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Monday, May 9, 2011

Jockey Box (Brewing Passion, Part 3), by Liz Crowe

Title: Jockey Box (Brewing Passion, Part 3)
Author: Liz Crowe
Sub-Genre(s): Contemporary, Erotic
Publisher: Breathless Press
Publication Date: February 17, 2011
ISBN #: 9781926771953
Format: eBook from Author
Reviewer: Dawne
Rating: 5 Cups

Successful business owner, Erin Brady is holding her own and then some in the male-dominated beer brewing industry. But her twenty-year marriage is crumbling as a result. She makes a last ditch attempt over one summer weekend to reconcile with her husband, only to finally accept the truth: It was over. When duty calls in the form of a last minute beer festival she must attend, Erin recognizes the futility of her efforts and leaves, knowing when she returns, her husband will be gone for good.

Vulnerable and emotionally raw, she arrives at the event with more issues than she can handle and finds herself distracted by the hot young brewer she wants to hire. Dedicated and loyal to her business, she tries to ignore the inevitable, but Jeff’s many skills serve as a balm to Erin’s battered psyche, as he helps with the beer booth and somehow works his way into her fantasies.

Erin Brady, co-founder and one of three owners of the Winter Street Brewing Company (WSBC) is dealing with a summer time festival that could be good for business and a failing marriage. The last attempt to salvage he marriage proves futile and during the hectic weekend event, she meets a new employee, Jeff. He's hot, attractive and damn if Erin is attracted to him.

Depressed and fairly vulnerable, Erin tried to fight the feelings but when the weekend event is over, she gives in to lust. Jeff is able to break through her barrier and helps relief some physical and emotional tension she's been harboring.

In this third WSBC series, Crowe doesn't make the reader think, “Erin's marriage just failed, why is she sleeping with the first man to give her attention”. Instead I finished the novel thinking, “Damn, she deserved that”. Crowe's meticulous attention to detail is in this novel. The empathy and sympathy felt for the heroine was genuine and Crowe's ability to create concrete characters is fabulous. The believable moments when Erin is clumsy around the young man is something many women have experience, hence making the story line and plot realistic. Kudos to Crowe for creating a great short novel for erotic readers.

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*Blurb Courtesy of Goodreads

**Disclaimer: This book has been provided to C&R Romance eBook Reviews free of by the author. No money has been exchanged for the review of this book.


Sandy said...

Fantastic review, Liz.

Katalina Leon said...

This sounds like a great book!