Title: Backup Offer (Stewart Realty, Book 9)
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Second-Chance Romance
An ex-boyfriend, his massive dog, her house, and no hotel room in sight. What could go wrong?
After Blair ended things with Brandis, she was determined to get away--and stay away from him for good. She put family, friends, and the life she knew in Michigan in her rear view mirror and started over. As owner and head chef of her own place in Louisville, she stays plenty busy, especially since “Blair’s Kitchen” is the darling of the restaurant scene. She’s managed to avoid Michigan for almost a decade, but when her best friend needs her help, she drops everything and heads home.
Brandis has spent the last ten years coming to terms with addiction, personal tragedy, and the loss of the woman he loved. He’s now the third generation to run his family’s construction business, and he’s managed to reconstruct tattered relationships with his family. He’s even adopted a dog, thanks to some donated renovation time spent at an animal shelter. He’s got everything he needs—except a for one thing.
When the contractor she paid to build her restaurant’s expansion vanishes, leaving her with a giant mess, Blair only hesitates a moment before calling Brandis for help. But when he rushes to her side to evaluate the crisis, there isn’t an available room in a twenty mile radius. So they settle in to a routine—her, her one-time boyfriend, and his giant, slobbering dog in her small house. It doesn’t take long for the temptation of close proximity to give way, and while Blair tries to keep it all physical, Brandis has other ideas.
The end of the Stewart Realty series saga brings the second generation full-circle in ways many never expected, but no one regrets.
This book is the end of a long series but can easily be read as a stand-alone, second chance, contemporary romance. NOTE that book 1 of the series: FLOOR TIME is free on every platform (not just KU).
That link is here: https://books2read.com/u/31l5pM
When it comes to matters of the heart, sometimes the backup offer is the best chance at love. It’s been almost ten years since Blair left Michigan. She’s made a name for herself and her restaurant in Louisville. She never thought she’d ever cross the state line but a plea from a friend changes all that. Caught in a reconstruction nightmare, Blair calls her ex, Brandis, to help her complete her restaurant’s expansion. The only problem: Blair, Brandis, and Brandis’ giant dog have to share a small space. Giving in to physical needs is perfectly natural but is Blair ready for a second chance at love? Brandis has a lot to prove to her, that he’s changed, but is it enough to melt Blair’s heart?
Backup Offer is an emotive second-chance romance that touched me deeply. I connected with Blair right away. Her circumstances about leaving her home and starting over resonated with me. The emotional tension between Blair and Brandis is palpable and I enjoyed every minute of it. The plot moves at a fantastic pace with plenty of twists I didn’t see coming. Brandis’ dog is quite the character and his antics added humor and adorable moments to the story. I’m a huge fan of second-chance romance but I’m also a fierce critic. Each element has to be spot-on or else it won’t work for me. Liz Crowe nailed this second-chance romance with precision, romantic tension, and a well-executed flow to the story. Liz Crowe’s writing is so magical, the reader forgets it’s a book and becomes part of the story. If you’re looking for a heartfelt romance that’ll make your heart soar, pick up Backup Offer. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville living in Central Illinois. She's spent her time as a three-continent expat trailing spouse, mom of three, real estate agent, brewery owner and bar manager, and is currently a social media consultant and humane society development director, in addition to being an award-winning author. With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, inside fictional television stations and successful real estate offices, and even in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are compelling 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, at times frustrate, and always linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N