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