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That Thing Between Eli & Gwen

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,848 ratings  ·  667 reviews
**A multicultural new adult romance from bestselling author, J.J. McAvoy**

Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.

Guinevere 'Gwen' Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’
Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published April 21st 2016
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Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta-read
4.5 stars!

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J.J. McAvoy did something in That Thing Between Eli & Gwen that I absolutely love. For me, there is nothing better than characters who start as frenemies and then fall for one another. I love the banter these two characters have. This Con-Artist and Dr. Asshole were good for a lot of laughs, steamy moments and in the end, a heartfelt romance. This book was a total win for me!

Gwen and Eli have something in common. Both of their fiancé’s ran off with each other. On Eli’s wedding day
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

★★★★ 1/2! That thing between Eli & Gwen (stand-alone). Opposite attracts when eligible surgeon & free-spirited artist are left at the altar!

Eli & Gwen would be perfect together if only they could see it themselves.

Brought together when they both find themselves literally left at the altar. They find common grounds in reeling from the deception, but they are polar opposites in personality and outlook.

Neurosurgeon Eli Davenport aka Dr. Asshole likes order and control while artist Guinevere
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
J.J. McAvoy is at the top of my one-click list and this book is one of her best.


Imagine attending a wedding with your fiance; then imagine running after him as he runs away with the bride. Funny? As if. Humiliating? Heck yeah. That's exactly what happened to Gwen.

And, out of the ashes of the non-wedding, the story of Eli (the jilted groom) and Gwen was born. I adore this book.
S.M. West
4.5 Pixie Dust STARS

"And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
‘Love has no ending.

‘I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,

‘I’ll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky."
~ W.H. Auden

There's many things I like about JJ McAvoy and one of those is her originality. You never get the same thing twic
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
5.5 "Catching fireflies" Stars!
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I believe most of you know that J. J. McAvoy is one of my favorite authors. Well, I was extremely excited and happy when she send me an advanced copy of her new stand-alone novel called That Thing Between Eli & Gwen. So first I want to thank her for giving me the chance to read this fantastic book before its publication because, again, she did an amazing job with this one!

So, That Thing Between
3.5 **con artist & dr. asshole** STARS

“His eyes…his eyes were like mine: broken. The scary thing about reality is all of our monsters are humans…humans who have the ability to make you drink with people you don’t even know.”

I liked this book. I didn’t love it like previous JJ McAvoy reads, but it was a good one nevertheless. That Thing Between Eli & Gwen started out absolutely brilliant; I loved the premise, I loved the setup, but along the way it just didn’t really click with me. An
So even though I’m rating it 4 stars, I still fuckin loved this story. Hindsight is 20/20 and I wish the ending and resolution were expanded upon but other than that, it was a near-perfect read for me.


Is this going to be my first 5-star read of 2019?
I think so.
To deny giving this book all the stars, would be to deny my feelings.
And what I’m feeling right now is pure fuckin joy and elation because of this book.

J.J. McAvoy, you’ve ruined me.


Buddy-reading with one of my m
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
You may not know this but I rated this book before I even read it...and that's not something I ususally do...


Well because I've said it once before and I stand by my statement: The day that J.J. McAvoy releases a book I don't love prepare for the end of the world because it's coming!

So I just knew I was going to love Eli and Gwen...and boy did I love them because theirs was the perfect story of how...


To say they meet under horrible circumstances is an understatement...because what would you
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Review in a bullet-point format:

- Okay, wow, this was heaps of awful and terrible.
- Dialogue that was either ridiculously sappy monologue or laughably bad dirty talk.
- Unnecessary drama that was blown out of proportion for the sake of extending the plot!!!
- Pet names that made me cringe so hard I'm fairly certain I started an earthquake somewhere (i.e. Dr. Asshole, Boyfriend, Sexy Pussy Fucker).

"So do you mind, Dr. Asshole, Boyfriend, Sexy Pussy Fucker, Eli?" She smiled so wide I couldn't help b
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so completely intrigued by this concept when I first heard about it. There are so many stories that explore this situation, but I have never read one from this angle. See Eli and Gwen met on Eli’s wedding day, what should have been one of the happiness days of his life turned out to be the worst.

Eli and Gwen are thrown into each other’s lives when Eli’s fiancé leaves him for Gwen’s boyfriend. Like I said I love this concept of exploring what happens to the jilted lovers. I love how JJ wea
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
4.5 “Love In The Most Unlikely Place” Stars
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That Thing between Eli and Gwen is a sweet, loving, terrific contemporary romance. A bride and a guest run off leaving the groom at the altar and his fiancé in her seat. Of course, this is a wonderful set up for the ex groom, Dr. Eli Davenport, and the ex fiancée, Guinevere Poe, to meet and form a friendship of sort.

This is a book with great dialogue and great banter between 2 characters who are very opposite. Of course they don't start out as frien
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

★★★★4 Stars★★★★

The story revolves around Eli and Gwen, who unfortunately didn't meet under the best conditions!!
Gwen's fiance leaves with Eli's bride!!!!
I mean can you imagine that happening to you. This would be me:

Anyway, let's go back to the book!
“My name is Eli Davenport, I’m 6’1 and a half, 184 pounds, age 31 as of two days ago, born on June 23rd. I’m also a neurosurgeon at New York Presbyterian. I have a younger brother who introduced my fiancée to her lover, and she ran off with him
Lo Bookfrantic

★★★BETA READ★★★...full review to come!

J.J. you are amazing woman, I LOVED LOVED this book and cannot wait to re read it again.
This book I can honestly say is one of those standalone that you could read over and over and never get sick of it. Just loved it!! ❤❤❤

Big thank you to JJ for the opportunity and privilege of reading this amazing EPIC read. I cannot wait for everyone to meet these characters Eli and Gwen will stay with you, I promise you that! Haha

Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it

That Thing Between Eli & Gwen was an entertaining, quick read - filled with great banter and nice amount of romance and steam. Eli is left at the alter when his wife-to-be takes off down the aisle with Gwen's fiancé. Needless to say Eli and Gwen's relationship gets off to an unconventional start and an unlikely friendship begins.


Frenemies who ultimately fall for one another, this story was filled with laughs and love. I really enjoyed it.

*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest re
4.5 Love me enough stars
We weren’t ending…we had only just gotten started.

The Thing Between Eli and Gwen is a beautiful love story, of two broken souls piecing their life back together. It's unconventional, but it's real, the jabs they take at each other helps them move on and distracts them from their ex-shituations.

They love to hate each other, but they have one thing they have in common, their stronger hate for their exes. Sexual tension and sassy, assholic jabs are just the beg
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
In the world where the Ruthless People series, Black Rainbow, Sugar Baby Beautiful, and Childstar series exist, I have to say That Thing Between Eli & Gwen is the weakest out of all. In case you miss my multiple I-can't-wait-I'm-so-hyped comments that involved a lot of gifs, I have been waiting for this book ever since I read the first chapter on the ending section of Sugar Baby Beautiful. I was a goner after that first time reading it. I believed J.J. McAvoy has a superpower to make everyone ad ...more
There were moments when I love it like A LOT and then those that not so much but J.J. McAvoy will provide you once again a good ride with not so small twist. Emotional, but also funny and refreshing.

The story of Eli & Gwen doesn't begin with the most conventional way. Gwen along with her fiancé is a guest at the Eli's wedding. The wedding, that will not happen, because the bride at the last minute escapes with Gwen fiancé.

After a short time they accidentally bump into each other in the hospital
4.5 stars

In short
Love this romcom. But minus 0.5 stars due to the messy ending. Nice save at the epilogue, I would have appreciate it to be even longer.

In long
That Thing Between Eli & Gwen is the perfect Valentine read. I'm even imagining it to be a perfect Valentine movie. Is so entertaining from start to finish, is funny, witty, lovely and the romance is so damn good. McAvoy was famous for her bizarre twist, which is absent her, but I didn't even miss it.

She called him the Dr. Asshole, he cal
Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2019
✪✪✪✪ 1/2
The perfect mix of all things I love in my romances.

“A moment of peace in a life of chaos,” he said, his eyes still on the sky above us.

💭Pre-reading thoughts:
Buddy-reading with the love of my reading life🌹
Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
*5 we've loved & lost Nutella jars*

There was something between them something sinister, something oh so good. But Gwen & Eli belonged where 10 million fireflies would light up old hearts for two souls that were misunderstood

Guinevere Aurora Poe or Gwen was a girl with an entire universe inside for her , a universe that seeped through her finger tips. At age 24 Gwen was much more than a renowned artist or what a certain somebody liked to call her Con artist. She was ready , oh god was she eve
✰ Liz ✰
~5 Loving Every Second Stars~
"We are living a technicolor life, my friend."

That Thing Between Eli & Gwen offers a refreshing plot with likeable characters and plenty of steam. When life hands you a bunch of lemons, transform them into sweet lemonade!

When Gwen and her fiancé attend a wedding, she is shattered when he runs away with the bride. Left at the alter is Eli. Both Eli and Gwen are abandoned by their lovers and instantly thrown into shock! Gwen is a free spirit who paints fo
Thank you so much J.J for the ARC!

I feel I should write my review closer to the release date...but guys that's like two months away.

And I'll start by saying I LOOOOVED THIS!
I mean did you expect any less from J.J?
We've been teased and tortured with little snippets of the book here and there and being given an ARC was a miracle! Because my patience is non-existent when it comes to books!

Eli and Gwen.
Gwen and Eli.

I couldn't deal with their banter! It was so funny!
I love how they started of
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
That Thing Between Eli & Gwen is a really cute story, but it took me awhile to warm up to it. Eli and Gwen meet on their worst day ever. Gwen’s fiancé runs away with Eli’s bride on his wedding day. He’s left at the altar, she’s left without a ride home, and they’re both left to suffer the public humiliation.

I thought their common pain might bring them together, but when their paths cross again a month later, Eli is blatantly antagonistic toward Gwen. An explanation is given, but it feels flimsy
Dilek VT
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Gwen was a very different character, so sweet and so unique. I really liked her. Eli seemed unpleasant at first but later he grew on me. I really liked him a lot later.

The way their relationship improved, their love and trust in one another was adorable.

There were many feelings in the book from heartbreak and pain to fun and happiness.

The only thing I disliked about the book was the plot twist. Again, it was a cliché, again it was an unoriginal and overused one. (view spoiler)
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-pet-peeves
A lovely story about two betrayed people healing with the help of each other. Yes I have a few issues with it, but when didn't I ever. Besides, thanks to a lovely friend, i was prepared. I enjoyed the irony in them ending up together when they're not the couple who run away. Overall, it was a nice story about lovely MCs with sadly, an abrupt ending. I can't not mention it, but the book could've done without the stupid sex scenes, too much spanking, begging and screaming for my liking. So, it's m ...more
“Love me enough to let me go."
"Love me enough to stay.”

I usually don't read standalone books just because if I like it, and finish it; I don't know what to do with my life, so that's why I prefer series. When I read That Thing Between Eli & Gwen , I wanted to reread it hundred times. It was such a refreshing, funny book that I needed at the moment. I was beyond surprised how much I loved the book and characters to be completely honest with you.

The book starts off with two individuals Eli &
4.5 "Dr. Asshole & ConArtist" stars

There's no point to write a review, really. I love this author so much and her writing style pulls me in from the first sentence.

I loved the honesty and banter between MCs, and I felt their epic love.

3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was cute at times, but there were some things that were thrown in that really ruined it for me by the end. For example -- Please don't click this unless you want it spoiled....(view spoiler)
Julia's Book Haven
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 Stars*

I really enjoyed this book. J.J. McAvoy is a star in my eyes, everything she writes just marvel's me.

That Thing Between Eli and Gwen really had a RomCom movie feel to it. Like I could actually picture a lot of it playing out on the big screen. But even with the comedy that ran through out the whole book, it never overshadowed the deeper emotions. And there are a lot of deeper emotions in this one. The main theme of the book seemed to very much be rejection and that is always a heavy
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I can't believe I'm only giving a JJ McAvoy book 4 stars but it couldn't be helped. To say that this book was highly anticipated by me would be an understatement. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my high expectations.

Maybe they were too high you say? No. Absolutely not. Ms. McAvoy has lulled me, with her prowess of the written word, into a false sense of security, a state in which she could do no wrong. IMO, everything she touches turns to gold. Chick's got that Midas touch. However, th
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