Liz Crowe

Two men suffering from visible and invisible wounds meet by chance circumstance.

Nick Traynor and Ian Donovan spend a lot of time and effort keeping it very hot, only physical, and purely superficial. But when their resolve starts to slip, a woman is tossed into their midst.

Hannah Williams wants nothing more than to do her job until something better comes along, but is forced to own up to her visceral reaction to Ian, her new boss, and later to Nick, his sometimes lover. 

Lust has a funny way of turning into companionship, and eventually evolving into a deeper connection. Faced with the internal and external complications of their potential three-way relationship, they begin to heal and trust, to consider that it might work. Then life tosses them a hardball, forcing them back into their respective corners, where each must choose what is most important.


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Three people determined not to commit, thrown together by fate and undeniable attraction--their nights heat up and emotions run high in spite of a claimed mutual desire to "keep it simple." In the process of honest self-discovery, can they learn that while love is never simple, it is definitely worth fighting for?

 

Reviews for Honey Red

“A Liz Crowe book wouldn’t be complete without heavy doses of emotional turmoil and smoldering chemistry that wreaks
havoc on your senses and Honey Red is no exception. Ms. Crowe takes her time in developing Ian, Nick and Hannah’s
characters, making the reader feel invested in their lives and the outcome of their connection. Ian is inexplicably flawed,
tainted by life experience, while Nick is completely self-destructive and unable to handle the changes in his life that his
injury caused. Hannah is a terrific character, the catalyst for the two men to embrace their feelings to each other. The
sex scenes between Ian and Nick are passionate yet tender, and when Hannah joins them, the chemistry between them
all is almost overpowering in its intensity. When Nick finally gave in to Ian and Hannah’s seduction, I literally groaned in
pleasure!” -- 4.5 stars JERR 2/2013

Honey Red is a must read complete with sexy characters, heart wrenching emotions bound to make you cry at least once and lots of mind blowing sex. The challenges that these characters overcome are very real in America today from PTSD in veterans, bisexuality, and unplanned pregnancy. Liz does not disappoint with her newest story that flowed seamlessly from tap of her imagination.” -- 5-stars RomFan Reviews

“Watching these three very broken people as they worked towards taking control of their lives and making them lives worth living was such an intense ride.  This does not follow the typical romance "oh they met,  immediately fall in love, something happens to threaten their love, but no worries all is fine" story arc.  While those are great sometimes, it was nice to venture outside that box.  If you like honest emotions even when they are uncomfortable, non-traditional relationships, and a love story that breaks all the romance novel rules, this book is probably just what you have been looking for.” -- Delphina Reads Too Much

“It has been a while since I read a contemporary menage as intense as this one. You know, the kind of story that will be stuck in your memory and one day, not too soon because it would spoil a bit the fun, but not too long because you will keep that in the back of your mind, you will re-read the story with the same pleasure, the same wow factor.” --  5-stars Mary’s Menage Whispers and nominated for 2013 Best Menage Romance

 

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About Liz Crowe


Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse, plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry), has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.
When she isn't sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.

Her groundbreaking romance subgenre, "Romance for Real Life," has gained thousands of fans and followers who are interested less in the "HEA" and more in the "WHA" ("What Happens After?")

Her beer blog a2beerwench.com is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high-powered real estate offices. Donít ask her for anything "like" a Budweiser or risk painful injury.

www.lizcrowe.com
www.brewingpasssion.com
www.a2beerwench.com
www.facebook.com/lizcroweauthor
www.twitter.com/beerwencha2
www.facebook.com/groups/romanceforreallife
www.facebook.com/jackgordonrealtor

 

Also by Liz Crowe:

Stewart Realty Series:
Floor Time
Sweat Equity
Closing Costs
Essence of Time
Conditional Offer
Escalation Clause

Turkish Delights Series:
Turkish Delights
Blue Cruise
Tulip Princess
Diplomat’s Daughter
Flower Passage

Standalone Works:
Paradise Hops
Honey Red
Cheeky Blonde
Lust on Tap

 

An Interview with Liz Crowe
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Liz, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Honey Red and features a very special relationship. Where did you get the idea for this sizzling tale?

LC: Honestly, it came from a book I already had published as a sort of side novella but ultimately morphed into something much more, and much better. Of course, the setting (the craft beer industry) comes directly from my own experience as part owner and marketing director/bar manager of a microbrewery in Michigan. 

HH: What do you like best about Nick and Ian and why will readers be pulling for them?

LC: Ian has a bit of stubbornness in him that many readers will find appealing--he's difficult at times, and tries to stay aloof and cool about life and his emotions but his real self is revealed in his relationship with his young son Jamie. He is a loving man, just--at the point you meet him--unable to show it yet.  Nick on the other hand is wounded inside and out. He's been through hell, literally, having spent years in Counter Intelligence for the Marines as a gay man. And when readers meet him his physical scars and disabilities are nothing compared to the survivor guilt he carries around. He is the ultimate "wounded warrior"--angry, unreachable, making himself unlovable as much as he can....until he meets Ian.

HH: What do you like best about Hannah and why will readers love her?

LC: I'm not a big fan of the "wide-eyed innocent" heroine. As a matter of fact I don't like them at all and tend to write more jaded, cynical, older female protagonists in my books. Hannah is a bit of an exception as she is younger than the men, innocent in many ways having had not such great experiences sexually speaking (nothing traumatic, just "not great" and to her mind "overrated"), struggling to pay student debt and take care of her frail mother at the same time.  She has a core of strength that is revealed even more when she is confronted with the possibility that she may be in lust...and finally in love...with two different men.

HH: With the popularity of the menage story now in the genre, what do you think the secret is to doing it well?

LC: Well, if I knew that I'd be richer I think. What I do know is how I like any book, including "menage" which in many fictional situations is the ultimate fantasy--and ultimately unrealistic.  If you are a fan of mine already or have read anything about me you know I like keeping it as real as possible. That has turned off many "traditional romance" fans to be certain, but garnered me a lovely cross section of reader fans who are interested in experiencing the sort of heat that I can bring to a story, but mainly how I write the "morning after" type stuff. The reality of making a polyamorous relationship truly work is still something I personally believe remains firmly in the "fantasy" section of the bookshelf. However, with all my menage stories (this is my 4th one) I try very hard to inject as much realism as I can.

HH: How is this relationship different from the ones in your other works?

LC: Well, as I said this is my 4th menage novel. The other ones had other "themes:" marital infidelity for one of them (Vegas Miracle), forgotten and re-found love and redemption (Lust on Tap), and a threesome of convenience for procreation that turns into something else (Essence of Time--book 4 of the Stewart Realty series).  Honey Red features three characters that are sort of pre-programmed to avoid emotion altogether, for various reasons, but who end up in such a tangle of it they very nearly reject what seems perfect---until they don't.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

LC: I will be releasing MUTUAL RELEASE (Book 7 of the Stewart Realty series but that could easily be read as a stand alone novel and intro to the series) April 4. It has a strong BDSM plot element but is more a coming of age novel for 2 people who are truly destined to be together. And in the fall I have a trilogy of stories as part of the BLACK JACK GENTLEMEN series (an offshoot of Stewart Realty) that will be yet more "something completely different!" Finally to wrap up 2013 I will release GOOD FAITH, the final novel of the best-selling, fan favorite Stewart Realty series. And I'm planning a way-fun weekend for my fans in Ann Arbor as part of that release event.

HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

LC: Being able to drink as an excuse to "fuel the muse."  Seriously, I love the writing part. Just the simple sitting down and creating new characters and a plot where once there was none.

HH: What is your writing schedule like?

LC: Ha! Remember, I own and manage marketing and the beer bar side of a very successful craft brewery. And I have 2 busy, athletic teens at home. So....you know....I fit it in where I can. But it gets done. I am NOT a "word counter" either. I tried that once and it literally froze me in my tracks. I am not about how many words I can crank, but how many great stories I can tell.  That may involve a few words a day, but it could also be 20,000 words in a sitting. I've been known to do both.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

LC: All over the place really:
www.lizcrowe.com (author website)
www.brewingpassion.com (writing blog)
www.a2beerwench.com (beer blog)
www.wolverinebeer.com (brewery website)
www.facebook.com/lizcroweauthor (fan page)
www.facebook.com/groups/romanceforreallife (private fan group)
www.twitter.com/beerwencha2 

HH: Why will 2013 be a very good year for you?

LC: Because I get to write books that get published and that more and more people enjoy reading!

HH: Thank you!

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