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Thick Love by Eden Butler REVIEW

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Thick Love by Eden Butler REVIEW

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.

Review

★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

How do you rate a book that you read in one sitting, that was a fantastically written and emotional book, but left you feeling depressed and unfulfilled? It is going to be really hard to review without spoilers and sounding cryptic, but I will try my best.

This is Ransom’s story, it is a story of loss and guilt and grief. At the tender age of 16 he lost his first love in a horrific accident that he feels responsible for and that changed his life irrevocably. Now a Freshman at college, he is following in his fathers footsteps playing on the football team where his famous dad is now coach.

Despite his charmed life with his future career planned out and a family who love him, he is constantly drowning in turmoil, never letting himself forget or move on from the girl who owned his heart and still does.

Aly is a dance teacher at Ransom’s cousins studio, and has been watching him from the sidelines for last year, ever since he saved her from an altercation between her and the abusive father she fled from at 17.

Ransom doesn’t really see her, and ever since that day they haven’t really spoken again, even though he is around quite often. Obviously fate has decided that they need each other for different reasons, and they are thrown together to practice a dance for the annual recital.

This book isn’t really about Ransom and Aly falling epically in love, this book is about Ransom coming to terms with what happened to Emily, and how he eventually comes to terms with his guilt and the fact that she is gone forever. Aly played a very important part in this process, and their transition from friends to lovers was a painful but gripping one.

Thick Love is the prelude for the next book, which I have no doubt will be their epic love story. I am praying that Ransom finally decides to put Aly first in his heart and fight for her, she deserved so much better and despite Ransom’s bad behaviour, I know he has a wonderful soul.

This book contains angst, lots of it but for me this book is about the journey and although it was a bumpy one, I think the HEA will be sweeter, once it comes.

This is the first book following the story of Ransom & Aly, book 1 Thin Love follows his parents, and although it does not need to be read first, I would recommend it just because it will give you a background to the whole family dynamics. Told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

About the Author

Eden Butler

Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Romance, Suspense, Mystery and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

She is currently imprisoned under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.

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Thin Love THICK_LOVE_COVER Thick & Thin (Thin Love #3)

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