Coach Love (Love Brothers, #1) by Liz Crowe
A Family Saga with humor, heat and heart--not to mention beer, bourbon and basketball!
The smoldering intensity of first love ~ the forbidden fantasy of temptation ~ the cold hard facts of real life.
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.
Emma - 4.75 Crowns
Book 2 in the Love Brothers series.
I highly recommend reading book one before embarking on Coach Love. This book although based around Kieran Love contains the continuing drama of the Love family, you will get much more background on each character if it is read in the order the series is written.
This is the second brother and peace maker Kieran's book. Always the good boy, the chilled and calm brother, Kieran has found his future hopes and dreams shattered with a career ending injury. Basketball and the NBA is no longer an option for Kieran so he finds himself depressed, questioning his future with a high maintenance girlfriend that no one likes, back in Kentucky around his family and with way too much time on his hands to wallow in thoughts of what could have been.
When he attends a Physical Therapy session, he is surprised to find his therapist is his high school sweetheart Cara. They have both moved on with there lives so things can remain professional and platonic between them; or can they?
Cara is engaged to one of Kentucky's most eligible bachelors. Kent is everything she should want and she thinks she is happy... Until Kieran reappears in her life.
Should she follow her heart or her head? And is Kent really as eligible as everyone thinks he is?
Old feelings bubble under the surface and when Kieran and Cara bump into each other at a bar one evening those bubbles POP! Leaving them both questioning the decisions of the past, the present and the future.
The high drama continues in the fast paced second instalment in this brilliant series. I love how Liz twists and turns her stories, you just have no clue as to where she will take her characters or if a HEA is even possible; Kieran and Cara are no different. They parted on friendly terms but it is clear that they still have a connection from the moment they meet again. In true Liz style this couple have to overcome many obstacles both in there relationships with others as well as with themselves.
What you will certainly see is a different Kieran than the sensible, laid back character we first met in book 1. In some ways he is the black sheep. Not in the usual rebellious sense - that title is most certainly Dom's. It is more in a sense that he is a typical middle child; quiet, peacemaker, doesn't cause concern, easy to overlook and to top it off he is the only ginger sibling, which he is reminded of frequently. I liked him and I loved that he had a very close (or as close as you can get) relationship with the very troubled brother Dominic. Throw in the Love families drama's and sometimes dysfunctional dynamics and you have another awesome book.
Well done Liz. Your books never fail to suck me in. Your writing style and the depth you add to your characters is amazing and you never leave the reader asking questions. You dot every i and cross every t in your storytelling; not many writers have the talent, skill or passion to be able to do that.
I should now say that I am eagerly anticipating Dominic's book, but being one of Liz's early readers on this series I have already had the pleasure of reading it. Instead I will tell you to hold onto your hat, pull up your big girl panties and look forward to Love Brewing, Dominic is full of surprises.
Elizabeth - 4 Crowns
OMG, I am loving this series, The Love Brothers' lives would make for one amazing soap opera drama full of a real functioning dysfunctional family. With real life issues and broken souls, while still being a close knit and loving family makes for an entertaining and compelling read. I want a network to pick this up, because I want this made into a TV show!!!
Be prepared for major drama at the end of this one... not a Cliffhanger at all, just an open for what looks to be an amazing storyline for the next book. Which I need yesterday by the way!