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.”
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