ARC Review | Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen * True North #5
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date * May 29th, 2018
ARC from the author



Book Blurb:

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…

* Review *

Speakeasy is the fifth installment in Sarina Bowen’s True North series, but you’ll have no problem jumping in here and following the characters. It’s obvious to a series reader that the other couples in the story probably have books of their own, but I didn’t feel out of the loop. Speakeasy throws us right into the middle of relationship woes with our heroine and her girlfriend facing off when the girlfriend is caught cheating. Our hero, Alec, swoops in and saves May from doing something she’s going to regret. It’s clear from her previous relationship, and then her budding relationship with Alec (as well as the fact that she states it herself,) May is bisexual. While there was a big focus on how May’s life wasn’t going quite the way she expected as far as who she was going to end up with, her bisexuality wasn’t a huge deal to those who loved her – the fact that her girlfriend was an ass was. Alec and May are quick to discover they have chemistry, and while May tries to sidestep Alec due to embarrassment, he is persistent about wanting to explore things. She’s not hard to convince. 😉 I liked Alec and May together. They had a lot of fun, and it was easy to see Alec falling for her. There were so many good scenes in this book and so many special moments between Alec and May that I loved, but overall, there was just something missing for me here. I feel like it took May too long to come around to things; she seemed to blow things out of proportion sometimes, and I just couldn’t understand why she kept Alec at arms length for so long. As for Alec, while I did like him, he wasn’t masculine enough for my taste. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not always looking for an alpha male, and that’s not what I was looking for here. But Alec acted more like a platonic girlfriend that you have lots of fun with (aside from the hot sex,) than a man falling in love with you. And this book was written in first person, and he was constantly thinking ‘Gawd.’ I am not clear on what this was about – do people really think in slang spelling? And is this even slang? But I will say that Alec showed a lot of character growth throughout this book, and it was sad to me how much time he spent beating himself up.

May was quite hung up on her friend Lark through a large chunk of this story, and by the time it was over, I wasn’t convinced she was over her. Which, sadly, does not bode well for her and Alec. Lastly, this book was just a tad more dramatic than I am used to from this author and that surprised me a bit.

Having said all of that, I am still rating Speakeasy three and a half stars, because like I mentioned, Alec and May had some really good moments together, and I did enjoy this story. If you’re a fan of this series, I think you will, too.

* Rating *

Series * True North


5 thoughts on “ARC Review | Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

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  1. Rebound romances are so tough to buy into especially if the tail end of the first relationship is happening in the book. I do think its neat that she’s bi-sexual and he doesn’t mind a bit. I’ve read and loved some of the author’s hockey romances and have my eye on this series, too.


  2. I just finished this one and liked it a lot more than you did. Alec was a great character but he could be a little hard on himself. I am glad that you did enjoy it in the end.


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