by Sarina Bowen


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Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now...

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You're the only one in town who missed it.
Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that's not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.
I should know better than to hook up with my rival's little sister, but the fiery look in May's eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I'm just the guy for the job.
It's not like I'll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we're good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don't do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us.
Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942444602
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 05/26/2018
Series: Sarina Bowen's True North Series , #5
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 242,443
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author and was recently honored by Romance Writers of America with a RITA award in contemporary romance. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale University. She's a fan of hockey, skiing and short author bios.

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Speakeasy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this series...Highly recommended. Well written and loved all the storylines....!!!!!!!!
Fritz409 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book in a excellent series. This series keeps getting better and better. I loved this story about Alec and May. Both of them were not "perfect." Alec had been a party boy in high school but now was trying to be a successful business man with his bar, The Gin Mill. He was struggling to find his foothold in the business that would insure his business would be successful into the far future. He had ideas, but no money and no confidence that his ideas would be good plans. May is the middle child of the Shipley family, the one that considers herself a screw-up. Even though she is a lawyer, her alcoholism is front and center for her, making her doubt herself, making her feel like she is just one small slip from losing her grip on her life. So when May comes into the Gin Mill to say hi to her girlfriend, she is taken for a loop when she sees her making out with the ex. Alec intervenes both emotionally and physically for May, getting her out before problems can escalate. Alec helps May out by helping her move home and at a social function. They both know they are turned on by each other, and they decide to start a physical relationship only deal. Only, it doesn't stay that way for long. I tell you. I loved both of these MCs. Alec was an incredible guy. I loved his bar jokes and his instincts on what May needed to pick up her spirits and self-esteem. I loved the lengths that he went through to try and get May's heart. May had a lot of issues to work through. When when she finally realized that she could control those issues and have Alec was a very happy time in the book for me. Once again, the secondary characters - those wonderful MCs from previous books and their families - were here. It's great to be able to spend time with them again and see how they are coming along with their lives. I'm assuming - and damn well hoping - that there will be more books in this series because I'm not done with this series yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another moving, deep, thoughtful, and romantic read from this wonderful author.
Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Sarina Bowen's True North series. It was a warm and heartfelt series about a family operating an apple orchard in Vermont. And it totally makes me want to visit Vermont and be one of those fall foliage tourists. Speakeasy follows the first sister of the Shipley family, May. And I have to include a shot-out for an LGBT heroine since May is bi and just got out of a relationship with a woman. And she's a recovering alcoholic! Yay, complex characters! The hero, Alec, is the brother of the heroine from the previous book. However, he's also a bit of a struggling bar owner which I wasn't the happiest about for a match with a recovering alcoholic. That being said, I did enjoy watching May and Alec's relationship grow. They both grew up in the same town and knew each other but their relationship goes from kinda friends to a hookup when May needs Alec to act as her date at an event her ex is also attending.  I felt that both May and Alec grew a lot during the course of this book. May coped with her addiction as well as the turns her life had taken. Alec struggled with being seen as a serious businessman and with the problems facing his bar. They both learned that they were more than their past and to create a future together. Sarina Bowen always knocks it out of the park with her True North series and doesn't shy away from difficult issues. She created complex, believable, and relatable characters in May and Alec and it was a joy to watch them fall in love. 
Febbabie212 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Sarina Bowen's True North series. It was a warm and heartfelt series about a family operating an apple orchard in Vermont. And it totally makes me want to visit Vermont and be one of those fall foliage tourists. Speakeasy follows the first sister of the Shipley family, May. And I have to include a shot-out for an LGBT heroine since May is bi and just got out of a relationship with a woman. And she's a recovering alcoholic! Yay, complex characters! The hero, Alec, is the brother of the heroine from the previous book. However, he's also a bit of a struggling bar owner which I wasn't the happiest about for a match with a recovering alcoholic. That being said, I did enjoy watching May and Alec's relationship grow. They both grew up in the same town and knew each other but their relationship goes from kinda friends to a hookup when May needs Alec to act as her date at an event her ex is also attending.  I felt that both May and Alec grew a lot during the course of this book. May coped with her addiction as well as the turns her life had taken. Alec struggled with being seen as a serious businessman and with the problems facing his bar. They both learned that they were more than their past and to create a future together. Sarina Bowen always knocks it out of the park with her True North series and doesn't shy away from difficult issues. She created complex, believable, and relatable characters in May and Alec and it was a joy to watch them fall in love. 
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
This is a great series...this just another wonderful addition to it.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! May and Alec were just great together and I really loved that this story was a little different. I only recently stumbled upon this series when I read the fourth book, Bountiful, and immediately fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the style of storytelling. I have since went back and read the first book in the series but I can assure you that each book in this series works well as a stand alone story. Readers of the series will enjoy getting to catch up with favorite characters but anyone new to the series will have no problem jumping in with this book. I was hooked by this book from the very beginning. Alec sees someone he thinks he knows kissing the wrong person in his bar one night and knows he has to do something about it. He doesn't get the chance to figure out what he should do because the person being cheated on walks in a sees everything for herself. Alec stops things from getting out of control and helps May move back home that very night. I thought that the chemistry between Alec and May was very well done. Even when May has just been hurt by her girlfriend's betrayal, I thought that these two worked very well together on the friend level. Alec just seemed to know how to be the support that May needed at that point in her life and she accepted him in that role. I liked how open these two were with each other from the very beginning and how they just seemed to have a lot of fun together. When things heat up and they decide to act on their attraction, Alec and May just seemed to fit each other perfectly. On paper, these two shouldn't work. May is a recovering alcoholic while Alec owns a bar. May is bisexual and always thought she would end up with a woman but Alec is definitely all man. I had such a good time watching them try to figure things out and was cheering them towards their happily ever after. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I had a fantastic time with this book filled with wonderful characters, steamy moments, a few laughs, and scenes that melted my heart. I can't wait to read more from Sarina Bowen very soon! I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This story is a mix of light hearted humor, down to earth reality and a sexy and entertaining romance. May has a lot going on. On top of being dumped, May's best friend (and a woman she's been kind of in love with for years), Lark, is getting married soon and May has to sort through her feelings about that. And she's a recovering alcoholic. She's been diligently going to AA meetings, but every day brings with it frustrations and temptations. It was great to see a female character having to deal with alcoholism and a good reminder that it's a serious problem that can strike anyone. Because of her alcoholism, her family worries about her a lot and can be somewhat smothering, second guessing her choices and decisions. With Alec she can just be herself. It might seem strange to have an alcoholic hooking up with a bar owner but Alec is a great support for May once she reveals that side of herself to him. He decides to work on making a tastier non-alcoholic beer to serve in his establishment alongside the other craft beers he has on tap. He's generous, supportive and top shelf boyfriend material – even if May doesn't seem to see him that way at first. Some of the conflict in the story comes from May's desire to keep their relationship a secret when Alec is ready to go public. Alec has his own frustrations to deal with. Yes, he has a reputation of sleeping around and it makes people think he can't be committed to other parts of his life, like his business. He'd spent lots of days helping out his sister with her daughter when she was a single parent (now happily married) and has a close relationship with his niece and his siblings. His laid back attitude makes people assume he's lazy which is the furthest thing from the truth. He's a fun and genuinely likable character, and tries not to let his frustrations boil over though he eventually needs to assert himself to move his future plans forward – for his pub, and with May. He wants May to believe in them as a couple and the ball is in her court to get them to their happy ending. It's always a pleasure to drop in on the Shipleys and we get several scenes with secondary characters who've had their own stories in the series, as well as May's down to earth Mom and salty grandfather. Each story reads well as a standalone so you can start the series at any point and you'll want to learn more. I'm hoping the younger Shipley siblings and extended family and friends will get some stories too. Like a cool drink of cider on a hot day, Sarina Bowen's True North series is a treat to quench your thirst for an enjoyable and heartwarming romance.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
I think I've run out of superlatives for this series. Let's just say three snaps in the shape of a Winner! Alec Rossi is the older brother of Zara (Bountiful) and runs a bar in Vermont called the Gin Mill which specialises in craft beers - yep I wanna go there too. He has disliked the Shipley family ever since the father sacked his Dad and he never saw his father again. Then the eldest Shipley sibling, Griffin dumped his sister to start dating Audrey (Bittersweet) and he really has a hate on. Factor in that the Shipleys are akin to the Waltons (all apple pie and family dinners) whereas the Rossis are more trailer trash and tattoos and you have a bit of a feud. One night he's tending bar when he recognises a woman locking lips with another woman in one of the booths as May Shipley's girlfriend. Conflicted about whether to tell May or let sleeping dogs lie matters are taken out of his hands when May walks into the bar and starts a fight. Her live-in girlfriend has started dating her ex behind May's back! Poor May, the bi-sexual, alcoholic screw-up of the perfect Shipley family, she can just see her family's faces as they regard her with pity yet again when she drags her possessions back to the family farm. Living at home again! The only person who doesn't treat her like she's made of glass is Alec Rossi, the big ol' man-hoe. He makes her laugh with his corny jokes and seems to think that she's still a fun girl. When a favour turns into a raunchy one-night stand May thinks she may have found a way to get away from her family's helicopter caring and get in touch with her wild side again. But it's just friends with benefits right? Oh Alec, how I love you. From your cool bar, glorious apartment, hot tub, corny jokes, family values and general hotness (shallow? like a puddle). I also loved May, so different rom her family, she struggled with guilt for being an alcoholic when she hadn't really had it tough compared to so many others. Maybe all that sounds a bit angsty, but I promise it isn't. In fact, this is probably the least angsty of the series since Bittersweet. What made it a five star rating for me was that Sarina Bowen made me fall a little in love with these two as they make lewd puns. They demonstrate what love is really all about, feeling better just for being with someone, sharing laughs in and out of bed (or a truck or a hot tub) all set in the cutest, sexiest little town in Vermont. When do we get Benito's book? I wann it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. After reading all the other books in the series it felt like coming home when I started reading this one. Great characters and easy going love story with humor and sexiness. Can't go wrong with this read!
joyce_merces More than 1 year ago
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!
RandysGal69 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I started this book, I could not put it down. Author Sarina Bowen just gives 100% when it comes to giving us memorable characters. As soon as you are introduced to Alec and May, you are sucked into their lives. Both are complex characters who have issues that they need to solve on their own as well as learning to take from one another. Loving, gripping and a perfectly balanced romance that was relatable to what us readers deal with in our everyday lives. I enjoyed this book.
ExtremeDamage More than 1 year ago
5 snaps in the shape of a wonderful story
Rina_S More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I haven't read this series before, after reading Speakeasy I want to go back and read the other books. I really enjoyed this story a lot! The characters were great and the banter was funny. I just loved Alec and the way he was with everyone!! I also loved May, despite what happens she powers through and with Alec helping, needless to say, not everything goes as planned. I had to keep reading till I finished and I really liked how it ended but I could have kept on reading so much more! A really enjoyable easy read that had me captivated!!
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
Steadfast is book number 5 in the True North series by Sarina Bowen and at this point, she has me convinced that the Shipley Farm is a real place that I need to visit and invite myself to Thursday night dinner with the family. My heart broke for May in Steadfast (Book 3). She was going through a really difficult time in that book so I knew it was going to be emotional before I even read the synopsis. I also knew we would be diving deep into Mays journey into sobriety and the message of this book would be important and uplifting. It’s revealed in a previous book in the series that May is bisexual and Steadfast begins with her in a long term relationship with a woman. (A really awful woman IMO. lol) But, for the majority of this book she’s with a man. (A really awesome man IMO.) Alec is such a fun character to balance out May. I worried that his spontaneous and carefree nature (not to mention him being a BAR owner) would be hazardous for May but their relationship ended up being so sweet and exciting that the hazards seemed to wash away with every chapter. The bar did play an integral part in this story but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be in the beginning. The love scenes are crazy hot in this book. The secrecy of their relationship and always wondering if and when they’re going to be caught together was exciting to read. May surprised me in how adventurous she could be and Alec surprised me in how tender he could be. Steadfast is a really good read. There was just something missing for me. Although I truly did enjoy this story, I didn’t find myself staying up all night reading because I couldn’t wait to see how it all ends. Every previous book in this series has been a stay up all night reading kind of book to me so that’s why I cannot give Steadfast 5 stars. If I was solely looking at this book by itself and didn’t factor in the way other books in the series made me feel, this book would more than likely be a 5 star read to me. So, that’s why I had to give Steadfast 4.5 out of 5 KBN stars. The message in this story IS important and uplifting. It changed my way of thinking about addiction and how hard it is for someone struggling with it to stay sober and live their life. Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
APB524 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars!! What a great story by Sarina Bowen!! I’ve been wanting to read this True North series for a while and somehow Speakeasy is my first, even though I have most of the rest in my library. Standalone, interconnected series are definitely a favorite of mine for just this reason! Alec and May were fantastic together! Both are seen as a bit of a mess by their families. Both have some insecurities. What’s starts as friendly support turns to hot hookups, but when feelings start happening things get good and complicated. I loved the flow of this story. Ms. Bowen is always so good at developing her characters, and at weaving humor with strong emotions. Once again I’m left feeling happy and wanting to visit the places and the characters.
KDRBCK More than 1 year ago
Speakeasy by the incredibly talented and outstanding author Sarina Bowen is the 5. book in her True North Series. Every book can easily be read as a standalone. I recommend to read the books in order. Ever since reading Bittersweet, the first book - I was in love with this series. I love every single one of them- they´re near and dear to my heart. But Speakeasy is my absoluty favorite read in 2018 - starting by the gorgeous cover and blown away with the characters and the story. Welcome back to Colebury, Vermont. May Shipley is a 27 year old lawyer, Griffin´s little sister and she needs cheering up after being cheated on. Her life is a mess. Her family is hovering and her job is a bit bla. All of her friends and family are happy, she´s the only single one and doesn´t fit right in anymore. Alec Rossi is a barowner who´s living his dream and at the same time he works hard to make ends meet. He´s one of Zara´s brothers and favorite uncle to his sweet nice. Alec holds a grudge on the Shipley´s, but something in May pulls him toward her. Both are good at two things, wild nights and familial dissapointment. I started reading and was immediatedly sucked into May and Alec´s story. I could very easily connect with them - that doesn´t happen very often. I wasn´t hooked, I was Hooked. When I read a book, I have one favorite character - Speakeasy , aka May and Alec didn't let me choose. They´re both near and dear to my heart and I can´t get them out of my head. There are only a couple of authors I can rely on to write stories that speak to me every single time. Sarina Bowen is one of them. I still remember reading The Ivy Years, and how I was blown away. I was sucked in and instantly a fan of the author’s writing. That was the beginning, I haven’t regretted it once. So, with everything said, Speakeasy was heart wrenching, raw and gritty - but at the same time romantic, enchanting, and just a story that needs to be read. It was everything a romance lover like myself is looking for. A MUST READ!!! I highly recommend Speakeasy and wish I could give more than 5 stars.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — Isn’t it amazing how you can find an author that just works for you? Which is not to say that every book is going to be a mega hit for you, but that you can be guaranteed an enjoyable experience at minimum? It was so refreshing to read another Sarina Bowen book and experience some magic that had been missing in my last few reads. I can 100% say that the True North series is my favourite by this author as well. Each story is so unique, but it blends interesting and deep issues with humour and sass. I LOVE that. And Speakeasy was just another great addition. I ADORED Alec and May. Both individually, but especially together. They both had their own vulnerabilities, and I felt like I truly got to see them work through them. Their love story was a strange one, both in the manner in which their relationship started, and how it progressed. But I believed it all along the way, even as they occasionally frustrated me. They had so much chemistry — both as friends and definitely in the steamy department — that I rooted for them every step of the way. I really loved that their bumps along the road were not typical of so many romance stories. I truly felt for May and how wrapped up in her own “hot mess” she was… I worried that I wouldn’t connect with her as quickly based on who I saw in previous books, but even as she was the EXACT same girl, seeing inside her head helped. I loved how strong she was, even if she couldn’t see it herself. I loved how determined she was. And she truly cared about others, despite sometimes getting wrapped up in her own head. I really connected with her quickness to cry and vulnerability. I just truly loved her. Alec was honestly a star for me. He was just so…vibrant and goofy and honest and FREAKING ADORABLE…and yet he hid behind this confident facade, and not many people saw the struggles he faced in how he saw his own worth. I truly loved him. I loved how while he couldn’t always articulate what made May different from other girls, he wasn’t afraid of his feelings…just confused. I loved how passionate he was about his bar and his trade. I loved that he went after that even while believing that he wasn’t smart enough. And I love love LOVED how once he knew about May’s alcoholism, he just jumped right on board trying to be there for her…but in different ways from her family. As always, the secondary cast was fantastic. As a fan of the series, it was so great to revisit so many characters. But even if I hadn’t met them, I would still love them. And OMG, some of Grandpa’s one-liners totally stole the show. I even appreciated the brief glimpses of a few new secondary characters. Makes you wonder who will show up in future books. As an aside, I will admit that having never seen In Living Color (or at least not that I can recall), I totally didn’t understand the three snaps reference, even as it amused me. I had to Google that shiznit, and now it comes full circle. So yeah. After a string of trying out new authors, and not always succeeding, it made this reader’s heart happy to be able to go back to a tried and true favourite and have another success.
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Confession time: the Rossi I was expecting to read more about first was Benito, but hey, I'll take Alec any day. He may seem like a totally easygoing guy without a care in the world, but there's depth to him the more layers are peeled away as the story progresses. He's got a truly big heart, and it's one that he doesn't just save for his family but also those who are nearest and dearest to him. Of course, being around May made it easier to see how much of a good guy he is. Sure, the guy had his slew of hookups prior to meeting May, but then I don't expect the characters that I read about to be perfect people. That would make them boring. I liked that he was flawed, as was May, and because there were parts of them that they didn't immediately expose to other people and all others saw were their failings, they seemed to be such a perfect fit. These two had far more in common than one would think, and I believe that's what allowed them to have a much better understanding and acceptance of one another. There wasn't this slew of expectations and demands coming from either of the two. Aside from the romance--which I loved!--that was going on between Alec and May, I also appreciated how the series is about family. The Shipleys have been a favorite fictional family of mine since Bittersweet, and I'm not just talking about Griffin, May, and the twins, Daphne and Dylan. There's also the family matriarch, Ruth Shipley, and Grandpa Shipley, who tells it like it is and demands his slice of pie during family meals. Add to that everyone else who's come along and been taken in by the clan. I loved catching up with them and hope we've got a couple or so more stories to come from their end, including the Shipley cousins! Fingers crossed we'll get more of the other Rossi siblings who have yet to find love because they look to be an interesting bunch, though I confess I'm still not a fan of their Uncle Otto. All this being said, I do want to point out that each of the books in the series, including this newest one, CAN be read as standalones. I'm just the kind of reader that needs to read books in a series in order, so go read them all! Five-plus stars for Speakeasy. ♥
HC_TheHeathersBlog More than 1 year ago
One thing that is always consistent with a Sarina Bowen book is that I easily get hooked and gobble it up. Speakeasy was relatable, fun and heart warming. While it is the fifth installment in the True North Series, it can be read as a standalone. I’ve been with these guys from the start so it’s always good to get more of the gang. May Shipley has always felt like the black sheep of the family. She’s bisexual and a recovering alcoholic. She’s also an extremely intelligent lawyer and loved by her family. Coming off a breakup from her live-in girlfriend, May finds herself becoming closer friends with Alec Rossi. He’s easy to be around and has a sharp tongue that keeps her laughing during a rough time in her life. She also starts to feel attracted to him but fights it with everything that she has. Alec feels like the kid in the family who messes up and is considered a playboy but he has a successful bar that he puts his heart and soul into. When May walks into the bar and he sees her world shatter, he can’t help but be drawn to her. He wants nothing more than to make her smile again. The more he spends time with her, the harder he falls for her. When things get heated, they say it’s for fun only but Alec wants more. Problem is, May doesn’t. Now he has to convince her that they are actually perfect for each other. I like May and Alec together. He has his own insecurities, which makes him real, but he also has a confidence that is perfect for May. He supports her when she needs it but she can recognize when he needs it in return. He was so patient with her while she worked out her insecurities. It was also great to get more of the gang. Gruff Griff, Audrey, Lark, etc. I will say that I wanted more of Jude but I understand based on the story of May and Alec how it isn’t that easy to really bring him into it more than he was. Plus, Griff and Alec were sort of enemies so it was great to see their relationship play out as well. Overall, I enjoyed Speakeasy. It talks about real issues and it makes the characters relatable. I’m greedy so I hope we continue to get more out of this series.
abu-1 More than 1 year ago
Speakeasy is the 6th book in Sarina Bowen's True North series. And while I still believe that the first two books in the series are the best, this series is one that I will drop everything that I'm currently doing or reading to be able to pick up the latest to read. Readers of the series will remember May Shipley as the sister of Griff Shipley - apple farmer and cider maker. May is an interesting character. Spoiler...in previous books in the series, readers have learned a few things about May. 1. She is a recovering alcoholic - which is interesting since a majority of the family business deals with the making of hard apple cider. 2. May is a lesbian...or at least she is bi-sexual and has had a long time crush on her friend Lark. In these latest installment of the series, we learn a lot more about May. And this time we also get to know in depth Alec Rossi - overly protective brother to Zara and bar owner. These two make quite the unlikely pair - you wouldn't necessarily think that they click. I really enjoyed the dynamic between these two characters. I also really liked Alec. He was quick to accept his increased feelings towards May. I feel that often times male characters are portrayed as being resistance to accepting that they have fallen for a woman. They chalk up their feelings to nothing more than friendship. Say things like "it's too early" to be more than anything. Alec was quick to determine that he really liked May. As well as quick to decide he loved her. It way May who was the reluctant of the two this time around. One more perk to this story - we get to catch up with the Shipley clan. I fell in love with the family in book one of the series. It's so much fun to reconnect with characters that you've had a vested interest in.