Wednesday, September 25, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Speakeasy (True North #5) By Sarina Bowen

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Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: September 25th, 2018
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
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
Sarina Bowen is fast becoming a favorite author, so I am slowly working my way through her True North series after blowing through her Brooklyn Bruisers series. I have to say that I think Speakeasy might have been my favorite book of the series. For one, I related to May on a personal level in this book, and I think it's really why I ended up giving this one five stars. I'm not going to get into it on why, because that is too personal for me to talk about on my blog. I do also love the romance trope of secret lovers. I'm a sucker for it.

We meet May in the other books, but in Bountiful she has a girlfriend who everyone hates. Who is also like super mean to her! Like, girl, what are you doing? In the start of this book, that relationship crumbles. It's not clear in the other books, but turns out May is actually not gay, but bisexual. YAY for bisexual representation. Now, I cannot speak to if the representation of May is good bisexual representation, but I am constantly hearing things about just because bi women end up with a man, doesn't mean they are any less bisexual. I've kind of taken that to heart when considering this book.

I really did like the romance in this one. Alex is kind of a hard man in the other books, and it was kind of amusing to me that he still doesn't like Zara's boyfriend Dave. He's definitely a guy who holds a grudge. I really liked him with May though, he's really sweet and funny, and I really liked that he considers her being an alcoholic in his business plans. It was really sweet he was trying to figure out how to brew a good non-alcoholic beer. That was so cute!

The audiobook is narrated by dual narrators Seraphine Valentine and Lance Greenfield. I really liked Seraphine's narration and thought she had a really interesting voice. I liked Lance too, but at times I think he could work on the voice he does for women. I think this is hard for men sometimes, and that definitely showed in this book.

I think these two might be my favorite couple in this series and I really enjoyed reading this one. I definitely liked reading a romance book with a bisexual woman in it. I am kind of on the look out for more of those.

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