by Melanie Harlow
Series: Speak Easy #2
Published by Melanie Harlow Release date : November 19th 2013 (first published October 29th 2013)
Genres: Historical, New Adult, Romance
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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[stextbox id="stb_style_369793" color="555803" bgcolor="ffffff"]July, 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.[/stextbox]
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
*Possible spoilers. Read at your own risk*
I loved Melanie’s first book, Speak Easy. I loved the setting (the 20’s! Hello!) I loved the plot; gangsters, bootlegging, extortion.. I mean, the works. Tiny with her spunk and wit, I especially loved the steamy scenes and some Enzo. Imagine how excited I was to start Speak Low, after receiving my review copy. But honestly, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting out of the sequel and I didn’t love it as much as it’s predecessor. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it.. There was just a lot I missed that was apart of Speak Easy that was missing.
We start off literally where Speak Easy left us; after that steamy kiss between Tiny and Joey. After everything that Tiny went through to save her father, he now has to work closely with the men that kidnapped him. Tiny is battling her feelings for Joey, lust for Enzo and her desire to move out of her dad’s house and start her own life. Thrown into the middle, again, she must finally chose a side.
Since Speak Easy was so chock full of deception and action, I was very disappointed in the fact that there is hardly ANY. This is more of Tiny figuring her shit out and taking responsibility for her mistakes, trying to find her ground and finally CHOOSING A SIDE. Which is great, because Tiny really needed to get her shit together. BUT. The stakes weren’t as high here, in my opinion.
I don’t usually go with the whole “team [insert name here]” theme. Sure, I chose a guy, but I don’t parade around screaming it and making up names on their behalf. But I digress. 99% of the time, I stick to my choice. This is probably the ONLY time I can think of that I have switched sides. I liked both guys before. Why I went with who I did, is anyone’s guess. I must be one of those sadistic weird people who root for the bad guy, even though there really isn’t a BAD GUY here. Maybe because we got to SEE more of Tiny and Joey? The first book was ALL about Enzo; with only a few scenes with Joey. I only got the vibe a few times that there was anything there and Enzo was always in the background oozing sex anyway. I knew Enzo wasn’t the ideal guy, but he was honest and upfront with Tiny about what he wanted from her. Joey was never clear about what he wanted, confusing Tiny (and me) from the start.
So when things started to change and Tiny started to realize what she really wanted, was when I started to see things in a different light and switched sides. Tiny has changed. Enzo WAS the right guy for her initially. She wanted something.. dangerous and exciting. But, like I said, she changed. So with her change, Joey is better for her. So now of course, Enzo looks more like a creep and snake. Anyway.
I really enjoyed the writing. Melanie does an amazing job with the setting and spot on descriptions of the speakeasy and the way that life was for Tiny. She is really job at writing some sexual tension and sexy scenes too! 😉 I also really enjoyed the wrap at the end. She wraps up everything very nicely and I appreciated that. 🙂
My Peeve~ Okay, this is where my weird pickiness rears its ugly head. I felt the ending was too convenient. I didn’t believe Enzo’s reaction would be so… calm, if that makes sense. I expected some epic fit, some fighting or some series retaliation. Him just pouting and turning away isn’t what I envisioned his character to do. He did do one small(ish) thing, but like I said; it wasn’t at ALL what I expected from him.
Overall- Contrary to what you just read, I really enjoyed Speak Low; it just wasn’t what I was expecting heading into it. I honestly think this will read better as a standalone, than a sequel in a series. I highly recommend it too! 🙂