ARC Review: Speak Low by Melanie Harlow +Giveaway

I'm so happy to be featuring one of my favorite books/series today. Melanie Harlow is a wonderful new author who has taken a not so popular genre and given it a sexy makeover. Historical Romance is not something most people like to dabble in, especially the younger adults. I give you my word, this is a book that will not disappoint. 
~Both books are currently on sale for $.99. Speak Low (book 2) will only be on sale Saturday & Sunday~
Title: Speak Low
Author: Melanie Harlow
Series: Speak Easy
Genre: NA Historical Romance
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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.

*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+.

❥My Review:

"Dear God, please avert your eyes tonight. Because I'm going to do things to Joey Lupo I have never done before, things I've never even imagined doing before.   
Licking my lips, I walked two steps before stopping again and glancing up.  
And you might want to cover your ears too. Amen."
Tiny O'Mara was successful in saving her father and herself from the DiFiore family.  
Unfortunately, the dust hasn't quite settled for her just yet. Her father is still mixed up with the DiFiore family after coming to an agreement. Joey is in a predicament after stealing Enzo's drugs. And oh yeah, Tiny's now very confused after a mind-blowing kiss from Joey.

At twenty-years old and after everything she's been through, Tiny's ready to build her own life away from her family. She's ready to be independent and live on her own. That, she's absolutely sure of. 
How she's going to do it? No clue.
The most demanding dilemma she has is deciding if she wants to continue being Enzo's lover or explore her new-found feelings for Joey. 

There wasn't as much action in Speak Low as there was in book 1, Speak Easy. But wait a minute! That doesn't mean it didn't.. satisfy.. in other areas. ;)
Melanie Harlow really outdid herself with the sexy time scenes in this book. But I'm sure it was quite easy seeing as how much of a connection and chemistry the two characters involved have. 

If you thought Speak Easy was filled with hot scenes, you're in for a yummy treat in Speak Low.

Enzo is not a main focus in this novel like he was in the first book. I know there are a lot of ladies who love him. I'm not saying he wasn't hot, but I was Team Joey from the start so automatically I turn my cheek at his presence. He's just not a good person. I don't care how mysterious and sexy and powerful and…. what was I saying?

Joey Lupo!!! Now we're talking! 
My love. My sinful gangster. My knight in shining armor.  Oh wait, I'm supposed to be writing a review not exposing my Joey fantasies.. 
We experience a lot more Joey. There are moments where we're shown his vulnerability, and I loved getting to know more about him. He opens up a little more, and we also get to see his family in all their Italian glory.

The chemistry between Joey and Tiny was out of this world. In Speak Easy, we see them interact a lot and get a sense of their relationship. But in Speak Low, it's on a whole other level. Even when they argued, their banter was entertaining. 

Tiny continues to show her bravery and strength, and stubbornness at times throughout this novel. There's a fine line between bravery and stupidity, and Tiny does well of not getting too close to the latter. 
She is such a powerful little thing that she clearly stands out as one of my favorite book heroines. 

This is a book I will constantly recommend to people. It's effortlessly written to capture the reader and make them forget that the book their reading isn't real life. I've always shied away from historical romance novels, because they sort of make me feel uncomfortable with their high-quality cheese factor. Mostly, for me they can seem overly dramatic, thus not allowing me to connect. With Speak Low, there are so many relatable aspects that connecting with the characters is so easy.

While this book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading the first book to get the full effect. Trust me, you won't be complaining about having more Enzo and Joey. ;)

*An eARC of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. This has not influenced my opinion or review.

My Rating: 5 steamy kisses
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~Speak Easy is currently $.99~

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.
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