SWEAT EQUITY

Liz Crowe

SOURCE:Received for an honest review from the publisher

Book Description (from publisher)

Publication Date: 2012

 

SWEAT EQUITY:

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.

My Thoughts

I’ve been waiting none too patiently for this second installment in Liz Crowe’s “THE REALTORS” trilogy, SWEAT EQUITY.  Luckily, the wait was brief and completely worthwhile.  I was completely drawn into the story.  The relationships are even more complex and dysfunctional and the sex just as steamy as in FLOOR TIME, the first book in the series.  This is no fairy tale love story where a brief conflict is simply solved and everyone’s lives proceed to the happily ever after.  No, nearly everyone in this book has issues and those issues affect, most often negatively, them and those they love.  Crowe has a talent for bringing to the page characters with confused, conflicting emotions who don’t even realize they are creating their own misery by trying so hard to avoid broken hearts – just like real life!  Jack and Sara make misstep after misstep until I wanted to scream at them to get it together already. They love each other so much and yet make their lives so hard.  A huge cliffhanger left me to again impatiently await the next book, CLOSING COSTS.

Heat Rating: Steamy/Sizzling

Rating:  4.5

Reviewed By: ReadWarrior