JAZZ BABY by Lorelei Brown

BLURB:

Of all the juice joints he had to bust, this one had to be hers…

In the world of illegal speakeasies, Kate Kirkland has her life running smoother than a Model T. Maybe moving the family bar into the basement wasn’t the best choice for her alcoholic brother, but Kate’s making them a living—until a local gangster tries to expand his territory. Right into her bar.

Luckily Micah Trent, her handsome and too-suave bootlegger, is ready and willing to offer her a helping hand. If Kate can bring herself to accept it. Since sharing one sensual dance to seal their deal, she can’t ignore the delectably wicked way he makes her feel.

Micah is keeping secrets of his own. He’s a Prohibition Agent, sworn to shut down the gin mills and distilleries that keep illegal booze flowing. Kate’s speakeasy is next on his list—right after he uses her as bait to catch the gangster hunting her. But even if Micah and Kate can maneuver their way through the gangsters’ dangerous underworld, will their love survive the trial by fire?

RHL CLASSIFICATIONS

Roaring 20’s

Historical Romance

heat level: 2

Reviewer rating: 4 Stars

REVIEW BY JILL:

This historical romance is set during the Prohibition era in New York city. Micah Trent is a Prohibition agent working undercover to close down illegal outlets selling alcohol. In the course of his work posing as a bootlegger supplying alcohol, he meets Kate Kirkland, the manager of The Kirk, an illegal ‘speakeasy’.

This is in many ways a regular historical romance with the usual conflict between the main protagonists, their assured happily-ever-after, and with requisite love scenes in between. However, the setting of this novel during the 1920’s Prohibition has ensured that this romance is anything but regular. It is a refreshing and delightful change and although I have read a few romances set in the early 20th century, this is my first set during the Prohibition.

With that comes a whole new wardrobe for the characters, a new independence for the heroine and even a new way of speaking. Author Lorelie Brown has done a great job of putting into words the atmosphere and ‘look’ of the times.

Jazz Baby is highly recommended for its story, writing, and setting.

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