Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lightstruck by Liz Crowe

Brewer Ross has given up on love… until he meets a woman who turns his life—and brewery—upside down.

Ross Hoffman held the potential for a perfect life in his hands—a life with Evelyn, the only woman he’d ever allowed himself to love, their baby and… her husband, Austin Fitzgerald, who also happened to be his best friend. But the challenge of trying to make a threesome into something acceptable—let alone the thought of actually sharing Evelyn with anyone—forces him to bolt. Determined to put all thoughts of their relationship behind him, Ross jumps headfirst into a new brewery job in Colorado, and back into the sort of sexual decadence that he hopes will distract him from his misery.

When he agrees to assist Austin through a spate of brewery mishaps, he lays eyes on his true fate—in the form of the petite, mysterious and exotic Elisa Nagel. Hired as assistant brewer, Elisa is absolutely everything he believes he doesn’t want in a woman. But he’s drawn to her in ways he can’t explain, and he can’t help but fall hard, fast and deep, which places him square in the middle of her horrific, until now secret backstory.

Ross is determined that his love will conquer and overcome the horrors of Elisa’s past, allowing her to trust him with the only thing he desires—her heart.

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene with attempted rape and violence, as well as a brief scene alluding to person being drugged and raped..

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Elle is a creative, sexy, intelligent, master brewer. She finds herself loving her position with Fitzgerald's brewery. However, because of her past, she knows that she can't stay long. If she stays too long, he'll find her and she can't go back.

Ross is struggling. Ever since he made the decision to let Evelyn and Austin live together as a family, despite fathering Rose, he has been floundering.

When these two come together, it's brewing perfection. Even though Elle has a troubled past, is skittish, and somewhat mental since she speaks to herself a lot, Ross is patient and kind. They have great chemistry and when push comes to shove, both have to figure out whether or not they can truly stick it out and fight for their love.

I liked the back and forth and thought that Elle was so strong throughout the story. Ross was also strong because he was able to learn that he really had made the right decision – he loved Austin and Evelyn enough to walk away.

This is the second book in the series and I loved book and, but think that Lightstruck may be even better! We left Ross last time having decided that he could not be a third, and not believing he could be more than that, whatever Austin and Evelyn tried to make him believe.

Well, Ms. Crowe has done an amazing job of giving Ross the story he deserved, and a woman who will manage his ways and enjoy his passion to the full. Of course it is not an easy journey, but it is a very exciting and emotional one.

Elisa is a wonderful contradiction of a woman, and with such a sad and scary past that just will not let her go. She has his voice in her head, doing untold damage all too often... there is one wonderful scene where Ross says 'shut up' to his inner voice, and she hears and is so relieved that she is not the only one – that was such a powerful moment and yet also highly amusing.

I love the description of the brewery, what they are making and how, and Melody in the bar, and her relationship issues with Trent. Evelyn bringing the baby to work; Austin being the solicitous father and husband; it is all just delicious.

There is passion, drama, sadness, redemption, and lots and lots of love and loving in this story. I sat and read it from cover to cover without almost moving a muscle – I did not want to leave it for a second, as I was too involved and invested in the outcome. I refuse to say more about the story itself, as you need to read it, but I can promise that it is so, so worth it.

Thank you, Ms. Crowe for the perfect follow up to Tapped, and I am looking forward to reading Conditioned as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!

Also Available in the Brewing Passion Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
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For reviews & more info, check out our Tapped post.

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.

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 Lightstruck (Brewing Passion #2) by Liz Crowe to read and review.

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