Title: Paradise Hops
By: Liz Crowe
My Copy: Ebook provided by Author
A brutal attack left Lori Brockton convinced she was damaged goods. By the time she emerges from hiding two years later, ready to run her family's famous brewery, she's determined to be independent--never rely on anyone ever again. Nearly a year of working in every corner of Brockton Brewing Company, from warehouse to pub, front office to kitchen, teaches her all she needs to know about the business. Then, she comes face-to-face with masculine perfection in a suit and her world is rocked in more ways than one. Garret Hunter is the new Brockton business manager who takes one look at the beautiful, sad young woman and his entire existence coalesces around winning her heart.
But standing between Garrett and what he believes is his true love, is a six-feet six-inch blond-haired bad boy brewer.
Eli Buchannan is a craft beer rock star, recently hired by Brockton to drag the company into the 21st century. He brings innovation and attitude plus a prima donna ladies’ man reputation. But he's sworn off anything resembling commitment, personal or professional, after getting burned at his last job on both fronts.
Garret Hunter is “The Perfect Man” -- handsome, successful, stable, eager to settle down. Eli Buchannan... is not. Compelling, smoking hot, creative and elusive, he represents everything Lori Brockton should avoid. But just as she makes a difficult choice, a drastic life-changing shift occurs, and nothing is ever the same again.
This book started off great for me. I liked Lori’s character in the sense that she had survived a horrible attack and has been able to slowly work through it. After meeting Garrett, who helps her work through more of her attack, she seems like a genuinely good woman. The relationship between Lori and Garrett was sweet and hot all at the same time. However, when Eli entered the mix, things got a little confusing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some love triangles because it always adds spice and drama into the mix. I had no problem with the love triangle between Lori, Garrett, and Eli. All of it had me submerged into the story. However, around 60% of the story is when everything fell flat for me. All the circumstances that happened after that point had me so confused and angry. I was mad at the plot, I was mad at the attitude that Lori had, and I was just mad in general that love had switched sides so easily. I don’t want to go into more detail because I don’t want to give away the whole story.
I would say that the first 60% of this story would get 4 stars from me. I really liked that part. But the second part really lowered my love for the book and characters.