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Monday, March 14, 2011

Jockey Box by Liz Crowe

Jockey Box by Liz Crowe
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Other: M/F, masturbation
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Successful business owner, Erin Brady is holding her own and then some in the male-dominated beer brewing industry. But her twenty-year marriage is crumbling as a result. She makes a last ditch attempt over one summer weekend to reconcile with her husband, only to finally accept the truth: It was over. When duty calls in the form of a last minute beer festival she must attend, Erin recognizes the futility of her efforts and leaves, knowing when she returns, her husband will be gone for good.

Vulnerable and emotionally raw, she arrives at the event with more issues than she can handle and finds herself distracted by the hot young brewer she wants to hire. Dedicated and loyal to her business, she tries to ignore the inevitable, but Jeff’s many skills serve as a balm to Erin’s battered psyche, as he helps with the beer booth and somehow works his way into her fantasies.

Oh, my jockey box is busted. Can you help me? You with your strong arms, tight buns, and drool-worthy body? Yeah, you.

Whew! This book teems with tension. I love a story where the heroine is smarting from a rough relationship. There’s so much emotion for an author to play with. Then add a darned handsome hero to come to the rescue. Sounds fantastic. This book has one more twist. Beer! I liked the premise for this story. The chemistry between Erin and Jeff is fantastic. Ms. Crowe’s writing style is conducive to a quick reading and it’s fun. Oh, and there’s that title. If nothing else pulls the reader in, the title will.

Erin and Jeff are a great pairing. She’s not sure if she wants a man for more than a quickie and he...well, unfortunately, we don’t really get to climb inside his head. Jeff has some cute one liners that add to the overall tension of the story. He’s hot and the exact cure she needs for her frustration in life. The combination is great.

But as much as there was great, there was a little poor. I read this book in one sitting, but there was a moment where I was completely pulled from the story. Part of the book is in italics and I had to go back and reread at least three times to make sure I knew what was going on. It’s a pivotal scene, so it was frustrating. I struggled to get back into the story. With a little more editing care, this book can really shine.

But don’t let a few minor glitches deter you. This book packs a punch with a heady combination of heart and heat. It’s a great read for a chilly winter night when you want a pick-me-up and characters that will make you smile. I give Jockey Box 3 cherries.

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