Guest Post: A Day In The Life Of The Realtors By Liz Crowe
A “behind the scenes” moment
Late One Night After Craig and Sara’s First “date” . . .
Sara woke with a start, confused and panicked. “Jack?” She whispered, as unfamiliar smells and sounds came at her from all directions. This was not his house. It wasn’t hers either. She ran a hand across the soft cotton and flannel cover. This was definitely not Jack’s bed. Blinking back angry tears, she cocked her head to one side. Was that a radio? She glanced at the huge numbers on the bedside clock. Four a.m.
She put her feet on soft carpet and after opening a couple of closet doors, stubbing her toe on God knows what, found the elegant, if messy bathroom. She stared at herself in the mirror, then looked down at the array of toothbrush, razor, and assorted masculine doo dads on the granite counter. She smiled, as the music got louder, and a familiar voice hummed, then started singing softly. She splashed water on her face and grabbed a towel, winding it around herself before heading out towards the source of the lovely music.
Craig sat, his bare back to her, guitar in hand, as he plucked through a song she’d never heard before. Sara let her eyes travel down the pleasant expanse of man who’d rocked her precarious world the night before, first in the pool with his “lesson” then later in the elevator up to his condo and again, in his bed. She shook her head. Declaring them solid friends with benefits before coming here might have been a little premature on her part but she wanted to keep it realistic, not give him any reason to think her heart was at stake.
She bit her lower lip as he started playing in earnest, still singing softly, his back flexing and arms cradling the instrument like a lover. Taking a few steps closer, she started to reach out, run a hand across his shoulder, needing to feel him again, to bring back the connection that drove the anger and frustration at her failed relationship with Jack Gordon out of her psyche. But she stopped, clenched a fist, and made herself listen to his the words he sang.
Tears stung her eyes. Is that really what he thought? She must have made a noise, because he stopped, set the guitar down and rose, stretching his lithe, lean frame once before turning and tugging her close, as if he knew she’d been there all along. He kissed her, long and deep, driving out the sadness and lighting a familiar fire in her core. As she sighed and threaded her hands in his long blonde hair he ran those talented lips down her neck and whispered, “Good morning, Sara.”
About The Series:
The Realtors: Life in the House Lane
Love is an easy word to use, a hard one to demonstrate, and sometimes impossible to trust.
The Realtors is a sweeping epic, encompassing over ten years in the lives of two people who know how to love with their bodies, how to please and get pleasure, to control and be controlled. When it comes to the deeper meaning of the one word they both need however, their strong personalities get in the way. While their physical connection sizzles they continue to disappoint one another emotionally.
Jack Gordon has it all–money, success, a string of women—but sustains a deep longing for something more. When he thinks he finds it with Sara Jane Thornton, his world is never the same again. Sara releases his natural Dom, a side of him he’d thought buried out of frustration and unhappiness. Sara learns a true submissive must trust implicitly, something she cannot associate with him, no matter how many times she tries, and he fails.
With a rich cast of secondary characters, including a young man who presents a near-perfect foil to Jack’s intensity, and who falls hard for Sara; The Realtors series is a romantic saga with an emphasis on contemporary life and love, with a healthy dose of white-hot eroticism. Modern, busy, driven characters living lives of purpose and real-time stress, seek the ever-elusive and highly coveted combination –a friend, lover and trusted advisor who will be there for the long haul.
Synopsis for Floor Time (Book One):
Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor’s most delectable bachelor. At age thirty-five, he’s made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.
While his D’s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now. A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.
Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it. However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.
A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she’s been missing.
Synopsis for Sweat Equity (Book Two):
Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it. He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he’s made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust. Could those be the only two things he can never achieve?
Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara’s history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her “war” one that comes from without or within?
Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara’s tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.
Synopsis for Closing Costs(Book Three):
Love conquers all? Not likely, according to Sara Thornton. She’s spent eight years coming to terms with the new parameters of her life while resigning herself to the idea that “happily ever afters” are best left to fairytales. Sales manager for her successful real estate office and juggling an added element of responsibility she never thought she’d face, Sara continues to struggle with the men in her life. Love, for her, has only meant hurt, broken trust and anger; all of which she’s completely banished from her life, so she claims.
Jack Gordon has come a long way since his early days of obsession with Sara. As the general manager of Stewart Realty, his own level of responsibility for the well-being of others has ramped up. He’s even honed his caretaking skills, now that he has someone who loves him unconditionally.
Continuing to invest effort and rebuild their relationship, he and Sara grow close as friends. Despite this, his ultimate question remains unanswered; the one he keeps asking, no matter how many times she says no. Sara isn’t prepared for the keen focus of his need–to have her back, once and for all. Her stubborn resistance nearly rips both lives apart
The epic conclusion to The Realtors series, Closing Costs brings Jack and Sara truly full circle. Proving that the heat of lust and obsession; the need for control and to be mastered in many areas of life can lead to love —surprising you when you least expect it – if you will only allow it.
About The Author:
Microbrewery owner, 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, an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing her spouse around the world, and making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry) has prepped Liz for life as erotic romance author.
When she is not sweating beer inventory, sales figures or promotional efforts for her latest publication, she can be found walking her standard poodles or doing Bikram Yoga. If you want a beer education follow her beer blog:. For writing-related topics, including her backlist.