Saturday, September 19, 2015

review || LOVE GARAGE & COACH LOVE by Liz Crowe

Set in horse country near Lexington, Kentucky, The Love Brothers Series is a saga of family devotion that runs as wide and deep as the Ohio River - except on Sundays when brothers Antony, Kieran, Dominic, and Aiden work out their frustrations on the basketball court, Love brother style. 

The Love Brothers: A family saga with humor, heat and heart - not to mention beer, bourbon, and basketball.


BeerWench Enterprises LLC | January 5, 2015 | Genre
Love Brothers, book 1


Antony Love is the quintessential responsible oldest brother of a boisterous, Italian/Irish family, placed in charge at a young age by his parents who are busy running the family business. He manages his siblings with a fair but iron hand, until his life is shattered by personal tragedy leaving him the shell of the man he once was.

When outspoken matriarch Lindsay Halloran Love becomes ill, the youngest brother Aiden shows up at Antony's garage, having dropped out of school (again), needing work and a place to crash. Antony provides both, with three caveats: "Don't smoke in my truck, don't be late for work, and don't mess with my girlfriend."

But Aiden Love, budding novelist, gets one glimpse of Rosalee Norris, young widow of Antony's lifelong best friend and all bets are off.

Set in horse country near Lexington, Kentucky, The Love Brothers Series is a saga of family devotion that runs as wide and deep as the Ohio River--except on Sundays when brothers Antony, Kieran, Dominic and Aiden work out their frustrations on the basketball court, Love brother style.


BeerWench Enterprises LLC | January 5, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Love Brothers, book 2


When one man’s hopes are dashed apart in a split second after years spent chasing a dream, he returns home to Kentucky furious at the world and everyone around him.

Kieran Francesco is the middle son of the volatile, tight-knit Halloran-Love family. His role as peacemaker and the one true athlete is well established. He now faces life devoid of the sport he adores after a horrific, career-ending accident, which places him in a new and entirely uncomfortable position—that of the brother with no future.

Over the course of a few tumultuous months Kieran is plunged back into life at the center of the Love family, where he must cope with one self-destructive brother, one ill-timed reconnection to an old flame and a series of bad choices that land him in more trouble than he’d ever known existed.

{ review } .

I have been drawn to these titles since they first hit the book market. The covers are gorgeous, and I'm a sucker for stories with large families (something you will maybe see whenever I get to writing books). Having never read Liz Crowe before, though, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

This first book in the series definitely gives the read a lot of information. You start to learn all of the family members, you learn their roles in the family, and you learn who tolerates who. I have to say, I was a bit confused for points of this story -- big brother Antony and author wannabe Aiden do some flipping and switching of ladies, and then there's confusion with Antony (which I think gets cleared up in the novella, SAFE LOVE, between this and the next book).

So. I spent much of the book confused -- but I take full responsibility for this simply because I'm an epilogue reader, and my epilogue didn't make sense until literally the last chapter of the book.

There's a lot of drama in this family -- something that will explode even more in the next book. C'mon, you take an Irish-Italian family; what do you expect but boisterous people, loud arguments, but a ton of love (absolutely no pun intended). Mama Love definitely was the one to keep her family in line (even though proud and loud Father Love had his ways, too) -- it was because of her that the family was finally back together, the reason for Aiden coming home.

Aside from my confusion, this was a great story that sets the rest of the series up nicely.

I had a bit of a thing for the red-headed brother, Kieran, in the previous book. I think it's because of the red hair, the one Love who takes strongly to their Irish heritage (granted, Dom makes quite a point for himself in this book, making me want to know his story).

Just when you thought that Aiden was the Love child with an uncertain future, taking on a career that people didn't necessarily support, here comes Kieran, who's career is now gone. He struggles with the change in his personal life, as well as everything that's going on with family.

Like the previous, this book has more drama than a huge family should be given, but they handle it well. Having a feel for Liz Crowe's writing, and for this Love family, I was prepared for the mix of people, the drama, the emotional changes -- and was able to enjoy this installment to the Love saga much more.

...and of course, there's the big bang at the end dealing with Dom -- a definite great way to whet the appetite for LOVE BREWING next!

I love the way Liz is writing these epilogues! I love watching the calmness of family, but more than that, I love the boys and their basketball games.

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