The official review from InD’tale Magazine has arrived and I am thrilled to announce that As the Liquor Flows received a 4.5 star review!! 4.5 stars!!
That’s the highest rating I’ve received so far and one that I’m especially proud of because aside from editing with the wonderful author and fabulous editor Tamara Grantham, I produced this novel all by myself!
Can you say screaming from the rooftop!?!?
Okay, now for the Review . . .
Evelyn Ford is desperately trying to survive after the stock market crashed and the great depression that follows. With no more food in the cupboards she goes to a burlesque theater for a job and attracts the eye of Don Vincent Giovanni. Through a complicated turn of events, Evelyn must do what the mob boss wants, in order to save her brother, but when her life is threatened she’ll turn to one man she shouldn’t—Max Catalano, the second in command. Can Max protect her in a world where no one is as they seem?
The author does a tremendous job of recreating the aftermath of Black Tuesday with nearly lyrical descriptions of New York and the stark contrast between the have and have-nots. Evelyn goes from a naïve young woman who only has a hovel to call her own, to someone who has seen too much the moment she moves into a mob boss’s mansion. She’s got a lot of moxie, however, and her character is easy to relate to as she’s thrown into circumstances beyond her control. They story sparkles with simmering attraction between Max and Evelyn as he tries to protect her from the life they are both mired in. Every reader will be turning the pages in anticipation to see if they can survive the danger that surrounds them on all sides. The only drawback was the amount of editing errors, especially homonyms, but the author’s ability to spin a compelling story is definitely showcased here.
**Author’s Note: The reviewer was given an uncorrected ARC. Additions I made after final edits, whoops! For the record, all of the errors that she mentioned have been corrected**
Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed, and the day Evelyn Ford will never forget.
With the untimely death of her parents and the loss of their only income, Evelyn, and her brother, Frank flee to a make-shift hovel built in Central Park.
After Frank mysteriously goes missing, bare cupboards force Evelyn to seek employment anywhere she can find work, even if that means working at a burlesque theater.
Catching the attention of Don Vincent Giovanni, a Kingpin in the New York mafia, Evelyn discovers that Frank is serving time in prison for running hooch and he owes Vincent a lot of money. In order to pay off her brother’s debt, Evelyn is thrown into the world of mobsters and bootlegging.
Between running hooch all over the city of New York and trying to save her brother, Evelyn finds herself drawn to Max Catalano, Vincent’s Consigliere. Even with secrets of his own, he’s the only one she can trust when she entangles herself in the middle of the New York mafia crime wars.