Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Series: True North, #5
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Rennie Roads Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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…

Speakeasy was one of my most anticipated books of this spring. I adore Sarina Bowen’s writing and the entire True North series. The love stories are always special and the topics she writes about hit me deeply. I am so happy Speakeasy lived up to my high expectations.

I have to admit that Speakeasy wasn’t the story I was expecting for May (or at least it wasn’t before I saw Sarina’s Instagram post about the changes she was making). I, like May, expected she would end up with another woman. I know the fact that May’s story ended up being about her falling for a man made some readers angry. They wanted a F/F romance. I really wanted that story, too, but I had faith that Sarina knew what was best for her character. I actually ended up loving Speakeasy and the choices made for May.

I can’t claim to personally know what it feels like to be bisexual, but it seemed like May’s thoughts and feelings could reflect those of someone who loves based on attraction to both sexes. The way May described her sexuality was in tune with much of what I’ve heard from people describing their bisexuality. I loved the way May examined her feelings and her preconceived notions. I also loved the chances she took with Alex. May was a lot stronger than she gave herself credit for.

Alec was a gem. He might have been the bad boy of his family, but he had a heart of gold. The way he treated those he loved was special. He did a lot of teasing, but when it came down to it, he was someone they could rely on. Alec showed the same amount of care with May. The humor he brought to this emotional story was priceless.

What I loved most about Speakeasy was that Alec truly saw May for who she really was, and May returned the favor. Their emotional connection was so true and honest. There was no judgement between the two of them. They easily accepted each other. Their faults and weakness were just as important their strengths. In my opinion, this is how every real relationship should be.

So, yeah. I adored Speakeasy. I can’t imagine May with anyone other than Alec now. They make me so happy together. Fans of this series are going to love this book! And if you haven’t read any of the True North series, what are you waiting for?

11 thoughts on “Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen”

  1. You nailed it about how well Ms. Bowen treated the bisexuality. In some ways, I think having May end up with a man is almost a more interesting story — because it’s not the easy one, and it truly showcases how when someone is bisexual they are truly attracted to both sexes. Great review! I can’t wait to meet Ms. Bowen again at Book Bonanza, maybe I’ll run into you in her line and we can stalk her together! 😉

    1. Why thank you!
      I am so excited to meet her and Elle Kennedy! Heck, I am so excited to me so many of the authors. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself! I would love to meet up with you! I am totally down to help stalk her. 😉

      1. I will be so bummed if I don’t meet you in person…I’ve really enjoyed reading your reviews over the past year. I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

        1. Aw, thanks! I love reading yours, too! I’ll try to keep my eyes peeled for you, too!

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