Monday, July 10, 2017

Liz Crowe - Conditioned review

A chance meeting. An improbable connection. An exquisite attraction.

The Brewing Passion Series #3
Liz Crowe
Releasing July 11, 2017
Totally Bound

Trent Hettinger’s turbulent formative years transformed him into a cynic—and into a man who realized he required something outside himself to control his temper. Something he finds as a Dom—at least for a while. But he allowed himself to trust a woman once and was slapped back into reality with a vengeance and now devotes all his energy into building his real estate empire, raising his teenaged daughter…and avoiding anything resembling authentic attachments.

Melody Rodriguez kept her head down for years—working hard, making her own money, trying to get ahead with every deck stacked against her.  She’s determined to move beyond the ugliness that haunts her without anyone’s help. When a mutual friend sets her up with Trent, she’s determined to have some fun with him and move on.

A man with nothing to left to lose. A woman hiding behind her past. When two lives spent in emotional denial collide, it’s a perfect match—at least on the surface. But neither Trent nor Melody are prepared for the full force of their true feelings, once fate intervenes and blows a cold breeze into their white-hot relationship.

My Review

Wow! This book blew me away. I think I loved it more than the previous two books in the series, Tapped and Lightstruck. While the other books don't have to be read before this one, I do recommend it. There's a backstory the reader will miss if they haven't read them.  
I was quickly sucked into Trent and Melody's world.  Melody has had serious trauma in her past and unfortunately for her, it prohibits her from living. She hasn't found a good way to cope other than just keeping one foot in front of the other and avoid being seen.  But unexpectedly, she's drawn toward Trent. Her best friend and boss dated him for a minute and Evelyn isn't shy in making it known Melody has captured his eye and should go for it. She's scared and still dealing with what happened to her and she has a hard time letting Trent in.  But he kinda bulldozes his way in. 
Trent is set in his ways and has certain needs he has found with other women.  However, Melody is like no one else he has ever met. He finds himself changing and craving her. He wants to protect her and cherish her.  This man is sooo SWOONY! Even though he struggles with how to make their relationship work and is often an ass, he realizes he wants her and can't live without her.  
I loved the way Trent wants to care for Melody.  Their interactions and relationship was realistic and often times sad.  Both had a past they weren't proud of and didn't want a repeat but they were VERY different situations.  The push/pull they had was delicious and I didn't want to miss a minute of their story. I was completely hooked and didn't want to put this book down.  And this one had ALL THE FEELS! Dontcha just love a good HEA?! Yeah, me too! This one is a great and definitely not one to be missed! 

Now Available for Pre-Order
Brewing Passions Novella

Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, 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: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

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.


  1. Thank you for hosting you review!
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  2. thanks so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed it!