Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Firebrew by Liz Crowe

One wounded hero + one shattered heroine = an untraditional romance for the ages.

Jane Terrance believes her life is in perfect order. She’s got a great job selling commercial real estate in Detroit, a condo in Midtown with her best friend, plenty of her own money, plus full control over the men she seduces and discards with regularity.

Trey Lattimer seems a little young to be retired from firefighting and, at first, he’s just another guy for Jane to conquer. But the harder she tries, the more mysterious he becomes, until his presence in her life does nothing but wreak havoc on her psyche.

When her carefully constructed world comes crashing down around her one violent night, Jane reaches out for a hero, a role Trey is eager to play—as long as Jane accepts she must be her own heroine if they’re to stand any chance at a real relationship.

Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of sexual and psychological abuse and bullying, and the violent rape of heroine. There are references to the 9/11 tragedy and lives lost in it and a scene involving serious fire.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars

I have loved all of the craft brewery books from Liz Crowe, so was delighted to get to read this installment. It is a very different book from the others and is not an easy read. I am glad that I read it, and think that it is a brave and worthwhile book, but it is definitely not an easy read or a simple romance.

Jane (Harriet) is one of the most complex characters I have read about in a long while. She has a long way to travel to be ready for a romance, but we do see her take the journey after some of the very deepest lows. Through this time she has Trey (George) in the wings, being cautiously supportive, and undoubtedly having feelings for her.

Trey is opening his own craft brewery and naming his beer in honour of his fire crew and previous life. He is very careful since he lost everything, and Jane represents such a risk to his calm and superficial life, but at the same time he can't just walk away.

Be ready for a difficult, but ultimately uplifting story.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Jane and Trey... they are a strange couple. It took me a while to get into this book. I found myself going back and seeing if I truly had read what I thought.

Jane seems successful, but underneath it all, she's struggling with her mental health. It is a ping on the #MeToo movement that has happened and while I can understand where the author was coming from and going with Jane's character, I found Jane hard to like. She knew she had issues, but it didn't seem like she was really wanting to find a way to cope in a healthy way. She was happy to continue her cycle.

Trey, for all his pain in the past, is also a very difficult character to get to know. He wants to do something positive, but you just catch glimpses of who he is as a person. Then, towards the end, you're kind of thrown this strange curve about his relationships... but it's only mentioned briefly and it was kind of out of the blue.

Overall, Jane seeks out dangerous behavior and seems to always be looking for someone to save her. Trey wants to save someone, himself, and others, but is not sure he can withstand the emotional toll that it will take. I really just couldn't get into this one.

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 Firebrew by Liz Crowe to read and review.

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