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THICK LOVE (Thin Love #2) by EDEN BUTLER

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SYNOPSIS

He doesn’t ask their names.

He doesn’t deserve to know them.

Ransom Riley Hale’s friends think his life is charmed: first string as a freshman on a championship-winning college football team. A father with two Super Bowl rings. A mother with platinum albums and multiple Grammies under her belt. But that brilliant shine on the surface hides the darkness beneath; it’s all Ransom has ever known.

Despite the shadows he walked in, once there was a blinding light fracturing the darkness. It brought the promise of hope and happiness. He’d been careless, filled with pride and stupidity and lost that light. Ripped it from the world. 

Now, the shadows are dimming again. Aly King surges into his life threatening to pull him from the darkness. She is everything Ransom can never be again. Her light feels too warm, promises him that there is more waiting for him beyond the shadows. 

But the shadows are relentless, resurfacing when he thinks he is safe, and Ransom knows he must keep Aly from them too before he pulls her down into the darkness with him.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯1/2  tense stars

“Thick love is best. Thick love is…it’s when you know.”
“It’s when you know what?”
“It’s when you know you’ve found the one that can pick up the pieces when you let your heart get broken.”

If a love story full of angst is something that gets your book heart racing, if you revel in watching two people work at their love and relish  having your heart tested to the limit then Thick Love is the book for you and boy did we LOVE it! We want to applaud Eden Butler for staying true to her characters and admire her for telling their story their way. It was imperative for Ransom’s story be told his way, after all this was his journey, not a rehashing of his parents love story, and so we were pleased with the direction Eden Butler took with regards to the story and the characters.

“I wanted to help you.”
“I don’t need your help.”
“Bullshit, Ransom. You’re lost. You’ve been lost a long time.”

From the moment we met Ransom in Thin Love, we were immediately drawn him, his flaws, his anger and the obstacles he had to overcome. After all, Ransom did have big shoes to follow with his high profile parents yet nothing could have prepared us for how his story would unfold.

“Ransom, you can’t live like this.”
“Who the hell said I’m living?”

Our hearts immediately went out to Ransom. Here was a young man in his prime, the world at his feet, looks, charm, money and talent, yet he was world weary, haunted by his past, burdened and beaten down. Life outside of his family and football had become such a struggle which had manifested itself in a physical sense which we found heartbreaking.

Ransom’s voice was gut wrenching, frustrating and exasperating but it was also incredibly sad as we observed this sensitive soul so riddled with guilt, wallowing in self-condemnation and self-loathing as he blamed himself for a tragedy that would consume him. We alternated between wanting to hug him and hit him. Ransom was young man so completely lost in grief we wondered if he would ever drag himself out of his despair and possess the ability and the desire to set himself free.

“Aly, I have to be so careful with you.”
“I’m not going to break.”
“I might.”

Aly was such a plucky heroine. Aly’s love for Ransom was without question. Aly understood the difficulty Ransom faced in opening up his heart and although she repeatedly forgave him Aly was by no means a pushover as never feared speaking her mind to put Ransom in his place and in return Aly made Ransom feel alive for the first time in a long time but did he deserve her love?

‘I had seen many, many brilliant things in my life, in my travels, things that would take away your breath, things that would make you never question if God existed. But none of them could match the magic of Aly when she danced.’

Ransom and Aly’s love was one born from grief and sadness and so they had to fight for their love and in doing so Eden Butler showed us that they weren’t defined as a couple and that Ransom and Aly needed to find themselves independently and deal with their issues before they could commit their love and feelings to someone else.  After all, as we said, this was Ransom’s unique journey and he could never truly be at peace and give himself until he had dealt with his issues.

“I’m not the bad boy who needs saving, Aly.”
“Non, cheri, you’re a good man who needs to forgive himself.”

Whilst you could read Thick Love on its own we really do encourage you to read Thin Love first as you will garner a much better understanding of Ransom, his past, his family and his persona which is an integral part of Thick Love. We couldn’t have read one without the other.

We LOVED this book and would recommend it in a heartbeat! And so Ransom and Aly’s story continues…………..

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**

THE THIN LOVE SERIES by EDEN BUTLER

Thin Love series

 THIN LOVE – BOOK ONE
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  MY BELOVED – NOVELLA #1.5
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 THICK LOVE – BOOK TWO
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COCKY BASTARD by PENELOPE WARD and VI KEELAND

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SYNOPSIS

From New York Times Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming. 

♥  ♥

Cocky Bastard

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

✯✯✯1/2 Stars

‘They say if you let something go and it doesn’t come back to you, it was never really yours to begin with. But considering I was the one who initially left in this situation, all bets were off.’

With a title like this you never know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised that- sure Chance was definitely cocky but a bastard? No; we have to disagree with the title. Chance is what kept us reading this story, he was gorgeous and funny – sweet and understanding. He went through so much, be it from his past or his present. Sure he should have tried honesty, but after eight days?! We fell in complete love with him and like we said he’s the reason we stuck with it. Well him and a lovable fainting goat.

“You want to sin with me, Princess?”

The writing was engaging and we were definitely enjoying the story of how Chance met Ahhbree. We had a few laughs and it felt quite seductive to begin with so we were eager to find out how their story was to pan out. Kudos to the Authors for throwing in a spanner that completely came as a surprise. We loved this part of the story and once again it showed Chance as a man with a big heart who protects those he loves. And when he woo’s bloody hell does he WOO!!!!!!

“I’m here. You have me. The question is, do you want to keep me, or will you throw me away?”

So, where we struggled was with the amount spent together versus the time spent apart. As in they spent more time apart than together. Eight days from meeting to parting being the only time spent together over more than two years. Is it possible to have a love so cemented and final? We just didn’t connect with this part of the story it just didn’t feel convincing at all.

“Without you, I see nothing. Nothing.”

Our other issue was Aubrey; whilst we really liked her for the first part of the story she began to annoy us and get on our reading nerves. Yes she’d been treated in an emotionally appalling way, however – carry a grudge much – after receiving a life changing and emotionally driven explanation she proceeded to drag it out leaving two men hanging on tenterhooks and giving their all for her existence? Granted, she was partially aware and we do understand her reluctance to an extent but it went on for the better part of the story and began to drag. We couldn’t believe how hard Chance had to work, he literally put the Rrrrrrr in romance! So sadly no, this part of the story just didn’t work for us which is why we only liked it and didn’t love it. Chance and the goat stole the show! We want to be on the back of that bike!

‘Sometimes, those who put up the biggest shields are those who are protecting the biggest heart.’

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the authors, with thanks.**

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COCKY BASTARD by PENELOPE WARD and VI KEELAND
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**MORE BOOKS WE’VE LOVED BY THESE AUTHORS**

 STEPBROTHER DEAREST by PENELOPE WARD
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 LEFT BEHIND by VI KEELAND and DYLAN SCOTT
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