Series: Speak Easy Duet
Author: Melanie Harlow
Genres: Historical Romance, New Adult, Suspense
Release Date: December 8, 2013
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Forked, Floored
About The Speak Easy Duet:
It starts with Speak Easy...Enzo DiFiore is not a nice guy.
He’s a liar. A cheat. A criminal.
His family kidnapped my father and wants ten grand in ransom from me—next week.
But I can’t keep my hands off him.
Joey Lupo is a criminal too—and just because he’s helping me get the money doesn’t mean I should forgive him for all the dirty tricks he played on me in the past.
But I can’t keep my mind off him.
Me? I’m just a bootlegger with a weakness for whiskey, danger, and a man in a three-piece suit.
But deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it.
It continues with Speak Low...I thought I could leave danger behind.
I thought I did the right thing, betraying one man for another.
This series totally changes the way I feel about historical romance. I had tried a few historicals before, and DNFed all of them. They just felt so historical. The language, the thoughts, the everything, are so different that it’s hard to follow. The language is hard to understand, and trying to interpret it gets in the way of getting lost in the story. The thoughts are from a different world that, while interesting, is hard to relate to. Basically, I just could never get pulled into them.
But The Speak Easy Duet is more like a contemporary romance that took a trip in the TARDIS (I like the TARDIS – examples 1 and 2). It was familiar enough for me to relate to, which is what gets me pulled into a book. It was also very new adultish, which makes me wonder if Melanie is a pioneer of historical new adult romance, because I’ve sure never read a blurb for one before. 😛
I’ve also always loved the twenties. Blame the tap dancer in me, but I have such a sweet spot for the jazz age. That, combined with all my love for Melanie Harlow, and intrigue after reading an excerpt, convinced me to give this a try. And I’m so glad I did.
Tiny, despite growing up almost a hundred years before I did, was still so relatable. She still had the desire to live more, to get out from under a parent’s thumb and go out and be an adult. That’s no different from contemporary new adult books. It was relatable to today’s new adults, despite the bootlegging.
And the love triangle (I don’t consider this a spoiler since the book blurb mentions one, but sincere apologies if you disagree…spoilers are a very grey area) was really well executed. Usually, love triangles are extremely scalene. No equilateral or isosceles there. They learn extremely towards one side or another. With Speak Easy, I usually had no idea who Tiny would end up with.
I’m really glad I took a chance on this series, and it definitely has me wanting to look into more historical romances from the 1920’s.
About Melanie Harlow:
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. She lifts her glass to readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.
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