Author: Melanie HarlowRelease date: July 22, 2013
Age Group: New AdultGenre: Historical
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
July, 1923. The ‘20s are roaring, and twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara is desperate for a little anything-goes excitement. But when her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit's exploding organized crime scene, she’s shocked to find herself caught up in the bootlegging wars of Prohibition—and torn between two gorgeous gangsters on opposite sides.
To save her father’s life, she’ll have to choose between them. 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.
Temptation is everywhere.
I rated Speak Easy four awesome leaves! I have never really read a historical romance before, but I loveddd this one. Maybe because I am kind of obsessed with the 20’s? I mean how could I not be? It’s all parties and superficiality. This book wasn’t at all what I expected, yet it does stay pretty true to the synopsis. It’s a whole mob plot thing which isn’t really my scene. HOWEVER, the hugeee amounts of sexual tension between Enzo and Tiny more than make up for it. They are proof that the 20’s really are free of inhibitions. I loved it. There’s even some attraction between Tiny and Joey, but I am shamelessly Team Enzo. I really felt for Tiny and I was surprisingly able to connect with her on some level. She just wants to be able to move out, go to college, and basically live her life the way she wants to. Which is exactly how I feel right now. The only problem is she has family obligations. Oh, and then all of a sudden her father is kidnapped and she is thrown into the dangerous mob world of the 20’s. She has to come up with an obscene amount of money in a short amount of time while learning how to handle the gangsters and keep her and her father from being killed. Not to mention keeping the rest of her family out of it, and playing a dangerous game with Enzo, the son of the man holding her father hostage. Wow were their scenes hot. Nothing about this book was predictable, except for Tiny and Enzo. It keeps you on your toes. Until it ends. I was most definitely not expecting that ending. For some reason, I thought Speak Easy was a standalone. Wrong. I should start researching that before I read books… I am not good with waiting for sequels, cliffhanger or not. I wouldn’t say that this book ended in a cliffhanger. The major problem was sorted out, which is not surprising because Tiny is one of the strongest heroines I know and not once did I get mad at her. Yet, there are a lot of loose ends left. And it suddenly becomes a love triangle? Wait what, no Team Enzo all the way! Well anyway, pick this book up for a whirlwind adventure… You won’t regret this glimpse into the fabulous world of the 20’s that author Melanie Harlow has created.
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.