When The Hero Taints The Book: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Thursday, May 31, 2018


by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #5
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷
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Well, this is soul-crushing. I've been such a big fan of the True North series and everything by Sarina Bowen, so I was ready to enjoy Speakeasy. Unfortunately, the hero in this book left a lot to be desired and affected my enjoyment of the book.

When Sarina announced she was writing May Shipley's book, I was excited because the Shipleys are one of my favorite fictional families. I was disappointed that she was setting May with Alec Rossi, who showed up in the previous book, and who didn't particularly interest me. I thought May's character arc in Speakeasy was very well-written. She finds out that her girlfriend has been cheating on her, and is forced to move back home. May is also a recovering alcoholic and Sarina Bowen wrote her her struggles in a very real way. In the previous books, she was also struggling with her sexuality and in Speakeasy Bowen explored that even further. I rooted for May and wanted her to find her happiness.

I only wish I liked her love interest more than I did. Alec was a fuckboy and one that I didn't grow to care for. I don't know what it was about his whole personality, but every little thing about him annoyed me. He said and did things throughout the book that made me want to either throw him off a cliff or cringe in discomfort. Because of that, I was never entirely sold on May and Alec's relationship. I felt like their romance was mostly motivated by sex. Any emotional bond that was there between the two felt very artificial to me. The book also employed the "oh-she-had-to-come-close-to-death-for-me-to-realize-I-love-her" trope that I am not a fan of. I just don't feel like Alec and May were the right pairing here.

That being said, I managed to finish the book because I still found Sarina's writing to be enjoyable. Plus, seeing the Shipleys made me happy. Speakeasy has to be my least favorite book from Sarina Bowen, but I'm still looking forward to reading Benito's book!

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