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Offsides

(Saints and Sinners #3)

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From Eden Butler, discover what happened to Gia Jilani, the last love of Luka Hale, in this interconnected standalone that concludes the Saints and Sinners series.

Gia Jilani had rules.

They kept her safe and her head in the game.

As the NFL's first female general manager, there were risks to be weighed and taken.

Like Kai Pukui, the linebacker helping her team dominate on th
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 272 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Eden Butler
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Jessica Alcazar
I just finished this book last night and I'm, just gonna need a minute because I pretty much ugly cried thru every single page .... I'm an emotional mess.

It was worth every single emotion so go one-click RIGHT NOW!

If you’re going into this book as a first time reader of Eden’s then you probably won’t have as much of an emotional breakdown as I did when I read this story. I’m not a first timer. I know Gia’s past. I know her heartbreak. It’s not rainbows and gumdrops. While reading Offside
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Sandy S
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 15, 2019

From Eden Butler, discover what happened to Gia Jilani, the last love of Luka Hale, in this interconnected standalone that concludes the Saints and Sinners series.

Gia Jilani had rules.

They kept her safe and her head in the game.

As the NFL's first female general manager, there were risks to be weighed and taken.

Like Kai Pukui, the linebacker helping her team dominate on the field.

The same quiet, beautiful man who stares too long at her and rem
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2OCC Reviews
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gemma
Offside was an enjoyable read that was packed full of emotion. These two characters were both very different from each other but they faced their own heartache throughout the story. I really loved the way they were so different and yet it was one of the things that made them work.

Gia was a strong woman that did not let anyone out it over her despite benign in a male-dominated field of work. I really loved the way that she stood up to others and she made sure all her players were treated equally
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Heather andrews
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gia has a romantic side to her, “you… you give me the kind of love that chases away the shadows.” Kai is a territorial man, “this is my bed and you’re in it,” he told her, his voice back to that tone that sounded like a seduction. “You’re in it with me. I won’t share you with anyone.” I liked this book, I liked Kai.
Reading with 2 book lovers
Gia and Kai are very much one of my new fav characters. I highly enjoyed this story
Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)
Offsides is a beautifully written forbidden love, sports romance that has all of the feels. There were moments when I was swooning as well as times where I was ugly crying. I loved Kai in that he is sexy, kind-hearted, and loyal. He is essentially an ideal book boyfriend! One cannot help, but admire his persistence when it comes to pursuing Gia. Gia endured a devastating heartbreak many years before and this has shaped how she approaches relationships. She has built a protective barrier around h ...more
The Book Fairy Reviews
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so you know those movie that you know you shouldn't watch by yourself, where you yell at the girl not to do what ever she is clearly going to do cuz you already know she will end up a hot mess??? Yeah that was me when I I started reading about Gia and Kai. I knoew I was going to end up ugly crying to the point where I was reading this amazing book with a HUGE knot in my throat. SO TOTALLY WORTH IT!
This book, the story of Gia and Kai and Luka was just everything. Have you ever loved somethi
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Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
3.5 Stars

This was my first read of this author. I was drawn by the blurb. NFL team. Female GM. Single dad. Loved all the promise of that story. This says it can be read as a stand alone, but I admit, the first half of the book, I felt like I was missing something. Actually, when I finally looked back to see this was the third book in a series, I thought it maybe was poor editing. I couldn't follow all the secondary characters. They go by first name, last name and nick name all in the same chapte
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Yolanda
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Offsides (Saints and Sinners #3) is everything and I do mean everything that I wanted and more for Kai and Gia’s story. Eden Butler nailed it and she couldn’t have written a better book for these two. Kai and Gia really put me through one hell of an emotional ride but it was SO worth it!!

Gia, the first female general manager in the NFL was not only a role model but a force to be reckoned with. Her character was written so wonderfully. And Kai, be still my heart. He was the definition of a gentl
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Jennifer
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow...Offsides is everything I wanted it to be! Gia has her dream job managing the Steamers. Life is going according to her rigid plan to deal with pain, until she meets Kai. Aside from being her "type", she can't get over how similar the necklace he wears looks just like Lukas....the chemistry is there and there is no doubt Kai is interested, but she puts up her wall for professional and personal reasons. Kai is persistent and slowly she lets him in and gets to know him, maybe too well. It take ...more
Kari Hansen
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gia is the first female manager of a professional football team and she is focused on her career and forging the way for other women to succeed as well. She has a painful past and for that reason she is determined to keep her relationships casual and keep the walls around her heart impenetrable.

Kai is a single father and linebacker for the team. He is very attracted to Gia and even though their relationship is complicated by both her past and the fact that he is her employee he is determined tha
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Alicia
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this romantic read which is so much more than boy meets girl. Offsides, initially, could be mistaken for a straight forward romance, but it takes us into deeper waters as it looks at the different faces of love and friendship, loss and grief, in an honest and heartfelt manner.
With Hawaiian heritage weaving through the story, I truly felt that I was being shown aspects of a culture I know little about but found both beautiful and intriguing. This brought a dimension to the book that
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Krista Ricchi
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect heartbreaking romance that proves love is worth the risk. I was so mixed with emotions while I was reading this book. My heart was in my throat and I had tears in my eyes several times. Being someones love of their life is different than actually loving someone for your entire life. Love can come in different forms and you can't give up on the one true soul mate. The writing was perfect and the pace flowed to match it. I love this authors writing style and this is one book you don't ...more
HeatherP
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I have not read the rest of this series so maybe my perception is off because I didn't see any of the build up. I just never really felt the connection between them and I think that took away my enjoyment here. 

This is about an NFL manager who is a female, and one of her players who is a linebacker. The premise was there, and it peaked my interest. I just never got invested though.

I know others will probably like this so I am going to chalk it up to a case of "It's me not you."


ARC in exchange fo
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Rose
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story, Kai and Gia's story, and even the memory of Gia and Luka's story, tore me apart so many times. I cried so many tears. But in the end, the beauty of both love stories was just that, so beautiful!!!!

I am so thankful that Gia finally opened herself up enough to recognize and return the love Kai had for her. And I'm glad she finally had the chance to put the past where it belonged. Once again, Eden Butler has given her readers a fantastic story!!!
Harley Wylde
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say that it isn't often a book can make me cry. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kai and Gia, but there was a particular point in the book when I admittedly cried so hard I gave myself a headache. It was a touching story, one that kept me flipping the pages. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Ms. Butler did a fantastic job and I can't wait to read the other books in the series.

I received a copy of this book for an unbiased review.
Kelly Williams
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is first by this author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Kai and Gia had somewhat of a "forbidden" love. I really like these kinds of stories and I honestly loved these characters. I need to go back an read the other books in the series. I loved the build up and the steaminess of this book. Highly recommend!!!
Carly
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had all the feels. Gia and Kai’s story is not one without heartbreak and I really felt for them in this story. Gia, what can I say. She is such a strong woman who has endured her share of heartbreak and the inability to move on and open herself up to the possibility of a new forever love. I loved the way it as written and I really felt for all the characters. It’s a must read.
Tatenisha
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kai shows Gia that finding another to love is ok. Gia holds everyone at a distance because of the love she lost thinking that no one else can compare. She has to learn to let go of the past in order to see what the future has to offer.
Reading with 2 book lovers
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gia and Kai are very much one of my new fav characters. I highly enjoyed this story
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Caroline F
I didn't realise that this was the third book in a series but, although reading at least the first book in the series would give some background, it can be read as a standalone.

"Nine years and a professional line separated them."

Gia Jilani has a top job in a man's world. She can't afford to make mistakes, especially getting involved with someone at work. And, a guy younger than her, too. Besides all that, she's shied away from real relationships for the past twenty years. She's been down that r
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Laurie
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Overall, I loved "Offsides" and highly recommend it. While it is the third book in the Saints and Sinners series, it is for the most part a standalone novel, although at least part of the timeline overlaps with that of "Roughing the Kicker," the previous book in this series, and some of the same events are re-told from a different character's perspective. I have read the previous book, but I don't think I would have felt lost if I hadn't done so. That said, I very much enjoyed "Roughing the Kick ...more
MJ
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, arc
Talk about heartbreak. Holy smokes, Offsides is the very meaning of the word. Eden Butler does not hold back in this 3rd book in the Saints and Sinners series, giving us Gia and Kai's story. The gutsy general manager and the sexy linebacker fight their immediate attraction but damn if they don't still crave the other. With a football team that has more than enough of its own issues, you'd think that would keep both satisfied. But that undeniable yearning keeps coming to the surface over and over ...more
Ria Alexander  - Reading Is Our Satisfaction
Emotional and enjoyable

The only way to start this is by saying ... WOW!!!! OFFSIDES is such an emtional, heartwrenching but thoroughly enjoyable read. I just was not expecting the pull on all of my emotions. Such a beautiful story that will keep you captivated from beginning to end.

Offsides tells the story of Gia Jilani and Kai Pukui. Gia is the first female NFL General Manger of a team, and Kai is a linebacker for her team. Their romance is "forbidden", however it is also one that they cannot l
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TheSassyNerdBlog
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Eden has flawed me with this book. Gia and Kai's relationship is not an easy one. Kai comes into Gia's life and she didn't know what to expect. All she knew was that they were drawn to one another... He made her feel things she thought she shouldn't. Gia is strong, so strong but she has had heartache in her life, and she is learning to deal with it the best she can... Kai comes along and shows her that it is okay to love again, that that part of her and her life doesn't just disappea ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Football, a strong epic heroine, and Eden Butler is the perfect recipe for me! Gia Jilani is the female I would most want to be, as she's a professional football team's GM! Oh, let me say that I wanted her story since meeting her in the Last Love of Luca Hale just an fyi. Anyway, she's tough & she has rules, because she's not letting anything mess with her accomplishments, since she's the NFL's first female GM, and I'm with her on this one. She's totally my hero by the way, so at this point, it ...more
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Gia Jilani has worked hard to become general manager of a professional football team. When she meets Kai Pukui she wasn't expecting the spark she feels.  He reminds her of someone, but it would be all wrong -- since she's his boss and she's locked up her heart since she lost her one true love years ago.

Kai is very persuasive, persistent and perceptive, since he won't give up because he believes Gia wants him as much as he wants her.  There's a lot of back and forth here and there were times I fe
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Maura
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

"You can't have a last love without a first love."

While OFFSIDES is listed as a stand-alone in the Saints and Sinners Series, I think you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read LAST LOVE OF LUKA HALE to understand who and what Gia is. It fills in a lot of the blanks at the beginning of OFFSIDES and I think it would make the reading experience more enjoyable.

Gia is a grown woman who excels in a "man's world". She defies gender roles and is able to be everything INCLUDING
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Ga Books LoverX
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not checked out the other books in this series, but reading Offsides makes me want to do so freaking ASAP! Eden Butler delivered an emotional gut punch of a read that left me fully satisfied but also wanting more!

As GM of the team, Gia knows better than to be attracted to the super hot player that she can't stop
thinking about. To say that this romance was a bit of a no no, is to put it lightly, but it is not just chemistry that you feel from the characters and Eden does a great job of por
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