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Monday, April 23, 2012

Closing Cost by Liz Crowe Review/Giveaway


Major Giveaway Announcement
I am giving away a $50 gift card to Zazzle for Stewart Realty merchandise.  Just leave a comment and I will draw a winner using Random.org on Saturday.  Good luck everyone.



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 epic third book to The Realtors 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:

OH.MY.GOSH...the perfect ending for an imperfect couple.  That really about sums it up.  Liz wrote a fantastic trilogy about two imperfect people that were perfect for each other.  From their meeting in Floor Time to the end of Closing Costs, the emotions from both Jack and Sara for each other have been from one end of the spectrum to complete other end.  Their journey was emotional, heartfelt and at times, heartbreaking. 

From the beginning of Jack and Sara's story to the end (for now), it has never been easy.  Real love is never easy.  Between miscommunication, pride, their own issues within themselves, I have always felt the love that they had for own another.  When Sara ends up being a mother, she only sees her daughter and no one else.  Jack has grown since the last time we saw him.  He is determined to be a part of Sara's daughter's life and its not easy.  Sara is still afraid to love Jack and fully commit to him.

I simply loved Closing Costs.  It is a beautifully written conclusion to an epic story about two stubborn people in love with each other and the ups and downs that come with "real" relationships.  Ms. Crowe writes "real" romance with "real" people and it shows.  You can feel the emotions and cry/laugh/sigh/get mad with them.  That is what great story-telling is all about.  And no, I didn't throw my Nook this time.

Please don't miss out the last chapter for Jack and Sara.  It is best read in order and be prepared to cry, laugh and get mad but only to cheer them on for their happy ending.

5 Harlie's and a definite recommended read

15 comments:

  1. Great review Marika! This is a definite must read series for all!

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  2. Great post Marika. Thank you so much for giving your readers a good scope of the three book arc. It is definitely an epic series - that must be read from start to finish, even through the frustrating moments, for anyone to truly appreciate the ending they have.

    Don't worry, we'll be seeing a little of Jack and Sara making Cameos in Liz's next two books, "Conditional Offer," a gateway book to the upcoming related series, "Black Jack Gentlemen," (with lots of hot soccer guys!), and the much awaited, "Essence of Time" - Blake and Rob's stories. I hope you'll read them both. I think these characters are ones who will stay with readers for years to come. I'm so proud of Liz for making them so real and relatable.

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  3. thanks for your time with this series Marika!

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  4. It's great reviews like this that encourage me to buy the book. Great job Liz (for writing a fantastic story) and Marika (for writing the excellent review).

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  5. I can't wait to read this!!!! The first two were hot and the characters jumped right out of the page.

    Paula (aka Coretta)

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  6. Great review I think it is time I picked the books up and started reading them. Love the new covers. Great review and it makes sure I read them in the right order.

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  7. This sounds like a book I'd want to read.

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  8. i would love to read this book,

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  9. Awesome review! Sounds like a great ending to the series :)

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  10. I was lucky to win a 'signed' ebook of the first in this series, and look forward to reading the rest of the series soon. Thanks for the review, preparing me for the ups and downs of this couples' relationship.

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  12. I love the sound of this book and the cover is great too! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

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  13. Very nice excerpt and review. The book sounds good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. Great review, I've read several of Liz's books, this one sounds like a winner as well.

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  15. Through the power of random.org....#10, Nancy G. has won the $50 Gift Card.

    Harlie

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