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Binding 13 and Keeping 13 by Chloe Walsh

hey everyone,

i have reviewed both binding 13 and keeping 13 in the same review, i struggled with reviewing these books separately and hope this is okay and doesn’t give anything away…. binding 13 and keeping 13 are my all time favourite books and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you.

Genre: young adult /sports romance
Year Of Publication: 24th July 2018
Publisher: independently published/
Pages: 887 pages 
My rating: 5/5


He wants to save her.
She wants to hide.
She’s damaged.
He’s determined.
Fate brought them together.
Love binds them.

Johnny Kavanagh has everything going for him. On the rugby pitch, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Primed for stardom, he’s heading straight for the top. Nothing can possibly get in his way, right?

Not even the shy new girl at Tommen College. The one with the sad eyes and hidden bruises. The one that distracts him like no one ever has.
Plagued with a hidden injury and desperate to impress the scouts watching his every move, Johnny has been placed on a pedestal so high, he has no room to make mistakes.
Striving to maintain balance, and on the crest of the International Summer Campaign, Johnny needs to keep his head in the game. He needs to stay focused, and cannot afford to let distractions get in the way of the bigger picture.
But what happens when a lonely girl with sad eyes becomes the only picture?

Life has never been easy for Shannon Lynch. Bullied and tortured, she arrives at Tommen College mid-way through the school year praying for a fresh start and desperate to shake off the demons that plague her.

On her very first day at the prestigious private school, she comes into contact with the notorious Johnny Kavanagh.
Thrown through a hoop over her feelings for him, and desperate to keep a low-profile, Shannon finds herself once again the target of bullies as she forms a fragile alliance with rugby’s rising star.

Falling into a complicated friendship and grappling with their undeniable chemistry, Johnny and Shannon must face obstacles that threaten their relationship.

Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks collide.

Friendship, first love, rising fame, horrifying secrets, and pain all fuel together in Binding 13.

Hearts are binding and lives are entwining in Binding 13.


Binding 13 is the explosive first installment of a brand-new series from Chloe Walsh. Based in Ireland, the Boys Of Tommen series is bound to captivate and lure you into the world of rugby, love, and teenage heartbreak.


Genre: young adult / sports romance
Year Of Publication: 26th November 2018
Publisher: independently published/
Pages: 937 
My rating: 5/5


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.

Chloe Walsh is a favourite author, binding13 and keeping13 which is the boys of tomman series is a series I fell in love with.

When I seen Chloe Walsh had brought these out I was quick to buy and devoured them , I literally couldn’t stop reading them when I finished my first thoughts were just WOW!!! How the hell am I going to review these??? Well I’ve waited a bit for reviewing them as I just couldn’t get my thoughts together, I think I have re-read binding13 and keeping13 about 4 times now and I still don’t know how to review them.

Binding 13 and Keeping 13 totally captured my heart, I absolutely love these books, they made me laugh, cry my eyes out and laugh some more even out loud. I’m serious when I say I couldn’t put them down and had a bump on my forehead to prove it when I was first reading them ( yeah don’t read while walking and if you do look out for lamp posts), I also got funny looks while reading these at the beach having a hot chocolate in cafe for laughing out loud. Anyways back to the review…. I love how Chloe Walsh always gets me hooked on the characters in her stories and drags me way from real life and all my trouble’s , I forget everything around me and escape into the book.

Shannon’s character broke my heart, she is a broken soul, timid and highly emotional and will bring your emotions out, I found her so strong and loyal and couldn’t help fall in love with her character.

Johnny’s character makes me totally swoon, he’s the popular rugby player from the academy and a star!!!, he’s every girls dream ( yes even mine) and he’s totally gorgeous. He’s the captain of the rugby team and popular among his peers. I love Shannon and Johnny’s characters and was always swooning with him.

I have to mention Gibsie’s character, he is hilarious and was always making me laugh (and sometimes laugh and spray my cuppa everywhere) I absolutely love him and hope to see more of him in the future, he had me laughing and crying with laughing. One of my favourite quotes from Gibsies charcter…..

“I’m in the same car as you, asshole,” Gibsie growled. “I can clearly hear your conversation. What do want me to do? Stick my head out the window and bark at the traffic like a dog?”

I think I loved every character in these books, I love Shannon, Johnny, Gibsie, Claire, lizzie, and even Shannon’s brothers (secretly not so patiently waiting for joey’s story).


Binding13 and keeping13 have everything one minute I was crying and the next I was laughing out loud, you feel everything with the characters and I cant wait for more in the boys of tomman series.

Binding13 should be read first it comes with loads of emotion and just keeps on delivering to the very end of keeping13 this doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.

What did you think? Sound good? Its on kindle unlimited atm if I’ve intrigued you.

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