Binding Arbitration – Elizabeth Marx (Chicago Series #1)

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, it’s not excuse but I have been busy. The busy season at work is starting and i’m looking for a new job, so between work, looking for work, sleeping and eating (and a little reading) I am not finding much time to blog. I will get my life sorted and blog more consistently I promise! I read this book quite a while ago and have been meaning to put my review but like I mentioned before my life is getting in the way.

I’d recommend reading Cutters vs Jocks before this title as it is a great introduction and prologue it sets the scene and entices you into this story. It gives an insight into how Libby and Aiden’s story started. 

This book does contain some swearing and sex scenes so recommended for 18+. This is not a quick easy read, the story gets you gripped and makes you laugh and cry. 

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Synopsis:

Through the corridors of the Windy City’s criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she’ll go to save her cancer-stricken son’s life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to take her fight all the way to the majors.

Circumstances force Libby to plead her case at the cleats of celebrity baseball player Banford Aidan Palowski, the man who discarded her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she’s attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he slid through the birth canal and landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. But helping Libby and living up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his baseball career.

If baseball imitates life, Aidan admits his appears to be silver-plated peanuts, until an unexpected confrontation with the most spectacular prize that’s ever poured from a caramel corn box blindsides him. When he learns about his son’s desperate need, it pricks open the wound he’s carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.

All Libby wants is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan has a magical umpire in his head who knows Libby’s a fateball right to the heart. When a six-year-old sage and a hippy priestess step onto the field, there’s more to settle between Libby and Aidan than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness.

Rating: 5 Stars (I would give it more!)

Review:

Some books are those that stay with you for days after you’ve finished reading them and you end up with a book hangover. This is one of those books. It has become one of my favourites. I will be reading this again.

This book was so good. The writing is the best part, it engrosses you into the story and takes your emotions through a roller coaster ride. This book is beautifully written, I will be looking into the other books Elizabeth Marks has written too.

If you are looking for a light read this is not it. This book is a gripping read, it makes you cry and then be happy and makes you want  to cry again, I was all over the place when reading this book. In this book the people are not prefect and not everything is happy either, but that makes it more relatable and realistic. I cannot say too much about this book because i’m still so speechless after finishing it, other than this is a must read.

I loved Aiden in this, at the start of the book I totally blamed him for abandoning Libby and Cass but he was redeemed. His redemption was not done in one paragraph or 2 pages at the end but all throughout the book, which was great. You could see Aiden realising his mistake and trying to right it, and he did beg for forgiveness. This is because he had grown up and maturing as a character too since we read about him in cutters vs jocks. I was won over to Aiden side again within the first 20% of the book. You could see he was maturing as the book went on.

I loved Libby, she made something of herself no matter what the circumstances and was not bitter about life or felt like she was owed anything for what she went though. Sure she had hardened herself to how she felt about certain things but she did not spend her time moaning or living in the past. She really was an independent, hard working, self made woman. She is someone to look up to. Her friends were all so supportive of her which was nice to read, they not only helped her put herself through Law school but also look after and love Cass. The other side characters in this book were great too, i would be interested in seeing if they have their own stories.

Libby’s son Cass was just Cass. He was lovely and sweet and mature for his age, but that fit well with the story because he had gone through so much because he had cancer. That would make you grow up quicker. He was so amazing and he made me cry. I won’t say what happened to him but I couldn’t believe the author did what she did, I mean why? Elizabeth didn’t actually push Cass to the side for the sake of romance, he was included in it all and he was a main character which was good because he is the reason Libby and Aiden come back into contact.

My personally favourite thing in the book is the relationship between Aiden and Libby. It is not perfect and it is a second chance romance but they actually communicate with each other and they respect each other. Love doesn’t fall into their laps but they both work towards it. They have mutual respect of each other. This is the kind of relationship I like reading about in romance books.

So I will finish this review with these 2 quotes:

“… forgiveness is a four letter word: Love.”

“I circle your hands, I circle your heart. I mark with my brand, while we’re apart. I sparkle in both your joy and laughter, because I’m part of you ever after.” 

Read this book!! Happy Reading!

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