Speak Low by Melanie Harlow ~ Brittany’s 5 Star Review

6752621_origJuly, 1923

After bootlegging enough whiskey to free her father from the DiFiore crime family, twenty-year old  Tiny O’Mara is determined to leave home and take control of her own life.

But it’s going to cost her.

Her alliance with sultry Enzo DiFiore is based more on their intense physical attraction than any loyalty or trust. When he offers her an apartment and nights spent together where anything goes in exchange for some information, she’s tempted beyond measure.

But  taking Enzo’s side means betraying gorgeous childhood pal Joey Lupo, the only man she trusts. And even though they spend most of their time at each other’s throats, the heat simmering between them is becoming too hard to ignore–then one night, it boils over.

And won’t stop.

As Enzo’s greed and deception escalate and her feelings for Joey deepen, Tiny realizes her mistakes. She just hopes she gets the chance to fix them before it’s too late.

*Speak Low is the sequel to Speak Easy but can be read as a stand alone romance, complete with HEA.

**Speak Low contains mature content and is intended for readers 18+.

**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Hopefully I’ll be able to revisit and add on to this review at a later time, but I just wanted to get my thoughts out there while this fantastic book and these incredible characters were still fresh in my mind.

Again, I have to say how refreshing it is to break up all of the contemporary New Adult books that are out there today with something completely different. I love that Speak Low (as well as Speak Easy before it) is a New Adult Historical Romance. And while it takes place during an earlier time in history, it is no less exciting and relatable than anything taking place in the present time. Both of the books in this series are fresh and enjoyable, and I will never pass  up Historical Romance novels again. Because if half of them are as difficult to put down as these, I’m hooked.

Speak Low
stars off exactly where Speak Easy ends. And although Speak Low could be read as a stand-alone, it continues Tiny’s story seamlessly and pulls you right back into her world as if you’d never left. I won’t delve too deeply into the plot, because there are a few twists and turns in this one that you should experience for yourself, and of course I would hate to spoil anything! What I will say is that the love triangle between Enzo, Tiny, and Joey continues and the sexual tension between some of these characters and the steamy scenes that follow are something else!

“I promise you,” he said, resting his forehead on mine. “I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you. I never will.”

At the close of Speak Easy, I  was torn between which guy I wanted Tiny to end up with. This is no longer an issue. Throughout the book and given the actions of some of the characters, it is made abundantly clear which man is perfect for our girl and everything ends as it should, with an incredibly sweet, perfectly perfect happily ever after. This book definitely packs a punch with swoon-worthy moments, sexy scenes, and enough action to keep you on your toes.

Melanie Harlow is on her way to becoming one of my absolute favorite authors. I’m in love with her wiring style and the fact that she can make me forget that I’m even reading a book. She  makes her characters truly come alive and become such a part of you that you’re so sad to see them go. I know I will miss Tiny, Joey, and Enzo and am sad to see their story end, although I couldn’t have hoped for a better conclusion. I still can’t believe that I had passed up Historical Romances for this long until reading Speak Easy because I’ve found that I love them, and if Melanie keeps writing them, I’ll keep reading them! I definitely recommend this book to just about anyone!

MelanPictureie 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.

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