They're Strictly Friends
Outright enmity between France and England might be long past, but merry war betwixt two people from bookends of the English Channel comes easily to Lucas and Elodie. Verbal sparring, witty jabs, and a feverish dance of mutual interest, their friendship is a model uneasy détente.
Lucas Edwards is the consummate English gentleman…most of the time. He might get a bi...more
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They're Strictly Friends was an absolutely dreamy followup to the Tough Love trilogy! I fell in love with Zed and Nairne's hard-fought happily ever after and found myself quite smitten with a bloke by the name of Lucas. I knew he and Elodie shared a strong connection, but for some strange reason they were fighting it. I wanted to know what was preventing them from pursuing their own happiness. Chloe Liese wrote a beautiful story that answ ...more
A genre-bending exploration of love amidst the chaos of grief and anxiety. Chloe Liese transcends the fluffy (and more times than not, shallow) rom-com archetype to delivery a story with wisdom and gravitas. Our main characters bear heavy burdens - Lucas has been diagnosed with a chronic disease that will leave him completely blind in a matter of years, while Elodie has been shunned emotionally and financially by her parents for not accepting an arranged marriage proposal. These f ...more
There’s even a Spotify playlist that Chloe created to nurture the reading experience.
*Thank you to Chloe Liese for providing an advanced copy for review! All opinions are my own.
TW: Miscarriage, pregnancy loss, PCOS
I'm going to start by saying that I have not read the other books in this series. If I had, maybe I would have a different opinion of this book. Overall, I did not enjoy it. I find it very hard to suspend my disbelief while reading stories that are billed as contemporaries. The circumstance of Elodie's pregnancy and miscarriage were too much and, honestly, a bit ...more
Lucas and Elodie could have it all, but a grim diagnosis makes Lucas unable to cope with dragging the only women he has eyes for down with him. Elodie has wanted Lucas for as long as she has known him, but a few months back it became clear their only future was to remain strictly friends. While navigating her new world far from her French homeland, she accepts Lucas generous offer of staying at his apartment. As circumstance keep bringing ...more
Sometimes I read a book that doesn’t entirely work for me, and I opt not to read anymore of that authors work. This was not one of those times. I read He’s a Brute a few months ago, and it wasn’t one that I loved (I’m very much in the minority, most people I know adored it). I learned I don’t know if mafia storylines (or BDSM) are really my thing. But when Chloe announced her new book They’re Strictly Friends, you ...more
What's not to love about an inclusive book that talks about disability accurately and also has more Harry Potter references than you can count? I loved everything about this book and I found so many quotes resonated deep in my soul. Of course Chloe Liese is a literary genius and I neeeeed her next book asap. She has quickly moved onto my top author list and has also found herself on my auto buy author list. If you haven't read one of her books, what are you waiting for?
*PLEASE NOTE: I put a trigger warning at the end of my review that contains spoilers!
If you're a fan of The Flatshare, you'd totally love this book - it just addresses (in my opinion) more sensitive topics.
LOVE(s): the fact that Elodie is a sexy, full figured woman - who deals with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome...which MANY women are affected by) - who is ALSO A BADASS BUSINESS WOMAN WHO TAKES NO SHIT. Sign me up please! ...more
Lucas is about to take over his family business when he receives some bad news from his doctor, news which puts his career and his life plans in jeopardy. Irritatingly, we don't know exactly what this news is ...more
How do I even start this? What I went in knowing about this book was that it's a spinoff of a series of Liese's. I had not read the series but knew that this could be read as a standalone. What I didnt know was how emotionally invested I would become. I have read quite a few books this year and frequently confuse those stories with others. I feel that this one will not have the same effect.
Lucas and Elodie are just magnificent. Liese uses perfect descri ...more
First off I want to say I loved the representation that happened in this book. Lucas going blind is something we don't ever see happening in most books. The way he denied it and avoided it for so long is a very real thing for a lot of people in the disabled community because like it was mentioned in the book your angry and grieving all at the same time that it's progressively getting worse. It's hard to explain that to the pe ...more
“Because, that’s love for you, Though I amend my statement. Love works both ways, not exclusively. It humbles and elevates us. It makes both fools and wise men of us, doesn’t it?”
my first book by Chloe Liese and I loved it 😍, this spinoff book about Lucas and elodie was a well written Heartwarming, sweet, emotional and sexy story. ✨I need to read the first series by this author because I was in love with the Characters of ...more
If it weren't for all the repetitive description about Lucas and Elodies physical appearance and how everybody just fell in love with them for their good looks, the rating would have been much higher.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an hones ...more
I love a romance that can tackle tough subjects and still keep me interested and rooting for the couple. However, this book really got bogged down in internal musings and conversations that went nowhere or took place during really inappropriate times.
Neither of the characters caught my attention and I felt like I was peering into their story instead Of being in their story.
Elodie Bertrand likes Lucas Edwards and she feels he likes her back. So when he suddenly stops pursuing her and ignores all her attempts at flirtation, she’s left confused and slightly hurt. Lucas sees what his actions are doing to Elodie, but after a grim diagnosis, he’s determined to not draw her into his life only to condemn with him. They must remain ‘strictly friends’. But when fate throws them together and Lucas finds his resolve slipping, will he able to protect Elodie? Or can El ...more
This is my first book in the Tough Love Series, so I wasn't too aware of the other characters and their stories. However, I don't think this was an issue when reading this book.
We start with Lucas receiving some bad news, he has a threatening condition that purposely stays hidden at the beginning of the book, and because of it, he has sworn off love. But Lucas has been having strong feelings for his fr ...more
I savored the relationship between Lucas and Elodie in this spinoff book. We ...more
Where do I start? Firstly, I have been anticipating reading Lucas & Elodie's story since finishing the Tough Love series where I first met them. I fell so hard for Lucas nearly immediately and Elodie barged right in easily. Elodie is one of the strongest heroines I have read, highly intelligent and headstrong but also vulnerable and caring.
As the story begins, Lucas has learned of a life altering diagnosis. He already cares deeply f ...more
This novel was pleasantly surprising in that there was a fair amount of romance, sex scenes that could make you blush and an actual real life problem that needed real life solution that causes relationship problems that I feel like we can all sort of relate too. I adored the characters in this novel and the problems that they had throughout their lives were things that we could all conn ...more
Blurb: Lucas and Elodie have been friends for awhile, but when things start to heat up Lucas backs off big time. He’s hiding a big secret that will soon affect the rest of his life.
Lucas doesn’t want to complicate anyone else’s life, so he tries to push Elodie away, even though life has other plans.
I loved the chemistry between Elodie and Lucas. They are friends, but there is no denying the tension between them. Of course, they can only deny it for so long before they f ...more