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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.

Seven years ago, Libby had a one night stand with Aidan Palowski that ended in a pregnancy and him deserting her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her ...
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Overview

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.

Seven years ago, Libby had a one night stand with Aidan Palowski that ended in a pregnancy and him deserting her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she’s attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. Libby fears asking Aidan to live up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his celebrity baseball career. But when Aidan learns about his son’s desperate need, it pricks open the wound he’s carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.

All Libby needs is a little anonymous DNA, but Aidan wants to recapture all he lost the day he walked away from her. There’s more to settle between Aidan and Libby than heartache, redemption, and forgiveness because Libby might not be able to save her son without sacrificing her own heart.


“Marx’s romance is full of twists and turns, some expected, and some not, with an emotionally complex central conflict, lively … characters and a carefully drawn Chicago setting.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“A story that entices every emotion. But my biggest warning here is make sure you have tissues handy cause there are some real heart wrenching parts too.” Kirstie

“One of the most moving reads ever! …in the mood for an emotional rollercoaster, this is the book for you!” Rhonda D

“With an intense undercurrent of love and sensuality, plus a really intricate and stunning plot, this one’s a winner.” Mallory Anne-Marie Haws

“…equal parts heart-tugging and steamy—strictly for romance enthusiasts.” ~Kirkus Reviews
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Editorial Reviews

Autumn Review
5 Stars
“What didn't I love about this book??? After reading Cutters vs. Jocks, I picked this up immediately and read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. Libby and Aiden's story is just so bittersweet, I can't think of enough good things to say about it. If you haven't gotten this yet, GO GET IT! Binding Arbitration is one of my favorites of the year so far and is already in my re-read pile!”
Book Runner
5 Stars Powerful
“Where Cutters Vs Jocks is about fear, love and mistakes of the young, proud and selfish; Binding Arbitration is about forgiving, loving and overcoming fear. Both are about love, pain and loss but on a much different level.”

“There is so much to this story: the profound quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the cycle of fathers abandoning their children, forgiveness and blame, the disease of leukemia, family expectations, death and anger, an
Erin Thompson
5 Stars Not what I was expecting, yet so much more than I was expecting!!
“I was expecting a cutesy chick-lit book judging by the blurb and the cover of this book. First it was deliciously long, I love long books, sometimes with an e-book you do not know the length until it is downloaded. Second, I loved the first person perspective, which I usually do not care for, told by each of the characters. Third, it was meaty!! This book had so much to it. It had it's funny moments, tender mo
blog - Autumn Review
5 Stars
“What didn't I love about this book??? After reading Cutters vs. Jocks, I picked this up immediately and read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. Libby and Aiden's story is just so bittersweet, I can't think of enough good things to say about it. If you haven't gotten this yet, GO GET IT! Binding Arbitration is one of my favorites of the year so far and is already in my re-read pile!”
blog - Book Runner
5 Stars Powerful
“Where Cutters Vs Jocks is about fear, love and mistakes of the young, proud and selfish; Binding Arbitration is about forgiving, loving and overcoming fear. Both are about love, pain and loss but on a much different level.”

“There is so much to this story: the profound quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the cycle of fathers abandoning their children, forgiveness and blame, the disease of leukemia, family expectations, death and anger, an
blog - Erin Thompson
5 Stars Not what I was expecting, yet so much more than I was expecting!!
“I was expecting a cutesy chick-lit book judging by the blurb and the cover of this book. First it was deliciously long, I love long books, sometimes with an e-book you do not know the length until it is downloaded. Second, I loved the first person perspective, which I usually do not care for, told by each of the characters. Third, it was meaty!! This book had so much to it. It had it's funny moments, tender mo
Kirkus Reviews
"..equal parts heart-tugging and steamy--strictly for romance enthusiasts."

"Marx's romance is full of twists and turns, some expected, and some not, with an emotionally complex central conflict, lively (though at times infuriating) characters and a carefully drawn Chicago setting."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013658196
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Marx Books
  • Publication date: 11/6/2011
  • Series: Windy City Romances , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 477
  • Sales rank: 141,803
  • File size: 609 KB

Meet the Author

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 visit her website www.elizabethmarxbooks.com or contact the author at
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    This first chapter was a little hard to get into, maybe it was t

    This first chapter was a little hard to get into, maybe it was the magical ump in Aidan's head or the fairies, but once I hit the second chapter it was a GO from there. This book is the most emotional book I have read yet. You can find yourself feeling what Aidan and Libby feel in the book. I smiled with them, I cried with them and my heart broke with them. Binding Arbitration is a book that shows you that not only can true love bring two people together but it can bind them deeper then just the heart, it binds their souls. It also shows that love can overcome heartbreak and make miracles happen. If you want to read a love story like no other then be sure to get your copy of Binding Arbitration TODAY! Trust me its well worth it. This is a book I will keep and read again.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    AWESOME!!!

    Read Cutter vs Jock prequal first - free nook book. Then read Binding Arbitration. Great story of love and forgiveness with some sass and sadness. Highly reccommed.




    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I received a copy of this title from the author for purpose of h

    I received a copy of this title 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Good, but...

    I liked the book, but the ending... not so much.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    I have NOOOOOOOOOOOOO idea why I bought this book. As a mother w

    I have NOOOOOOOOOOOOO idea why I bought this book. As a mother who lost a child to leukemia, I had no idea if I could even do it. I am so glad I did. Although the ump in Aidan's head is a little odd, it is a wonderful story. I cried, I laughed, I had a lot of emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Don't pass this one by!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Wonderful Book!!

    I have never wrote a review, but I had to for this book. The characters really captured my attention. I laughed and cried with them. It was a wonderful and emotional book.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Good book.

    I liked this book and it kept me interested to the end. I could have done without a few parts of it that many authors seem to need to put in but the story line was good and the characters were well defined.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I loved this story. From the lost child to the lost love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Easy read Easy resd

    The further i got into the story it became less reslistic . I was totally disappointed.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

    A beautiful and angsty book made me laugh, cry, and rejoice.

    A beautiful and angsty book made me laugh, cry, and rejoice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    One of the best books

    that I have read in a long time. Someone else recommended buying the prequel,and I agree. I'll have to read this book again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    What a neat and different story this was. I read the prequel first and I strongly recommend that because it added so much depth to the main characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Good

    Awsome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Review of Elizabeth Marx's novel ... a five star winner! Wha

    Review of Elizabeth Marx's novel ... a five star winner!




    What a heart wrenching as well as heart warming drama in "Binding Arbitration" ... the plot unfolds with so many twist and turns through the lives of two young college lovers who have gone their separate ways only to be joined again by their angelic son, "Cass," who is perhaps the most forgiving, saintly, and prophetic mortal soul the "Windy City" has ever graced.  The baseball images throughout the novel as well as the umpire philosophical statements intermingled into the plot line (at the end of each chapter) keep you reading to see what call this ump will make next.  The backdrop of the Chicago setting brings in the mob, the cuisine, the landmarks, the Cubs,  and the ice cold weather of wind and snow - which are all wrapped neatly and tightly in perhaps one of the most jaw dropping dramas to hit the book presses in a long time.  As Aidan states in a pivotal turning point in his life when he learns he not only has a son, but also a son who has cancer:  " I had never had a reason to look in the rear view mirror of my life.  Now it seemed I needed a major backwards glance."  So this reader looks in her front view mirror after reading "Binding Arbitration" and now wishes for a clear path to have this story unfold on the big screen.  This drama is a perfect fit for a star-studded movie! 

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Review of Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx 5 Stars "Bi

    Review of Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx
    5 Stars
    "Binding Arbitration" is a gritty contemporary romance dealing with really serious issues (yes, not just intimacy, romance, and love): matters of the heart, familial abandonment (parent of child and parent of parent), terminal illness, workplace harassment, and much more). There's even a sexy Mafia boss (really hot), missing witnesses, and paranormal elements. The heroine is a strong-willed, independent, very admirable individual, a criminal defense attorney who put herself through law school and is heading for partner at a prestigious Chicago law firm. The hero is a major-league baseball player with a lot of celebrity and an empty heart, yearning for he knows not what (but he'll learn soon).
    I predict romance fans are going to love "Binding Arbitration." With an intense undercurrent of love and sensuality, plus a really intricate and stunning plot, this one's a winner.

    I reviewed a review copy from Full Moon Bites Blog Tours in exchange for my fair and impartial review for the Binding Arbitration Blog Tour Sept. 2012.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    My Review: 5 Stars I have not read the prequel to this book. Ho

    My Review: 5 Stars I have not read the prequel to this book. However
    that didn't take away from Binding Arbitration or BA as I have been
    calling it. This book is about loving, compassion, overcoming fear,
    pain, loss and more. This book is VERY long but that just made it
    better. I tend to find myself starting to skim when I read long books.
    But this one I read ever word. I have since gotten a hold of the
    prequel so ill be eatting that one up to! "*I received a copy of
    this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all
    opinions are 100% honest and my own."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    This was such a great read! I read the novella and then immedia

    This was such a great read! I read the novella and then immediately purchased this one. It started off rocky for me, but it was DEFINITELY worth it. I cried a lot and laughed in many parts. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    :)

    GREATGREAT BOOK!! I CRIED LAUGHED AND REALLY THOUGHT OF THE DECISIONS THE CHARACTERS HAD TO MAKE? THIS BOOK IS WORTH READING OVER ANS OVER AGAIN. I HIGHLY REDOMEND THIS BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    I laughed, I cried, and I cried a whole lot more!

    I enjoyed reading Elizabeth Marx's Binding Arbitration. I was able to lose myself in this book between the difficult decisions, the witty banter, and the love every character showed. I am anxiously waiting for more books from her!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    C.S

    Great story!

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