Author: Jillian Larkin
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
Parties, bad boys, speakeasies—life in Manhattan has become a woozy blur for Clara Knowles. If Marcus Eastman truly loved her, how could he have fallen for another girl so quickly? Their romance mustn’t have been as magical as Clara thought. And if she has to be unhappy, she’s going to drag everyone else down to the depths of despair right along with her.
Being a Barnard girl is the stuff of Lorraine Dyer’s dreams. Finding out that Marcus is marrying a gold digger who may or may not be named Anastasia? A nightmare. The old Lorraine would have sat by and let the chips fall where they may, but she’s grown up a lot these past few months. She can’t bear to see Marcus lose a chance for true love. But will anyone listen to her?
Now that the charges against her have been dropped, Gloria Carmody is spending the last dizzying days of summer on Long Island, yachting on the sound and palling around with socialites at Forrest Hamilton’s swanky villa. Beneath her smile, though, Gloria’s keeping a secret. One that could have deadly consequences . . .
I have been in love with this series since the first book Vixen. I love that it has always been more than just a book about a group of girls set in the flapper time period. I love that the whole series combines suspense, glamour, glitz, mob bosses, forbidden romance, speakeasies, and crime. Most of the time books just feel like too much is happening if all of these things were packed into one series or one book but I feel Larkin has never let me down and I have enjoyed each and every book.
The characters in this story are just amazing. Gloria has been sent to jail for killing a man in order to save the man who she loves, who just happens to be black, which in this time period is frowned upon. Gloria just wants to find a way to get back to doing what she loves most, she doesn’t want anymore drama, plus she is my favorite of the three girls. Lorraine was once best friends with Gloria and I have to say that this is the first book where I connected with her. In the other two she wasn’t my favorite person but I feel I finally got to learn more about her and why she had the attitude she did in the first two books. Lastly, there is Clara who has certainly had her ups and downs in the series but I was still on the sidelines while reading hoping she was going to get her happily ever after.
The plot of this book was perfect, everything seemed to flow very nicely into the next chapter and the three different view points of the three girls. It can be hard to manage so many different views and pieces of the story but I was never lost and I felt the author did a great job with giving every girl her own unique story but bringing them together as well. Plus I just loved to watch more about how each girl was finally trying her best to get what she wanted. Each girl was slightly afraid in the beginning of the book that they wouldn’t get what they wanted out of life but I’m happy to say I think each girl got what she really needed and I’m really happy where the end of the plot left us.
Overall, I’m really sad to see this series go. This was my favorite book in the series because emotions were running high and I never knew if the girls were going to be happy in the end or not. I’m glad the way everything turned out and I have to say if you are looking for a YA historical romance then this is the series you need to read, it has a bit of everything without going overboard and the author did a fantastic job creating characters that I will never forget. I can’t wait to see what Larkin is going to write next. I’m secretly hoping for more fantastic historical romance since that can be hard to find in the YA genre.