TITLE: Thick & Thin
AUTHOR: Eden Butler
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2016
My love was thick.
Her faith was thin.
Somewhere in the middle is where life found us.
I claimed her when I was a boy.
I held her until I was a man.
She was my first thought every morning, my last smile at night, and a million memories in between.
Then one night, with her warmth still lingering on the sheets, Aly King walked away from me, from us, from our life.
They say time heals all wounds, but not for me.
Not when my heart is empty.
Not when there is nothing but a sea of meaningless faces wherever I go.
It always comes back to her.
Aly needs reminding of how drunk our love made us, before she forgets completely.
Before we lose our chance.
Before we are irrevocably broken.
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
“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
“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.
“I’ll never be a stranger, Aly, because this body, your heart
is mine. It always will be.”
What I thought about Thick & Thin
I should start out by saying I'm an Eden Butler fan and I'll give you warning I might gush all over the place because of this book. I always thought that Eden Butler took a chance with Kiera and Kona's story, and she does it again with their son Ransom. This is at times material that will make you a little uncomfortable. She loves to rip your heart out too, so yeah, there's a lot of that in this book.
The book picks up where the previous book ended, with the love of Ransom's life getting engaged to another man. It's a gut wrenching beginning, so I knew right there I was in for an emotional ride.
But this series is a lot about enduring love.. the type of love that can weather the storm created by serious situation and issues. Ransom and Aly take some time to find their way back to each other, and there are some serious stressors on Kona and Kiera's marriage too. It isn't an easy time for the Riley-Hale family, but this story has always been about how people who love each other make it through tough times and I liked that a whole lot about this series.
One of my favorite things about this series is the diversity, and it is presented in a way that informs the reader about the customs and traditions of the Hawaiian and Creole culture. I could feel the love within the pet names and little words they have for each other.
Thick and Thin is a great conclusion to this engaging series. As always, Eden Butler gives the reader some really terrific scenes, awesome dialogue and a unique story. If you aren't reading her books, you should really consider giving them a shot.
This book is best read as part of the series, rather than standalone for maximum enjoyment (re:emotions!). If you are looking for something a little different from the typical contemporary romance, something with a little bit of an edge, this series might be for you.
ARC provided for review.
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.
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