REVIEW – House Rules by Liz Crowe

Book Title - House Rules
Author - Liz Crowe
Stars - 4
Buy Link – AMAZON

The Jack Gordon Story. A prequel novella of the Stewart Realty Series.

It takes a wealth of collected experiences, emotions, successes and failures to craft the personality of a true Alpha Male

Jack Gordon, real estate broker, licensed builder, Juris Doctorate, has had his fair share of strife. His ability to cope, to fall down and pick himself back up has lead him to a place where he believes he has it all. Friends, money, cars, more women than he can count, and a club in Detroit where he can exorcise his inner demons, fill his days and his nights.

When he walks up to a penthouse door on a hot Ann Arbor summer afternoon, frustrated, exasperated and ready to call it quits after hours of condo shopping with a wealthy couple, the last thing on his mind is meeting his destiny.

I read this Novella after I had finished the first 4 books in the series. This is a journey down Jack's early years. It helps explain how he came to be the kind of man he is as an adult. Plus, you get to meet a lot of the characters in the other books along the way.
Jacks early days are full of unhappiness. His father is a ruthless man who does not show his children love. His ways cause Jack's mother to overdose and die, leaving Jack and his sister Maureen to flounder under their father's ways. Blow after blow destroys Jack as he journeys down a path of sexual awakening. Each time he allows his heart to play into things, he gets it stomped on, further hardening his fragile heart. In this Novella, we get to understand his beginnings of manhood, and his utter destruction at the hands of Jenna. This book eventually gets us all the way to his wedding with Sara, filling in the gaps of books 1-3. This is a very eye opening look at the character you either love or hate, seeing as he can draw both emotions out of you. I did enjoy seeing what happened to make him the driven, wildly successful, yet emotionally stilted man he comes to be. This is an excellent addition to the Stewart Realty series, and I do believe this would be best read after book 3.

Heidi gives House Rules

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