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Binding Arbitration [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Marx
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"...equal parts heart-tugging and steamy--strictly for romance enthusiasts." ~Kirkus Reviews
"Elizabeth Marx's gritty writing was a pleasant surprise to me in Cutter's Vs Jocks and a powerful depiction of love and forgiveness in Binding Arbitration." ~The Book Runner
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 fight, but the cost of this victory requires revisiting old heartache.

Seven years ago, Libby had a one night stand with Aidan Palowski that ended in a pregnancy and him deserting her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she's attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. Libby fears asking Aidan to live up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his celebrity baseball career. But when Aidan learns about his son's desperate need, it pricks open the wound he's carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.

All Libby needs is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan wants to recapture all he lost the day he walked away from her. There's more to settle between Aidan and Libby than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness because Libby might not be able to save her son without sacrificing her own heart.
"Marx's romance is full of twists and turns, some expected, and some not, with an emotionally complex central conflict, lively ... characters and a carefully drawn Chicago setting." ~Kirkus Reviews

"A story that entices every emotion. But my biggest warning here is make sure you have tissues handy cause there are some real heart wrenching parts too." Kirstie

"One of the most moving reads ever! the mood for an emotional rollercoaster, this is the book for you!" Rhonda D

"With an intense undercurrent of love and sensuality, plus a really intricate and stunning plot, this one's a winner." Mallory Anne-Marie Haws

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"Marx's romance is full of twists and turns, some expected, and some not, with an emotionally complex central conflict, lively ... characters and a carefully drawn Chicago setting." ~Kirkus Reviews

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  • Print Length: 470 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006423DPW
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful January 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As I commented on Cutters Vs. Jocks, A Prequel Novella to Binding Arbitration, the cover does not adequately portray the angst that is contained in these stories. Where Cutters Vs Jocks is about fear, love and mistakes of the young, proud and selfish; Binding Arbitration is about forgiving, loving and overcoming fear. Both are about love, pain and loss but on a much different level.

In Cutters, Libby has kept Aiden out of her life after becoming pregnant and Aiden lets her go, but in Binding Arbitration, Libby needs Aiden's DNA to save their son's diseased life. Aiden has never been able to forget Libby, but is still mad at her for disappearing on him and never revealing that she kept their baby. Now that she is back in his life, he realizes there has never been anyone else for him but her, but convincing her of that seems impossible.

There is so much to this story: the profound quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the cycle of fathers abandoning their children, forgiveness and blame, the disease of leukemia, family expectations, death and anger, angels and God, all coming together to define LOVE. It speaks to the reader on so many different levels and shouts at you to re-evaluate your own life and relationships.

I must confess, though, that as a mother of a six year old myself, I could not bring myself to do more than skim many of the chapters in the end. As I have said before, I read to experience other's happiness and adventure and avoid stories that make me cry, and this story was a little too close to my own life for comfort.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best... March 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After finishing up Cutters vs. Jocks, I knew I needed to read the continuation of Libby and Band-Aid's story. I'm an avid reader, and normally, I don't leave reviews, but this novel is one of the most beautiful and poignant stories I have had the privilege to come across to read. I wanted to express to others who come across it to give it a chance especially romantics like myself. Marx does a wonderful job by evoking raw emotion into the characters' lives as well as makes you feel as if you're part of their lives. Its about growing up, forgiveness, learning to love, and accepting love all at the same time. You will not regret investing your day in reading this book. I am hoping Marx will continue their story or other secondary characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it is one of the best contemporary romances I have read in a long time. Unlike some that I have read which relies on interaction of physicalness between the protagonists, Binding Arbitration brings more depth and emotional insight to what the average person experiences in real life through her characters. You will fall in love with Libby, Band-Aid, and especially Cass. As I stated earlier, please give this book a chance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read! May 15, 2013
By Kem
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I've read this book about ten times. I love it. It is so well written and no matter how many times I read it I still laugh and cry. I will say that I wish that there was an epilogue. But besides that I loved everything about this book. I read a lot and this book is so much better than so many of the other books out there. I wish it could take off and get noticed because it puts some very popular books to shame. I guarantee if you read this you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, family, illness October 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There are quite a number of reviews for this book and they are all good. That tells a reader something important. This was a wonderful book. I did not read the prequel, Cutters vs. Jocks, and found that it wasn't necessary in order to follow the plot. There was enough back-story in the book so the reader could piece together Aiden and Libby's relationship, but at the same time, left you running to buy the prequel once you finished Binding Arbitration.

"They say life imitates baseball -- if that was the case, then mine should
be silver plated peanuts and gold encrusted Cracker Jacks, but I hadn't
had a prize fall out of my cardboard box in weeks and Sailor Jack and Bingo
had jumped ship."

The book dealt with relationships, illness, forgiveness, and family. Since the book blurb gives you the gist of the story, I will forgo the detail drama so not to spoil the book. The story was very well written. I enjoyed the style used by the author with each chapter alternating between Aiden's voice and Libby's voice, punctuated by Cass' voice.

"She still had it - if not more of it - that special something some women
have that first draws men's attention, then buzzes their brains into
crushed barley."

Cass is a charming, yet precocious child that you cannot help but fall in love with. His comments are in line with a perceptive child his age. I had an older sister who died of Leukemia at age seven, so parts of this book were difficult to read. It was that well written.

"If you're her boyfriend, will she kiss you?" "Why?" I asked smiling.
"She's always kissing me. If you could get her to kiss you some of the time, that
would keep her lips off me. It gets kind of yucky, and the other kids notice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I had gained all and lost myself, while you lost everything,but...
This book was one hell of a ride; when I thought the book had ended--nope the author threw curveballs one after the other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vivian Jane 
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is one of my all time favorite books. Make sure you have a full box of Kleenex nearby because you are going to need them. There is a prequel available, Cutters vs. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jodie's W.I.N.E. List
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed and cried. Well worth the read.
I laughed and I cried. Well worth the read. and I hate crying. but the laughter out weighs the crying.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant companion to Cutters and Jocks - A Must Read
Having read prequel Cutters and Jocks first, I opened the book eagerly, knowing I would be captivated from the first page. Ms. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Celia Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great story except for all the detailed sex parts . Good books don't need such detail use your imagination
Published 5 months ago by Joanne M Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot express how good this book is...
556 Book Chicks thinks this is the best book read all year...
I have not been this excited about a book in a very long time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tiffany (556 Book Chicks)
4.0 out of 5 stars Major Spoilers in this review.
I didn't post a review here last July when I read Binding Arbitration. I did post it in other places though. Today I upgraded my star rating from 3 to 4. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonja
It was a great book. I enjoyed the twists and turns that it had, a few that I didn't anticipate.
Published 7 months ago by Sonja
1.0 out of 5 stars way too close to reality, the hero was a jerk....
he loves his career so much that he was willing to throw away the woman he loves and tell her to have an abortion. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thismomentisfate
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! What An Incredible Read!
This book is a fantastic read.

Libby Tucker is a criminal lawyer and is raising her young son alone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melody Cox
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More About the Author

Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.

Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she's not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who've spelled everyone into believing they're really dogs.

Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there's no town like Chi-Town.

Elizabeth writes:
Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit, Cutters vs. Jocks: Binding Arbitration
Historical/Time Travel: To Breathe the Breath of Isis
Mature YA/ Urban Fantasy: The Seer's 7 Deadly Fairy Tales, A Compendium & All's Fair in Vanity's War

You can contact the author at or visit her website

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