Book Review: Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle Mclean

Romancing the Rumrunner

Summary: Prohibition Era Chicago

She’s worked too hard to be run out of town…

Jessica Harlan spends her nights as The Phoenix, the owner of the most popular speakeasy in town. Her days are spent running her respectable butcher shop and dodging prohibition agents and rival club owners who all want to put her out of business.

He’s worked too hard to let his heart get in the way…

When the opportunity arises to go undercover for the Feds to catch The Phoenix, Gumshoe Anthony Solomon jumps on it. But he never suspected the notorious rumrunner would be a dame – or that he’d be so drawn to the feisty little minx.

They play a dangerous game of cat and mouse, knowing they can’t trust the other, but unable to walk away. While their hearts dodge the crossfire, the mobsters raise the stakes, and even The Phoenix may not rise again. ~Taken from Goodreads

Initial Reaction: Oh, how I love the 1920s!

Lets just take a moment to admire the cover. Isn’t it beautiful?

What I liked: Jessie and Tony’s relationship was kind of like a tease. They were smart enough to know that the other person was up to something but they couldn’t help but like each other. Their passion boiled close to the surface but before it could explode they would retreat back to their corners. When they were together it got pretty steamy though. But they both had an agenda to follow and falling in love would be a mistake. There was a scene where Jessie followed Tony to see what he was hiding and ended up meeting his mother. I thought that was so cute! She saw that Tony was a momma’s boy but she also saw that he was loyal. He proved he could be loyal to her as well by his gesture at the end. It was a very touching moment. I kind of wanted a Tony of my own after that.  I love it when a story keeps you on your toes and wondering how these two people are going to make the relationship work and that is exactly what this story does.

If you love the 20’s like me you then you love the speakeasies. I thought where Jessie’s club was located was kind of neat but I found myself wanting more. There was only a glimpse of the place just enough for you to get the idea of how all the illegal activities went down. But because of my obsession I wanted to feel the energy of the club.


It’s a short read so it goes pretty fast. I would recommend you try it if you like the 20’s and looking for a passionate romance.

Release Date: June 9th 2014

Length:253 pages

Format: Ebook                                        


The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd-Book Review

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

Summary:Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood. Taken from Goodreads

Initial Reaction: EE please give me the second book now!

Going into this book I knew very little about H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau which the story is based off but one day I hope to read it. It seems like it would be an interesting story.

What I liked:

1. The Writing! The prose was like a dose of poetry making the journey a smooth ride. I think out of everything the writing is what made this book stand out. It was so good that I wanted to burn all the words I wrote on my WIP that day. Curse you for your beautiful words Megan!

2. When I found out about the love triangle I rolled my eyes but this one is done so well. I adored Juliet and her two love interests. I found myself cheering for both guys. No matter who Juliet ended up picking she still held on to her independence which is something I love a female protagonist to have.

3. Juliet’s father’s creations. I am not going to give anyway any spoilers but oh my that ending when beep does beep I almost screamed! Those things were kind of creepy and it was a beautiful thing.

What I didn’t like:

Hmm…I got nothing! Ok maybe there were slow spots and I wasn’t happy how the book ended I wanted more.


I loved this book. It was a fast and enjoyable read!

Would I recommend this book? Yes especially if you enjoy creepy things!