Romancing the Rum Runner

Romancing the Rum Runner

by Michelle McLean

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Overview

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781545086735
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/09/2014
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Romancing the Rumrunner 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Cheesy love story of man doing anything to save woman. But still a great story. Female speakeasy owner is fun original idea. Recommend!
littlelorimarie More than 1 year ago
I liked how the story began and enjoyed most of it. There was a little too many cheesy lines. And I thought the characters weren't three dimensional. Tony laughed too much and Jessie didn't seem as smart as I thought a woman owner should be. It is a light read with barely any romance until the end. There is a lot of 1920s jargon used but not as much description as I expected. I would recommend this book to the teenage level and college. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adore this book. I know it will be a re read for me. It is rare when I read a book and the two leading characters engage me so thoroughly. Jesse was the perfect blend of vulnerability and strength, compassion and sexiness. I really enjoyed that she was smart and realized Tony was a plant to find out about her business. Loved her steadiness in the face of being spied upon, and her determination to have a better life. Tony was also charming and a straight shooter to a point..but just enough for me. Handsome, dashing....and honorable despite working for the Feds. Jessie and Tony attraction was palpable and I really liked that. Most of all I enjoyed the hint of suspense,fear, and revelation waiting to happen among the fun and games. This made it a quick read for me without ever being bored.  The setting! superbly done without overshadowing the heart of the story! Kudos to the author. When the book ended I wanted more and that is always a brilliant thing. I recommend without reservation to romance readers :)
Paaj13 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book from this author and I'm pretty sure my first book that is from the prohibition era. I truly enjoy this book to the point I just have to go find more books about prohibition with romance.  Our heroine, Jessica or Jessie, is a strong woman that is trying to keep her butcher shop going and paying off the debts her father had. During the day she is plain old Jessie the butcher and at nights, during random nights, she is the owner of The Red Phoenix a speakeasy. She knows that the Feds are trying to get information from her and she knows to give them answer that doesn't lead them anywhere.  Anthony on the other hand is a private investigator. He used to be on the police force but an event happen that turn his life around. With the Feds having no information as to who the owner of The Red Phoenix is or where it's locsted, they asked for Anthony to go undercover and get close to Jessie for information. As this undercover job progress, Anthony starts to fall for Jessie and the same around.  I love the ending. The romance the two have for each other was sweet and passionate for me. Even though Anthony 'betrayed' Jessie, he still manage to do right with her so she doesn't take the blame. The same with Jessie. They were devoted to each other at the end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
When I started Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle McLean, I was a little worry. I know I say that often, but I felt it was a little at the beginning. At the same time I was curious on how the story was go. I guess you can say I was sucked in. Of course, that's a good thing.  Anyway, I love the idea of the story's setting taking place in Chicago in the 1920s. I mean a lot is going on during that time. You have gangsters, prohibition, and all the other stuff that's associated with the 1920s. So, that's what really draw me to the story.  In Romancing the Rumrunner, we meet Jessica Harlan (Jessie) whose trying to keep things afloat, but it's a tad bit difficult. After all she has a thug wanting his payment, because her father took a loan. She's left with a butcher shop that's barely meeting her needs, so she decides to open a speakeasy until everything is back in the black. However, a couple problems: the feds and other club owners.  Next we meet Anthony Solomn (Tony). Now Tony use to be a detective until one incident, which caused him to get blackball. Now he's a private investigator, but he has a chance for redemption if he's able to catch the person named Phoenix, and his only lead is Jessie.  I actually enjoyed the story, because both characters don't really trust one another. Of course their trust issues stem from previous relationships. Gotta love that. I liked both characters. Both of them have good hearts. Tony lives with the guilt from the past and he figures finding the rumrunner is a good start to fix his life. Jessie trying to make ends meet and keep her head afloat. I like that she's not simpering. She has a pretty good on her shoulder. All in all Romancing the Rumrunner is a pretty good read. I like that it's takes place in the 20s, you have a little romance and danger.  Copy provided by the publisher
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
In 1920s Chicago, The Red Phoenix is the Cat's Meow speakeasy in town. All the flappers, live wires, dolled up dames and flyboys love to get all their KEISTERS in the front row, drink gin, listen to the smooth sounds of Miss Maude and maybe if they are lucky, make WHOOPEE! Jessica, Jessie, Harlan leads a double live, as a run of the mill Butcher shop owner by day and the UNKNOWN owner of the speakeasy, The Red Phoenix. Only her BF Maude, who sings at the club, and Joe, the long time friend of her deceased dad and worker at the Butcher shop, know she is the Big Cheese! Jessie is so sick of all the Prohibition problems she has, her flimflam ex Mario, his mobster boss Willie the Weasel and the worst is Prohibition Agent Earl Jameson are getting her all balled up. She just needs to keep The Red Phoenix open for a few more months and she will pay off the money her dad borrowed from Willie, have enough cash to keep devoted Joe on payroll and a nice nest egg for the shop. Private dick Anthony, Tony, Solomon was a brilliant cop who was ALLOWED to retire, after a bust when side ways and his partner was shot and killed. He crawled into a bottle, crawled out with help from his mom, was unable to find a job in law enforcement, so he opened a gumshoe shop to keep a cheap roof over his Mom's head. Now Tony takes up lollygagging cases for cheating spouses. Agent(ex friend) Jameson walks into his office with a paycheck that would make a ugly dog purr and a possible chance to make is law enforcement name COPACETIC again. Jameson, the wet blanket, tells Tony he must cozy up to the Phoenix 's moll, Jessie Harlan, uncover the Phoenix identity and get evidence to slam the mysterious Phoenix in lockup for good. When Tony and Jessie meet, it like a whammy for them both, his a tall drink of water to her and she is a Ritzy dame with spiffy gams to him. Tony makes a play to have her sing in his Gin Mill and hopefully get the low down on his mark. Jessie accepts because she needs the info on him, Jameson, Willie and to protect herself. When she gets all spiffy and dolled up to sing at The Corkscrew, she always looks, finds and sings directly to him. Tony is downing rum just to keep away for the sexy Bearcat. The sexual tension from they steamy necking, sensual caresses and almost hard up against the wall action is going to blow up in their faces. Will Tony betray Jessie just to get his law career back? Can Jessie actually trust Tony with her all her secrets? With all they wandering lips and hands, who romancing who? Will revealing the true Phoenix demolished both their worlds? Is their love the Real McCoy? This was such a change different time, place and language for me to digest and I will be honest and say Google was my friend with the 1920s slang. Ms. McLean had to have her head in 1920s slang books and old Prohibition and mobster research until she thought she was the Phoenix, SNAP she was, wasn't she! Jessie is heroine with a heart of gold, who put everyone before herself and she learned that from her dad. Tony was reformed rake who just wanted to do right by his mom, but his mom didn't need his money, just her son to be happy and loved. Ms. McLean writes great steamy and described scenes, but they were always had a rude intruder and I was getting a little ticked off, but then I got to the end of her tale and she gave me an long, fierce, passionate and uninterrupted scene. Since this was my first 1920s novel, I loved and kinda soaked up (as my review shows) all the slang, the characters, the Chicago setting and all the 1920s Prohibition craziness. This is a book that should not be missed for any romance fan who wants to expand their reading diet to different and unique places and times. This is my first, but no way my last, Ms. McLean story and it was the BEE'S KNEE, and gets my score of 4 fingers up and 8 toes! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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. Review: Lately, I have been into 1920's era books and was so excited when I saw this book.  Thank you Entangled! for the review copy in exchange for an honest and fair review. This is a first time author for me and I really liked her writing style and you can tell she took the time to research not only the 1920's but Prohibition Chicago.  You get a real feel for the time and the characters. The story centers around Jessica, who is a strong, independent female in an era where women were starting to spread their wings and do things that were not an option for them before.  Jessie to save the butcher shop that had been left to her by her father, opens a speakeasy in tunnels below Chicago and becomes the Phoenix.  Jessie is just trying to survive while the Feds and the mob all want to take down The Phoenix.  The Feds enlist former officer Tony to get information on Jessie and the Phoenix.  Tony is a great character, he is flawed but wants to do right and in the end puts Jessie in danger because of his actions.  The chemistry between Tony and Jessie is so obvious, but they both are hiding secrets. Great story, set in a time-frame I find totally fascinating!  Full of romance, action and secrets. 4Stars