Format: Paperback Omnibus
Release Date: October 27, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: 20's Historical Romance
Set against the turbulent and glamorous backdrop of Prohibition and the rise of the jazz age, The Gin Lovers is a sensual and romantic story of how one high society woman’s passion and courage lead her to love.
It’s 1925, and the Victorian era with its confining morals is all but dead. Unfortunately, for New York socialite Charlotte Delacorte, the scandalous flapper revolution is little more than a headline in the tabloids. Living with her rigid and controlling husband William, her Fifth Avenue townhouse is a gilded cage. But when William’s rebellious younger sister, the beautiful and brash Mae, comes to live with them after the death of their mother, Charlotte finds entrée to a world beyond her wildest dreams – and a handsome and mysterious stranger whom she imagines is as confident in the bedroom as he is behind the bar of his forbidden speakeasy.
Don't miss the other installments of the sexy serial novel The Gin Lovers: The Gin Lovers (Part 1), Little White Lies (Part 2), Society Sinners (Part 3), Vice or Virtue (Part 4), Dangerous Games (Part 5) and Hell Hath No Fury (Part 6).
Note: The Gin Lovers omninbus has been released. I chose to read the novel in serial format because my attention span these days isn't in its best form.
On to the story!
Part 1 set up the plot of the novel really well. I usually get overwhelmed with introductions, and THE GIN LOVERS has quite the cast. Jamie Brenner did a good job prefacing the novel by starting off with the death of the Geraldine Delacorte, the family matriarch and an influential matron in New York society. Geraldine also happens to be Charlotte's mother-in-law. The scepter is now passed on to Charlotte but it looks like the meek and virtuous housewife might not be cut out for the job.
THE GIN LOVERS is rife with conflict and intrigue. The world is changing and Charlotte is caught in some sort of a cusp, straddling both the old and the new. However it's obvious that Charlotte is also in the brink of a big change. What that change is and the extent is yet to be seen, and THE GIN LOVERS hook as far as I'm concerned. The secondary characters are pivotal forces in this upcoming change as well:
- The Husband: William is a tool. I think the dude is having an affair with one of Charlotte's friends and is involved in something illegal. Alcohol maybe? It's the Prohibition period after all.
- The Sis-In-Law: Mae is possibly the mostinteresting character next to Charlotte. She's a flapper, a rebel, troubled, and a lesbian.
- The Temptation: Jack is everything William is not. The attraction between him and Charlotte is obvious.
- The Gold Digger: Fiona, Mae's lover, is as bright and glitzy as Mae. It seems though that her love for Mae is measured by how much the latter is to inherit.
- The Madame: Boom Boom is a shrewd club owner. Fiona works for her and Mae owes her big money.
THE GIN LOVERS 1 may be less than 100 pages, but as you can see, it's plump with the good stuff.
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