Thursday, September 18, 2014

Christie's review: Thin Love by Eden Butler


Title:Thin Love
Series: (Untitled) #1
Author: Eden Butler
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Rating:4 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Love isn't supposed to be an addiction. It isn't supposed to leave you bleeding.

Kona pushed, Keira pulled, and in their wake, they left behind destruction.

She sacrificed everything for him.

It wasn't enough.

But the wounds of the past can never be completely forgotten and still the flame remains, slumbers between the pleasure of yesterday and the thought of what might have been.

Now, sixteen years later, Keira returns home to bury the mother who betrayed her, just as Kona tries to hold onto what remains of his NFL career with the New Orleans Steamers. Across the crowded bustle of a busy French Market, their paths collide, conjuring forgotten memories of a consuming touch, skin on skin, and the still smoldering fire that begs to be rekindled.

When Kona realizes the trifecta of betrayal—his, Keira's and those lies told to keep them apart—his life is irrevocably changed and he once again takes Keira down with him into the fire that threatens to ignite them both.

"You think it's bad to let love consume you?"

That quote right there is probably the central theme to this whole book. Is that all-consuming, awe inspiring, desperate love a good thing? Or is it destructive and debilitating? In this book sometimes it could be harsh and unyielding but it also had a way of centering them-a way of smoothing out all the wrinkles that life kept making. Kona and Keira's love was this mad, passionate thing that alternately grew and then devoured itself. When they meet in college, they were just beginning their journey. When I started reading this book, I had an idea of the general plot. I thought it would be a star crossed lovers who are (hopefully) reunited later in life. Well, in actuality they had just as much to blame for the demise of their young love as all the people out to ruin them.

They each had their own intensity, but when you put them together, it was like throwing two bullets into a pressure cooker and waiting for the explosion. Keira had unresolved, bottled up feelings about the death of her father. And Kona was dealing with pressure to always meet and exceed expectations on the football field.

They don't have a meeting. They have a collision. A huge, hawaiian football player and a beautiful, introverted girl with a passion for words and music and a chip on her shoulder are about to change each other's worlds.

He had been my all-life, death, breath-all those impossible things you aren't supposed to feel at eighteen. A first love so real, so tempting that sometimes she was sure he was a figment of her imagination.

I loved this couple from the very beginning. I loved how she sassed him right in front of all his friends and the whole school. Her tongue was wicked sharp and rather than being impressed by his football hero reputation, she was disgusted. But after being stuck together on a school project, he learns she's not the calm and quiet girl she seems and he's not the stupid jock he seems. I loved their flirting and their bantering as they got to know each other. They made me break out the goofy smile so many times.

And their attraction was a beast of a thing. It grew more ferocious by the minute and God, the energy of them flew off the pages in waves. Their passion, like everything else about them is explosive.

All that sensation, the fiery spark of their bodies connecting consumed her, made her feel drunk, wanted, beautiful. Cherished.

She hasn't had the love and support of anyone since her father died until him.

He hasn't had total acceptance of Kona "the man", just him, not the football player until her.

Everything was beautiful and heartfelt and overwhelming. Until it wasn't anymore. Their anger and their families were too much for their tired shoulders to carry.

All the push and pull, run and chase had them weak and when something happens at the end of part one in the book....they break. It was SO angst filled but it was almost a relief when it finally happened. When you know it's inevitable, it's really hard to read through all the craziness they endured. This book had me so tense it was unbelievable. Seeing the pain Keira goes through is difficult but she falls back on her passion and her solace-music. She channels all the hurt and anger into her song writing and turns her life around.

When the book flashes back to the present in part 2, it took some convincing for me to believe that this couple would be able to reunite without falling back into their old patterns. Would the 16 years apart have allowed them to grow enough to be able to connect without causing destruction again?

The main thing about the story that knocked my rating down was the switching of past/present tense and 3rd person POV. It didn't bother me substantially, but it was awkward and make my mind step out of the story enough that it was noticeable. And yes, at times, this crazy, trippy ride you get taken on was a tad out of control. But I saw the beauty in it.

While I couldn't give this book a perfect 5 star rating, I did like this book-hard. I loved the sweeping love story that was beautiful and violent. I loved Kona and Keira that were both imperfect yet had a love that though battered through time, took a beating but never died. It was about coming full circle in life and righting the past wrongs and realizing your destiny was waiting for you right where it was supposed to be.

If you want a book that will make your heart race, make your heart hurt, and strip you raw, Thin Love is for you.


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