Paradise Hops

Liz Crowe
Paradise Hops
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Tri Destiny Publishing
Release Date
October 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

A brutal attack left Lori Brockton convinced she was damaged goods. By the time she emerges from hiding two years later, ready to run her family's famous brewery, she's determined to be independent--never rely on anyone ever again. Nearly a year of working in every corner of Brockton Brewing Company, from warehouse to pub, front office to kitchen, teaches her all she needs to know about the business. Then, she comes face-to-face with masculine perfection in a suit and her world is rocked in more ways than one. Garret Hunter is the new Brockton business manager who takes one look at the beautiful, sad young woman and his entire existence coalesces around winning her heart.

But standing between Garrett and what he believes is his true love, is a six-feet six-inch blond-haired bad boy brewer.

Eli Buchannan is a craft beer rock star, recently hired by Brockton to drag the company into the 21st century. He brings innovation and attitude plus a prima donna ladies' man reputation. But he's sworn off anything resembling commitment, personal or professional, after getting burned at his last job on both fronts.

Garret Hunter is "The Perfect Man" -- handsome, successful, stable, eager to settle down. Eli Buchannan... is not. Compelling, smoking hot, creative and elusive, he represents everything Lori Brockton should avoid. But just as she makes a difficult choice, a drastic life-changing shift occurs, and nothing is ever the same again

Book Review by drm2115
Oct 03, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
247 people found the following review helpful
PARADISE HOPS is a beautiful and heart wrenching story of healing and redemption. A story about love, and how life can bring you beauty as you push through adversity and find personal triumph on the other side.

This story tells the tale of the daughter of a brewery owner, Lori Brockton. She is the victim of a brutal attack that has affected her life in more ways than one could even contemplate, all of which given the nature of the attack feels real.

After years of hiding, Lori returns to the family business, her father's brewery, the Brockton Brewing Company, entering into a rotation that will allow her to learn all aspects of the business from the ground up.

Lori is fiercely independent and has no desire or idea how to rely on someone else. She is surrounded mostly by people who have known her since childhood. They know her whole life story, that is, until she starts to interact with two of her father's newest employees, Garrett Hunter, the new business manager, and Eli Buchannan, the new master brewer.

Lori is taken aback by her reaction when she comes face-to-face with over 6 feet of perfection in a suit, Garrett. Her world is turned upside down in more ways than one; Lori is faced with emotions she has not allowed herself to feel in years, along with a man who will not allow her to deny herself of them anymore.

Garrett's reaction when he sets eyes on Lori, this wounded beautiful young woman, is just as powerful. Garrett makes it his mission to help Lori heal, to fix her and win her heart in the process.

What stands between Garrett and what he believes is his true love is one of the few things in his world that Garrett most certainly can't control—Eli, the six feet six inch gorgeous blond-haired master brewer. The other thing Garrett can't control is that Lori's rotation program puts her square in Eli's space all working day.

Eli is professionally trained and part of the Brockton Company plan to move the brewery forward. Eli is confident, with a swagger—Yes, ladies, he will melt you heart—innovation and has a world class prima donna ladies' man reputation. Eli has been wounded before, not in an attack like Lori, but his past has him swearing off commitment on all levels.

Lori's time on the brewery floor has her falling in love with the brewing process and compels her to learn all there is to know about the process of brewing beers in all forms. She is faced with what appears to be two opposites pulling at her—Garret Hunter who appears to be the "The Perfect Man", handsome, successful, stable, with a burning desire to have Lori as his own; and Eli Buchannan who is compelling, hot, creative, and on the surface a bad boy who will take what he wants and then be done with Lori.

Lori's desire to be independent and to learn the family trade leads her to one of those life turning points. The events that follow will take you on a journey that is powerful, heartfelt, emotional and beyond layered.

The character development in this book is amazing, the story that unfolds will grip you and keep you reading. Liz Crowe managed to show you personal growth in many of the characters in this book. Her ability to show you her characters' development of emotional connections is masterful; here are a few personal interactions as well as of all things a Skype conversation that will melt your heart.

This book is real story about what happens to the characters when life happens.

Ms Crowe's story contains true character development, personal growth, and a love story what will have breathless. Oh and the epilogue is EPIC!!!

Liz, thank you for the amazing read. I truly hope this book gains the notoriety this wonderfully written book deserves.

I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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