Closing Costs

Closing Costs

by Liz Crowe
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Closing Costs by Liz Crowe

Love conquers all? Not likely, according to Sara Thornton. She's spent eight years coming to terms with the new parameters of her life while resigning herself to the idea that "happily ever afters" are best left to fairytales. Sales manager for her successful real estate office and juggling an added element of responsibility she never thought she'd face, Sara continues to struggle with the men in her life. Love, for her, has only meant hurt, broken trust and anger; all of which she's completely banished from her life, so she claims.

Jack Gordon has come a long way since his early days of obsession with Sara. As the general manager of Stewart Realty, his own level of responsibility for the well-being of others has ramped up. He's even honed his caretaking skills, now that he has someone who loves him unconditionally.

Continuing to invest effort and rebuild their relationship, he and Sara grow close as friends. Despite this, his ultimate question remains unanswered; the one he keeps asking, no matter how many times she says no. Sara isn't prepared for the keen focus of his need--to have her back, once and for all. Her stubborn resistance nearly rips both lives apart

The epic third chapter to The Realtors series, Closing Costs brings Jack and Sara truly full circle. Proving that the heat of lust and obsession; the need for control and to be mastered in many areas of life can lead to love --surprising you when you least expect it – if you will only allow it.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014185264
Publisher: Tri Destiny Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Stewart Realty , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 407,113
File size: 762 KB

About the Author

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
Rebel Ink Press
Breathless Press

Liz Crowe's Official website can be found at

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Closing Costs 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Liz Crowe’s Stewart Realty series quickly worked it’s way to the top of my three all time favorite series. I love the feeling I get of layered emotions and becoming friends with complex characters. I love being able to close my eyes after the end and still be right there with the characters of Stewart Reality. When I sat down with Closing Costs, I was thinking it would be a bittersweet moment. And, truly, it was. It’s the ending of Sara and Jack’s story. But, looking further, I see it’s not the end of my favorite series….not by a long shot! I’m so glad of that, for my heart can’t take a goodbye like this yet. Sara Thornton. Wow. She has truly been through so much in her life, especially the last few years. The inner turmoil she struggles with during her pregnancy, of letting Jack go and just being his friend, really tears her up inside when all she wants is to be held and loved by him. But, she’s determined to take on the world by herself and deal with the complications, especially when she’s not sure her ‘baby daddy’ is. Is it Craig? Is it Jack? Does it really matter? Jack Gordon is still my all time Alpha male character here. He’s gorgeously hunky with his feelings for Sara, standing by her in her time of need even though she said all she wanted was to be friends. Desperately wanting that baby to be his, but hiding it deep in his heart. The emotions that roll off of him kept hitting me square in the heart, and I loved that feeling! It was so intense! The best part of this story, was watching that sweet little Katherine make her appearance in the story. That sweet angel was enough to bring anyone to their knees! I loved watching the way Sara and Jack grasped their new outlook on life, together. It was truly a tear-jerking moment! I definitely recommend this book with high flying colors, two thumbs up, hats off ,and all the other praises that come with best-ever books. From laughs, to anger and most definitely tears, this book will move you in a way that takes your breath and knocks you on your knees. I loved it! And, while I’m sad that this is the end of Sara and Jack’s trilogy, I’m happy to say that I look forward to more Stewart Reality books, learning more about Sara’s brother Blake, her friend Craig’s story and saying hi to my “friends” once again. Well done, Liz, and I am happy to have you in my top favorite authors! Bring on the next!
DianeHC More than 1 year ago
Roller-coaster of a ride! Loved the series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The back and forth dance between Sara and Jack became tired and old in this third installment. Especially with how much time passes in the book. The first book was great. Shoulda ended there with a HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant remember any books where the characters frustrated me more than Jack and Sara have done in these 2 books. They truly do make you want to smack them each upside the head frequently, and in this book Sara is the one i want to smack upside the head the most. All in all, good books very enjoyable reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Closing cost was written very well and glad to have a heartfelt ending. Needless to say i actually cried in the ending. Reading about the characters journey to find each other was very rewarding. I must say this book definitely had me tense, upset, frustrated, smitten, jealous, loved all at the same time. Especially with Sara's annoyingly stubborn attitude. I was surprised to see how Jack transformed into a mature man. Im amazed by his will to fight for love until the end. I want a man like that hehe. Overall great trilogy! Im assuming book 4 is about Jacks younger days. Cant wait to read it!
dms2115 More than 1 year ago
The Realtor Series by Liz Crowe is wonderful; Floor Time, Sweat Equity and Closing Costs tell the story on Sara and Jack. It is an engaging, can't put we down story!! I highly recommend them. I had not read in years before I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey, I then tried a few books nothing special... this series, The Realtors Series captivated me!! I think I am more obsessed with them than I was with Christian. The character developing is great; Sara is a professional with a career so it is easier to identify with her. Liz also develops the supporting character; you end up vested in the happiness of so many great characters!!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
CLOSING COSTS is all I expected and more. Liz Crowe writes characters who are frustratingly human. I found myself wishing I could smack Jack and Sarah upside the head numerous times. Seriously? Can two people make their lives any more difficult? Knowing these two, I’m sure they can. And haven’t we all known people just like them? The reader is lucky enough to get an understanding of Jack and see emotions and motivations that Sara seldom has access to. If he would just let Sara see what we see, everything would work out. Of course, the same goes for Sara. This book takes place over many years and it is interesting to see all the characters mature in some ways and not in others. The addition of a child into their lives and promotions at work cause complications and changes to their already complex situation. Jack’s relationship with Sara’s daughter, Katie, is incredibly touching. Everyone else is back and we get to follow Craig, Rob, Blake and the other’s progression too. Crowe’s writing is so realistic and enjoyable, I found myself alternating between extreme frustration, tears and happiness. I literally could not put the book down and read it all in one sitting. This is a book I will read more than once. Another book, THE ESSENCE OF TIME, has been added to the series and I can’t wait for its release. This book was received for the purpose of an honest review. Heat Rating: Steamy/Sizzling Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Jeanne Stone-Hunter for My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much over the top with Jack and Sara. They really emotionally abuse each. Too much swearing.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
4.5 Relieved Stars... Favorite Quotes: “He left, but the word ‘mine’ beat a new pulse in his heart.” “She laughed, and when she lifted her face to his, kissing her seemed like the most perfect thing to do, ever.” “So she sat alone, most nights, staring out the window, pondering her squandered opportunities.” My Review: At last!  After so many near misses, misunderstandings, missed opportunities, misconceptions, miscommunications, missteps, mistakes, and misfires; the dramatic and emotional build up to the smash ending of this series had me actually trembling with tension.  I enjoyed Closing Costs far more than book two, Sweat Equity, and as much or more than book one, Floor Time.  Once the smoke finally cleared, I had the urge to quickly close down my kindle before they found themselves in yet another fight – then smiled at myself once I realized how silly that was.  Liz Crowe has major writing chops, the story sucked me in and held me, frustrated me, and kept me hostage in a state of anxious anticipation, yet I was unable to stop as surely resolution was coming soon for this couple who couldn’t get out of their own way.  This smart and well written series of complicated and interesting characters, neatly contained with 528 pages, has nearly killed me… while whetting my appetite for more.  Although, for my own heart health, I do feel the need to take a breath and read something light and breezy next, in hopes of purging the over-abundance of angst from my system.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
OK, this is where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. After of about 10 years of the on and off affair, Jack and Sara have reached their limits. They act like a married couple of the verge of divorce or worse. Most of the time they can be civil, but the minute their attraction comes into play... just close the door and throw away the key! Let them fight it out. By this point, it is obvious what Jack is seeking is the unconditional love he never received as he was growing up. If you have not read House Rules, do yourself a favor and read it right now. It is a novella and it will enlighten you as to where Jack is coming from. Two adults so deeply in love and scared to be vulnerable and give a little, holding on to their pride and their stubbornness is not a healthy situation. They are oil and vinegar... great flavor on a salad and they complement each other, but unable to mix together without an emulsifying third element. I think that third element is Katie. This installment resolves the issues, and along the way, you will be gripping the arms of your chair, so brace up for this bumpy and thrilling ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book three of the Stewart Realty series is more realistic and also more frustrating, and I loved every page. This story reminds us how careful we must be with both our words and our actions in matters of the heart. Misunderstandings and hurtful words between Jack and Sara lead to so much heartache and lost time together. We can't help but root for them! (18+)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost couldn't finish. Sara is the most selfish, stupid, whiney, annoying character I've ever read. This story should have ended at the 2nd book. I am very sorry that I spent money for this one. If I can save at least one person the frustration of this book then my entire afternoon of reading will not have been a total waste. The typos made it even harder to endure. The first 2 were better or I wouldn't have bought this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Jack and Sara is just not very realistic. This 3rd book takes place over many years. I read the 1st book and then purchased the next two. Wish I had not purchased them, waste of money. The editing is very poor. There were many instances of ed or er where words were wupposed to be. Had to guess what was supposed to be written. There were places where sentences were not completed. Read the 1st book in the series if it is free. Don't bother with the rest of the series. I will not read past the 3rd book.
CindyMeyer More than 1 year ago
Closing Costs is the third installment of the Stewart Realty series, and the conclusion of Jack and Sara’s story. It picks up nearly a year after Sweat Equity leaves off, but then back tracks to bring us up to date on the events leading up to present day before moving forward. If you’re expecting more Jack and Sara drama, then I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. Events the characters never expected (but probably should have) bring them to the shocking, sometimes hopeful, but more often frustrating and emotional conclusion of what should be Jack and Sara’s fairytale love story. Let me warn the reader, though, Closing Costs is anything but a fairytale romance. Jack and Sara continue their on-again-off-again commitment to either drive each other crazy, or kill themselves in the process. Author Liz Crowe does a stunning job at providing the reader with the internal dialogue of both characters to build anticipation and hope that they are finally going to figure things out. But true to their frustrating form, what goes on in their heads is NEVER how it plays out once they’re together. If they could just stop talking, they might be able to get along. Then, just about the time the author has us believing that the characters are finally moving toward being on the same page, a misunderstanding erupts that sends them spiraling right back to where they started. If they could just listen to each other! Yes, I know, I’m contradicting myself. It would be funny if it wasn’t so utterly tragic. Jack and Sara can jump from one conclusion to another in what surpasses the speed of light. I had to stop a couple of times just to prevent myself from destroying a perfectly good (and expensive) e-reader. Closing Costs runs the span of about ten years in the characters’ lives. Ten emotionally charged, “I love you,” “I hate you,” “I’m done,” “I can’t live without you,” years. Are you confused yet? Yup! But you can’t help but admire their never-give-up spirit. Most couples would have thrown in the towel a long time ago. Not Jack and Sara. Their commitment to each other, even when swimming in a vat of irritation they continually hurl each other into, is admirable. More than that, really. It’s the stuff real-life devotion and dedication should be made of. Closing Costs pushed my emotional resolve beyond the pale. I laughed and some of their ridiculousness. I cried at the shear tragedy of their stubbornness. And then I cried again, at some of the most tender moments of clarity I’ve ever read in a character. Do they get their HEA? Well, the author warned me that she never promises one. Just about the time I thought the characters had finally accepted their fate, the story takes and unexpected and frightful turn. It was truly not until the final sentences – just before the Epilogue – that Jack and Sara’s story mercifully concludes. Five I-survived-Jack-and-Sara stars!
angiebabe92 More than 1 year ago
I have to say I was sad to finish this series with the POV of Jack and Sara. I do look forward to the POV of characters in the next few books of what is going on while all the book 1 2 3 drama is happening. This book was great from start to fantastic finish. I dont want to say anything to spoiler for anyone who is looking at the series but please know Liz doesnt dissappoint. I fell ven more in love with these characters as the books went along in the series. I cannot say enough about the series except why are you still reading this review and not buying the books!!!
agreg More than 1 year ago
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!
Hesperia_Loves_Books More than 1 year ago
Perfection. That is the word that best describes Closing Costs, the third installment of Liz Crowe’s Realtors Series. Believe me when I say, when it comes to books and/or series, perfection is not a term that I use very often. There is always some thought, direction, developement or aspect that hangs me up, but there is NOT one thing about this book that I didn’t like or think fit the overall series ARC perfectly. Now I know that everyone’s idea about perfection is different & some may disagree - but for me, if the Louboutin’s fit, you bet your a** I’m wearing them! After the exhilarating roller-coaster ride that was Sweat Equity, I’ll be the first to admit, I began to have my doubts that Jack & Sara would get their HEA. Ready for another truth? I was ok with that! I have fallen so in love with these characters that I only want their happiness, and while it would pain me greatly, if that was only achieved through being apart, then so be it. However, I knew that if they could find a way to be together after all they’ve put each other through - then it would be perfection. In Closing Costs, Jack continues to be the supreme male top dog who can be an total prick when he wants, but we also got to see the softer & more mature side to him. That combined with his complete love & affection for Katie, has helped firmly cement him among my top book hero’s EVER! Sara continued to run and have trust issues, but who could blame her. Especially after the tumultuous ride she’s been on with Jack. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the role reversal between Jack & Sara. They each became what they disliked in the other. Jack wanted Sara to grow up and realize what they had & was SO quick to judge her and her actions. How ironic that he hated it when she did that to him. Sara on the other hand couldn’t decide what she wanted from Jack, even to go so far as wanting nothing but a sexual relationship with him. I cheered when he flat out refused! I won’t go into anymore detail about the plot or summarize anymore - this book is best read without any hints going in. If you’ve read Floor Time & Sweat Equity - it’s not a question of whether you’ll read Closing Costs, it’s when. If you are undecided about whether to read this series - don’t question it, just do it and bask in the yumminess that is the Realtors. In my opinion, the mark of a truly great series involves the telling of a fabulous story that grabs and takes me on a journey of twists, turns, up, downs & most importantly growth of the characters and storyline. I WANT that connection - to fall in love with the characters, follow their story as it unfolds and still be able to feel the strong emotions they evoke long after I’m done reading. The Realtors epitomizes & reaffirms why I love series reading & continues to prove why Liz Crowe should be a must add to everyone’s TBR that is a fan of the Contemporary/Erotic Romance genre and why it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not waste your money this book is all over the place.
Greengirl86 More than 1 year ago
More neuroticism than eroticism. And the typos and missing words! Jeez! You could find an "ed" or an "er" in the middle of a sentence, like she didn't have time to go back and fill in a verb or adjective. Probably will never buy another Liz Crowe book in my life. Life is too short to waste time on this book.