night ... ❞
❝Grandpa!❞ several people say at once.
❝Well, nobody refilled my coffee. I'm not responsible for the things I say.❞
'Speakeasy' is a sexy, heart-warming tale of a passionate one-night stand that turns from forbidden love to acceptance, trust and a change of heart!
So Many Feels for Alec and May!!
4.5 Stars!! What a great story by Sarina Bowen!! I’ve been wanting to read this True North series for a while and somehow Speakeasy is my first, even though I have most of the rest in my library. Standalone, interconnected series are definitely a favorite of mine for just this reason! Alec and May were fantastic together! Both are seen as a bit of a mess by their families. Both have some insecurities. What’s starts as friendly support turns to hot hookups, but when feelings start happening things get good and complicated. I loved the flow of this story. Ms. Bowen is always so good at developing her characters, and at weaving humor with strong emotions. Once again I’m left feeling happy and wanting to visit the places and the characters.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: May 29, 2018
- Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
- Seller: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
- Print Length: 300 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 5, True North