Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Posted March 11, 2020 by Lorna in Reviews / 22 Comments

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Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen
Speakeasy
Narrated by Lance Greenfield

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Series: True North #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on September 25, 2018
Length: 9 hours, 33 minutes
Format: eBook
Source: Audible Romance Package
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The Delight

Any book by Sarina Bowen is a delight for me. This one continues the story of the Shipley family and their apple farm in Vermont. Family members and farm workers have found their happily ever afters previous to this one. This time, May Shipley, daughter of the family and kind of the black sheep, gets her book. I was all in.

Review

This book started really different from most contemporary romance stories and while at first I was a tad surprised, I really shouldn’t have been. Naturally it didn’t bother me a bit. May Shipley isn’t having a good night when bar owner Alec swoops in to save the day. Finding your lover kissing someone else doesn’t exactly make for a good time. He decides to help her move her stuff from her home back to her parents home that same night. Moving back in with parents as an adult and a lawyer to boot, doesn’t thrill her. The good thing? She becomes friends with Alec. One thing leads to another and they end up friends with benefits. But if true love was that easy, we wouldn’t have a book.

Alec was a really different hero for me. He likes to party and is known as a screw up to his older relatives. But now as an owner of a business, he is trying hard to get past that reputation. He was equal parts funny and sweet and given to using lovey dovey endearments for May. He even cries at appropriate times. He’s an all around good guy that just needs to be taken seriously. He’s having some business problems and he needs people to realize that he is a responsible adult now so that he can get some help. May is different as well. She’s a recovering alcoholic, bi-sexual and the sibling/daughter/granddaughter that they all tip toe around. When she breaks up with her girlfriend, her family is happy, not because of the lesbian thing, but because of how May has been treated in the relationship. May’s older brother Griffin was not friends with Alec previously and doesn’t want them seeing each other. That was a big problem. Did I mention this is a small town?

I’m a big Sarena Bowen fan and I am working my way through her books slowly but surely. I read this a bit out of order in that I still haven’t read book one although I have it in my tbr. I was familiar with all the characters from the other three books in this series and enjoyed getting to see most of them again in this book. Ms. Bowen has a gift of creating characters that you care about and want to keep reading about. And of course she has a storytelling ability that is off the charts good. Her books are always well written, with stories that you will remember no matter how many books you read.

I listened and thoroughly enjoyed the two narrators, Saraphine Valentine and Lance Greenfield. I gave them 5 stars. I really love when we get a male and female narrator. I would be happy to listen to them again.

Due to spoilers, I am going to leave it at that. If you like a good and a bit different romance, this one should be a contender. I enjoyed the whole thing and highly recommend it to adult(sexy times) contemporary romance readers. I also recommend all of this author’s other books as you can’t go wrong with them.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.
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Sophia Rose
2 months ago

I’ve got a couple books setting on my Kindle from this series and just need to get started. I do love the way Sarina Bowen writes though I’ve only read four or five of her books.

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Each of these can standalone although I wish I had read them in the correct order. I’m also in the middle of her Brooklyn Bruisers series and have really enjoyed that one as well. My favorite book by her though is still The Year We Fell Down and that series. So good!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I need to try this author, Lorna. I have an audio of hers, not this series. I will make it a point to try her. Wonderful review!

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago

Ooh now I want to know what audio you have. I don’t think I’ve read/listened a book by her that I didn’t like. She really is a good storyteller.

Melliane
2 months ago

It’s an author I still need to read

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

She’s really good and is one of my favorite go to authors now.

sherry fundin
2 months ago

sounds interesting. i like books that are a bit different from the norm
sherry @ fundinmental

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Me too sometimes!

Mary Kirkland
2 months ago

This sounds good and I do like small towns.

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I do too and she is excellent at writing good characters.

Anne - Books of My Heart

I have this one on my Kindle but haven’t read it yet. I need to read some other books in the True North series first. I have enjoyed this author before though. Wonderful review!

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago

Thank you! I really like this author a lot. Funny thing is I still need to read book 2 of the True North series. It’s just waiting for me to listen. Soon hopefully!

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 months ago

She’s new to me Lorna so thanks for sharing

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I am a big fan of hers so I do recommend her work.

Sam@wlabb
2 months ago

I love the Shipley family, and I need to catch up with this series. I HAVE this book, and I am glad to hear May got a great story. I agree with you about the dual narration – I like when there is a male and female narrator.

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Oh, I’m glad you are enjoying this one too! I’ve got several of her books to read in my tbr too.

Carole Rae
2 months ago

Mhmmmmm I am intrigued now. I like romances AND different

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Well it’s different but nothing too major, just not the usual.

Jenea’s Book Obsession

From the sounds of this one, I need to check out this series. And soon…

Lorna
Lorna
2 months ago

It’s a really good series, but then I love everything I’ve read by her.

Naomi Hop
1 month ago

I do love duel narrators when listening to each characters perspective! Love the review.

Lorna
Lorna
1 month ago
Reply to  Naomi Hop

Thank you! I know you love Sarina Bowen books like I do.