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Love's Ache: A Single Father Romance

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Liz
I’m a magnet for bad relationships. “He was too wild.” “We were too young.” But love is blind, and I never listen. Now at twenty-one years old, I'm divorced, frustrated and grieving my sister.
Chris was supposed to be a fling, a break from the pain so I can move on with my life. He's exactly the type of guy my sister always warned me about. But every time he touches m
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Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published (first published November 18th 2017)
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Beyond The Covers Blog
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: celeste
Liz Thatcher has nothing but one heartbreak after another.  First her sister dies, then her husband is put in jail for her death, and now her boyfriend of a year dumps her.  After six weeks of moping and her divorce becoming final, Liz’s friends take her out to celebrate and remind her what it’s like to be a twenty-one-year-old college student.   She’s determined to remake herself into “New Liz” as her friends encourage her to find rebound guy and have a casual fling.  “Old Liz” is a relationshi ...more
Liz
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love’s Ache by Ava Alise tells the story of Liz and Chris. Liz a college student who struggles with guilt, loss, and grief. Chris is a single dad whose main priority is his son, MJ.

The last couple of years have not been easy for Liz. She lost her sister, she is divorced, and her recent boyfriend just broke up with her, before she is even done with college. She was determined to get her boyfriend back, but her friends convince her to let loose and have some fun. Live a little. She has been throu
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S.Shade
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books-read
I had the pleasure to voluntarily read and review an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

Rule #1: No lying.
Rule #2: No falling.

Rules are made to be broken though, right? ;)

When we are first introduced to Liz Thatcher she is living in a world of pain. Her sister had died a few years prior, she is going through a divorce, and her "perfect" boyfriend has just broken up with her. Needless to say she is a shell of the woman that she used to be. Good thing for her though, she has some amazing friends w
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Paulien
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
The story is all about Liz and Chris. Liz is a girl who made a few mistakes that ended her up in a relationship she didn’t want to be in.

On the day she’s divorced she decides to go out and party, that’s where she meets Chris.

They hit it off well immediately and they decide just sex and fun. With two rules.
1: no lying
2: no falling

They fail.

Him: is a strong ex-stripper that had a little boy together with Shayma. His baby mommy isn’t excactly a gift but they fight and make it work.

Her: she has
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Aly
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I give this book 3.5 stars. It started off a little slow, Liz was very reluctant at first. Once Liz and Chris got more into their relationship, the story really picked up and the smut was fun and sexy ;) Liz was frustrating, there were times I wanted to strangle her! But I also felt for her with all the shit she went through. It was nice to see her grow as a person. Chris was fun and I loved seeing how devoted he was as a dad. He and MJ are
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Nicole French
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful debut by a new writer. I had the privilege of reading this book in its early stages, and you don't want to know how many times I messaged the writer asking for more. Ava Alise creates lovable, real characters that whose struggles will become your own. Warning: Chris will steal your heart. This dude is a bad boy with a heart of absolutely gold, and you will fall in LURVE with him. Ava: can you write a sequel? Pretty please? I'm not ready to be done with these two!
Kim Shofner
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now this book is sweet. I loved how the author showed the progression of Liz from a meek, fix it all kind of girl into a sassy, always speak her mind girl. Chris didn't need any changing. He stayed perfect from start to finish. Shayla and Haley are lucky I can't reach into a book and grab them by their hair. The relationships in this book are amazing. Between friends and lovers the bonds are awesomely written. The story flowed easily and I couldn't wair to finish it. Awesome read.
Chantelle Smith
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: itsy-bitsy-books
Love’s Ache is brilliant captivating read from author Ava Alise, this is my first read from this author and I loved everything about this read. This book had a brilliant story line and even better characters that had me hooked from start to finish. I can’t wait to see what other books come from this author and whether they will be as brilliant as this one.

From the first moment in this book you are drawn into the characters and the storyline and the characters history, neither of them have had it
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Bobbi Wagner
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Ache: A Single Father's Dark Romance (Gently Broken Series) by Ava Alise is a contemporary romance story that kept me engaged until the end. I enjoyed how this author was able to pull me into this story from the beginning. Her characters are creative, connectable, and really free flowing. There story flowed easily and made you feel as if you were right there with them. They will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions but you will need to see what happens at the end. This is the story ...more
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was addicted right from the beginning! The premise of this story was what made me want to read it and I’m glad I did! I honestly couldn’t get enough. Ava Alise is an amazing author and she always knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats. I can’t wait to read more of her!
~Amanda


What do you do when you are 21 year old freshly divorced and freshly dumped woman? Go out with the girls and have a Divorce celebration! Liz has had a complicated and messy love life. Just recently dumped by her lon
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Alicia Harrietha
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loves Ache by Ava Alise is another great story from the Gently Broken Series, a series that I have come to love very much and cannot wait for more. This single fathers dark romance is much more than a story of a single dad, it’s about two broken people that find one another when they needed it most. Yet neither are willing to let it be more than they can handle or think they want.

Chris, a truly devoted father will do anything and everything for his son MG!! He refuses to let women into his life
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Laura Furuta
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love's Ache (Gently Broken Series)
By: Ava Alise
5 out of 5 stars

The story Love's Ache (Gently Broken Series) by Ava Alise is a contemporary romance book. It is a story that I absolutely loved reading. It had my interest in the first couple of chapters and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished the last page. I loved the characters of Liz and Chris. Liz is a smart, beautiful woman who has been unlucky in love. She was to be trying to take a break as she was in pain from her relationship
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Kristin
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-read-review
Become Invested In Characters & Plot + HOT Chemistry = My Kind of Romance

Love's Ache is the riveting story of Chris and Liz. The story will have you hooked from the first page to the last. You will feel for, ache for, and cheer on Liz and Chris through out the story. Love's Ache has a remarkable storyline, well developed characters, and sizzling scenes. Liz and Chris are realistic and believable characters. You will feel like these character could be your friend or even meet them around yo
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Michelle Austin
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: Love’s Ache: A Single Father’s Dark Romance
Author: Ava Alise
Series:Gently Broken Series

Love’s Ache was a great 5 star read.

We get pulled in right from the beginning with Liz getting her heart broken by her boyfriend who doesn’t understand why she’s not divorced yet. We jump ahead a few weeks to Liz going out with friends to celebrate her divorce and act like a college student again. This is where she meets Mr. Teeth (Chris), LOL. She’s not really out to find someone so she is a little st
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Angela Shirley
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibbb-reviews
Love's Ache: A single father's Dark Romance by Ava Alise is a wonderful story of second chances and finding what truly is inside someone.

Liz has had tragedy in her life first her sister dies, then she is divorced what more can happen before she leave college although she is trying hard to overcome it, when one night her friends decide to take her out for the night as all college students should have a night of pure fun was she expecting what happened. When they enter the club and she sees the st
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Misty Ziegler
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*****5 stars*****
Love’s Ache by Ava Alise

I loved this book and give it 5 stars. Love’s Ache by Ava Alise is a great romance that had me hooked from the start. With alternating chapters between the two main characters I felt like I was able to really get to know them both and feel connected. This book definitely had its steamy moments and I loved Chris’ character for so many reasons. I feel like the author described Liz’ transformation and growth wonderfully. I found Sean annoying, as the author
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Dawn Daughenbaugh
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Star

Love's Ache : A Single Father's Dark Romance  (Gently Broken Series ) by Ava Alise

 

Love's Ache:A Single Father's Dark Romance  (Gently Broken Series ) by Ava Alise is a contemporary romance book. I loved this book I couldn't put it down once I started reading. I absolutely loved the characters of Chris and Liz.Liz is a woman who's smart and beautiful but hasn't had much luck in the love department. She's trying to take a break,she's had alot of pain from her last relationship snd also the
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Kelly Green
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Liz is quite a tortured lady. She absolutely deserves to be loved and cherished! After dealing with the loss of her sister, she then also has to go through the stress of a divorce. Before she has even had time to really deal with all these things, the man who actively perused her decides he can't handle her drama....
Chris is basically a single father. He "shares" custody of his son with the mother, but he is the main parent and does a dam good job taking care of his son. One thing he never wants
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Sarah
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A brilliant read about trying to move on. Liz is trying to recover from the loss of her sister and a divorce and a breakup when she meets Chris at a party. They connect and go on dates despite the fact that Liz still hopes the ex Sean is in love with her. They meet at parties and the chemistry between them builds and she discovers that Chris used to be a stripper. Chris struggles with his feelings as he has problems of his own as his ex Shayla fights for custody of his son. But they meet at Chri ...more
Aisling Cooper
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog

Liz has been through a lot at an age where she should be out having fun but instead she lost her sister and has just finished going through a nasty divorce. She realises though that now is the time to have a bit of fun especially after who she thought was the love of her life walked out on her.

Chris is a single father to an adorable little boy and is juggling taking care of him with being a stripper and when he doesn't have MJ hooking up with ra
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Rebecca
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love’s Ache by Ava Alise is a great romance that had me pulled in within the first few pages. With how each chapter went from the main man and the main female I felt like I could get to know both characters and found that I was able to feel connected to each as if they were real. This book definitely had some extremely hot moments The writing was very fluid and it went so well from chapter to chapter with its transitions of POV so well and the characters were like able and realistic. I was able ...more
Ashleigh
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Love’s Ache by Ava Alise will leaving you doing just that loving and aching for this book. I can not say enough great things about this book. It gripped me from the first page and didn’t let go until the last. The story of Chris and Liz was so well written that it felt like I was watching it all play out in front of me, and the supporting characters really just made this story so full that I savored every minute of reading this book. Alise had such a way of writing that I could physically feel a ...more
Moriah Venable
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love's Ache is the second full length novel in the Gently Broken series by Ava Alise. This is my first novel by this author.


Liz is dealing with the a divorce and the passing of her sister, and while in the midst of the divorce she starts a relationship with someone but the guy is unable to handle it and breaks up with her.


Chris is also unlucky in love. He has a daughter who he is devoted to and a job that isn't the everyday job but it pays it the bills.


Liz decides to a new approach with relation
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Heidi Eich Woodring
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loves Ache By Ava Alise is just another GREAT book in the Gently Broken series. What really drew me into this was the single dad. These have become favorite reads of mine lately and had to read this. What But behind that dark single father read is two amazing characters that you can not help BUT LOVE!!
Chris will do anything for his son. He doesn’t allow women around them. He puts his SON first! But then SHE walks in and he is taken back by the girl in the red dress…but she doesn’t fall for the d
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Kerry Baker
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loves Ache by Ava Alise is a book that will have you hooked from page one and won’t let you go.

Liz has had it tough in her 21 years. Divorced with her ex husband still over shadowing her future. Grieving for her sister, while blaming herself for what happened. Struggling to move on with her life and put the past firmly behind her.
Chris doesn’t want serious or anything that he has to commit himself to. His priority will always be to his child. Plus he knows that he isn’t the type of person most g
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Kaitlynn Taylor
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love’s Ache- Ava Alise

5 star review

Love’s Ache by Ava Alise was a really enjoyable read! It starts off so strong and doesn’t let up. It’s a friends with benefits romance that’s funny, sweet, steamy and full of love! I was so intrigued by Liz and her past, Ava writes little hints and snippets about it but we don’t find out what happened until the very end. The anticipation was killing me, I was constantly making up what if scenarios, getting to the end was such a relief as everything is finally r
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Katie Kearney
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love's Ache: A single Father's Dark Romance by Ava Alise is a bonus story in the Gently Broken series. This book was about Liz and Chris neither one looking for a relationship, this is all about fun....right? Liz is newly divorced and grieving but her friends won't let this go much longer, taking her to celebrate her divorce she meets Chris and her carefully protected heart gets taken for a ride she wasn't expecting or is she ready for. Chris has only one thing on his mind, his son. He doesn't h ...more
Lucy Berson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A 5 star read for Love’s Ache: A Single Father’s Dark Romance by Ava Alise. This is a new author to me. And I CAN NOT wait to read more by this author!!! I absolutely fell in love with Chris and Liz and their story.
Chris and Liz both have a lot of chaos in their lives right now so. Chris is a single dad, working as a stripper. He knows no respectable girl is going to want to be in a relationship with a stripper. But that’s ok because he isnt looking for a relationship, he is just looking for wi
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Katie
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loves Ache
By Ava Alise
4 stars

Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

Loves Ache is another enjoyable read by Ava Alise. I really do enjoy reading her books. There’s one thing that she writes well and that is sex! Her scenes are very well written and not over the top!
I liked Liz (for the most part I wanted to give her a big shake during the early parts of the book) – I felt sorry for her and her past relationships – she seriously has the worst luck ever! I was desperate for her and C
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Nicole
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love’s Ache : A Single Father’s Dark Romance ( Gently Broken Series )
By Ava Alise
5/5 Stars


Love’s Ache : A Single Father’s Dark Romance is Part of The Gently Broken Series by Ava Alise. It was an adult contemporary romance novel, you’ll love and not be able to put down!!
Liz is a smart and beautiful woman , who has been so unlucky in the relationship department. She feels she is a magnet for bad relationships. She has been through a lot in her young, twenty-one years. She is newly divorced and
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Ava Alise is a contemporary new adult romance author, who enjoys writing stories with sexy complex characters in an imperfect world. While her stories always sizzle, they will also take you on an emotional ride that will hold you hostage until the end. She is married to the love of her life and has two children. She enjoys a good laugh and will talk to just about anybody. Ava will be debuting with ...more