Title: Keeping 13 (Boys of Tommen, #2)
Author: Chloe Walsh
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2018
Blurb: His first, last, and only true love has always been rugby.
Following a devastating injury that has left him sidelined and stripped of his beloved number 13 jersey, Johnny is struggling to hold onto his dreams. Lost, insecure, and desperately seeking comfort, he sets his sights on unraveling the mystery of the girl with the midnight-blue eyes. With his best friend, Gibsie, by his side, Johnny embarks on his quest of exposing the secrets surrounding the girl who haunts his every waking hour.
Keeping secrets has never been a problem for Shannon. The life she was born into demands nothing less. She knows that demons and evil men don’t just exist in fairytales. They exist in her world, too. Traumatized beyond repair after her return from Dublin, and desperate to protect her little brothers, Shannon finds herself falling into the same old cover-up, barely keeping her head above water, as her future unravels before her eyes. Beaten and broken, her walls are up and her trust is shaken. Only one boy has the ability to climb those walls. The boy who owns her heart.
Secrets are exposed and lives are changed forever in Keeping 13, the explosive sequel of the bestselling book, Binding 13. Follow Johnny and Shannon as they try to navigate their way through the aftermath of that fateful rugby match in Dublin.
Falling in love was the easy part, what comes next is the test…
Friendship, first love, rising fame, horrifying secrets, and pain all fuel together as two teenagers from the opposite side of the tracks collide in Keeping 13, the concluding story for Johnny and Shannon.
Based in Ireland, the Boys of Tommen series is bound to captivate and lure you into the world of rugby, love, and teenage heartbreak.
***** Warning *****
Some scenes in this book may be extremely upsetting for some readers. Due to its bad language and certain scenes, Keeping 13 is recommended for mature readers.
Rating: 5+ Mind-Blowing Stars!
And the award for Best Book of 2018 goes to…*drum roll please*
Seriously, this book and Binding 13 are my TOP favorite reads of the year. Actually, I’m fairly confident in saying that they are my favorite books of ALL TIME. And I don’t toss around that term lightly because I have loads of favorite books and read around 150 to 200 books a year, but the Boys of Tommen have blown every other one of my favorites clear out of the water.
It’s taken me awhile to write up this review because I’ve wanted every word of it to be perfect since Keeping 13, and it’s predecessor, Binding 13, are no less than exactly that – perfect. But, it’s like no matter what I say, it’s still nowhere near good enough to describe how amazing and phenomenal this book is, how much I absolutely love it and how many emotions it still makes me feel, even a week after reading it. These are the kind of books that I want to scream about from the rooftops and throw at people to read because they are THAT GOOD.
I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but the sequel to Johnny and Shannon’s story is explosive and nothing short of incredible. And the FEELS y’all… this whole book is dripping with ALL THE FEELS, and I’m STILL vibrating with them.
Keeping 13 gave me the biggest smile and had me rolling with laughs, like cheeks hurting and belly cramping because I was in tears from laughter. I swooned more times that I can count, cried like a baby and there were times where my heart was hammering in my chest with fear. It was a roller coaster of emotions, one that I never wanted to stop.
Chloe Walsh never ceases to amaze me with her impeccable writing and has given me yet another massive book hangover. I actually feel sorry for all the others books I’ve had to read afterwards, and will have to read, following this mind-blowing and epic book. But Chloe is one of those authors whose writing I always connect with and she never fails to deliver a book with unforgettable characters, emotion and tons of heart. She really delves deep with the whole cast of characters and brings their struggles to the forefront in a pure and honest way.
When this lady writes a book, she doesn’t just give you a story. She creates the perfect recipe for a whole other world with characters that are 100% real and gives them so much depth that makes them spring to life from the pages… and she completely blew me away with all the characters she created with the Boys of Tommen. Never have I ever been so in love with every single person in a book before. Each character serves a purpose. They aren’t just add-ins for filler. They are there to create real life and real situations.
The hero, Johnny, *swoon*…my heart is so full of love for him. He has to be my all-time favorite book boyfriend ever. He is just so sweet and pure and fierce, protective and loyal to the bone. That boy just makes me tingle all over.
I think his only flaw is that he was a bulldozer, just like he bulldozed his way into Shannon’s life and into her heart. He saved her from a horrible and devastating situation and brought her back to life and out of her shell. He made her feel safe and loved and wanted, which was something she had never experienced before. The way he loved her and took care of her melted my freaking heart.
And then there’s Johnny’s sidekick, Gibsie. Oh. My. GOD! That kid is a barrel of laughs. I’ve never read a character more hilarious than him, EVER. I think I highlighted every single one of his quotes because every word out of his mouth had me in stitches, and there were a ton of quotes from Gibs, lol. This book needed his character, though. He created a balance with the heartbreaking moments with his humor and I absolutely adore him and can’t wait until he gets his own book.
I can’t forget about Johnny’s mother, Mammy K. When she wasn’t embarrassing Johnny, she was cockblocking him, ahh that poor lad, lol… but she had a heart of gold and was the backbone in this book.
I could literally talk about all of the characters from this book all day, but my review is going on 3 pages long already so I’ll wrap it up. Keeping 13 is on a whole other level of epic. Words don’t even do it justice. There is just so much in it that makes it truly spectacular and the way Chloe writes it will have you head over heels and fully obsessed with all things Boys of Tommen. There’s a reason why Chloe Walsh is my all-time favorite author and it’s books like these that keep her ranked in the #1 spot. If you’re looking for a book to get lost in and forget about life for a few days, then do yourself a favor and read these books.
You can find my review for the 1st book here: Binding 13