Sweat Equity

Liz Crowe
Sweat Equity
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Tri Destiny Publishing
Release Date
February 2012
Book 2 of Stewart Realty
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Jack Gordon thought he'd finally made it. He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he's made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust. Could those be the only two things he can never achieve?

Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara's history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her "war" one that comes from without or within?

Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara's tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Jun 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
221 people found the following review helpful
Talk about drama, drama, drama with almost all the characters from Floor Time. You have Sara and Jack fighting each other's feelings. Then you have Blake and Rob in their own spat, with Blake not over his first love and Rob tired of being a substitute. Then you have Craig trying to get Sara to forget Jack with amazing sex. Then you have Heather digging her nails into Jack and he seems to let her. Then there is Suzanne and there are some sparks going on between her and Blake and even Craig.

What is it about Jack that I can't seem to get? I want to kill him, strangle him but at the same time I just want to do as Sara did and put my arms around him and not let go. Talk about a big time Alpha male that knows how to get into a woman's head and stay there. I hate that when I think he is headed in the right direction with Sara, he sticks his foot in his mouth so deep that he totally screws things up. I get so frustrated with him I want to scream at him and tell him to tell her how he truly feels. But when he does that, he screws up big time. Maybe he needs not to talk and shut the hell up and basically just say, "Yes dear, I understand, I love you, too", but where would the fun be in that?

Now for Sara, what the hell is she doing with Craig? Fine, friends with benefits but she needs to understand that his feelings are more than just that, as he is actually falling in love with her. She needs to make up her mind and stop listening to her brother Blake and follow her heart. Quit comparing her relationship to her mother and father because that is not how she should handle it. Sara loves Jack but something keeps pulling them apart and it's hard to see them getting together anytime soon or maybe not at all. She has no many damn theories in her head that I also want to strangle her. I just want to shake her and tell her just get together with Jack and have your happily ever after. Let go of Craig and let him be happy with someone who is not in love with someone else. Quit listening to your brother and make your own decision and don't worry about what other people think.

This is truly not the happily ever after I was hoping for after the somewhat engagement that happened in Floor Time. It seemed that everything exploded in this book. Characters were everywhere and each seemed to have his own problems. The amount of raw emotions and sheer passion is so passionately written it's absolutely wonderful. Applause for Ms. Crowe.

I felt so confused throughout this book but at the same time could actually see it happening in real life. It seems that Jack and Sara hit so many roadblocks in their relationship but they are the ones that are creating them and they have only themselves to fault for that.

Talk about a cliffhanger in this book! I can't wait to go home and buy the third book in this series to see if Jack and Sara get together. But most importantly, see how it all comes together and how it ends. I have developed my own happily ever after conclusions for all of the characters but let's see if any of my own conclusions are what the author comes up with.

I urge readers to pick this book up, but if you have not read the first book in the series, Floor Time, I encourage you to read it first. This absolutely the best book I have read this year.
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