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Essence of Time (Stewart Realty Book 4) by by Liz Crowe

http://www.amazon.com/Essence-Time-Stewart-Realty-Book/dp/0956966934/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358118017&sr=1-1&keywords=essence+of+time+-+liz+crowe

ISBN-10:0956966934

ISBN-13: 978-0956966933

Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2.5 out of 5

Review:

This book was long, convoluted and required a score card to keep up with the characters. And the ending is more bittersweet than HEA. There is very little BDSM, but there is some menage action, lots of m/m sex, and  way too much meaningless sex.

The story starts with Rob, a young man who has been fighting cancer his  whole life.  He doesn’t do long term relationships because he knows he may not be around long term.  He does, however, maintain a lifelong friendship with Jack and they both remain friends with Suzanne.  Suzanne has a relationship with Blake,  but eventually gives him up.  Blake then hooks up with Rob, who finally allows himself to develop a real relationship.  The two  decide they want a baby and bring in a surrogate mother, who ends up becoming a third in their relationship.  I won’t spoil the ending by saying any more, except to say it felt rushed and has been done better by Tymber Dalton in The Reluctant Dom.

My other complaint with the book is that the sex scenes are rushed, and, until Rob and Blake get together, there is very little emotional connection between the participants.  Rob comes across as shallow and a user, while Blake is obsessive. In addition, the time frame is disjointed, broken up into uneven segments that range from three days to five years.

While the author shows promise of being a good story teller, this book wasn’t one I would keep on my shelves.

Reviewed by Karen

Closing Costs by Liz Crowe

http://www.amazon.com/Closing-Costs-Stewart-Realty-Book/dp/0956966918/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1342812817&sr=1-1&keywords=closing+costs+by+liz+crowe 

ISBN-10:0956966918

ISBN-13: 978-0956966919

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Blurb:

Love conquers all? Not likely, according to Sara Thornton. She’s spent eight years coming to terms with the new parameters of her life while resigning herself to the idea that “happily ever afters” are best left to fairytales. Sales manager for her successful real estate office and juggling an added element of responsibility she never thought she’d face, Sara continues to struggle with the men in her life. Love, for her, has only meant hurt, broken trust and anger; all of which she’s completely banished from her life, so she claims. Jack Gordon has come a long way since his early days of obsession with Sara. As the general manager of Stewart Realty, his own level of responsibility for the well-being of others has ramped up. He’s even honed his caretaking skills, now that he has someone who loves him unconditionally. Continuing to invest effort and rebuild their relationship, he and Sara grow close as friends. Despite this, his ultimate question remains unanswered; the one he keeps asking, no matter how many times she says no. Sara isn’t prepared for the keen focus of his need–to have her back, once and for all. Her stubborn resistance nearly rips both lives apart The third installment to the Stewart Realty series, Closing Costs brings Jack and Sara truly full circle. Proving that the heat of lust and obsession; the need for control and to be mastered in many areas of life can lead to love -surprising you when you least expect it – if you will only allow it.
 
Review:

 

This story was just too jumbled to be able to keep all of the characters straight. More than once I started over attempting to keep tack of  all of the men in Sara’s life, only to find myself even more confused than when I had started. Maybe if I had read the other books in this series things would have made more sense, but alas that was not the case. Liz Crowe was a new to me author, and as such I had high hopes for this story, only to be disappointed in the end.

Reviewed by Mz. Hyde

Sweat Equity by Liz Crowe

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ISBN-10:0956966993

ISBN-13: 978-0956966995

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5  

Blurb:

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 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 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. GivenSara’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:

Sweat Equity Is the second book in the Stewart Realty series, and you definitely need to read Floor Time before delving into this one. Sweat Equity really picks up where Floor Time left off and you won’t get the same enjoyment out of it without reading them in order. 

Sara and Jack continue their volatile relationship. There is little to no BDSM within Sweat Equity, so if that’s what you are looking for this isn’t the story to pick up. But, if you started this series, this is a great continuation.  Jack still needs to grow up a bit and Sara finally realizes it.  They have very little trust and Sweat Equity shows how they grow together and apart and what life altering decisions they make along the way.

Sweat Equity is hot and really leaves me wanting to read the next book in the series to find out what happens to these two.  The story ends with almost a cliff hangar as you wonder what will become of the relationship between Jack and Sara.  If you are looking for a series that mimics a lot of real life with successful characters and a lot of emotion, pick up The Stewart Realty series and get lost in a world with Jack and Sara.

Reviewed by Star

Floor Time by Liz Crowe

http://www.amazon.com/Floor-Time-Stewart-Realty-ebook/dp/B0071MH634/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1342034960&sr=1-1&keywords=floor+time+by+liz+crowe 

ASIN B0071MH634

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Blurb:

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’sbeen missing.

Review:

Floor Time is an interesting start to this series. Jack and Sara have a volatile relationship.  They have had several encounters before delving into something more – or at least attempting to.  Sara and Jack are both very successful business people and they tend to butt heads, a lot!

I found Jack to be pushy, cocky, and very arrogant.  I am not sure he is the right person for Sara and throughout this story, I didn’t much care for him.  Especially not as a dominant.  He has too many unresolved issues and is not in control of himself enough to take care of someone else.  There is some BDSM within the story, not a ton and it’s not too over the top. It’s also not the focus of the story.

I liked Floor time, although it felt jumpy skipping large amounts of time to advance the story.  If you are looking for a BDSM story, this wouldn’t be my first choice. But if you are looking for the start of a series that has potential,this is a nice getting starts story. Floor Time sets up for the next couple of books in this series very well.  We learn a lot about the characters and how they work together. 

Reviewed by Star