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Saturday, September 29, 2012

ARC Review: Paradise Hops by Liz Crowe

Format: PDF (provided by publisher)
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Purchase Links: Barnes and Noble l All Romance E-books

A brutal attack  left Lori  Brockton convinced she was damaged goods. By the time she emerges from hiding two years later, ready to run her family’s famous  brewery, she’s determined to be independent–never rely on anyone ever again. Nearly a year of working in every corner of Brockton Brewing Company, from warehouse to pub, front office to kitchen, teaches her all she needs to know about the business.

Then, she comes face-to-face with masculine perfection in a suit and her world is rocked in more ways than one. Garret Hunter is the new Brockton business manager who takes one look at the beautiful, sad young woman and his entire existence coalesces  around winning her heart.

But standing between Garrett and what he believes is his true love, is a six-feet six-inch blond-haired bad boy brewer.

Eli Buchannan is a craft beer rock star, recently hired by Brockton to drag the company into the 21st century. He brings innovation and attitude plus a prima donna ladies’ man reputation.  But he’s sworn off anything resembling commitment, personal or professional, after getting burned at his last job on both fronts.

Garret Hunter is “The Perfect Man” – handsome, successful, stable, eager to settle down. Eli Buchannan… is not.  Compelling, smoking hot, creative and elusive, he represents everything Lori Brockton should avoid.  But just as  she makes a difficult choice, a drastic life-changing shift occurs, and nothing is ever the same again.


Liz Crowe doesn't write typical romance. She doesn't write those romances that most of us are so fond of, those that wrap up all the conflict and angst by the end of the book and present readers with a happily ever after that takes readers to cloud nine for a while. Not that there's a problem with those, but Liz is different.

Liz Crowe writes "Romance for Real Life." What is that you ask? "Romance for Real Life" is just what it sounds like, it's more real to life, her characters are as complex as everyday people. It would be easy to see Garrett, Eli and Lori in the average, everyday person. If you want to know more straight from Liz herself, then check out this post on her site. She explains it better than I can.

Point blank, Paradise Hops has the tragedy of a Shakespearean play, the love triangle of Pearl Harbor (the film) and the emotional upheaval of P.S. I Love You. This is not an easy journey, it is full of confusion, angst, difficult choices and heart breaking situations that put love to the test and forces one woman to confront the consequences of her choices head on.

Lori Brockton is in a tough situation, she's caught between two men who could be "Mr. Right" for her. If only she could be sure which man IS the right one for her.

It would be easy to judge Lori for her inability to choose between Garrett and Eli but before you bring out your pitchforks, think about this: Could you choose between one man who completes your need for a quiet, strong, dependable love and another man who completes your need for a wild, passionate, addictive love?

Uh huh, not as easy to judge her now is it?

Neither man is wrong for Lori, they just appeal to totally different sides of her emotionally and sexually. It's nearly impossible to hate either one of them because both Garrett and Eli love Lori deeply and sincerely but each in their own unique way. Author Liz Crowe created sympathy for all three characters when it would be so easy to cast one or more of them as villains. The only true villain were the circumstances Garrett, Eli and Lori find themselves in.

Paradise Hops is so heart breaking and emotionally challenging that at times I forgot I was in fact, reading fiction and not the memoir of a woman who has seen and experienced a full circle of emotions: Love, Pain, Lust, Loss, Devastation and ended up, after much time, in love and content with her life.

I am not ashamed to admit, I cried with this book. Not silent tears mind you, but sobs, loud ones and it involved tissues. I was surprised at the emotions this story brought out in me.

With its erotic, romantic scenes, multidimensional characters and bittersweet ending, Paradise Hops is an incredibly moving, emotionally charged roller coaster ride that readers won't soon forget. If you only read a handful of books this year, be sure to include this one!

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4 comments:

  1. HOW MUCH DO I LOVE your rating system, oh my gosh! Great review too, I was just distracted by the cute pups for a minute :)

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  2. Thank you! It's my dog, I thought he should have an important job on the blog since he's my baby boy.

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  3. Thank you Adria. this is a beautifully written review and really expresses EXACTLY what I wanted to express with Paradise Hops. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. Thank YOU Liz for writing such an emotionally charged book. It is a very beautiful story and I truly enjoyed it.

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