Escalation Clause

Liz Crowe
Escalation Clause
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Tri Destiny Publishing
Release Date
November 2012
Book 6 of Stewart Realty
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance

Young love burns hot and bright. Soul mates are found, then lost in the blink of an eye. When young widow Maureen Gordon Taylor meets her daughter's sexy soccer coach, her body and heart slowly unthaw. But will holding tight to the past cost her a future?

A devastating blow shatters a family's fragile happiness. Rob Freitag and Lila Warren now confront life without the emotional glue that once bound them, but a shared goal brings them back together. Is it enough to make them whole again and become the family they were meant to be?

Mutual trust is hard won for the Gordons. When tragedy strikes, Jack and Sara's lives are sent into a tailspin. To keep her family from falling apart, she must force Jack to admit his deepest fears. After everything they've been through, can they revive the spark and move to the next stage of marital fulfillment?

The sweeping saga of the Stewart Realty series continues as long-time friends learn to rely on each other, and to grab hold of happiness before it's too late

Book Review by drm2115
Nov 14, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
133 people found the following review helpful
ESCALATION CLAUSE, book 6 in the Stewart Realty series by Liz Crowe is a beautiful literary tapestry that intertwines the stories of three couples.

Ms Crowe will make you feel such a wide range of emotions with these characters, you will grieve with them, laugh with them, and swoon with them. For an author to make readers feel so much is magical and truly speaks to what a gifted writer Ms Crowe is.

ESCALATION CLAUSE picks up in the aftermath of a tragic event that played out in book 4, Essence of Time. So, warning: Do not read this book if you have not read Essence of Time.
Ms. Crowe does an amazing job making the families' grief tangible, unique and real in its impact on their lives.

The Gordon's—Jack and Sara—fought so hard to find trust and happiness struggle in very real ways to move forward. Jack is forced to face his deepest fears and Sara must learn to walk in the new path life has put in front of her. Marriage is not easy, marriage takes work and Ms Crowe keeps this relationship real. Ms Crowe does a wonderful job maturing Jack and Sara in a way that is relevant to their relationship and their future. I do not want to give anything away but there is one scene that will break down barriers and leave you with a grin from ear to ear; it is masterful and yes hot!

Rob Freitag and Lila Warren are faced with new reality, one they had not planned for. Will their shared experience bring them together or pull them apart? Ms Crowe again does a wonderful job with this couple forcing them to embark on the new journey thrust upon them. Watching Rob and Lila's struggle to find a place that belongs to just the two of them was emotional and heartfelt. There are times you will want to cry with them and times you will end up wanting to fan yourself from the heat between these two.

This book also provided you with a picture of Jack's sister Maureen Gordon Taylor (Mo), a widow who lost her husband, Jack's high school friend Brandis. You get some wonderful backstory in this book, as you see Brandis and Mo's interactions as teenagers as well as Jack as a young man dealing with his sister's relationship with his friend. As the story progresses, Mo, now the single mom of two teenage twins is faced with an electric attraction to her daughter's soccer coach, the very sexy Rafeal Inez. Maureen's struggle to accept moving her life forward is compelling, frustrating and full of real emotions. Liz Crowe does a wonderful job of using the children, in this case Mo's teenage twins Elle and Adam, to illustrate how complex life can be.

Ms Crowe weaves in some wonderful moments that are emotional, funny, and engaging between the male and female characters in this group; they push each other, laugh with each other and mature together.

And for all you parents out there, there are some moments with the children that may have you laughing out loud. These couples not only deal with a traumatic event but the real everyday life that comes from transitioning from being a couple to being parents and a family.

ESCALATION CLAUSE is memorable, engaging and thought provoking. I am writing this review 5 days and two books later and I still can't stop thinking about it. The book takes you on a journey with long-time friends who learn that happiness is something you have to fight for.

Oh, I have to add that the epilogue for this book is beyond epic and will leave you wanting book 8 Good Faith.

ESCALATION CLAUSE is the best of the series—true literary genius.
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