Review: Speakeasy Sweetheart by Claire Murray

February 25, 2014 Review 0

Review: Speakeasy Sweetheart by Claire Murray

Her boyfriend dumped her, she’s being evicted and she has no job prospects—Sasha Kelly doesn’t have much to look forward to. Until she stumbles through a mysterious door at her college graduation after-party and lands in a New York City speakeasy in the Roaring Twenties. Before she even figures out what’s going on, she’s in the lap of Blaze O’Rourke as they escape both a police raid and the dangerous criminal who is Blaze’s archenemy.

Blaze can’t resist the beautiful woman in his lap, but he’s determined to find out why she was singing in Vincent Cornell’s club. If that means kidnapping and seducing her, so be it. Cornell killed his brother and Blaze has been seeking revenge for two years. But Sasha’s presence re-awakes Blaze’s hunger for someone to love and he’s truly enjoying life—and sex—for the first time in years.

Then Cornell kidnaps Sasha, forcing Blaze to choose between revenge and love.

A Romantica® time-travel erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

Title: Speakeasy Sweetheart
Author: Claire Murray
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Lucky Silver
Source: Publisher
Published: 29 January 2014
Genres: Erotic Fantasy Romance, Erotic Historical Romance
Pages: 78
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

A time travel fantasy erotic novella of just 78 pages, this was a quick and fun read.  Sasha has just finished her university course, but her life is in shambles. No job prospects, on the point of eviction, and planning to return to her hometown and abusive alcoholic father’s house: she is depressed and at loose ends.  An unusual suggestion from one of the professor’s has her wandering to the back of the club, and through a doorway to new possibilities.

Blaze is a man on a mission, looking to avenge his brother’s death after a bootlegging run gone bad. His plan is to kidnap the latest singer at the speakeasy, forcing his enemy’s hand and offering him the opportunity to end the feud once and for all.

Sasha is completely out of her element when the police raid the speakeasy and she finds herself carried out by Blaze. Believing the scene to be a prank or a movie, it isn’t until the adrenaline lessens that she processes her place: early 20th century New York, when prohibition was in full effect and various gangsters ran the city.

Claire Murray does a lovely job integrating the sense of the jazz age into the story, and manages to give us some compelling characters in Blaze and Sasha.  Interestingly the expected questions from Blaze in his meeting a woman who was far more modern in her thoughts on sex and sexuality and his family’s easy acceptance of her added a nice touch of humanizing Blaze, as did their day trip to Coney Island.  With a touch of danger at the end to give these two a crisis point that will determine their lives, there is an easy read with steamy and sexy moments and a happily ever after.

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