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Peek Inside Romancing the Rumrunner

When Gumshoe Anthony Solomon goes undercover for the Feds to catch The Phoenix, Anthony 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

Romancing the Rumrunner

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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. 



"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." ~ Stacy Reid, historical romance author 

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667321
Release Date: Jun 9, 2014
Page Count: 253
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical
Tropes: enemies to lovers, mistaken identity, opposites attract

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By Patty June 09, 2014

Romancing the Rumrunner
Michelle McLean

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, ma ...more

By Aisha March 22, 2016

To tell the truth, the book quality is actually 2 to 3 stars, but I am going to give it a 4-star rating because the ending was beautiful!


By Lori August 10, 2016

Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

A sizzling romance filled with speakeasies and secrets set in era of the Roaring Twenties!

Jessica Harlan is a young and independent woman trying to make a living by running the butcher shop which she’s inherited, along with all of her father’s debt ...more

By Les Romantiques June 24, 2014

Posted on Les Romantiques - Le forum du site
Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher

For me, The Prohibition is an American period a bit vague featuring Eliot Ness/Kevin Costner. So when I read the synopsis for Romancing the rumrunner I thought the context would be interesting. And on this poi ...more

By Gigi June 09, 2014

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 he ...more

By Melody June 12, 2014

Posted on What I'm Reading

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 ...more

By Sassy Beta Reading & Review July 10, 2014

This book is from a unique time period (unique to me at least - I've never read a romance from this time period). A time where prohibition is in effect and speakeasies are underground. Jessie (Red Phoenix) is a butcher trying to save her butcher shop (and pay debts) she inherited from her dad by day ...more

By Sandy August 24, 2016

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 ...more

By Melissa June 14, 2014

I truly enjoyed this book that was set in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s. I am interested in that time and place so I was thrilled to receive a early copy of it from the publisher to review and give my honest opinion.

Jessica (Jessie) Harlan runs a butcher shop by day and is a secret proprietor of ...more

By Stacy June 10, 2014

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 o ...more

By Sarah August 18, 2014

Whether you love all things 20s or have never given the era a second thought, you MUST read this book. Ms. McLean's ability to draw the reader in is particularly impressive considering the extent to which the setting has been romanticized by film. I love Rumrunner's version, where the sultry, sexy v ...more

By Shelly July 17, 2014

This story was written around the time when liquor was against the law. People still wanted it, was making it, and selling it illegally. Jessie was trying to make things work after her father died and had to payback his debts. Her father used to make rum before it was illegal, so she had found his s ...more

By Samantha August 18, 2014

I loved it so much! I have a weakness for the 20s so I was excited to dive into this world. Jessie and Tony were super cute together. I can't wait to read more of Michelle's books. Jessie and Tony's relationship was kind of like a tease. They were smart enough to know that the other person was up to ...more

By Frances July 26, 2014

I absolutely adored this book! The characters, the plot, the setting, the romance--it all blended into an amazing story that I simply couldn't put down. The writing was superb, engaging, and completely perfect. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long while--it earned every one of its five stars ...more

By Talking June 28, 2014

Romancing The Rumrunner by Michelle McLean was both an entertaining read and a read that had lots of chemistry and sizzle between the characters. Jessie and Tony's story flowed well throughout the book. Both characters aligned well, but both having their own agenda's in the story, with some powerful ...more

By Lily October 08, 2014

This is the first romance I've read in this time period (prohibition-era) and I wasn't disappointed. Michelle McLean does a great job crafting sympathetic, dynamic characters in Jessie and Tony as well as an interesting story line in an underused era to go along with them. Her writing style reads ef ...more

By Rinou July 21, 2016

L'ambiance et le contexte sont bien recréés, les personnages sont sympathiques, c'est une bien jolie histoire.
Avis complet ...more

By Byron February 13, 2016

I thought the author did a good job writing this book. The book set in the 1920s, was suspenseful and kept me wanting to read more. I felt the ending (the last chapter) could have been a little stronger (very predictable), however the story was great! ...more

By Tory May 31, 2014

first book I've read in the prohibition era and I really liked it. ...more

By Nelle December 17, 2015

Couldn't put it down! Such a pleasure dropping into the riproaring 20s! Reviewed for BTSeMag. ...more

By Kristal August 31, 2016

I read an earlier copy of this book. It's Michelle McLean's best book yet! If you loved her other books, you'll definitely want to read this one. ...more

By Toni June 12, 2014

Wonderful! Review to come.. ...more

By Stevie September 21, 2014

To be reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and the Unread. ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? May 30, 2014

Review to come June 1st. ...more

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Michelle McLean

About the author

Michelle McLean

Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and loves her romance with a touch of suspenseful mystery. She resides in PA with her husband and two amazing children.

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