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Thicker Than Water

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,020 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Lucia 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
Published October 6th 2017
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Trish Kitty Taylor  ***narniaandbeyond***
Oh my gosh what a a truly beautiful book. I finished this at some god awful hour, because I literally couldn't tear my eyes away from this heart wrenching read. It was so damned real & honest. The topic for me was delivered so eloquently & in such a way that by time I reached the end, I was left with a multitude of questions turning in my head & as a Brit, it's fair to say an undeniable need to know so much more.

Dylan has delivered such a profound & epic story of life. It is real, honest & tragi
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

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Thicker Than Water is a story that needs to be read. It's important. It's got a beautiful romance and fantastic writing, but the STORY is what got me. Lucia's story is real for many people. This book was powerful, moving, and one that needs to be read! 

Lucia Vega just got her big break. After publishing a successful book, it's going to go on the big screen. And she gets to write the screen play. Things would be perfect if she didn't live her life in fear. Reece Carras is a former Oly
Natalie Casey
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
♥♥♥⭐10 STAR READ!!⭐⭐⭐♥♥
WOW!!!! I don't even know where to start,,, THIS book BLEW me away! I don't think I have EVER read something that has hit me so hard! I mean all the FEELS!!! This is such a profound story that touches on a topic that is so relevant today. It will make you open your eyes to what is going on in the world today. This was written so beautifully and with so much passion that you think its her own life story. You will be left with an all new aspect on what people are dealing wit
Chelé-----4 The Love of Books
I have so much admiration and respect for this author.

"I see you, Lucia. The scarred places. And the beautiful parts."

Thicker Than Water is one of the most important books I've read this year. What Dylan Allen did is
shine a light on one of the most significant issues in our country today and it astonishes me how beautifully she executed this. I truly feel like your journey with this book would best be served if you went in blind, completely immersing yourself in this inspiring, raw, heartfelt a
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4 STARS****

Unfiltered review. . .
Lucia! Oh, how I loved her. I just wanted to put her little pint size self in my pocket and keep her forever. She was just that freaking adorable. She also had the biggest heart. She’s twenty three years old and is taking America by storm with her debut novel that highlights the struggles of living undocumented – and not by choice.

Reece! Well, he’s just sexy as fuck! It’s not just his looks that makes him sexy, it’s his heart. He is K
Emma Scott
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review is long overdue, as real life interrupted, but the story has stuck with me long after I turned the page.

This is an important book but you're not going to be preached at. You're not going to feel like the message overwhelms the story. There IS a message and it's an important one, but make no mistake, it is woven into the threads of a love story, and to me, that made it all the more powerful.

We read love stories for the happily ever after, and the obstacles thrown in the way of the co
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
It's LIVE!

Reece Carras is a very powerful man. Aside from being sweet, sexy and charismatic, his family is Hollywood royalty and they own the most successful studio in the biz. He’s fallen in love with a story about a young girl struggling with her illegal status in America - a story written by the very beautiful and voluptuous Lucia Vega. Their first meeting is heavy with their mutual attraction but they both vow to themselves to keep it strictly business. This promise was
Dilek VT
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3 out of 2,5

Well, I knew this book had a social message in it before starting it. Many reviews say it is a love story with an important message in it about the immigrants in the U.S.A. But now that I have read it, I feel that this book is NOT a romance with a social message in it. It feels more like a HUMAN RIGHTS FICTION, in which some crumbs of romance and sex are inserted, but not as the focus of the book, rather as a side dish.

Unfortunately, I didn't feel the love between the hero and the h
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


4.5 stars

"I see you, Lucia. The scarred places. And the beautiful parts."

This is the third full-length novel I read by Dylan Allen, and I can say that I am a huge fan of hers. The author raises awareness to a very relevant and important issue in the USA. I don't live in the States so I don't know a lot of about this issue, but this book was an eye-opener. After reading hundreds of romance novels, I look for more in that genre. Books like Thicker T
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
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I don’t even know where to begin with this review, but first off I just want to say how inspiring and beautiful this book is. It tackles a difficult subject but also has an heart felt gorgeous love relationship imbedded into the plot..

Lucia is living in limbo is the best way to put it, on the edge and uncertain of the way her future will pan out. She is an undocumented citizen which means she is pretty scared but also it’s the only life she knows. She’s also strong, tough and has a beautifu
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Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Ms Allen, you had my TOTAL attention from the beginning wanting to forget everything and everyone around me. This story touched me even more because of the subject it featured.

While it dealt with a subject that could be controversial depending on your view there was more to it than that. 

It was a story of learning to love yourself and loving others. About wanting a second chance at living without fear. At succeeding when you were told otherwise and or m
Veronica Bellaorev Books
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Thicker than Water
by Dylan Allen

This book IT'S NOT your average romance novel, is one that's need to be read with pause to absorb the magnitude of the topics presented in it. It's a book with a profound purpose beside been an amazing love story. It will educate us in an issue that I bet most of us didn't have the complete knowledge off. We sure have hear about it on the news but the way Dylan presented it to us is more powerful. You get to identify with the characters. Their pain, impotence,
okay, I have many thoughts on this one...
first, you don't have to be an American or a DREAMER to care about these issues, you know you only need to be human BUT the author makes it very hard considering that our heroine ends up with ex Olimpic gold medalist swimmer now movie producer billionaire...a mouthful huh.... so not relatable AT ALL... which is something that I WOULD LIKE ( as a reader) more ...

So I wish that this book was more realistic, heartfelt and raw!!! Considering the topic I thin
Dylan Allen
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Lucia Vega is on a winning streak. Her book, Throw Away the Key has t
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a relevant and important story, this book is a breath of fresh air!! I just got schooled on immigration in the US - being a US citizen is a privilege that I never had to earn or fight for and for that I am very lucky. Many others aren’t as fortunate, and I’m thankful that Reece & Lucia’s story enlightened me as to what millions of people face when they don’t have citizenship. Their unpredictable story opened my eyes and made me think. Thank you Dylan Allen for writing this thought-provoking ...more
Audio-book: Narrators – Lacy Laurel and Sean Crisden

Both of these narrators gave plenty of character and life to Lucia and Reese. Their voices conveyed hurt, anger, sadness and passion. Sean’s voice was butter smooth and holy gawd it was good. I did struggle to adjust to his female voice but his Spanish accent made it easy to do. Lacy did an excellent job of Lucia and I felt all the pain and heartache this character suffered via Ms. Laurel’s voice.

This story covers some hot topic politics and po
A.M. Johnson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Diving into a political world others might shy away from, Allen writes a profound and gorgeous story that paints a realistic, unique, and emotionally charged romance.
Reece and Lucia are sexy and poignant, and a definite MUST read.

Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thicker Than Water is of my most anticipated reads of this year .I have been counting down the days until I could get my hands on this book ,so when I got the chance to read an ARC of this book I was so excited and I dived into this story as soon as I can and OMG this book was fantastic ! once I started this book it just took over my life even when I wasn't reading It I was thinking about this book . It was just everything !

In this book we follow Reece and Lucia and I just loved these two togeth
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
“ is thicker than water. Blood means nothing without love.”

I read Dylan Allen's debut novel, Rise, and wasn't really a fan of the writing or the characters so I never had any interest of checking out her other releases. But then I heard the buzz around upcoming release, Thicker Than Water, and decided to give Allen a second shot to see if this book would be a better read.

Lucia Vega's debut novel, Throw Away the Key, has taken the publishing industry by storm and has now caught
Anne OK
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
The social message regarding immigration was a direct hit to my heart -- as I feel the author meant it to be. But from there on, I'm in the minority on this one. Just couldn't fall into line with the relationship between the two protagonists. It was a stretch to find much reality in their union. As for a love story, I didn't really feel it. It felt like a human interest story with some erotic sex thrown in for the sake of billing it as "romance." Even at that, the sexual encounters weren't even ...more
Tanaka K (The Romantic Angel Blog)
“I’m going to take everything, Lucía . I’m going to fucking wreck you. But I’m going to give you everything I’ve got, too. Everything.”

You come across books in your life that challenge. You come across books that not only move you but pull your heart strings. Thicker than Water was that book to me in every way. Thicker than Water was a powerfully laid out romance that held a topic so convincing and phenomenal. It held a message so pure and utterly heart warming that this story crept into my very
Marieke ~ Marieke's Books
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, arc, double-pov
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 glimp
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october-2017
I've sat on this review for days. Not because I didn't like the book, but because I LOVED it and to me, words won't do it justice. Thicker Than Water by Dylan Allen is just STUNNING. Simply breathtaking and BEAUTIFUL. It's complex and raw and completely steals your heart.

As a writer Dylan is so underrated. Her talent is endless. Her books have gone from strength to strength. And it's not always just about her writing. Dylan is an author that takes “un-talked” about topics and weaves them seamle
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know what y'all are thinking. Oh look another love story. Girl and boy meet, date, fall in love, and live happily ever after right? WRONG!! This love story is so much more than that, so much more purer than most. And not only is it a love story between Reece and Lucia, it's a love story between the author and a real life issue going on in this very country right now. You can tell it's important and that it matters. So it's a very different love story then what I've personally ever read!!!

Vanessa (nessreads)
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

10 "Libertad" Stars!!!

It's been one day. 24 hours. 1440 minutes. 86400 seconds. Since I was consumed by 'Thicker Than Water' and I don't want to come out of the haze I'm in. My first book by Dylan Allen and I am in awe. Also, disappointed in myself for not reading anything by her sooner. Her writing captivated me. It gripped me and took me on one of the most inspiring journeys. This storyline sheds light on a very important issue and opens yo
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
🏆And the award for “My favorite 2017 read” goes to... Dylan Allen for Thicker Than Water🏆

WOW! Where do I even begin? This book was powerful, tragic, and so relevant! Dylan Allen is one of those authors that you can always expect greatness from. But this book was on another level of greatness highlighting the struggle on an immigrant. It gave me a new perspective and understanding of DREAMERS. Dylan took us on a journey of one undocumented woman and the struggles she faced while working towards a
Betty Leung
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr
I got this book because the book blogs and authors I follow RAVED about this so I bought it to see what the big deal was about. THANK YOU bloggers and authors who recommended this beauty! I'm totally fascinated with this author now!!
Why the 5 Stars? Here are my reasons:
1. The plot was different than any book I've read. Yes, it's a romance, but the topic and the issues developed in this book are things that we overlook and never really stop and think about unless we are in Lucias position. The t
Gina *loves sunshine*
If you dig through these reviews you will find a mixed bag. But I see a lot of people agreed that the romance wasn't really there. I went into this blind except I knew there was some sort of bigger message to be told, and that this was more than just a romance. Sad to say that I just could not hang with it any longer. DNF @20%. I am probably missing out on a good message, but this book had no spark or chemistry to bring me in. It's the style of writing where the main character says - wow, I am r ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oy, my heart. Loved this one.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this powerful book and I’m a little blown away. What an education this was for me, an entitled white woman. I had never heard of DACA or DREAMERs before a month ago, I had no idea this whole hidden world even existed. Dylan Allen brought this world into the light and I thank her, she told Lucia’s story beautifully and without censure or pity. But I would be remiss if I didn’t wax poetic about the love story of Lucia and Reece. An instant electric connection binds them the minute ...more
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