Binding Arbitration

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Rated 4.91/5 based on 12 reviews
Through the corridors of the Windy City’s criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she’ll go to save her cancer-stricken son’s life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to fight, but the cost of this victory requires revisiting old heartaches. Can Libby win the battle to save her son without sacrificing her own heart? More

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About Elizabeth Marx

Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing.

Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.
Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.

You can contact the author at elizabethmarxbooks@gmail.com or visit her website www.elizabethmarxbooks.com

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Review by: Sheri Wilkinson on July 10, 2013 :
Binding Arbitration (Elizabeth Marx)

Elizabeth "Libby" Tucker , a prominent defense attorney in Chicago is determined to save her six year old sons (Cass) life. He has leukemia, and the only way for him to live is a bone marrow transplant.

Banford "Aidan" Palowski is her college love interest, he left her when he found out she was pregnant. Now a major league baseball player he may be the only person to save Cass' life.

When Libby asks Aiden for some DNA to see if he is a match , her whole world is turned upside down. Will Aiden cooperate and what will he want in return? Libby is desperate and will do what ever it takes to save her sons life.

A fantastic read. Told from Aiden and Libbys perspectives I was able to see things through both their eyes. Filled with emotions I found Binding Arbitration thought provoking, it kept me up late into the night. I was engrossed up until the very last page. I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Marx books.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Imelda Rahmawati on April 16, 2013 :
A very great book, I love the way you write from 2 point of view on each chapter.
Overall it's make my heart move and I was crying on the last chapter.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sheri Wilkinson on Oct. 27, 2012 :
Binding Arbitration (Elizabeth Marx)

Elizabeth "Libby" Tucker , a prominent defense attorney in Chicago is determined to save her six year old sons (Cass) life. He has leukemia, and the only way for him to live is a bone marrow transplant.

Banford "Aidan" Palowski is her college love interest, he left her when he found out she was pregnant. Now a major league baseball player he may be the only person to save Cass' life.

When Libby asks Aiden for some DNA to see if he is a match , her whole world is turned upside down. Will Aiden cooperate and what will he want in return? Libby is desperate and will do what ever it takes to save her sons life.

A fantastic read. Told from Aiden and Libbys perspectives I was able to see things through both their eyes. Filled with emotions I found Binding Arbitration thought provoking, it kept me up late into the night. I was engrossed up until the very last page. I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Marx books. You must readCutters Vs. Jocks, A Prequel Novella to Binding Arbitration the prequel to this fantastic read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sheri Wilkinson on Oct. 27, 2012 :
Binding Arbitration (Elizabeth Marx)

Elizabeth "Libby" Tucker , a prominent defense attorney in Chicago is determined to save her six year old sons (Cass) life. He has leukemia, and the only way for him to live is a bone marrow transplant.

Banford "Aidan" Palowski is her college love interest, he left her when he found out she was pregnant. Now a major league baseball player he may be the only person to save Cass' life.

When Libby asks Aiden for some DNA to see if he is a match , her whole world is turned upside down. Will Aiden cooperate and what will he want in return? Libby is desperate and will do what ever it takes to save her sons life.

A fantastic read. Told from Aiden and Libbys perspectives I was able to see things through both their eyes. Filled with emotions I found Binding Arbitration thought provoking, it kept me up late into the night. I was engrossed up until the very last page. I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Marx books. You must read Cutters Vs. Jocks, A Prequel Novella to Binding Arbitration the prequel to this fantastic read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Allyson Brann on Oct. 23, 2012 :
This book was absolutely wonderful! Cutters vs Jocks was great book to read before binding arbitration! It was one of the best books I have ever read! I would recommend it to everyone!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bobbie45 on Oct. 08, 2012 : (no rating)
I enjoyed this book very much;and, it was helpful to read the introductory book 'Cutters vs Jocks'. The first book introduced the characters and was a perfect beginning to 'Binding Arbitration'. When I finished I wished there could be a sequel - maybe Elizabeth Marx will surprise her readers with another story about these characters, I hope so.

It is a believable story and I would recommend it to any reader who enjoys romance with a few surprises. I give it 4 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: gaele hi on Sep. 10, 2012 :
I received a copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.


This is the second book in a series about Elizabeth (Libby) Tucker and Banford Aiden Palowski: their brief relationship in college, her removal of Aiden from her life when she decided to keep their child, and the ultimate challenges they faced in rediscovering each other again after their son is diagnosed with leukemia.

I didn’t realize there was a prequel/short to this book before I read this one. The prequel is titled “Cutters vs. Jocks” – and I have read it. I’m glad that I didn’t read the stories in order, however, because the predisposition to want to slap both characters into adulthood and reasonable behaviour would have overridden my ability to give this book a fair shake.

What has been created by the author is a treatise on selfishness: while both parties wholeheartedly believe they have valid reasons for their behaviour, neither is wholly innocent in the result. Libby was pregnant after one night with Aiden. She allows her own self-doubt and fear to deny the night, and the possibility that Aiden finds her worthy. Aiden is a big man on campus, with a list of conquests, and a promising baseball career. He finds Libby fascinating and attractive – but is unable or unwilling to pursue her in a way she finds believable and solid.

The two are brought together 7 years later when their son, Cass, is diagnosed with leukemia, and Libby feels it necessary to contact Aiden to see if he will be tested as a marrow donor. What follows is the slow but steady realization by both parties that they were wrong, and selfish in their choices. While Aiden is thrust into the role of repentance for all mistakes, without seeing much of the same for Libby – we are treated to the development of the characters, their understanding of their own bad behaviours, and their acceptance of their love for each other: even as it begins with a sense of wonder and love for their son, Cass.

The story is told, quite deftly, in two voices: Libby’s is often angry and hurt, with an underlying self-doubt not erased from her accomplishments in the here and now. Aiden’s voice is also riddled with self-doubt and punishment, while attempting to ‘prove’ himself to Libby and working within her often unreasonable expectations. After penning the initial thoughts of this review – I read other impressions on the story. While many people hated Aiden, and found him not receiving enough punishment for abandoning Libby and Cass, they seem to not account for his losses or pain. What I think was more important in it all is that love, combined with a real and honest assessment of where wrongs were committed, can overcome the hurt and doubt.

This story is thrust into the genres of Chick Lit and Romance, but it is far more than those narrowed confines. As I said, it is a catalog of where things go wrong, and the stupid decisions we make when hurt and afraid; and just what consequences those decisions can have far into the future. It alternates with wonder at the proclamations that Cass makes, to anger with his parents for their behavior, to tears and tension.

This is not a book to be taken as a “light read” because no matter where you stand in liking or disliking the characters, you will be thrust into a story crafted to make you feel. While there was some ‘outside’ action that seemed rather gratuitous and unnecessary to the plot, the minor characters and their needs were also integrated into the story in a way that highlighted the many good qualities and character traits of both Libby and Aiden. This story was a daunting task, and the author created a novel that was both memorable and touching. I would suggest that you read this book first, and then see what sort of people both Libby and Aiden were in their college years: by then reading the prequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tami Fairley on July 30, 2012 :
Review originally posted at: http://theindiebookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/07/binding-arbitration.html#more
What’s a great romance story without a bit of angst? Well, how about angst galore and right out of the gate? That is how Binding Arbitration began and as any true fan of contemporary romance (and glutton for punishment) would be, I was hooked. We are introduced to Aidan first and he comes across as the selfish, arrogant, pompous golden boy that just about any woman would hate…and possibly lust for. What’s there to like about this man? He was a womanizer in college. He dated one girl to keep his family happy while telling another how much he wanted her. He finally won over the latter, named Libby, (while they were both intoxicated mind you) only to leave her alone and pregnant so he could chase his career as a professional baseball player. He then sleeps with half of the female population in Chicago until he decides to finally “settle down”…with an ignorant, superficial daddy’s girl who needed vaginal rejuvenation surgery while she’s only in her twenties! Wow! That is so much to take in! By the time Libby is introduced, I already feel sorry for her. I feel pain for what she’s gone through and I despise this man who abandoned her in her time of need. So, what’s a girl like Libby to do once she’s left alone and pregnant at such a young age? Plow her way through school to become one of the best (and well-paid) criminal defense attorneys in Chicago! You just gotta love a gal who knows how to "stick it" to an old flame.
Time to move on! What’s in the past shall remain in the past! Let sleeping dogs lie! All good mottos to live by, right? Well, that’s the plan until Libby actually needs to dig up the past and ask Aidan to help save their sick child. It is at this point that we start learning about Aiden and Libby’s past. Maybe Aidan isn’t too bad of a guy. Maybe it was all a case of “wrong time at the wrong place”. Maybe the both of them were just too young to make it work at the time. One thing is clear. Even if Libby won’t admit it to herself, they were in love and their connection was undeniable. They were both just too stubborn to admit their feelings to one another. As I took this all in, I began to think of the lyrics to I Never Told You by Colbie Caillat and how fitting it was to Aiden and Libby.
"…But I never told you
What I should have said
No I never told you
I just held it in
And now I miss everything
About you
I can't believe I still want
You
After all the things we've
Been through
I miss everything about you
Without you…"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YtzsUdSC_I


We are then introduced to a new Aidan. He realizes what he lost and what he wants. He’s determined to get to know and help the son he never knew and to win back the one woman he ever truly loved. His resolve and determination to prove he was wrong amazed me and I was constantly in awe of his grand gestures. I was also consistently grabbing for tissues as he put his heart on the line time and time again. As music is always in my head, I was yet again reminded of another fitting song. The song Drive By by Train could’ve been written by Aidan to Libby.

"…Oh but that one night
Was more than just right
I didn’t leave you cause I was all through
Oh I was overwhelmed and frankly scared as hell
Because I really fell for you

Oh I swear to you
I’ll be there for you
This is not a drive by…"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxqnFJ3lp5k

As soon as we meet Aidan and Libby’s son, Cass, we know right away that he is no ordinary 6-year-old. He’s profound beyond his years and he is significant to Aidan and Libby’s past, present, and future. So, let the story really begin and the emotions and quirky characters run wild! There are old wounds ripped open, secrets revealed, and tests of true love and unconditional love around every corner.
The author tells the story in a witty dual-narrative style. Each chapter switches between the perspectives of Aidan and Libby. This is only the second book I’ve ever read that uses this narrative style and I’ve quickly become a fan. I love to know what’s going on in the two main characters heads, but still from a first-person POV.
This book had me dealing with emotions from perspectives of a mother and a woman who has been in love. There were so many ups and downs (just as there are in real life). I was in constant awe of the tender moments and revelations about love and life. There were several points in the book where I was truly questioning if I would get that HEA that so many of us romance novel junkies crave. Would you like to know if there is one? Well, read the book my friend… read the book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jackie Pead on April 30, 2012 :
I loved this book! My only question is what happened to Manny? Is there going to be a sequel?
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Anderson on March 30, 2012 :
What would you do if your only child had a life threatening disease? Would you contact the man who fathered your child for help, even though he doesn't know the child even exists? What if contacting the man stirs up old feelings that really never went away, could you deal with it? On the other hand, what if you are the man who has no idea that his child exists? Would you finally be able to face the demons that have haunted you for seven years, the shame and regret that you left the woman you love to pursue a career in major league baseball? Would you be able to set things right and make amends with the woman and your child? Could a spark that never really was extinguished and the love of a child bring together two people who were always meant to be together? These are the questions that needed to be answered by Libby Tucker and Aidan Palowski in Binding Arbitration.

Elizabeth "Libby" Tucker is a successful Chicago defense attorney and single mom to her six year old son, Cass. Cass has been diagnosed with Leukemia, and is in need of a bone marrow transplant, in order to save his life. Libby had to do the one thing that she didn't want to do, she had to contact Cass' biological father, Banford Aidan Palowski, a successful major league baseball player, and tell him that he has a son who needs him. Libby needs Aidan to agree to submit a blood sample, to test his DNA to see if he would be a viable bone marrow donor. Sparks fly when Libby and Aidan aka "Band-Aid" meet again, but old wounds and unrequited love won't stop Aidan from stepping up to the plate and helping his son. This is a story of Libby and Aidan's journey through pain, anger and hurt to arrive at forgiveness, redemption and a second chance at love and family.

Binding Arbitration is an amazing story that will pull at your heartstrings. The storyline is well written, emotional, powerful and very compelling. This intriguing story is told in a two person perspective by Libby and Aidan, with each perspective brilliantly told in alternating chapters. The story captivates the reader from the beginning and encourages them to come along on the emotional roller coaster ride that is Libby and Aidan's story. This is not a lighthearted easy story to read, it is one that deals with deep emotional issues of illness and affairs of the heart that will have you grabbing for some tissues along the way. The characters are realistic and complex, their engaging personalities and interactions make the story that much more compelling. I couldn't help but love Libby and Aidan, their spark and interactions with each other had my emotions ranging from one end of the spectrum to the other. I think the hardest part of the story to digest was reading about poor little Cass' illness, your heart just can't help but break for him and what he was going through. The author does an incredible job of describing the Chicago setting, I was so intrigued that now I want to visit Chi Town and walk down the magical mile! I also loved how the author intertwined two of my favorite interests: the law and baseball! The references to both the law and baseball throughout the book made me one happy camper, they were informative and fascinating, what more could I ask for?

There are not many books that I have read that pull at my heartstrings and leave my emotions spent, but Binding Arbitration did just that. This amazing story is so much more than just your typical chick lit or contemporary romance novel. It offers a lesson and message about love, forgiveness, redemption and second chances that will warm your heart, and remind you to count your blessings and cherish your relationships.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author, for my honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: T D on Dec. 31, 2011 :
Very enjoyable read. You will laugh while becoming attached to the characters in this touching story of an athlete who thinks he has it all, only to realize and appreciate what is truly important in life. At the end of this book, I felt a connection to the characters which is something I rarely find in many of the books I read. The author’s use of the female point of view versus the male point of view makes the conflict between them apparent. A well written blend of comedy and romance, sprinkled with elements of magical realism and philosophical sports quotes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Wright on Nov. 29, 2011 :
I loved this book! The characters are written so well you just get sucked into their story. I haven't read a book this good in a long time. Cudos to a new author for a great read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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