I was never expecting more than three books in the True North series by Sarina Bowen, and now we’re already at book five, Speakeasy, and book six will be out later this year. See that? That is one happy reader right here! The more Sarina Bowen, the better.

Not only is she a great writer, but her living in New Hampshire helped her inspire this series (full disclosure: which takes place in Vermont). The whole from farm to table, farmer’s market, micro brewery, and all that jazz, has resulted in some very tasty stories.

So for Speakeasy I would recommend to get yourselves some bottles of local beer, sit down on the grass beneath some tree, and simply enjoy.

Keep reading ’till the end, and let me know in the comments what your favourite beer is? 

An alcoholic walks into a bar. It’s the start of a really bad joke, or an interesting story. As for Speakeasy, we’re talking about the second one. When May walks into Alec’s bar and sees her girlfriend kissing some other women, things get dicy very fast. Even though tragic for May, extremely entertaining for everyone else, including the reader.

Publicly humiliated May is comforted in Alec’s arms, and bed, and couch, and kitchen counter… The more these two hang out, the more they realise they have a lot in common, and how wrong they are for each other. They both like to belief they’re family disappointments, she wants love, and family, he’s very much no strings attached fun, she’s an alcoholic, he owns a bar, and is brewing his own beer.

The easy dynamic between Alec and May was such a pleasure to read. Sarina Bowen writes some of the most realistic characters and stories, I find, making them refreshing. There are no over the top plot twists, the relationship develops naturally, the issues are relatable, and the cat has a shitty attitude. The only thing that might not be believable is the fact that the sex is always that good, or I’m missing something, and should probably move to Vermont.

Speakeasy is a wonderful addition to the True North series. A romance story I enjoyed from start to finish. The characters are everyday people, thus being amazing in their own way, and having their unique stories. Sometimes forcing you to step a bit out of your comfort zone, but where Sarina Bowen leads, I gladly follow.

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

By Sarina Bowen

Speakeasy

(True North #5)

Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…

May
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.

Alec
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…

True North

*All books can be read as a standalone*

About the author

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.