Thursday, April 20, 2017

Songbird by Maya Banks

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Emily’s life was hell growing up, her only solace was the Donovan brothers, the loves of her life. When the older brothers rejected her love and her heart, the younger brother, angry with his brothers came to her declaring his love and devotion.

It’s been just over 21 months since the death of my Shanny and I find myself still going back to books I have read repeatedly. I am revisiting these books because they are books I know I can totally submerse myself in (temporarily bury my head in the sand) and enjoy rather than taking a chance on a new book only to be disappointed in not finding a temporary reprieve from the reality that there is now a gaping hole in the hearts of my family. Everyday its fight to get out of bed and the only things holding me together is my family. I am telling you this so you understand what I am going to say next.

I normally really enjoy this story when I read and it is one of my favorites but thinking it would be a comfort book under the circumstances was not level headed thinking. It was a gut wrenching read this time and sadly I am not sure I will ever be able to read it again and that just makes me want to cry more because I love this book.

Sean’s murder took a devastating toll on Emily and the fog she lived in probably would have killed her to if Taggert and Greer had not put on their big boy panties and gone after her. Now normally I would focus on the hot steamy sex if there is any or the dynamics between the characters or the edits of which I only found one in Songbird, but this time I can’t because even as I write this review I have to fight back the tears. Maya Banks did and amazing job of describing the grief that Emily was going through, someone murdered her husband as he was protecting her. The man that did that stole an entire future from her that she can never get back, yes, she finds love that was in reality always there but deep down that hole that was created will always be there even as a bitter sweet memory. Emily’s sadness matches my own sadness and this time, as I read this story, that is what I connected with and its not something I was really prepared for when choosing to read Songbird for the umpteenth time. So, in truth I focused very much on the heart ache of the characters which I think made everything else including the bedroom scene pretty subdued. I know my first readings of Songbird were in a different time and place and my feelings of the story were very different and I am hoping that someday I can pick this book up again and read it in that light and give you a better review.

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The voice of an angel, a husband who loved her–she had it all…until a tragedy took it away.

A Linger story.

They called her their Songbird, but she was never theirs. Not in the way she wanted.

The Donovan brothers meant everything to Emily, but rejected by Greer and Taggert, she turned to Sean, the youngest. He married her for love, and she loved him, but she also loved his older brothers.

Her singing launched her to stardom. She had it all. The voice of an angel, a husband who loved her, and the adoration of millions. Until a tragedy took it all away.

Taggert and Greer grieve for their younger brother, but they’re also grieving the loss of Emmy, their songbird. They take her back to Montana, determined to help her heal and show her once and for all they want her. They’re also on a mission to help her find her voice again. Under the protective shield of their love, she begins to blossom… until an old threat resurfaces.

Now the Donovans face a fight for what they once threw away. Only by winning it—and her love—will their songbird fly again.

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Brewer Ross has given up on love…until he meets a 

woman who turns his life—and brewery—upside down.

The Brewing Passion Series #2
Liz Crowe
Releasing May 30, 2017
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Brewer Ross has given up on love…until he meets a woman who turns his life—and brewery—upside down.

Ross Hoffman held the potential for a perfect life in his hands—a life with Evelyn, the only woman he’d ever allowed himself to love, their baby and…her husband, Austin Fitzgerald, who also happened to be his best friend. But the challenge of trying to make a threesome into something acceptable—let alone the thought of actually sharing Evelyn with anyone—forces him to bolt. Determined to put all thoughts of their relationship behind him, Ross jumps headfirst into a new brewery job in Colorado, and back into the sort of sexual decadence that he hopes will distract him from his misery.

When he agrees to assist Austin through a spate of brewery mishaps, he lays eyes on his true fate—in the form of the petite, mysterious and exotic Elisa Nagel. Hired as assistant brewer, Elisa is absolutely everything he believes he doesn’t want in a woman. But he’s drawn to her in ways he can’t explain, and he can’t help but fall hard, fast and deep, which places him square in the middle of her horrific, until now secret backstory.

Ross is determined that his love will conquer and overcome the horrors of Elisa’s past, allowing her to trust him with the only thing he desires—her heart.

Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene with attempted rape and violence, as well as a brief scene alluding to person being drugged and raped.

Amazon best-selling author, mom of three, Realtor, beer blogger, brewery marketing expert, and soccer fan, Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville currently living in Ann Arbor. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance: Worth the Risk,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”).

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and at times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique 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, frustrate and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

Don’t ever ask her for anything “like a Budweiser” or risk bodily injury.

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