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Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right, and sometimes for Mr. Right Now.... 

May:

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. 

Alec: 

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....

Cover design by Sarah Hansen.

©2018 Sarina Bowen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Evolution of May-Excellent Read

I feel like we have seen May grow since Bittersweet. Here is the thing--we all evolve and so has May. This story reminded me that labels are silly because said labels can always change. I liked that this was a story of 2 self perceived black sheep of the family who found the one person that gets them and makes them stronger for it. A story with alcohol or addiction is usually a bit depressing, but I found May's strength to remain sober as very inspirational. I loved Alec's drive to succeed. He felt so underestimated by everyone. This book is another great in the True North series. You cannot go wrong listening to this series. #evolutionofcharacter #LGBTQIA #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Loved it !!!!

I’ve enjoyed this one the most so far. Griff was my fav until this book. I absolutely love Alec. More people in the world need to be this excepting and rolling with the punches. He showed zero F$&@s about May’s Bi status nor was he threatened by it! Thumbs up for Alec. He also never once treated her with kitten gloves about her addiction but was never callous either. I related a lot to May I have trouble ‘fitting’ other people’s molds and have spent much wasted time trying to shape myself into them. Luckily for May she found someone that liked the shape she was already in and she stopped being so hard on herself.
I seriously enjoyed the performers of this book Lance has a nice voice and he sounds like he has a great sense of humor and is very chill. Miss Valentine not only has a boom ass name ;) she has a slight scratchy quality to a nice low toned voice that is relaxing and pleasant. Couple that with Bowen’s excellent humor and fabulous skills and its a great time to be had.

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  • Jessica
  • Exton, PA, United States
  • 10-21-18

Heart warming addition to the series

Not many authors would tackle the issues of a recovering alcoholic, or issues with a drug addicted employee, but this books looks at both. The medical situations in this book are not exactly accurate. The inaccuracy doesn’t take away from the story, it adds character and charm.

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"It Was Like Medicine I Never Knew I Needed"

Okay, it's official- I love Alec!
This book has to be my second favorite of the True North Series!
May drives me crazy while she comes to terms with her sobriety and what that entails for her overly eager to help family, but oh the number of laughs Alec, and Grandpa Shipley dish out makes it all worthwhile. ** those jokes I swear!!** Add in the beautifully broken romance caught up in a supremely sexy, self-esteem raising festival of feels the narrators bring to the table for our listening pleasure -
A magnificent addition to the True North Series -Well worth the time and credit in my opinion!

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Great book and series

I enjoyed this 5th installment of the True North series. I enjoyed how Ms. Bowen executed this story and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Good

This one wasn't as heavy as the others in the series but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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A Must Listen!! All the Feels!!

This series just gets better and better!!!
May Shipley has been dealt a tough hand in life and has used alcohol as a crutch to cope with her feelings. But after a difficult break up and one thing after the next, she’s finally sober and trying to prove to her family that she’s not making poor decisions. So when she runs into Alec, the sexy bartender that she used to have a crush on, she finds she’s hiding their chemistry for fear of what her family will think.
Alec is down to earth and will do anything to make May smile but when he’s being pushed to the side like a dirty little secret, he’s determined to show May that his feelings run deeper than a few nights between the sheets.
I loved the easy chemistry between May and Alec. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud and actually had to listen to certain parts over and over again.
This book definitely had it all. Author Sarina Bowen touches on sensitive topics of addiction and cheating but she brings so much depth and bravery to her characters, you can’t help but fall in love.
Narrators Seraphine Valentine and Lance Greenfield give a passionate performance that will keep you tuned into this story from the first page to the very last.
Definitely recommend!!

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 09-26-18

3 Snaps in the Shape of 5 Stars

Will I ever get tired of this series? Nope. Don’t think so.

Speakeasy might even be my favorite. The intense emotion that was conveyed through these characters about addiction, self judgement and forgiveness was overwhelming. The added humor and heart swelling love made for the best kind of book.

Seraphin & Lance were perfection. I thought Lance’s portrayal was spot on, the way he nailed the humor was exactly how I would have read it. Seraphin created so much emotion and angst. Loved it.

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Beautiful book, loved it so much!!!

I loved the audiobook. Both narrators are great, and were amazing as Alec and May. Specially May. Lance Greenfield’s voice is deep and intense, pretty much as I imagined grumpy Alec. Seraphine Valentine has a beautiful voice, raspy and smoky, and was beyond perfect as May. I enjoyed it very much.

I love the True North series. Sarina Bowen is my favorite author because I enjoy her writing style immensely. You can count on her to tell you a beautiful story with down to earth characters facing real life problems. It is easy to relate to these characters and come to love them. She creates a world you want to live in, and characters you want to be friends with.

Speakeasy is the story of how May Shipley and Alex Rossi fall in love. They are a very unusual match, if you take into consideration that May is a recovering alcoholic and Alec owns a bar. A match made in heaven they are not. On paper.
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There is no accounting for fate.

May is going through a rough patch. Her girlfriend cheated on her, her job is somewhat boring, she still has strong feelings for Lark, and finds herself forced to move back home. She is feeling embarrassed for staying in a bad relationship, and her family is not helping matters treating her like a ticking bomb about to explode. She is feeling vulnerable and lonely, and has been doubting her ability to form meaningful relationships. She is basically experiencing an identity crisis, and fears her sobriety is on the line.

Alec is a good guy. He is a loving son, brother and uncle. His reputation as a party boy precedes him, but he is trying to break out of the role eveybody has cast him in, and prove he is a capable businessman. He has goals in life, but those don’t include relationships. He is happy playing the field.

One day, Alec accidentally helps May deal with her breakup and feels the need to follow up with a favor to accompany her to a school event. He feels a strong attraction to her, and while hanging out, they form a connection that soon turns combustible.

Alec brings out May’s long-lost wild side, which helps her feel better about herself at first. They begin hooking up regularly, sneaking around, nobody the wiser. Or so they thought. They become friends, and soon realize they have many things in common, like the way the are underestimated by their families. They make them feel like fuck-ups. When their feelings for each other start getting complicated and real, they move in different and unexpected directions.

It can’t be easy dealing with subjects as sensitive as bisexuality and addiction, but once again, Sarina Bowen does a fantastic job. I really like the delicate balance she achieves between heartbreak and laughter. It is a heartfelt story with serious issues, but mixed with really funny moments that will have you laughing out loud. Grandpa Shipley definitely stole the show. It’s hilarious.

Seriously. This book is worthy of your time.

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  • Lecia
  • virginia
  • 09-29-18

Boring book. lifeless narrator.

I didn't make it further than 5 minutes into the book. I couldn't bear any more.

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  • 09-28-18

Great addition to the series

I enjoyed listening to this. I liked the characters, but didn’t love them as much as other books which is why I rated it as 4*.