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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 arms, she finds a freedom she never even knew existed.

Falling in love was the easy part. Cruel twists of fate and torn loyalties will make staying together seem impossible. Sacrifices will have to be made. And they will learn that blood may be thicker than water, but nothing is more powerful than two hearts that beat for each other.

Contains mature themes.

©2017 Dylan Allen (P)2018 Tantor

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Beautiful Story!

Dylan Allen is a new author for me. This is a beautiful and well-written story. In fact, this story is much deeper than I expected. I love the two main characters, Lucia and Reece. They are strong, beautiful and perfect together. I also like the secondary characters. The narration was great, as always with Lacy Laurel. I like his voice! It was my first listen to Sean Crisden. He has a beautiful male voice, easy to listen to. I enjoyed my listening. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Loving and Poignant

Dylan Allen is a new author to me, and this book ensures that she will be on my one click from now on. The story line is original, and is one many would not take on. Lucia Vega is an author who has a best seller out. Being sought after for the screenplay rights, she is approached by Reece Carras and agrees to have her book brought to the big screen. The attraction is immediate, but can they act on it? Allen writes this story with raw honesty and emotion of a couple that faces so many obstacles, it's hard to know if they will be able to find their happiness. The two come from different backgrounds and it seems that no answer will help resolve their problems. Lucia is written with strength and passion, and will do anything to keep her story true. Reece is unwavering in his support, and knows himself and what he wants. The story flows with controversy, heartbreak, impossible decisions and an unbreakable love like no other.

A story like this needs a team of narrators that will make you feel. Lacy Laurel and Sean Crisden do just that. From the minute the book starts, every emotion is invoked and carries through the very end. Each of their performances is genuine and passionate, just what this novel needs, a wonderful narration.

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Original storyline

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 policies that we struggle with as a nation. It was much deeper than I expected with layers to not only the story but the characters as well. My heart hurt for all the pain Lucia had survived only to be hit with even more. I longed for her to find true freedom even as Reese’s presence in her life could take it away.

I loved Reese and all his protective ways. He was not the standard play boy billionaire. Once he caught Lucia he held on tight and fought for her every step of the way. Lucia’s past has made her strong but she still feels like she lives in the shadows. She was strong in character even as she was broken. I enjoyed watching her come out into the light.

This was a very enjoyable story that was well written, relatively fast paced with little bogging down. The steam factor is high even if not abundant. Secondary characters were well developed and helped to push the story along. I’ll definitely be checking out more from this author.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Gripping, beautiful, and brilliant!

Dylan Allen is a new-to-me author. After reading this book, it certainly won't be my last from her. Thicker Than Water is an incredible story, one that took on a subject matter that is so prevalent in today's society. It is beautifully written and held so much emotion. I connected right from the get go. Fate brought author Lucia Vega & former Olympic swimmer Reece Carras together. They have an intense sexual connection, but it's a slow burn. They were friends first, allowing their relationship to progress, making the story standout above most other romance novels. But alas, they are both keeping secrets. And just when I thought forgiveness would be their ultimate challenge, Dylan Allen gives us a whammy of a plot twist!
I've read stories that have gotten stuck in my mind for a long time. Thicker Than Water is definitely is one of those for me. It was gripping, beautiful, and brilliant!