Sweat Equity [NOOK Book]

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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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013895560
  • Publisher: Tri Destiny Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/25/2012
  • Series: Stewart Realty, #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 48,179
  • File size: 723 KB

Meet the Author

About Liz Crowe

Microbrewery owner, multi-published author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz brings years of real-world experience to her life as author. Working in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse PLUS making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry) has given her all the "what if?" moments she needs for many books.

When she isn't sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications. When free time presents itself you are likely to find her walking her standard poodles or doing Bikram yoga.

Her beer blog is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high powered real estate offices. Don't ask her for anything "like" a Budweiser or risk painful injury.

Publishers include:
Tri Destiny
Ellora's Cave
Decadent Publishing
Breathless Press
Liz Crowe's Official website can be found at www.lizcrowe.com

Writing-related topics (including backlist titles, latest release updates, interviews, tour dates, and more) can be found at her blog: www.brewingpassion.com

If you want an education on all things beer related, follow her beer blog: www.a2beerwench.com

You can also find Liz on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lizcroweauthor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Four and a half stars

    Book two of the Stewart Realty series throws you head first into Jack and Sara's relationship head games, ego trips, trust and control issues, all building up to an intense, ahem, cliffhanger. You will hate it and you will love it. Make sure you have book three at the ready.
    (18+)
    Minor editing issues are easily overlooked.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

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    Reviewed by Molly Book provided by the publisher for review Revi

    Reviewed by Molly
    Book provided by the publisher for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Okay. I have to take just a minute and say holy crap! This book blew me away. Liz Crowe’s second Stewart Realty novel has filled me with gut wrenching emotion, inner turmoil and amazing need to read more of her Stewart Realty series. I’m totally in love with this rocking great series and I am having a hard time putting into words what I feel about this second book; it’s just that good. Crowe’s writing style is skilled to instantly capture her readers, able to hook me from start to finish. Her characters are incredibly complex beyond words.

    Sara Thornton. Once again, I have a love/hate relationship with her! I really wanted to smack her in the head so many times during this installment! I mean come on. She had two really incredibly sexy, loving guys in front of her, but one she knew she couldn’t love, and the other she was so in love with she can’t see straight. But, as the reader, I could really see her inner turmoil and the conflict within her mind about what she truly wanted, especially after her childhood.

    And Jack. Oh.My.God. I still think he is an incredible dominating Alpha male! His possessiveness towards Sara was amazing and my heart truly went out to him. I could feel his heart working around the fact that Sara gave him a devastating blow, and then he lost himself in someone he didn’t want. I wanted to go to him and tell him that he doesn’t need her, I’d take his dominating self any day! ;-) But, seriously, I really loved the way he was in this story and coming to terms with his heart and true self.

    Along with Sara and Jack, Ms. Crowe brings back all the loving secondary characters we met in book 1. Blake, Sara’s overprotective bother, Rob-Blake’s lover, Suzanne, Craig, even the not-my-favorite-person Heather. They really added the perfect amount of depth to the Stewart Realty group and kept me focused on the entire setting!

    So, I definitely recommend this book with the highest possible ratings! I loved every gut wrenching moment, many of which truly brought me to tears for this conflicted couple! This series is by far my absolute favorite series, written with the perfect amount of sexiness, sizzling hot passion, dominating men and stubborn women! I can’t wait to read book 3, CLOSING COSTS, to see if Sara and Jack’s future plays out the way I hope it will….or if they are destined to be two stubborn hard heads! Another incredible job, Ms. Crowe!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    Great Series!!!

    Loved it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    OMG!!! This book was sooo frusterating to me and I loved every p

    OMG!!! This book was sooo frusterating to me and I loved every page of it. The characters need to just stop and admit the love already. I love this series and cant wait to start a new book everytime I finish one. Liz does a great job making you fall for these characters and loving them dispite their flaws........you cant not finish this series one you start it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    I love this book and the series. I believe Liz Crowe did a great

    I love this book and the series. I believe Liz Crowe did a great job writing a "romance for real life". Some of the characters Sara and Jack in particular can be very frustrating at times, but I believe all or most of us have known or been these types of personalities at some point in our lives. You really should read the whole series available to understand each character more fully. I also enjoy that all the characters are not "cookie cutter" types and some less "traditional" than others. All in all I enjoyed the whole series and believe each story gets better as you go! Essence of Time (book 4) real tear jerker toward the end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Love this series

    Love this series

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  • Posted December 30, 2014

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    Jack and Sara appear to be in the right direction to a happily e

    Jack and Sara appear to be in the right direction to a happily ever after future... or are they? These two characters are so stubborn and unwilling to give a little sometimes... and yet you know these two love each other deeply.

    A difficult pregnancy, hormones all over the place and her usual stubbornness describes Sara. She has now read the rights to both Craig and Jack. She does not know who is the father and will not be finding out. She is going to raise this child by herself and no matter what she will not listen to anyone with a different opinion of the situation.

    Reading this book, I felt that Sara was holding Craig and Jack "prisoners" by not allowing them to find out who the father of Katie was. She says she wants nothing from them, but of course both men have to feel the responsibility toward a child they may have fathered. In all of this, Sara is not handling motherhood very well. Jack is again lost out there without a someone to love him unconditionally. His life is a mess and he is confused as to what he should do about the baby.

    As alluring as Sara and Jack's love affair has been, the raising and caring of this child is the real deal. All the parties involved - Jack, Craig, Sara, Blake, Rob, etc.-- they all share in the responsibility of raising this child. They all are dealing with this out of love for Sara and the baby, but I think also from a standpoint of displaced responsibility.

    Keep reading, folks! Jack and Sara are hot for each other and boy they do know how to mess up a good thing!

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Highly recommend

    This series is great. It has so many surprises and it will keep you frustrated one minute and happy the next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    I'M DONE!!!

    I have to say I will not waste money finishing the series!! Sara is stupid and I can't believe these guys keep putting up with her whiney crap. Just when you think she is finally making progress she starts acting like a selfish and selfcentered teenager again. Just aheads up there is a graphic M/M sceen. Luckily you can skip over it if you want and not miss any of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Just sex no loveĀ 

    Just sex no love 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

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    The road to true love and happiness isn't without some twists an

    The road to true love and happiness isn't without some twists and turns and bumps along the way, which perfectly describes the on-again off-again relationship between Jack Gordon and Sara Thornton in this second installment to Liz Crowe's Realtors' series. Just when it seemed like they were on the right track at the end of the previous book, doubts, old fears, and misunderstandings arise to tear Sara and Jack apart again. Their relationship isn't the only one in turmoil as Sara's brother Blake's love life has also veered off course. Add in Sara's friend/sometimes lover Craig's sudden fascination with Blake's old love and your head is left spinning with all the gutwrenching melodrama. A lot of the issues these lovers have are purely due to misunderstandings and letting past hurts affect the future which was very frustrating and made me hate these characters from time to time. At the same time I was desperate for them to find happiness with those so obviously perfect for them. Sexual tension abounds in this story and kept me feeling edgy as the pages kept turning. The sexual interludes between the different couples were nicely spaced throughout the story and just as steamy as in the previous book with a bit of lite BDSM to keep things even more tense.

    This wasn't an easy book to read. It's highly emotional with likable characters doing unlikable things, but I was never bored and was totally drawn into this world waiting with bated breath for the next part of this rollercoaster ride to romance. Daily soap operas on tv pale in comparison to what Liz Crowe has created here! With so many romances left in limbo and a jaw dropping incident (which I knew was coming but didn't diminish the shock) coming at the very end of this book, I'm on pins and needles waiting to read the concluding book in this pull-out-your-hair-tug-out-your-heart series.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    2012 Favorite

    Sweat Equity is, hands down, one of my favorite reads of 2012 and has earned a much deserved 5 stars! I finished this book over a week ago and yet I still cannot find the words to accurately convey how much I loved it. Will the fact that I can’t find another book to grab my attention because I’m still thinking about it, suffice? Or how about this, I’ve read Chapter 17, 18, the Epilogue and the sneak peek of Closing Costs – no less than 10 times since my original read. I can’t get these characters out of my head! For me, that speaks volumes about how totally captivating and well written the story is.

    In Sweat Equity, Jack and Sara’s heart-wrenching story continues & picks up a few months after the ending of Floor Time. We get a small glimpse of them together on a trip where they are happy and have let go of their fears & insecurities, but only for a short time. As soon as they return home, they are overcome with the tidal wave that is their doubt, love, fear, insecurity, hope & yes, even hate. They drown in these emotions and cannot seem to get their head above water for a breath, let alone to reach for the life preserve that is their love for each other. They panic and defense mechanisms kick in. In an effort to save themselves, they push the other underneath with words and actions that will cause the most pain. They know it’s wrong, but just can’t stop.

    The more that I read Jack’s character, the more I love him. His feelings for Sara are so intense, visceral and evoke such depth, they make you want to climb into the book and become Sara just so you can feel them. Then he makes a magnificent a** of himself and all you want to do is smack him and scream “No!!!! WTH are you doing?” His self-hatred is so great and his fear is so strong he just can’t let go to love completely, it is heart-wrenching to read. My favorite Jack quote in the book:

    “Like what, baby? Like that you miss me?” She started to protest but he cut her off. “Do not say a word. Just listen a minute, if you can. I miss you too, like a f***ing phantom limb, do you understand? You are a crucial, functioning part of me, always will be. But I get it. I’m a s**t. I won’t deny. But I’ll never, ever be happy or complete without you.”

    Sara is scared. She doesn’t trust and she refuses to see or accept Jack for more than what she thinks he is. That’s partially Jack’s fault because he has never let her see anything past that but, she hasn’t tried or pushed him to show her more. She wants his love, but only on her terms. I think that she is almost scared to get all of him because that will mean she’ll have no excuse but to trust. That completely terrifies her. Don’t get me wrong, Jack is a complete and total s**t to her and does some pretty nasty things. I just wish that she would realize & see the underlying cause of them, Jack’s fear. However, that would mean admitting her own, and she isn’t ready.

    This series, and especially Sweat Equity, is so realistic, raw, emotional, mouth-watering hot & totally f'd up – but I absolutely LOVE it! I recommend it with complete certainty that you’ll fall in love and, be just as hooked as I am.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Not bad.

    The ups & downs drive me nuts. But l do look forward to #3.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Sara and Jack from Floor Time are back at it again in Sweat Equi

    Sara and Jack from Floor Time are back at it again in Sweat Equity. And this time, happily ever after is more of wish than a truth.
    Sara was all set to marry Jack but her own insecurities got in her way. She couldn’t trust the player not to hurt her heart. Sara thought of Jack in the same horrible swash of negativity that she felt for her father and the way he treated her mother. So when she finds condoms in Jack’s suitcase, she calls off the wedding.
    Jack is a man who is used to getting what he wants and being in control. When his opening of a new high rise starts having issues, he pushes Sara away unintentionally with his demanding personality. Jack has a way of putting his foot in his mouth every time he tries to tell Sara how much he loves her. Maybe it is his alpha personality or just dumb luck but Jack ends up ruining the best thing that ever happened to him, Sara’s love.
    Sweat Equity is a fast paced thrill ride as Jack and Sara dance around each other after their break-up and seek out others to satisfy their sexual needs. Passion abounds as Jack finds solace in the arms of a former lover, Heather and seeks out his BDSM side again. But he can’t get Sara off his mind and sets out win her back. Sara reaches out to her coworker, Craig, and starts a passionate romance of friends with benefits, but Craig wants more than she can give.
    Sara and Jack burn up the pages of Sweat Equity together and apart as they try to get each other out of their hearts. The sex scenes sizzle and will make you breathless. But it is the push and pull of attraction between Sara and Jack that will drive you up the wall. I became very frustrated with Jack’s inability to put his feelings into words. I wanted him to get back with Sara but he kept saying and doing the wrong thing. I can’t wait until the Closing Costs come out to see what happens with them and their romance.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

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    I've been waiting none too patiently for this second installmen


    I've been waiting none too patiently for this second installment in Liz Crowe’s “THE REALTORS” trilogy, SWEAT EQUITY. Luckily, the wait was brief and completely worthwhile. I was completely drawn into the story. The relationships are even more complex and dysfunctional and the sex just as steamy as in FLOOR TIME, the first book in the series. This is no fairy tale love story where a brief conflict is simply solved and everyone’s lives proceed to the happily ever after. No, nearly everyone in this book has issues and those issues affect, most often negatively, them and those they love. Crowe has a talent for bringing to the page characters with confused, conflicting emotions who don’t even realize they are creating their own misery by trying so hard to avoid broken hearts – just like real life! Jack and Sara make misstep after misstep until I wanted to scream at them to get it together already. They love each other so much and yet make their lives so hard. A huge cliffhanger left me to again impatiently await the next book, CLOSING COSTS.

    Heat Rating: Steamy/Sizzling

    Rating: 4.5

    Reviewed By: Jeanne Stone-Hunter,My Book Addiction and More

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