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Liz Crowe
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Publisher
Tri Destiny Sizzlin Books
Release Date
August 2013
ISBN
9780985991128
Series
Book 5 of Stewart Realty
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Reality-Based Romance (TM)

SUMMARY
Craig Robinson and Suzanne Baxter had no reason to meet, no real excuse to be friends. But when heart calls to heart...blood to blood...should two people who seem destined to be together heed the spin of Fate's wheel?

Craig spent years floating through life on cruise control, using directionless jobs, his rock band, swimming, and a string of older women in his bed to smother feelings of loneliness and loss. He finally thought he had found his true love in one Sara Thornton -- A sexy, beautiful, fellow real estate agent and mentor. But his self-doubt and innate sense of failure is only reinforced when he realizes her heart belongs to another man.

When Sara introduces him to Suzanne, a woman fighting her own demons from an abusive marriage and subsequent feelings of inadequacy and deep unhappiness, that simple, chance moment snaps Craig's hazy existence into crystal-clear focus. A bond of instant physical attraction, nurtured by time and shared experience, and plenty of erotic energy, is born.

As Suzanne's past continues to haunt her, making her push Craig away just as he thinks he's getting closer, each of them must come to terms with their true selves and face their ultimate realities.

Book Review by drm2115
Oct 09, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
148 people found the following review helpful
CONDITIONAL OFFER by Liz Crowe is the 5th book in the Realtors series. First, please do not try to read this book if you have not read the first four books in the series. Second, if you have, you are going to enjoy CONDITIONAL OFFER. Oh, third, if you have not read the Realtors series by Liz Crowe, read Floor Time, Sweat Equity, Closing Costs and Essence of Time, then read CONDITIONAL OFFER.

This tells the story of Craig Robinson and Suzanne Baxter, two not-so-secondary characters in the Realtors series. Much of Suzanne's backstory was told in Essence of Time, and this book lays out Craig's backstory and then relives many of the critical scenes from the series through Craig's perspective. It was enjoyable and often heartbreaking to relive the events through his eyes. At first, Craig's role in the Realtors series is painted as a hot distraction for Sara as one of many roadblocks to her happiness with her soulmate Jack. CONDITIONAL OFFER gives you Craig and leaves you wanting him to find his happy.

The characters in this series have overlapping and intertwined relationships that will not make sense to someone picking this book up as a stand alone, but those reading in order will develop a larger understanding of events that is captivating. CONDITIONAL OFFER then moves Craig and Suzanne's story forward. You gain such an understanding of Craig and his desires to push Suzanne past the horrific events of her past. The passion between Craig and Suzanne is undeniable but will they be able to take the final jump and embrace each other? Well, for that, you will have to read the book.

Craig and Suzanne both have prior loves that they had to let go of, stories of their past that leave you thinking these two really deserve happiness and a true love of their own. Their journey is not a direct one nor is it painless; they are both haunted by prior events so love and trust do not come easy for either.

In CONDITIONAL OFFER, Ms. Crowe develops Craig's backstory and shows you Suzanne's emotional scars left from a traumatic event outlined in Essence of Time (again, you must read Essence of Time to see this traumatic event laid out). Suzanne thinks that she was not worthy of anyone's love or devotion; she is not even sure she knows how to return love.

As these two wounded souls start to interact, Craig truly starts to understand love—true love; love beyond lust and roses; the kind of love you have to work for; love that takes the breaking down of barriers and fully accepting who the other person is, flaws and all. Suzanne's past is full of things that have her pulling from Craig's love; she is damaged from a horrific event and is content to keep love out of her life. However, Craig is there and slowly opens up Suzanne's eyes to the world of possibilities.

It is often said that life is all about perception. Ms Crowe hits that some with this book. It was enjoyable and often heartbreaking to relive the events through Craig's eyes, and yet, it gives the reader a wonderful step deeper into this literary world that the author has created.

I am a reader who truly enjoys understanding why characters behave a certain way and why things unfold; Liz Crowe truly delivers on both. I also love seeing how things end up, and on that, Ms Crowe delivers as well.

Liz Crowe did a great job on this book. Now, more than ever, I am looking forward to reading Escalation Clause (book 6 of the Realtors series), releasing in November 2012.
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Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Feb 10, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
Here we go again with Book 5 in the Stewart Realty Series, UNCONDITIONAL OFFER. We finally get to know Craig inside and out. He held a piece of my heart in this series but now he can totally have it. What I truly loved is that I finally read his version of his heartache with Suzanne and how he truly fell in love with most of the women he was with. He could not bear being alone.

Craig Robinson and Suzanne Baxter are two individuals that are meant to be together, but they both have pasts and it seems that Suzanne is unable to let hers go. Craig is a young man that seemed to have relationships with older women from when he was in high school. As he goes through life, it seems he must be with someone or at least have a goal to have someone. He gives his heart too quickly and he ends up hurt. I could not stop laughing when I read that the first woman in his life took pictures of him nude with only a cowboy hat and his guitar. Then that picture turned out to be on a cover of a gay book. Then of course there is the relationship between him and Sara, as some of us know goes nowhere, but you truly understand why they are not meant to be. Then finally he lays eyes on a redheaded woman, Suzanne, and there is something very different with her. He seems calm with her around.

Suzanne Baxter is a woman with a horrible past. I am glad that her horrifying relationship with her dead husband was not written in detail. I don't know if I could have stomached that again. My only problem with Suzanne was that she was a stubborn woman and at times I wanted to strangle her until she would give in to her love for Craig. She had a man that was more than willing to go at her pace with their relationship. I knew it was only a matter of time before Craig would no longer wait for her.

Then Craig decided it was time to move on. I wanted Craig and Suzanne together, but just when I thought finally it might happen, he turned her down. He was tired and could no longer deal with everything involving Suzanne. Finally Suzanne realizes that she lost him for good. During this time, believe me, if you are sentimental, you will need a box of Kleenex by your side.

Ms. Crowe did an unexceptional job in writing Craig's perspective about what was going on around him and his life. I read this book in one sitting; I could not put it down or maybe the book would not let me put it down. There is so much emotion in this story that I lost myself in their world and enjoyed it. I really did enjoy watching Craig and Suzanne when they had their moments of bliss. Not so much the rest. Ms. Crowe does a wonderful job of bringing the characters and their world to life. You will learn so much of what happened between the characters a lot better and also certain situations that changed people's lives. The characters here are strong and charismatic. You will fall in love with this book just like I did.

If you decide to read this book, you have to read the other four books first from the beginning with Floor Time, Sweat Equity, Closing Costs and Essence of Time. Can't wait until next month when Escalation Clause comes out and we find out what happened between Sara and Jack, and of course, Rob and Lila.
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