Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Love Garage, Book One by Liz Crowe

~ Categories ~ Contemporary Romance

~ Blurb ~ 
Antony Love is the quintessential responsible oldest brother of a boisterous, Italian/Irish family, placed in charge at a young age by his parents who are busy running the family business. He manages his siblings with a fair but iron hand, until his life is shattered by personal tragedy leaving him the shell of the man he once was.

When outspoken matriarch Lindsay Halloran Love becomes ill, the youngest brother Aiden shows up at Antony's garage, having dropped out of school (again), needing work and a place to crash. Antony provides both, with three caveats: "Don't smoke in my truck, don't be late for work, and don't mess with my girlfriend."

But Aiden Love, budding novelist, gets one glimpse of Rosalee Norris, young widow of Antony's lifelong best friend and all bets are off.

Set in horse country near Lexington, Kentucky, The Love Brothers Series is a saga of family devotion that runs as wide and deep as the Ohio River--except on Sundays when brothers Antony, Kieran, Dominic and Aiden work out their frustrations on the basketball court, Love brother style.

~ My Review ~ 3.75 STARS
This is a story of family dysfunction, love, and family tradition. As I read this story I got a clear definition of the family dynamics that drove these people. Part of me wanted to scream because of the relationship issues but the other part said yep that is real because I have seen this happen.

Anthony and Aiden are the brothers that are the main characters in this book and they have other siblings as secondary characters; a sister Angelique, and two brothers Dominic and Keiran.

One of the huge questions that this story brings up is “Can you love two people at the same time and how do you know which is the right one to marry?”. The author does a great job of showing viewpoints from both Anthony and Aiden and includes Rosalee’s viewpoint on her love for both of them.

This is a HEA with a very surprising somewhat confusing ending so slow down as you read chapters 25 and 26 it will be worth your time.

I do know that the next book is called Coach Love and it looks like Kieran plays a large part in it.  So I am heading over to read that book now. Enjoy reading this one and then come join on the next one.

I rate this overall a 3.75 stars due to some of the busyness in the story distracted me.

I was given this ARC for an honest opinion.

~ My Rating ~ 

Read my review on Love Garage, Book One
Read my review on Coach Love, Book Two
Read my review on Love Brewing, Book Three
Read my review on Family Love

~ About The Author ~

Amazon best-selling author, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, mom of three, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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