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June 15, 2015

Loved It: The Gin Lovers 1 by Jamie Brenner

Series: The Gin Lovers 1
Format: Paperback Omnibus
Release Date: October 27, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Author
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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42 comments:

  1. The Gin Lovers sounds really good, Braine! I love stories set in the past, and during the 20s, there were so many things going on. Short or not, as long as it's good, that's what's important, right?
    Great review!
    Have a wonderful Monday!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Exactly! If not for my "condition" I could easily read this book as a novel instead of in serial form.

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  2. This sounds fantastic, Braine. There aren't many books set in the 20's and I like the sound of Charlotte straddling two 'eras'... I'll be checking out this one. :)

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    1. Next to the Victorian era, the roaring 20's is my next favorite. There's a lot of amazing things that happened around the world during this time. So much to tell.

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  3. I like the sounds of Gin Lovers. Happy you are enjoying the read.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sherry's Shelves

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    1. Thanks for checking it out, Sherry!

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  4. I have another roaring twenties series I want to try. I will have to check this out.

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    1. Is that Jenn Bennett you're referring to? That one's good too (if it is). Thank you, it's a work in progress... slow progress lol

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  5. Ooo, wait I have this in my tbr pile and now you have me all excited. Mae sounds great and I love the roaring twenties..so win! Glad you liked it Braine

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  6. Good to hear the conflict is good in this one and kept you turning the pages

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    1. That's always a good thing when it comes to books.

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  7. I love historical pieces, so I'll have to check out the omnibus edition. Great review!!

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    1. Thank you and I hope you do. It's worth it! This isn'y my first Brenner book, she's a great writer!

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  8. So how far apart are you spacing your reads? I love this era. I have to check this out.

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    1. I always have to read SOMETHING Heidi. I get antsy when I don't. That said, if my current read isn't all that awesome then naturally my attention won't be there... if it's a review commitment then my week is doomed :(

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  9. Yep, you're right - for such a short read it sure sounds like it packs quite a punch. I need to check this out, my lovely :)

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    1. Check it! Brenner writes lovely novels. I think you'll like her style very much.

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  10. That is short, but if it works it works

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    1. I might binge read the next two parts tonight... we'll see. I'm pretty beat.

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  11. Roaring 20s? Yes! The characters sound compelling too.

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  12. Since it's less than 100 pages in length, I might actually try it! I'm not into historical romances, really, although I do read them from time to time, but I like the sound of this story. Great review!! :)

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    1. I hope this will be the exception then, Lola!

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  13. Sounds like a good start to a serial! Glad you found a read that worked for you :)

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  14. oh that's fun, I always love stories during this period and I confess that I didn't know about this one so I'm curious to see what you think of the whole thing.

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    1. I'm sure it's going to be awesome. JBrenner is a fantastic storyteller!

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  15. I am liking that set of characters. Especially Mae and the Madam ... haha that sounds like a whole different book.

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    1. Hahaha, oh they are an interesting bunch. You can tell trouble is on its way and I can't wait to see how they're going to get themselves out of it.

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  16. It looks pretty catchy for a short read - and it's good if you can manage to read it by parts and overcome your problem ;)

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    1. Shorties are the best medicine sometimes.

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  17. Oh very plump with the goodness. Damn, my tbr pile is just a growing, lols. Love the review! and the price on these babies at bad at all

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    1. I love what I've read of her work so far. After this, I plan to read an erotica she penned a few years back too.

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  18. I've read only one 1920s book and it wasn't my cup of tea. Can't remember the book, but I feel like it tainted the rest for me.

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  19. Braine thank you so much! I am beyond thrilled that you are enjoying it. I don't even read historical fiction myself except for Daisy Goodwin but this era just fascinated me. It was a time of great passions :)

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  20. This is my first time seeing anything about this series. I flippin' love the hell out of the roaring 20's as a romance setting! Thanks for your great review. I am adding it to my TBR right now! :)

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  21. Sounds like there are a lot of interesting characters in this read. Good to see the serial got off to a good start.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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