Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shut Out by Liz Crowe

A submissive once, a submissive forever?

A man on the run from the only life he’s ever known, Brody Vaughn is poised to accept the Black Jack Gentleman’s newly vacant goalkeeper’s position. It’s a desperate move, but one he must take to regain his emotional equilibrium. Reeling from his Mistress’s rejection and on the ragged edge of a total breakdown, he arrives in Detroit. Numb with thinly veiled grief, he walks into the club’s front office completely unaware that an encounter with true destiny awaits him.

Sophie Harrison has seen it all--as Domme, sub, and victim. Now that her complicated circumstances have landed her as legal counsel for the expansion Black Jacks team, she holds herself aloof in body and spirit. Nothing and no one gets past her fiercely guarded walls. Until the day she looks up to greet the new goalie standing in her doorway, his raw combination of vulnerability and strength making her breathless.

Two people, horribly scarred by the excesses of the BDSM lifestyle and hiding from their true selves, meet across a desk over a simple contract. All bets are off.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This started out being my favorite book in this series. I liked the characters and where it seemed they were headed. Then everything changed, quite literally. Domme went to sub and sub went to Dom and so many other things that left my head in a spin.

I have to say that it is hard to follow each book in this series because the plot seems to get pulled in so many directions. I'd have liked to have seen the BDSM aspect played out more properly with an athlete rather than the indecisive choices the characters made.

Not to mention that this is the third book where there was no protection used and voila an unexpected child in the mix (surprised that there wasn't more).

While overall, I found that I liked half the book, there are a lot of similarities between all the books in the series, mainly being that the author falls into a bit of insta-love, unexpected child, and then a random situation just to throw a wrench into the mix.

I want to love these characters. It's like they are right there on the edge and the writer has the ability to keep me interested even though I might roll my eyes or sigh in utter disbelief at times. I keep reading in the hopes that we finally get that leap over the line into wonderful.

I've enjoyed all of the series so far, but this is possibly my favourite. These are all hot, emotional reads, but both Sophie and Brody's stories are heartbreakingly good.

The impact of their pasts, the present and one fateful fall is staggering – and makes for gripping reading. But do keep reading, because as in all the best romance novels, love does find a way – maybe an unexpected manner, but well worth the drama in between.

I am looking forward to the next in the series – thank you Ms. Crowe for a wonderful series, definitely destined to be gold starred in my re-read series collection.

Shut Out is the third in the Black Jack Gentlemen's series. The earlier books in this series do not need to be read to enjoy this one. Other characters make appearances but even with that the story lines are not tied together.

Brody Vaughn is signing as the new goalie for the Black Jacks. He's a man with baggage. He's just gotten out of a difficult relationship. His rejection by his Mistress has him reeling. When he walks into the legal council's office, to finish signing the paperwork for the Black Jacks he's stunned by Sophia. She tells herself she is a Mistress. She's been the submissive and felt victimized for it. One look at Brody and the walls she has built so tightly are slowing breaking. Can these two be what each other needs? Will being together bring out their "true" selves?

As a whole this wasn't one of my favorite in the series. I was drawn in by the submissive male and was a little disappointed in the path that the story line took. The story line seemed a little jumpy to me. I felt at times that I missed reading a section, that plot was missing. Overall it wasn't a bad read, I enjoyed it but it wasn't my favorite.

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For reviews & more info, check out our Man On blog post.

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For reviews & more info, check out our Red Card blog post.

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Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction hybrid, “Unconventional Romance. Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Shut Out (Black Jack Gentlemen #3) by Liz Crowe to read and review for this tour.

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