Monday, July 22, 2013

AToMR Blog Tours: Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow

Title: Speak Easy
Author: Melanie Harlow
 Release date: July 22, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Historical
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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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.

Tiny wants more out of her life than living under her father’s roof, taking care of her two younger sisters, and helping in family store/bootlegging business.
She wants to experience a fun and exciting life. Be careful what you wish for. Tiny doesn’t know it yet, but her life is about to get a lot more interesting…
Enter Enzo DiFore, a gorgeous guy with movie star looks that any young girl would swoon over. From the first moment he walked into their store, Tiny knew that for all his good looks, there was something mysterious about him. He also just happens to be the son of a big time mobster. A mobster who kidnaps Tiny’s father. Tiny is left with little options when she is forced to come up with ransom money in order to save her father.
Tiny is my kind of heroine. She is incredibly brave, loyal, and smart. Her personality really stood out and she was a great character to follow. And when it comes to family she will do whatever it takes to protect and help them.

The romance in this story isn’t cut and dry. Tiny has not one, but two young guys to choose from. Aside from Enzo, there is Joey Lupo who is her sister’s brother-in-law. More times than not Tiny gets annoyed with Joey and his endless teasing, but he has more appeal than she gives him credit for. Joey is nice and all but I am Team Enzo all the way. J

As a lover of all things historical fiction set in the 1920’s, I enjoyed Speak Easy a lot. The writing and details were well done. I could imagine the scenery unfolding as I read. This is book one in a series, so I look forward to what happens next with Tiny. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long.

Rating: 4 out 5.

**Reviewers received a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy by the author in exchange for their honest thoughts/review of the book.**

About the Author

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.

Author Social Media Links: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! I'm so glad you enjoyed (and Team Enzo is a fun place to be). I promise the sequel is underway--it will be out this fall!

  2. The fall? Ooh awesome...that isn't too far away. Thanks so much for visiting my stop and for the book!