ARC Review The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin

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“Bad Luck” Benny is a fella from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.

Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.

Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.

Jan’s Review

I read all three of the novellas for this series that give you back story on the characters you meet in this book so i do highly recommend you read them before you pick this one up.  The author does a fantastic job of setting you in the time period of gangsters, flappers and jazzy music.  You got the classic set up a mob boss family trying to get around prohibition on alcohol, a controlling father who thinks he knows what best for his singing canary daughter, and then you got the poor Benny who wants to save her and do the right thing.  I felt like we got a bit of a Bonnie and Clyde feel with a bit less of bank robbing.  I really got to know the characters very well and really felt like i was a part of the story and it unfolded.   This was a nice change to my typical dragon and princess read.  Everything i read by sherry is authentic and well thought out this is an amazing author to check out and fall in love with her writing.

 

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