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July 16, 2015

Suped Up: The Gin Lovers: Society's Sinners + Vice or Virtue by JamieBrenner

The Gin Lovers 3 & 4
Paperback
October 15, 2012
St. Martin's Griffin
Historical Romance | Roaring Twenties

Society's Sinners
After a passionate night with Jake, Charlotte can’t help but wish she was a free, unmarried woman. But when a trip to visit her parents reveals a devastating truth about her mother, Charlotte knows she is trapped in her loveless marriage. When Jake confides in her about a risky business deal in the works, he offers her a way out. But will it be too little, too late?

Vice or Virtue
After Charlotte is caught in a compromising position, she becomes a virtual prisoner, trapped by her husband in her own home. Meanwhile, Mae finds hope for her future in the most unlikely of allies. But when Mae learns that Jake’s risky bootlegging ventures have finally caught up with him, she and Charlotte race to stop him before he makes an even bigger mistake – and find him with some unexpected and very unwelcome company.



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. 

It's quite hard not to read THE GIN LOVERS 3 & 4, Society's Sinners and Vice or Virtue, back to back because I believe that these volumes are the story's climax. Pandemonium has ensued: vows were broken, alliances have been made, the good peeps are rising, the antagonists' ploys are out, and lines have been drawn. It's time for the main event and I have nervous excitement because I have no idea how these characters are going to pull of their respective plans and live happily ever after. It's all a tangled mess right now and it's hard to guess how things are going to get resolved without it being ugly. 

It's also worth noting that these two volumes belong to the antagonists: the club owner, Boom Boom, the social climbing lesbian girlfriend, Fiona, and the cunning, Amelia. These three drove the plot for the most part, stirred the pot, and made the lives of the other characters complicated to say the least. I for one, was seething over Amelia's character because for all her preachings about propriety, it's obvious she wants to break Charlotte's marriage apart, and take William for herself. Not that the couple needs more antagonists in their marriage, that ship sailed long before THE GIN LOVERS started. 

I can't say it enough, I absolutely adore this novel! It's brilliant, atmospheric, and the details never fail to impress me. Jamie Brenner truly captured the Roaring Twenties New York during prohibition what with all the speakeasies, jazz music, illegal booze, flappers, snobby aristocrats, and clubbing, these people are the original party animals. This is one of the best twenties novel I've read ever and if you love the era like I do, I suggest you give it a try.










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39 comments:

  1. I love finding those novels that completely take us by surprise. Yay for great 5 star reads!

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    1. A 5 star read can comfort a bored heart any day

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  2. I really enjoy reading books that share knowledge of things from the past, and these sound like good ones! Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Ro, these are quick reads too. Or at least easy to chop it down for busy people like us.

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  3. Ohhh I need to check these books out! Thanks for the recc!

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    1. No problem, not sure if you read historicals. This is a good lit historical fiction

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  4. Atmospheric and brilliant sounds like wonderful qualities for this one and series as a whole.

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    1. Those are always good qualities to have in a book, don't you agree?

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  5. I remember you talking about books 1 & 2. I'm really fascinated by this period in history. Thanks for putting these under my radar!

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  6. Thanks Braine, I love Jamie and have read and interviewed her. Great suped up review!!
    xo

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  7. Woot! Glad to see you enjoyed each installment :D

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    1. I'm nervous now, I know it wraps up nicely!

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  8. I do need to read more from this time period. Glad you're enjoying them Braine :)

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    1. Too bad it doesn't qualify for your historical challenge! Grr!

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  9. Ahhh! I made a note of the first book, but haven't got around to it yet. Can't wait, though - I love the sound of the plot. Twists at every turn and eat-shattering revelations - heck, yeah! :P

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    1. I hope you get to read at least the first part soon!

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  10. I really want to check this out. I am glad the whole thing is out, I don't think I could have done the serial.

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    1. I'm starting to gravitate towards serials, anthologies, and shorties. Great tales to fill the time.

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  11. Oh I want to read it for the atmosphere and the era. I guess these are for me then! :) I'm glad the omnibus is released. I'm not a serial girl.

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    1. I want everyone to know that I chose to read this as a serial because I got lazy again this week :D

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  12. Okay, I added to my wishlist, so it's there when I'm ready. :)

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  13. I really like the sound of these, especially the NYC setting. Will have to check out the beginning of the series!

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  14. I love the idea that it is so atmospheric and this era always grabs me.

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    1. I'm happy to know you love the twenties too just like I do!

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  15. It's great that the author managed to share so many things of the period, the characters, the music and all.

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  16. These sound so addictive and I think I actually have the first.

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    1. I hope you read it soon, it's really a short one!

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  17. I got the 1st boom because of ur reviews, which are awesome btw!

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  18. You've certainly written glowing reviews for this series, Braine. I can almost feel how much you adore it. I'll see what I can do about getting it higher up in my queue because I love the sound of it!

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