Monday, November 17, 2014

Release Day Review - Bend Don't Break by Skye Callahan - 4.50-5.00 Stars



Title: Bend Don't Break
Author: Skye Callahan
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Available November 18, 2014

Synopsis
I thought I was done.
my End
I couldn’t take my eyes off her as the bullet tore through me, leaving me with nothing but the hope that I had done enough to save her. The darkness tried to engulf me—to brand me as its own and drag me to my fate.
my Darkness
Waking to see her tear-stained face above me was enough to make my heart stutter. I was alive and free from that place—but not from the toll it had taken on my mind and body.
my Strength
My story should have ended, but one woman kept standing in the way of that. The only way I could have her was to find a way to put the darkness to rest.

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Review of Bend Don't Break
Bend, Don't BreakBend, Don't Break by Skye Callahan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Bend Don’t Break (Irrevocable #2)
Author: Skye Callahan
Series: Yes.
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Rating: 4.50 – 5.00 stars!
Cliffhanger: No
Spoiler-free review

Bend Don’t Break (Irrevocable #2) picks up after “The Retreat” was raided, and James/Rose was rescued.   This second installment is told via James’ POV and deals with the emotional aftermath of being undercover.  James and Rose’s story continues and book #2 isn’t a regurgitated version of the first book.  Rose and James are physically and emotionally scarred from their time at The Retreat.  James is forced into therapy in order to start working again.  He is belligerent and distant while having to recall his actions while recuperating.  James is a bit freaked out about having enjoyed some of the dark sexual aspects of the force and control he had over Rose.  Can they move forward and make things work?  Will they ever be the same…or did their time at The Retreat bend them so far that they break?

Bend Don’t Break wasn’t as dark as Irrevocable and ended up being a perfect mix of drama and suspense. This sequel is heavily focused on the emotional aftermath and criminal investigation.  BDB is a must read for Irrevocable fans!  I hope we get to see another book in this series about Trent!

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Excerpt
“She’s fine,” Dr. Combs assured me. “But I don’t think it would be in the best interest for either of you to see each other. You put yourself in a dangerous situation with her.”
Put myself? Last I checked I wasn’t the one to drag her into the Retreat. “I kept her alive and slightly less broken than she would have otherwise been.”
“The two of you adapted to a horrible situation, found comfort in each other—”
I didn’t want to hear it.
Stockholm Syndrome.
I wondered if the captor could get it, too. Was I even the captor? It seemed like I’d lost control of the situation long ago.
But I’d still been the one to beat her, rape her, bend her will.
Just like she’d bent mine.
I wanted her back so bad I couldn’t breathe. The more we talked about it, the worse it got. The harsh reality of it all forced me to face the possibility that I had to walk away if I wanted to do what was in her best interest.
“How long until I can talk to Trent?” I tried again, drawing back a modicum of control by changing the course of the conversation.
Dr. Combs sighed and snapped her portfolio closed. “If it’ll get you to talk, I’ll make the arrangements on one condition.”
I’d already sold my soul, there weren’t many more concessions I had left to give.
“I need to know you’re not going to try to reach out to Rose—or anyone else.”

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Ten Fun Facts
1. I love cars, and I write most of my books while watching Top Gear. I’d prefer the sound of an Aston Martin over any music sound track.
2. I once based a character in a story on my husband, and the character died. He never lets me live it down, but don’t bother trying to figure it out, I never released that book.
3. I’m not terribly good at being girly–I don’t wear makeup, only own 4 pairs of shoes, and I’ve never had a manicure.
4. I learned to handle a gun before I learned long division.
5. While most of the people in my graduate research classes were buried in books, I was glued to the TV researching the evolving portrayal of “Indianness”.
6. I have a phobia of crickets.
7. Yuengling is my weakness.
8. I have penguin stuff everywhere--even a penguin snuggie because I couldn’t resist.
9. I enjoy long walks in the cemetery.
10. Nearly everyone in my family has seen a ghost in the hallway in the house I grew up in, and I was told by a Bigfoot expert that the sounds I used to hear outside my bedroom at night were likely the cries of Bigfoot.


Irrevocable by Skye Callahan
Synopsis
Goodreads
Sometimes when you can’t go back, the only way out is to descend into the darkness.
my Captor
When I woke in that place, I just wanted to survive. But survival came at a cost, for which they demanded my will and body.
my Master
With pain came acceptance. Fully-dependent on the man who claimed me, I learned to appreciate what I had-life and relative safety.
my Protector
I watched him spill blood and tend my injuries. With betrayal came a revelation.
The only way out was to bring them all down or die trying.
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Reviews
"Not only did Irrevocable gut me, it took me on a roller coaster ride full of emotions that I usually don't experience while reading romances.... You start to hate, you start to sympathize, and you begin to fall in love in every way. Ms. Callahan has turned my world upside down with her writing. Dark, sensual, and at times overwhelming, Irrevocable will bring you on a dark journey that you will never forget." Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads TOP PICK of 2014!

"You HAVE to read this book. It really is one of the best that I have read in a while, and definitely one of the best of 2014. It has everything I look for in a dark read. The twist that the author throws in is, just wow. I just cannot emphasis just how much I love this book!" Alicia, Mean Girls Luv Books

"Finally a good DARK read, that has it ALL...!! Overall - the characters drew me in, the situation jangled my nerves, the sexy scenes were HOT, and the story just blew me away." Shelby,  Wicked Reads

"Beautifully written! Great characters and story line. Skye made me a fan of dark reads. A must read for all who dare to step out of the light and into the darkness!" Summer's Book Blog


About the Author
Skye Callahan was born and raised in rural Ohio and has had an insatiable love of reading and writing since she was young. Thanks to the encouragement of teachers, family, and friends, she has found her passion in immersing herself in the imaginary worlds of the characters who live in her head.
Most of her early stories were paranormal, and although the paranormal world still has a special place in her imagination, her interest in BDSM and dark romance has led her to expand her writing endeavors.
Before she began writing full-time, she earned a M.A. in Public History and worked for a non-profit business consulting center. When she’s not indulging the voices in her head, she’s enjoying life with her husband and two ferrets.

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Other Works from Skye Callahan
Bound and Unbroken
Genre: BDSM Romance
Goodreads
Lena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.
To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her. Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening—leaving the near-fling to become a memory. Until she finds him roaming the halls of the school where she teaches.
Will she submit to his desires?
Eric’s only reason for returning to his hometown is to care for his recently orphaned nephew. He knew the return would involve dredging up his past with family and friends, but he didn't expect a lone girl to capture his interest and offer an escape within his new life.
Will his binds be enough to keep her?
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it. As for Trent, we'll have to wait and see, but I do love him and the idea of writing his story. :)

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