Speak Easy, Speak Love is another book I picked up from Mandy at Book Princess Reviews, because some how she continues to suck me in. She adored it, and it’s about the roaring 20’s and speakeasies. Plus, that cover is seriously gorgeous! I had to read it!
With everything going on in my life it’s been really hard to read. Prior to Speak Easy, Speak Love I’d DNFed three books, unable to read because I couldn’t stop my mind from spinning. It took me a long time to read this one too, but I knew I liked it enough that I wanted to finish. Mandy was right, it was really good!
I’ve never read, or seen any adaptation of, Much Ado About Nothing so I went into the story without any expectations. I didn’t know any of the romances or characters. Without anything to compare it to, I thought Speak Easy, Speak Love was fresh and interesting. It was set in one of the best era’s in history, and was written with a believable voice. I felt like the slang and rhythm of the prose was a perfect representation.
I guess the main relationship in the story was Benedick and Beatrice, and they were cute, but I was more caught up in the other couples. I liked the slower burn of Hero and Prince. Actually, it was more about Prince. I was pretty caught up in Prince. The best couple was Maggie and John, especially in this setting. They were so quietly passionate about each other, and about their dreams. When I was reading about the two of them I was the most invested. I loved thinking about Maggie’s dreams, and reading about John and Prince’s bond, or lack of one I guess.
Speak Easy, Speak Love was the first book I’ve read set in the 20’s, but it was a great starting point. I hope when the author writes her next book, she stays right there. I want to read more, but I want to read more by McKelle George.