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.
Top 5 Things All Speakeasies Need
- A great location – a speakeasy must be somewhere that’s easily accessible to clientele, but not so easy to find that it’s constantly getting raided by prohibition agents. Hidden backrooms in barber shops or secret underground tunnels beneath the local butcher shop (like in Romancing the Rumrunner) are perfect for that clandestine club.
- A class act – speakeasies weren’t just places to grab a quick (illegal) drink. Many were swinging clubs with great bands and a singer that could get the crowd on their feet. A great singer and band might not be strictly necessary, but most of the best clubs had them.
- A secret password – no matter how well hidden the speakeasy, it was always possible the wrong person would stumble upon it. A secret password, knock or other such failsafe helped keep the wrong people from getting in.
- A great name – a club’s name is like the cover of a book…a great name can really help bring in the business. A few of the most popular New York City clubs back in the day were The Cotton Club, The Stork Club, and Club Intime. In Romancing the Rumrunner, the heroine, Jessie Harlan, runs a speakeasy called The Red Phoenix, while her love interest runs one called The Corkscrew. Both clubs are full of character and the perfect place for our 1920’s clientele to knock back a few illicit drinks and keep up their heels for awhile.
- BOOZE – this really goes without saying as the whole point of a speakeasy was to get a hold of a glass of giggle water or two. It’s certainly not the only thing a good speakeasy needs, but it’s definitely something they can’t do without!
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