TITLE: Thick & Thin
AUTHOR: Eden Butler
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
4.5 Forever Stars
OMG I forgot how much I loved Eden's writing when I picked this book up, you know time continues on and then you go OK it's time for my next ARC... And then something magical happens no joke I am mesmerized by the essence of the characters, the storytelling and Eden's ability to pull you in. And then there's the writing.. Sensual and poetic all in one package... So did I enjoy it?? HELL YESS..
"No matter where I go, Ransom, my heart will stay with you."
**Firstly this is NOT A STANDALONE you must read Thick Love first, this book is a continuation of Ransom and Aly's story so my review may include some of that, I will endeavor though to try my best to make this as spoiler free as possible.**
So what's it about?
Let me tell you, when I finished Thick Love a few months ago there was a WTF moment? I was are you F'N serious? Did that really happen??? BOMBSHELL so when I went into Thick & Thin I honestly didn't know what was going to happen aside from Eden pulling my heart in every direction. She she sure knows how to do that. Ransom and Aly though LOVE each other and throughout this book I felt for both these beautiful sensual characters, it just was a story where they needed to work hard to get their prize.
Random and Aly were kids when they were together previously, so now adults Aly wants Ransom to understand that HE NEEDS TO SEE HER and not the game. Aly and Ransom are characters that feel, and thrive on feeling. But there was a good amount of push and pull. Ransom needed to fight, and Aly needed to forgive. I had many tears, yet at the same I smiled a lot and yelled for them to just be..
Gah Ransom is one hell of an Alpha Hero who knows what he wants. And imagine some highly angry man who wants something he can't exactly get straight away. Hand on chest moments for me.
And did I say sensual?
I'm not going to tell you more, except that Eden Butler knows how you break you apart and then put you back together. Above this is about two people who are meant to be together. It's about Kona and Keira too and about a family that knows what it's about to fall, to get up and keep moving. It's about fighting, it's about LOVE and about being happy.
Then there's Eden's writing, I highlighted so much in this book. Eden's writing alone is sensual and poetic. It's high on the plot and low on sex yet I was panting in my seat. There's just a magnetic pull, she managed to pull my heart, and make me be at the happy at the same time. All in all Eden knows how to story tell..
That. Is. All.
ARC generously gifted in exchange for an honest review
THICK & THIN EXCERPT
“You don’t want to remember?” I didn’t. Not a single memory. A touch that was new, a taste that was different—that’s what I wanted. Memory came with emotion. It came with commitment, something that would land me back where I’d begun four years ago. I wanted to move beyond that. I wanted more. “I…I want you to touch me like you don’t know me.” That hand slowed, the friction easing and I couldn’t look at him. “I want you to touch me like a stranger.” He didn’t stop moving against me. Ransom wasn’t purposefully cruel. He thought he knew me, assumed he knew when I was pretending. But I wasn’t this time. I wanted him to give me what I asked for, not what he thought I wanted, not what I had wanted in the past. But he couldn’t do it. No, he wasn’t a stranger. He knew how close I’d come to climax. So he didn’t stop, only slowed before he moved his hips, release my wrist to pull my face up. And because I recognized how badly he wanted this, and knew that I would end up wanting it, too, I let go of wanting anything else and gave myself up to his touch, his fire, his desire. “A stranger doesn’t touch you, Aly. Not like this.” And with that one touch, Ransom fractured the reserve I had tried so desperately to maintain. A push of my flesh, finger under my thong, right against my clit, bare, raw and that tactile, desperate urgency eased. “A stranger wouldn’t know what you whimper when you want it, when you’re so close to falling apart that your breath becomes a muffle of sound.” He tugged at my pants, freed me from anything but the floor under me and his touch. His palm over my naked ass, then he pulled me against his body until he pushed his fingers inside me, working me hard, like no one but Ransom ever had. Ever could. “No stranger would know that your breath hitches, that you hold everything still, the air in your lungs, even the beat of your pulse when I touch you.” He showed me then, with the dip of his fingers deep inside. And all did go still then—the breath between us, the axis of the world, my beating heart…it all seemed to stop until he moved his fingers over me, sliding until he found his way to a rhythm that made time coil and speed as quickly as it had slowed. Nothing held me back then. No excuses of why he shouldn’t touch me, no lies I told myself about not loving him anymore. “I’m not a stranger, nani. Your body knows that.” Working faster, deeper, he smiled, pleased and happy when my mouth opened, when the space between us filled with the soft noises I made. His face wasn’t expressionless anymore. It told me all I thought I’d forgotten. The act of touching me, making me come, the noises I made, it was all familiar to Ransom. It was comfortable. “Strangers don’t know love this deep. If they did, they wouldn’t be strangers at all.” That he whispered against my lips, kissing me like he couldn’t keep from it for another second. “Ransom…” “I’ll never be a stranger, Aly, because this body, your heart is mine. It always will be.”
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Fantasy, Mystery and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football. She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. Please send help.
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