Author: Dylan Allen
Release date: October 6, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
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Lucía Vega is on a winning streak.
Her book, Throw Away the Key has taken the country by storm.
And now it’s being made into a movie.
After years of chasing it, she can finally taste freedom.
Reece Carras is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.
Handsome, rich and generous, he’s everything girls like her aren’t supposed to dream of.
But dream she does. And in his strong arms she finds a freedom she never even knew existed.
Falling in love is the easy part…
Cruel twists of fate and torn loyalties will make staying together seem impossible.
Sacrifices will have to be made.
And they will learn that blood may be thicker than water,
But nothing is more powerful than two hearts that beat for each other.
After reading Rise and Remember, I was very curious about Dylan Allen’s new book, Thicker Than Water. This new book is not just a standalone, romantic story, but it also portrays a very prevalent issue in America. I love how the developing relationship between Lucía and Reece and this subject are getting entwined, without becoming too much. Another great story by Dylan Allen.
“When our eyes meet, I can see things in her expression that I didn’t before. Her wide, rich brown eyes give me a glimpse into her thoughts. She’s excited, but wary. Hopeful, but unsure. Whatever she sees in my expression makes her eyes widen with surprise.”
Lucía didn’t have an easy life while growing up and the events of her childhood have shaped her life and way of thinking. When she decides to write down her experiences and memories in the form of a Young Adult book, she couldn’t have predicted its success, and where it would lead her. Reece is the son of Hollywood Royalty, and as Chief Executive of the family’s production company he’s after the movie rights of Lucia’s book. From the moment they meet, Lucía and Reece feel a connection, but both try to fight it.
“He walks to stand in front of me, so that we’re just a few inches shy of toe to toe. Besides this morning in the pool it’s probably the closest I’ve been to him. I can feel the energy radiating from him. It’s magnetic—and it takes real effort to resist the pull of it. I just want to lean forward a little . . .”
Thicker Than Water is the author’s third book, and like the other books it’s told in a double POV. There are funny moments, sexy moments, normal moments, but also very sad and painful moments. I love how Dylan Allen can build a story with all these kind of moments, and is able to prevent is from feeling forced or over-the-top. Everything flows naturally.
My heart breaks for Lucía, for what she and her family had to go through. And even now, it’s far from over for her. What makes it worse, this is actually how a whole group of young people are living in America, at this very moment. I, as somebody from a small country in Europe, can’t imagine having to live like that, without securities and depending on the ‘goodness’ of others.
I adore Lucía and Reece together, they are an amazing couple with great chemistry. I love the ending of the story, it could have been ‘more’, but I’m glad the author wrote it the way she did. It makes the story realistic, and that’s why I love Dylan Allen’s books.
“She smiles a new smile. I’ll come to recognize that smile. It’s the one she wears when she’s so happy her heart’s song can’t be contained. It’s a bright that it casts everything around into the shade.”
I love Thicker Than Water, plain and simple. I give the story of Lucía and Reece 5 stars.