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Theory Unproven

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Working with elephants in their natural habitat has always been Eric Phillips dream. Getting what he’s always desired introduces him to Tyaan Bouwer, the bush pilot that flies in his supplies, and Eric discovers the allure of South Africa goes beyond the wildlife and the scenery.

But in an area where bushveld prejudices and hatred bleed across the borders, realising their l
ebook, 327 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Finally Love Press (first published January 30th 2015)
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Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hurt-comfort, romance

4,5 stars

The setting of this book is extraordinary and captured me immediately. South Africa, elephants, a hot bush pilot? Hell yesssss!!!

You can’t not fall in love with Eric, an open minded and carefree guy who is starting to work with elephants in their natural habitat in a wildlife preserve somewhere close to the Zimbabwe and Botswana borders. He’s a free spirit and his cheerfulness is contagious.

Tyann, a bush pilot is the typical broody-moody alpha-always-in-control-male. At first he appears
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True rating ... 4.5 stars :-)!! WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL book <33333!! Absolutely unputdownable :-)!! Highly HIGHLY recommended!!
Lots of thoughts to come!! In the meantime, my updates tell a tale all their own ;-) ... there's a crap-ton of them :-D!!

It did feel like the ending was a bit rushed and I would have appreciated much more story where their HEA was concerned ... naturally I wanted more of them, but I feel like the story would have benefited GREATLY had the ending been longer,
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
5 Hearts Reviewed by Prime

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews (Click the link for giveaway, ends 5th March 2015)

The setting of this book really makes the story and is a massive hook, particularly for me, to keep on reading. Though let’s face it, my knowledge of South Africa is limited to the World Cup and what I’ve picked up from my friend who grew up in Johannesburg.

Eric got a job on a wildlife preserve where he cares and studies for the herd of elephants. He’s signed on for a five year con
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, rereads
I loved it, the references to the Who 'verse, the elephants, the characters.

I....... I want a sequel, maybe different MCs, but in the same settings, and with Eric and Tyaan there too of course.

Jenn (not Lily)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is kind of a long, slower-moving book than I'm used to reading, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Eric is pretty great, and he's wonderful with the elephants. I almost wish there was more elephant interaction, but it was already pretty long so...maybe not! Tyaan bugged me with his stoic avoidance, but as soon as I understood his background, I quit calling him a douche-canoe in my head. I'll be looking up more by this author, especially if she's written about Benedict and the boss!
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the setting and the love story. I would have appreciated less ruminating from the two MCs.
Lillian Francis
Jan 14, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Now re-released under my own label, Finally Love Press.
Amanda Viecelli
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I loved so much about this book by Lillian Francis. First and foremost - the setting! Set in South Africa on a wildlife preserve, Theory Unproven is a unique and utterly fascinating story. Eric is a zoologist who just signed a contract to take care of the elephants on the reserve, as well as study them as he wishes. While mainly a romance, this book also had an underlying focus on Eric's work with the elephants. I enjoyed reading about his work and absolutely adored two of the elephan
A wonderfully delightful read with a stunning setting - South Africa, in the bushveld. Evocative writing that took me in the heart of the homestead where Eric is a zoologist studying elephants. Tyaan is a bush pilot who delivers supplies. Great description of the country and the issues faced living in gay friendly South Africa but living in a town that borders on Zimbabwe and Botswana, where being gay is frowned upon. Very distinct voices in Tyaan and Eric who are great together. Strong writing, ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: normmal, reviewed, on-blog
Fear. Fear leads to hate leads to prejudice leads to a bunch of unhappy lives on both sides of the drawn lines. I will admit the stories that have a strong focus on that aren't my typical cup of tea. But I understand their place in our "fictional literary history," as it were. I understand what it unfortunately represents and hopefully helps eradicate and dissolve.
That said, there was more to this book than just that storyline. There was a romance, a man who really loved his plane and an elephan
Wendy-Book Lovers 4Ever
3.5 stars
I loved the setting of this book. To be so out there that you have to have your supplies flown in weekly sounds like heaven to me. Lonely but also so exciting. I loved the two young elephants!!
I jumped in feet first on this book because I read somewhere online that it was similar to "Red Dirt Heart" series (which is one of my top three favorite series) only to find out that unfortunately is not even close. I'm not saying it's not a good read because it is, it's a good love story that pu
Don Bradshaw
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: coming-out, romance
I chose this story primarily for the South African setting and their speech. The setting was beautiful and the work with the elephants was amazing. The romance itself was pretty much a cookie cutter story which was a let down. I did not like Tyaan at all. I felt that he was both selfish and distant and I don't think that his personality was shaped by fear of homophobia. Eric was an enjoyable character who actually liked himself and was liked. The story had a good pace and was a easy read. I jus ...more
3.5 stars. I can't decide if I like this story or not. Maybe it's because the whole "if he's gay, kill him" vibe kind of creeped me out. So sad to read about families not being accepting or people getting down on someone, but to see someone so proud of trying to kill someone for being gay is just sick.

I liked the characters but thought Tyaan was a little hard to like because he just avoided Eric instead of being honest with him. He finally came out but it took a crowbar and some good friends to
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was good.. but parts of it was very slow.. however overall I really enjoyed it.. I freakin loved the elephants.. they are amazing.. and sweet and they loved each other so much.. Some of the wordings I had to struggle with but thats only because it was different country and all that but overall I enjoyed it so much. The love between ty and eric was amazing.. I am very glad i got to review it
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The theory: that something bad would happen if he came out in his hometown.
The proof: Johan getting beaten and in a coma for weeks. The boy in a wheelchair after being beaten. His plane getting tampered with and resulting in it crashing and him being injured.
Theory unproven: the town upset but saying that they wouldn't hurt someone/him for being gay
Anne Barwell
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
New to me author but I'll be reading more. I got sucked into this very quickly and spend several late nights reading as I couldn't put it down. Realistic characters, including side characters. Also loved the elephants - they were characters in their own right. The settings were well drawn, and helped to bring the story to life, very easy to imagine.
Elisa Rolle
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Theory Unproven by Lillian Francis: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gay male romance in rural South Africa. Fear keeps one party from committing. Great characters and setting.
Typos: some commas should be semicolons, led is spelled lead, a couple extra words, ascent spelled accent, ruining is (possibly) spelled running ("my secret is running your life too now").
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I launched into this book for the promise of an amazing story set up in Africa. The storyline sounded very interesting and having thoroughly enjoyed Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker I had high hopes of finding again an epic love story.
Well, what a disappointment! First of the writing style is dreadful. Page and page we read what the MC thinks, what they would like to do, won't like to do, etc. but they never acted on it. There is hardly an actual interaction between these two characters. To top th
Did I say I loved the writing? Well yes, I did, up to a certain point. Until it bored me to tears, which is actually a pity, because this book told a nice enough story.

What drew me to read it in the first place was the setting - South Africa! Elephants! Bush Pilots! With so many boxes checked nothing could go wrong, right?


Tyaan and Eric were actually likable, interesting characters, and I found they made a sweet couple. There were some interesting characters among the supportive cast tha
Joyfully Jay
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

South Africa and wild animals completely sold me on the idea of this book. The idea, however, was better than the reality. It started off a little shaky for me as Eric relocated to another country. The company that has hired him remains somewhat of a mystery to him and he doesn’t even know the owner’s first name. He also doesn’t appear to be the most qualified candidate and his hiring was all very suspect, even to Eric himself, and there is no further discovery o
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Lillian Francis is an English writer who likes to dabble in many genres but always seems to return to the here and now.
Her name may imply a grand dame in pink chiffon and lace, but Lillian is more at home in jeans, Converse, and the sort of T-shirts that often need explaining to the populous at large but will get a fist bump at Comic-Con. Lillian is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more tha