ARC Review: The Gin Lovers by Jamie Brenner

Posted October 9, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 1 Comment

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ARC Review: The Gin Lovers by Jamie Brenner
The Gin Lovers
by Jamie Brenner

3.5 Stars


Released: February 12, 2013
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 448
Format: ARC


Fascinating and captivating.  I have a feeling that this serial will become addictive because it brings such originality when things are starting to all blend in together.  THE GIN LOVERS really was like nothing I’ve read and more like a good movie.

The setting?  New York.  The era?  1920s.  Glamour, high society and their drama, the Prohibition and a great set of characters.  I’m completely intrigued by the story.  Charlotte Delacorte had married into a society family and has lived for a few years with her husband, William, according to society’s rules.  Now that her mother-in-law passed away she is expected to pick up where she left off and be an example to follow and the image of the family, while helping her husband to keep his sister in line.

But it’s hard to do all that while juggling a husband who is obviously hiding something, a sister-in-law who is in love with a cocktail waitress, and her own urges to be young and free like people around her seem to be.

The setup in this book was a bit slow but I think it was a great backdrop for what we will be expecting of the serial from here on out.  Jazz, speakeasy and flapper dresses.  Dancing and drinking and climbing out of windows.  Trying to be good while wanting to be bad.  Especially when she meets Jake Larkin.I did find this story to be longer than other serials I’ve read before, this was more novella length, which I found a lot more enjoyable and hope to see it continue throughout the serial.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Jamie Brenner

I say “true love if full of drama” because 1) that’s been my experience in life and 2) while growing up, everything I learned about love came from Aaron Spelling TV shows and Judith Krantz novels.

My 1920’s novel THE GIN LOVERS (St. Martin's Press) was named by Fresh Fiction named as one of the Top Thirteen Books to read in 2013.My first New Adult novel, RUIN ME, will publish in May.

I also write contemporary romance and erotic romance under the name Logan Belle (always with an HEA – though with plenty of twists and turns along the way): NOW OR NEVER, MISS CHATTERLEY (Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster), THE LIBRARIAN (translated into a dozen languages), and the burlesque trilogy Blue Angel (Kensington).

I live in New York City with my husband and two daughters. For updates and obsessions, follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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Thanks for the review -I’ve already added this to my wishlist