This is book #5 in Sarina Bowen’s True North series and can be read as a standalone. For better understanding of the characters and more nuance obviously reading the rest of the books is good but I don’t feel that you’d be lost at all with this one, which I’m sure is intentional on the author’s part.

I really enjoyed this book, as I do all of Bowen’s books. I liked both Alec and May – who we’ve seen a little in past books. May is bisexual and is coming to terms with that throughout the book, and I had no problems with that at all, but I didn’t see her ending up with a guy so I did want her HEA with a woman. This could easily be my own hang-up and I’m not sure if is but there were a few scenes where Alec and her joke about her being with her previous girlfriend and it made me a little uncomfortable…

Beyond that I really loved how May’s alcoholism was dealt with. Head on and realistically with May needing to go to meetings and deal with it. I also liked both of their family issues being dealt with – they’re messy and not cookie cutter. Just like in real life.

I always read Sarina Bowen and will continue to do so!

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: Speakeasy

Author: Sarina Bowen

Release Date: May 29, 2018

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