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    Loving this series

    Great read. I’ve really enjoyed Alec & May’s story. Love the location, character connections and addiction recovery story line. Left me wishing I could head to the other side of the planet to taste Vermont’s ciders & beers.
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    Loved it

    5 Star Review of Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen (True North #5)   Although I have read several books by Sarina Bowen this is the first book I have read in this series. May Shipley is shattered when she catches her partner kissing someone else, not only that but the humiliation is overwhelming. May has struggled to find her identity within her family, as well as her sobriety and now that she has been betrayed by her girlfriend, she struggles even more. Alec Rossi rushes to the rescue and gets her out of his bar before the situation explodes. What is even more surprising is the intense chemistry that burns between May and Alec. Alec has no plans to fall in love, all he wants is to have some scorchingly hot fun with May and help her get over her pain. The writing is strong and the banter hilarious. I really liked both Alec and May, I particularly enjoyed the fact that both the characters were deeper than they appeared to be on the surface and were well developed. Can two people haunted by their past come together and in turn create a future? Ms. Bowen tackled some heavy issues with integrity and sensitivity. Speakeasy is a story of hope, of believing in oneself and taking chances.
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    It feels like coming home!

    It's so good to be back in Vermont with the Shipleys! They are one of my favorite book families! Book #5 in the True North Series is about May Shipley and Alec Rossi. What started as a "heat of the moment" thing, ended as an AMAZING love story between two charismatic people that you wouldn't put together at first glance. But May and Alec are perfect for each other. That was RELATIONSHIP GOALS. They were exactly what each other needed. Alec is charming and fun and I was smitten in a second! But it's really hard NOT to fall in love with Sarina's Heroes. Alec might be a "party boy" and a "no strings attached" kinda guy, but THAT is what makes the whole "HE IS FALLING IN LOVE" part that much sweeter. I love when guys like him fall hard. And Alec did! Speakeasy is a perfect book, with a perfect plot, with perfect characters (main and secondary) and I WANT MORE. Keep them going, Sarina!
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    3.5 “Wanna year a joke??” Stars

    The True North series is a series that truly keeps on giving. Although Speakeasy is fifth in line, there appears to be no let up when it comes to my enjoyment of the stories Sarina has to tell about her Vermont natives. If you’re already a fan of the series, you’ll know that May Shipley is little sister to our favourite grumpy farmer, Griff. We know enough about May to establish some of her background. She’s a recovering alcoholic, and her relationship with her girlfriend appears to be more of a crutch than a healthy, balanced one. Still, even with all we do know there’s enough intrigue about May and how she comes to form an attachment to Alec that makes this story as exciting as if I were going in blind. Alec Rossi is the owner of Gin Mill bar. He’s never short of female attention and although he admittedly takes full advantage, he struggles with the effect it has on his ability to be taken seriously. He has grand plans for the Gin Mill, but his most immediate plans involve holding May Shipley back from causing a brawl in his bar. There are some degrees of separation with May and Alec but it’s in the midst of May’s messy breakup that they reconnect. For all intents and purposes a recovering alcoholic and publican might not make the most sense when it comes to forming a friendship but I was fully on-board for the genuineness of it all. There’s a disarming likeability about Alec, and along with May I found myself charmed by him. So much so in fact it’s not long before they are charming the pants off one another. Humour and sexual attraction aside, the admiration, support and lack of judgement they have for one another made them a praiseworthy couple in my eyes. I respected May’s honesty and Alec’s steely determination. That said I feel as though I had a deeper emotional/poignant connection to the previous males in the series than I did with Alec. I know it’s wrong to compare but even held up side by side with May, it was she who stole the show for me. At the heart of it Speakeasy spoke to the part of me that believes in second chances and finding love in the unlikeliest of places.
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    May and Alec's Story was a Pleasant Surprise

    After catching a glimpse of May and Alec in Keepsake and Bountiful, I was surprised to see a story that centered around them. May was involved with women and Alec seemed like a brooding jerk. Theirs turns out to be a complicated tale of two people with a low view of themselves and thinking life just isn't going to give them a break. Alec is struggling as an owner of a local bar and trying to keep his head above water financially. May is a recovering alcoholic who is reeling from a terrible break up with her girlfriend. She's also bit confused about her sexuality. She describes herself as bisexual. A chance encounter with Alec turns into a hot moment in the front seat of his truck. Their relationship develops from friends into lovers with plenty of complications and challenges to overcome. I liked this book as these two have some really redeeming qualities which made them more likable. Alec is funny, tender hearted, and fiercely protective of those he loves. He grows up quite a bit. May is sweet an kind hearted, but doesn't know her own worth. She overcomes her alcoholic demons and learns how to come out the other side strong. Not sure if she is truly bisexual or just confused because she just wants someone to trust and love. A very enjoyable surprise in this series.
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