Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: PARADISE HOPS by Liz Crowe

Paradise Hops
By: Liz Crowe
Published by: Tri Destiny Publishing
Pub Date: October 15, 2012
Source: Tri Destiny Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
**WARNING: THIS IS AN ADULT NOVEL. Recommended for 18+ only. This title contains mature themes, explicit language, and sexual scenes that are not suitable for everyone.

A brutal attack  left Lori  Brockton convinced she was damaged goods. By the time she emerges from hiding two years later, ready to run her family’s famous  brewery, she’s determined to be independent–never rely on anyone ever again. Nearly a year of working in every corner of Brockton Brewing Company, from warehouse to pub, front office to kitchen, teaches her all she needs to know about the business. Then, she comes face-to-face with masculine perfection in a suit and her world is rocked in more ways than one. Garret Hunter is the new Brockton business manager who takes one look at the beautiful, sad young woman and his entire existence coalesces  around winning her heart.
But standing between Garrett and what he believes is his true love, is a six-feet six-inch blond-haired bad boy brewer.
Eli Buchannan is a craft beer rock star, recently hired by Brockton to drag the company into the 21st century. He brings innovation and attitude plus a prima donna ladies’ man reputation.  But he’s sworn off anything resembling commitment, personal or professional, after getting burned at his last job on both fronts.
Garret Hunter is “The Perfect Man” — handsome, successful, stable, eager to settle down. Eli Buchannan… is not.  Compelling, smoking hot, creative and elusive, he represents everything Lori Brockton should avoid.  But just as  she makes a difficult choice, a drastic life-changing shift occurs, and nothing is ever the same again.



Ok, this one blew me away! I bawled, actually sobbed my eyes out as my poor husband looked on with abject terror. He doesn't do weepy women, and I was one extremely weepy woman. I don't know that any other book has ever made be cry that hard. I actually had to put the book down for about 5 minutes (that's as long as I could bare to pull myself away from it) so that I could compose myself and find out what was going to happen next.

The characters in Paradise Hops (just the title makes my eyes misty now) are incredible and the love triangle is truly complex. Both male characters, Garrett and Eli, are so well developed that in combination with Lori's past her indecision, mistakes, and confusion are very believable. My heart reached out to her during all her confusion and mixed up feelings and, as I've already said, I bawled like a freakin' baby. 

This is the second book the I've read by Liz Crowe and I love how brewing and craft beer are so central to these stories. It's fascinating, and well, I love beer! So it's totally a plus for me. But the brilliant thing is that while the story is built around the brewing, it's not ... well, about the beer. It's about the characters and their relationships to each other and the beer. 

Paradise Hops is a stand alone novel so if you haven't read any of Liz's work before, it's a great place to start. I will warn you, there is sex. And lots of it, along with details and language. So, if you are sensitive to these issues, this might not be the book for you. Personally, I love it! And if you enjoy a semi nontraditional romance, with some vulgarity thrown in, you should definitely pick this one up. And then, pick up some more of her books because she is absolutely fabulous!



  1. Fantastic review! An author should be so lucky to get one of these!

  2. thanks for reading and reviewing my book ladies. Hope you get a chance to read some of my others!