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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: Sweat Equity by Liz Crowe

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Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it. He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and had returned to his life as a 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 the world. But 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, which appear to be mutually exclusive goals. 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. Which leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.

Falling in love is the easy part. Overcoming years of emotional damage and conditioning in order to be with the one you love? Not so easy.

Sweat Equity picks up where Floor Time left off. Jack Gordon and Sara Thorton are in love, they're engaged, then they're not, and they still have issues. Big ones.

Get ready for the angst and turmoil readers, Sweat Equity excels at putting you through the emotional ringer with Jack and Sara and you just might enjoy the ride more than you think!

Jack and Sara started a whirlwind affair in Floor Time and never really got to know each other as individuals, it was a bit too easy for them. They tried to completely bypass their own problems as well as each others and just be together. However, you can't just stuff your problems into a closet. Sooner or later, that closet door is going to burst open and your problems are going to suffocate you. Despite what people say, love is NOT all you need. That point is really emphasized in Sweat Equity. Author Liz Crowe does an excellent job of giving her characters (and maybe even a few readers) a reality check about relationships. If Dr. Phil helped fictional characters, I'd be hard pressed to find two characters who'd need his help more than Jack and Sara.

And as if those two didn't have enough problems between them, there's now the added element of Craig, who wants to be the one who makes Sara forget Jack. Looking at Craig without rose colored glasses on, he knew what he was getting into and he knew it was going to be an uphill battle he may not win. He's not a bad guy though. He had to try, even if he thought he'd fail. That's part of real life too. You never know how things will turn out if you don't try. I really liked him and because to me, characters are real, I hope he finds someone to make him happy.

Sweat Equity is what really defined Liz Crowe's "Romance for Real Life" in my opinion. Jack and Sara's story isn't an easy one, it isn't a fairytale, their problems aren't going to be solved simply by saying "I love you" and the end of the book doesn't guarantee a "Happily Ever After," merely a "What Happens Next." Just like Liz Crowe promises. I am learning, she is a woman of her word.

Jack and Sara, to me, represent every couple in today's world. Maybe to varying degrees but we are all either Jack or Sara. We don't have all the answers, we all have problems and sometimes those problems interfere with our love lives in a big way.

There are a few minor typos and missing words in Sweat Equity but it wasn't too big of a deal, my mind took over and I knew what words went where and what the author was trying to say. You can't catch every error you know.

I'm still in the early stages of reading the next book in the series, Closing Costs and I still have a few books to go after that but I know in my heart that Jack and Sara are going to be two characters I'll never forget.


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  1. Great review I'm dying to read this author because you've had so many great things to say.

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