Title: Win Place Show
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom Com
All bets are on!
Start with a perfect spring weekend full of pretty dresses, high heels, fancy hats, horse races, and bourbon. Combine with a friend-from-childhood lover, Nate Hawthorne, whose ongoing misunderstandings have led Lucy Granger to swear she’ll never move back home. Mix in a splash of combined family pressure for Lucy and Nate to be The Golden Couple. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with plenty of hot, secret hookups. What do you get? A funny sort of romance, chock full of dressing up, mint juleps, an axe-throwing bar, and a huge winning bet at the big race.
All bets are off when it comes to bourbon, love, and the Derby. It’s Derby time and Lucy is back home celebrating with her family and friends. She’s also trying to figure out what Nate wants. Nate, her childhood friend slash occasional hookup, is harder to determine than what to wear on Derby Day. To say their relationship is complicated is the biggest understatement of the year. Both her family and his family insist on Lucy and Nate coupling up. It’s no wonder Lucy lives far away. But between the clothing, mint juleps, and living up to family expectations, there’s romance heating up between Lucy and Nate. Can past mistakes be forgotten when Lucy bets on Nate and his love for her or will she lose it all in one race?
Win Place Show is a laugh-until-bourbon-goes-up-your-nose romance. Be warned: have a tissue handy and only drink bourbon in between chapters. From the first page to the last, Win Place Show is an unputdownable romance. I connected with Lucy and her conflicted heart. The long, complicated history between her and Nate had me glued to the story and I couldn’t put it down. The descriptive narration is rich in detail and brings the city of Louisville to life. For those who have never been to the Derby or the city, please savor this book. By the time you’re finished, you’ll feel like you’ve experienced it all. The lure of the Derby and bourbon country is poignantly portrayed in Win Place Show. The romance was such fun to experience from both Lucy’s and Nate’s points of view. There’s a lot of subtext and tension that needs to be resolved before the end, but Liz Crowe handles it beautifully. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite romance authors. If you call yourself a romance reader, you need to read Win Place Show. 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 South Carolina. 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 digital marketing and fundraising consultant, in addition to being an award-winning author. With stories set in 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 and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N