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Speak Easy by [Harlow, Melanie]
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"This was an incredible story packed with excitement, laced with prohibition-era ambience, a strong female heroine and swoon worthy gangsters. I could not put it down. You will not regret picking up this impeccably written book." -- Seeking Book Boyfriends Blog

"The plot twists, bootlegging, sexual tension, and sexy gangsters make for an engaging and captivating story." -- Romantic Book Affairs Review

"Books like this are why I enjoy reading and love blogging. Melanie Harlow comes out with her gangster guns blazing in her début novel Speak Easy." -- The Book Bar Blog

"Loved this! Flawless writing, thrilling-action packed with some hot and steamy scenes. A must read for lovers on NA or historical fiction. Highly recommend." -- Amazon Reader Review

"I certainly didn't expect this kind of steam from a historical romance. But wow! Melanie Harlow sure can write romance, and she pulls off the twenties with grace and aplomb!" --Amazon Reader Review

About the Author

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

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  • File Size: 1253 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DY73DF0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 stars--- Original, fun, refreshing, and entertaining as heck! Speak Easy has everything I could ever ask for in a book and so much more. It has its swoon-worthy moments, which I am a sucker for. Also, it has adventure, suspense, comedy, drama, action, and ACTION. ;) *wink wink*

What I especially love about this book is that the plot is set in the Prohibition Era. Very original if I must say. Ms. Harlow does an exceptional job of recreating the people, lifestyle, and culture during the Twenties. I wouldn't want to be in same situations that the characters are in. But it was fun being transported back in time and getting a glimpse/feel of the dangerous, lavish, and exciting lives that mobsters and flappers lived.

I love all of the characters in this book, including the supporting characters such as Raymond. You'll have to read the book to find out who he is.

You have Tiny, the heroine. I couldn't help but fall in love with her character. She is caring, strong, and brave. Although she wants to live an independent, carefree life, she pushes her dreams behind to help take care her family. When her father gets kidnapped, Tiny does every thing that she can to get him back while keeping her sisters and nephews safe at the same time. Tiny is a true flapper. She embraces danger and takes risks. She's honest, and she isn't afraid to explore her sexuality.

There's Enzo, the son of the mobster who's holding up Tiny's father for hostage. Then there's Joey, Tiny's childhood acquaintance who got on her every nerves growing up. Both are equally as hot and charming. One gal and two men? Obviously, there is a love triangle in the story. I love how Tiny reminds me how we sometimes do crazy stupid things when it comes to love/lust. If I were in her shoes, I wouldn't know what to do when it comes to Enzo and Joey... even if I knew they are both dangerous for me.

Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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Tiny's Father is a small time bootlegger in early 1920's Detroit, and because he refuses to pay the local crime syndicate for protection he is kidnapped and it falls on Tiny to team up with Joey, he childhood `enemy', and Enzo, the crime lords son, in order to work out a deal and save her father.

Tiny was an interesting main character. Most of the time she seemed more like a modern woman then a 1920's bootlegger. The only time I got the vibe that she wasn't from this era was when she was talking about things like the vote. Otherwise Tiny was very in control of her sexuality, and destiny. I liked that about her, although I wonder how many women living during this time actually felt this way.

The romance in Speak Easy was a sort of love triangle, although it was obvious who Tiny preferred. I just wish she had preferred someone else. Honestly, the romance in Speak Easy, because I had such a dislike for the male lead, Enzo, was not my favorite part of the story. Don't get me wrong this book was definitely HOT! The scenes between Tiny and the Enzo were electric and intense. I just wish I had liked the guy more. I even felt at many points in the story that Tiny herself didn't like the Enzo so it made it almost impossible for me to feel anything for him.

I did like the story itself though. A girl trying to rescue her father while taking care of her sisters, running a bootlegging operation, and navigating 1920's Detroit was awesome! I also liked the fact that the novel gripped me the entire time, it was hard to put it down because something new and interesting was always happening.

Overall, I enjoyed Speak Easy. My one other gripe, aside from the romance, is the length of the novel. At 194 ebook pages (for the ARC) it was relatively short and I am now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

*Special note this book is New Adult and I recommend readers be 18+ due to sexual content
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I'm a total fan-girl when it comes to the Twenties! Beaded flapper girl dresses? In my closet! Boardwalk Empire DVDs? Beside the TV! Louise Brooks autobiography? On my night-stand! I cannot get enough of this era so I was utterly thrilled when I spotted Speak Easy and knew I had to review!

Tiny O'Mara works for her father as part of his Whiskey bootlegging operation. When he's kidnapped by Italian gangsters - The DiFiore's, her world is turned upside down. Racing against time to come up with the ransom money, Tiny is caught between her fears for her father and her attraction to Enzo, the son of her father's kidnappers. Throw her childhood friend turned handsome devil Joey into the mix and Tiny's got herself one helluva conundrum!

I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy read with tons of action, romance, sex, violence and gorgeous fashion. From the first page I felt like I was right there, walking down the streets with Tiny and hearing the jazz music in the illegal clubs. I found the tone and language to be spot on and the descriptions of life and culture in the Twenties were realistic.

The plot was entertaining, I adored the scenes with all the mobsters, in the clubs, transporting the boxes of whiskey in hidden compartments of hearses and the tension and pacing was balanced.

I liked Tiny's character for the most part. I found her to be sympathetic and really felt for the position she was in. A young girl who wants to live her own life but has to raise her two younger sisters while cleaning up her father's messes and constantly worrying about his gambling habits and the risks it brought to their lives.

The Male MC's Enzo and Joey were interesting but I wasn't particularly a fan of either at first.
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