ARC Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Posted May 30, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen
by Sarina Bowen

4 Stars


Released: May 29 2018
Series: True North #5
Pages: 452
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“You’ll end up falling in love like I did.”
~ Under the Covers

I cannot tell you how excited I get when I see a new book out in this series!  I love how Sarina Bowen has given us a world where each book is completely different than the other while still feeling very much as part of the same group.  The books in this series never feel repetitive but you know one thing for certain… you’re going to get a book packed full with emotion.

I wasn’t sure if we were ever going to get a book for May Shipley.  And if we did, I thought for sure she would end up with a woman.  So color me surprised when this happened.  May and Alec are both the middle child of their family.  Both have dealt with (and are dealing with) the family’s expectations and judgment about their life and decisions.  Alec has also always harbored bad feelings for the Shipley family in general, especially for May’s brother Griffin.  But none of that can stand against the sizzling chemistry between these two.

There’s something endearing about May’s character, always has been.  I loved seeing her character development throughout the series and I think it really came full circle in this one.  And Alec was just the right person to bring her out of that shell she had gone into.  Alec is such a fun hero and that’s just what May needed.  He brought life to her and I just adore him.  And while this isn’t my favorite in the series, it’s definitely a great addition to it.

If you are not reading this series and you like series that center around families and friends with very real characters then give this series a try.  You’ll end up falling in love like I did.


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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont's Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.


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Well if this wasn’t your favorite and still gets 4 stars, I need to get a move on with this series.

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Francesca!!! I love this cover!! Shared on all my socials!!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca
I’m looking forward to reading this

Amy R
Amy R

Can’t wait to read this one.