Review: Sweat Equity by Liz Crowe

Sweat Equity by Liz Crowe
Series: Stewart Realty (# 2)
Release Date: February 22, 2012
Publisher:  Tri Destiny Publishing
Pages: 186
Source:  Publisher

Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it. He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he’s made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust. Could those be the only two things he can never achieve? Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara’s history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her “war” one that comes from without or within? Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara’s tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.


Review:  Okay. I have to take just a minute and say holy crap! This book blew me away. Liz Crowe’s second Stewart Realty novel has filled me with gut wrenching emotion, inner turmoil and amazing need to read more of her Stewart Realty series. I’m totally in love with this rocking great series and I am having a hard time putting into words what I feel about this second book; it’s just that good. Crowe’s writing style is skilled to instantly capture her readers, able to hook me from start to finish. Her characters are incredibly complex beyond words.

Sara Thornton. Once again, I have a love/hate relationship with her! I really wanted to smack her in the head so many times during this installment! I mean come on. She had two really incredibly sexy, loving guys in front of her, but one she knew she couldn’t love, and the other she was so in love with she can’t see straight. But, as the reader, I could really see her inner turmoil and the conflict within her mind about what she truly wanted, especially after her childhood.

And Jack. Oh.My.God. I still think he is an incredible dominating Alpha male! His possessiveness towards Sara was amazing and my heart truly went out to him. I could feel his heart working around the fact that Sara gave him a devastating blow, and then he lost himself in someone he didn’t want. I wanted to go to him and tell him that he doesn’t need her, I’d take his dominating self any day! 😉 But, seriously, I really loved the way he was in this story and coming to terms with his heart and true self.

Along with Sara and Jack, Ms. Crowe brings back all the loving secondary characters we met in book 1. Blake, Sara’s overprotective bother, Rob-Blake’s lover, Suzanne, Craig, even the not-my-favorite-person Heather. They really added the perfect amount of depth to the Stewart Realty group and kept me focused on the entire setting!

So, I definitely recommend this book with the highest possible ratings! I loved every gut wrenching moment, many of which truly brought me to tears for this conflicted couple! This series is by far my absolute favorite series, written with the perfect amount of sexiness, sizzling hot passion, dominating men and stubborn women! I can’t wait to read book 3, CLOSING COSTS, to see if Sara and Jack’s future plays out the way I hope it will….or if they are destined to be two stubborn hard heads! Another incredible job, Ms. Crowe!



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