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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: Floor Time by Liz Crowe


Format: epub (provided by publisher)
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon l Kindle l Barnes and Noble l Nook


Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor's most delectable bachelor. At age thirty-five, he's made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.

While his D/s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now. A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.

Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it. However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.

A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she's been missing.



The first book in what I'm starting to see is a very popular series among fans, Floor Time by Liz Crowe promises a real love story, complete with conflict, erotic love scenes and a true to life "ending." It's not the first time a book has promised to deliver on a certain level, sometimes they do deliver, but for the most part, they don't deliver on all the promised aspects.

Not to fear readers, Floor Time DOES deliver on its promises. This is only the second book by Liz Crowe that I've read but already I have found that they reach me on an emotional level. I can truly connect, not just identify with the characters in her books.

Jack isn't what you would call typical hero material. To be blunt, he's a man whore. A handsome, intelligent, successful businessman but a man whore none the less. In other words, he's like most males in the world and there's nothing wrong with that because in the real world, no one is sitting around waiting for "Mr or Miss Perfect." My above description may give off the impression that I didn't like Jack. Not so, it was quite the opposite. I loved Jack. Why? Because he NEVER pretended to be anything but what he was. He never lied about his reputation, never led women on in order to get them into bed. He was straight forward that he only wanted sex from them. That's part of what I liked, what made Jack unique to me and kept him from looking like a cad in my eyes.

Sure Jack can and is a jerk at times but we're not looking for perfection here people, we're looking for realism. Jack's not invulnerable to women though. He has an almost immediate connection with Sara even if he doesn't realize it. She messes with his reputation as a womanizer and that was fun to watch. Even the baddest bad boys have weaknesses.

Sara reacts to Jack the way most of us would HOPE to react if a handsome, millionaire playboy started pursuing us. Cool and collected on the outside, an emotional and hormonal wreck on the inside. She's good at her job and doesn't allow much to stand in her way. She's feisty and independent, almost to a fault. I loved that she wanted to have control of her life and when she didn't have that control, it made her nervous. Watching Sara struggle with letting someone else have control once in awhile really made Floor Time work for me. It really brought home the point that it's not always in our best interests to be in control of our lives, that it's okay with letting someone you trust take control. It's not an easy thing to do and Sara struggled with it the entire way.

The chemistry between Jack and Sara is off the charts from the beginning but then again, that's the easy part. It's trying to overcome not only their own pasts but each others' as well. Each was preconditioned to think a certain way and becoming involved with one another is basically screwing with that preconditioned thought process. That's what creates so many obstacles for these two but it also makes their relationship worth fighting for. It's what made me root for them from almost the first page. That hope that these two characters who have so many obstacles to overcome, can somehow make a relationship work.

There is a slight BDSM element to Floor Time but it doesn't deter from the real story. Which I greatly appreciated.

As an after thought, I looked around to see what other opinions people had about Floor Time and I came across one particular opinion a lot: That Floor Time is like Fifty Shades of Grey.

I have to strongly disagree there. Other than the slight BDSM in Floor Time, I didn't see anything remotely close to Fifty Shades. Jack and Sara are more fleshed out, more realistic and less fantasy than Christian and Ana. Sara is nowhere near as foolish, naive and weak as Ana.

I do highly recommend that both fans and non-fans of Fifty Shades pick up Floor Time just so that you can see the differences between the two. If you didn't like Fifty Shades of Grey then please pickup Floor Time so that you don't carry around the idea that all erotic romances are the same.

Floor Time is a passionate, emotional journey between two emotionally  handicapped characters that will leave you breathless and eager for the next book in the series. Just like her character Jack Gordon, author Liz Crowe is straight forward. She doesn't sugar coat anything, she tells it like it is. The good, the bad, the ugly and the passionate parts of a relationship.

Add this book to your "To Read" lists, you won't be sorry.






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