July 14, 2013
Charlotte’s cloistered, high society world quickly spirals out of control as she discovers her husband, William, is keeping some big – and potentially dangerous – secrets. Unsure of who to trust Charlotte falls deeper into the thrall of sexy Jake Larkin and New York’s ever-exhilarating and increasingly carnal jazz scene. Charlotte must decide where her true loyalties lie? With a man she has just met or a husband she barely knows?
The 2nd installment in the Gin Lovers series picks up right where the first one left off. Charlotte is surer than ever that her husband is up to something but she just can’t figure out what. He is gone on “business trips” more than he is home and his is hiding large amounts of cash and a gun in his office.
Charlotte’s sister-in-law Mae is fit to be tied. She helps Charlotte spice up her wardrobe with something more fitting of the times and then end up in a club in Harlem listening to jazz greats before they were great. During the night, Charlotte becomes more enthralled with Jake Larkin.
During prohibition the DEA were out to shut down the clubs that sold alcohol and whatever cost necessary. This story doesn’t disappoint. There are undercover cops, speakeasies, Jazz and lots of alcohol throughout the book. The club owners will do everything they can to keep their clubs in business, including making their customers “happy.”
Charlotte steps outside her comfort zone and really starts to experience life with the help of Mae and Jake. She married into the Delacorte family but didn’t really know what she was getting into, especially after her mother-in-law passed away. She was expected to take her place and be the role model society and her husband wanted. She is tired of being on “display” all the time and not allowed to mess up or be herself. She always dressed prim and proper and when Mae introduced her to the new styles she fell in love with the freedom she felt while wearing the scandalous dress.
Jake is an interesting character and he is fascinated by Charlotte and she is drawn to him. I am not usually a proponent of affairs, you can’t help put pull for the two of them, especially the more we find out about her husband William. I can’t wait to see how this whole situation is going to end – I can see it ending very badly if William ever finds out about Jake Larkin.
I loved that we got to see characters introduced in the first story, like Mae and the butler. They added to the growing story and I can only imagine the roles they will play in the next few installments. Will the butler be an ally to Charlotte or an enemy and will Mae ever get to live her own life. Big brother has taken over her finances and life and he expects Charlotte to be her baby sitter while he is off on another business trip.
This period has always interested me and I love reading stories set in twenties, especially ones that have sexy men and woman in it. I thought the second installment in this series was better and can’t wait to see where the author goes with this serial. I give Little White Lies 3 ½ Flaming hearts.