Friday, November 21, 2014

Bend Don’t Break by Skye Callahan Blog Tour

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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She came around the corner on hands and knees, and I saw her face visibly pale as soon as she saw the chain in my hands, but she approached anyway. Stubborn, belligerent, and brave.

Three traits that’d get her killed.

I dropped the chain to the floor next to the bed. “Come up here.”

She paused, but finally climbed onto the bed and straddled my lap as I directed, and damned if I didn’t feel like I was losing it. The bruises from her encounter with Gabe’s buffoons were starting to set in, but she pulled back and shut herself off as I examined her.

Such a degrading way to make sure nothing was broken, but if she didn’t believe my act, no one else would either. I realized the plug in her ass was probably growing even more uncomfortable with time, especially if she hadn’t experimented with them before.

Not that I could ask since I wasn’t supposed to care.

“Hate me all you want, Sugar,” I said, hoping to get her to walk a fine line between trust and fear where she might listen. “I’m the only ally you have.”

“Ally…?” she whispered, “You’re going to hurt me.” Her eyes filled again, but she blinked it away and held back just like she had in the basement, and I couldn’t face her any longer.

“I am,” I lifted her off of me, flipping her over. “Ass up.”

Even though she kept up her protective walls, I saw her body visibly relax when I pulled the plug free and sat it on the side table. It was going to be hard enough for her to kneel through dinner. I hoped the threat of it might make her more compliant.

The mix of vulnerability countered with her impossible stubbornness had an aphrodisiac effect on me. I had been convinced this was the only way we’d survive, but for the first time, I truly considered the effect it was going to have on both of us.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.5 stars
While I believe that it's awesome to have a book in Kirk/James's point of view, this wasn't what I was expecting. I felt like the "tone" was way different from Irrevocable – this wasn't dark at all, and that may be clouding my judgment of the book as a whole.

James is continuing on with his life, after the events at the Retreat. He's having trouble coping with the tactics he used while undercover. Not to mention, he's still healing from a gunshot wound. Worst of all, he can only imagine what Silver/Rose is up to as he's forbidden to see her. Soon enough, he's involved with getting to the bottom of the investigation that he started.

Just because Kirk & Silver were rescued from the Retreat, doesn't mean the Retreat has been extinguished.
Just because Kirk & Silver were rescued, doesn't mean that James and Rose can't forge anew.

This book isn't about Kirk or Silver, it isn't about the Retreat, it isn't even about “love overcoming the odds.” This story is an intensive journey for James to wrap up loose ends, clean up the after-math, come to grips with what his life is now, and realizing what he can do with a little help from his friends.

The bad boys may be sexy, but the good guys always win!

You must read Irrevocable before reading Bend don’t Break. I loved Irrevocable, I thought about that book for days, even weeks after reading it. I was not disappointed with Bend don’t Break either. This book is James point of view and it picks up at the end of Irrevocable. I loved reading things from his point of view; it shed new light on some things. Rose and James have so much to work on recovering from their time at the Retreat, this book is filled with every emotion and it is an amazing read. I don’t want to give away any part of the story but if you read Irrevocable you must read this book, it was just as good if not better. I really hope that we will get a book about Trent next, he was such a great supporting character and he needs his story told.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: Dark/Romance/Thriller
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Also Available in the Irrevocable Series
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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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