by Eden Butler

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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 reminds her of how decadent and risky living life can be.

But when Gia discovers why Kai seems so familiar and why she feels so drawn to him, things like risks and love become secondary to loss and pain.

Gia will have to decide what's more important — a life worth risking or a love worth losing.


Last Love of Luka Hale

Roughing the Kicker


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BN ID: 2940161377314
Publisher: Eden Butler
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 165,185
File size: 349 KB

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Eden Butler is a writer of contemporary, fantasy and romantic suspense novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.

When she's not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, reads, and spends too much time in her garden perfecting her green thumb while waiting for the next New Orleans Saints Super Bowl win.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.

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Offsides 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 24 days ago
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 honest review.
Falling_with_the_leaves 28 days ago
This book broke my heart and then pieced it back together again so many times. My heart ached for Gia and everything she's endured. This has been a long road of self discovery and truth for Gia. Kai just wraps you up in his warmth and humor. He's genuine and beautiful inside and out. The angst and tragedy tore me apart and kept me speeding through the pages to know more. So amazingly written. Such a sexy, heart breaking, and heart pounding read. I could not get enough! Absolute, must read!
Yolanda_McGee33 30 days ago
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 gentle giant with his soft and kind heart. I loved that Kai was utterly swoon worthy yet maintained his alpha personality. I must say that the sexual tension and chemistry between Kai and Gia was 100% combustible. Offsides’s plot flowed effortlessly and naturally from beginning to end. I have so much love for these characters and their beautiful story. As much as I didn’t want to see Kai and Gia’s story end, my heart is so full and complete. It’s a definite five star MUST read!!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 3 months ago
OFFSIDES is the third (and final) instalment in Eden Butler’s contemporary, adult SAINTS AND SINNERS erotic, romance series focusing on the professional football team the New Orleans Steamers. This is single father/ linebacker Kai Pukui, and general manager Gia Jilani’s story line . OFFSIDES can be read as a stand alone but for back story and cohesion I recommend reading THIN LOVE (Thin Love #1), and LAST LOVE OF LUKA HALE (Saints and Sinners #1). Told from dual third person perspectives (Gia and Kai) OFFSIDES follows the forbidden romance and relationship between twenty-eight year old, New Orleans Steamers’ linebacker Kai Pakui, and the NFL’s first female general manager, thirty-seven year old Gia Jilani. Gia Jilani is Kai Pakui’s boss, and struggles with her attraction to a man nine years her junior, as well as the bigger issue of being the boss. With Kai’s constant attempts at seduction, Gia battles with memories of the past, memories that have affected all of her other relationships. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Kai and Gia, and the potential fall-out as Gia struggles with the employee/employer dynamic, and the revelations that will break our heroine’s heart. Kai Pukui is a single father who is financially responsible for everyone back home. But a loss in his life will bring his relationship with Gia to the forefront, a relationship that Gia wants kept hidden and behind closed doors. Gia Jilani doesn’t do relationships. Our heroine has loved and lost, and in this nothing and no one can compare to what she had twenty years earlier. Kai’s persistence begins to pay off until Gia discovers that the past has come full circle in more ways than one. The relationship between Kai and Gia is an employee/employer relationship that struggles with Kai’s continuing efforts to seduce our story line heroine. Gia refuses to get caught up in an ‘office’ romance, a romance that could threaten her hard-fought place in the NFL. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Kai’s nine-year old daughter Keola, as well as Gia’s assistant Cat, as well as the reappearance of Kona Hale (Thin Love), and his son Ransom Hale (Thick Love). OFFSIDES is a story of loss and grief; revelations and acceptance; moving forward and letting go of the past. The premise is engaging and captivating; the romance is seductive and hot; the characters are colorful, energetic, broken but healing. OFFSIDES is sensitive and spicy story of second chances and happily ever afters.
Jenn2018 3 months ago
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 takes a tragedy for Kai, that hits too close to home for Gia, to try to open up to him at all. I don't want to spoil anything, but this is just so good! You truly feel the pain, guilt, sadness, and also the passion and love and eventually the forgiveness of Gia and Kia and Kona too. This book and the series are one of those that you will want to keep around for all time.
RHolub 3 months ago
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!!!
AT_202 3 months ago
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 her heart. She knows that she shouldn’t get involved with the much younger lineman, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn towards Kai. These two make such a great couple, but they have many obstacles that they need to overcome. This book was full of passion complete with sizzling chemistry between Kai and Gia, but there was also moments where I found myself reaching for the tissues. Offsides is a remarkable book about love - in the past, present, and future. You will find yourself pulled into Kai’s and Gia’s story as they embark on a remarkable journey. Offsides is an interconnected standalone novel in this author’s Saints and Sinners series. The prequel to Gia’s story can be found in The Last Love of Luka Hale and it has been recommended that the novel Thin Love be read prior to the prequel. Full disclosure: I’ve gone into this book completely blind in that I have not read Thin Love nor any of the previous books in this Saints and Sinners series and I had no trouble following along this book. I received an early complimentary version of this book.
Rinsky13 3 months ago
Gia Jilani is smart, fierce, trail blazing in a mans sport, and broken inside. She’s never recovered from losing her love 20 years ago, though no one knows anything about it. No one come close to breaking her walls down, except Kai Pukui. As much as he pushes and she fights, there’s just something there. When Kai goes through his own tragedy, Gia steps up and takes care of everything, while taking care of him. But will it be enough to completely break down everything she’s built up to let him in for good, to truly live again? You need to read this to find out! This book was filled with all the feels, lots of emotions, and tissues definitely recommended!