Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Bend Don't Break by Skye Callahan

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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.


If you have not read Irrevocable, do not read this book. Not only will you be lost, but it will be a huge spoiler. Bend Don't Break is a companion book to Irrevocable. This is told in James' point of view. 
I was honestly nervous about this book. I am not completely sold on the whole retelling the story in the other character's POV. There are only a handful of books like these that I felt were completely original and not just repeating the story; they actually added to it. I am NOT an author. I'm sure it's difficult to rewrite a story and yet make it totally different. Skye Callahan blew the retelling in a different pov out of the water. 

I absolutely LOVED Irrevocable, and I absolutely LOVE this book as well. I am amazed with how seamlessly this book flows with the first book. I braced myself for redundancy, but it was not necessary. While this book shadows part of Irrevocable, it feels like I'm reading about the events for the first time, but at the same time I know what is happening. It's hard to describe. It's like, as I was reading, I knew the outcome of the story, but it felt like a whole new experience.  

Writing this review is so hard. I just want to tell you the story. But this has to be experienced firsthand. My words cannot describe the awesomeness that are these books. The author brings you into a dark, emotional world, and all you can do is hang on for the ride. 

I thought I loved James in the first book. I am absolutely head over heals now. And Rose. Yeah...I might have a girl crush on her. The author created two strong, solid characters that you can't help but root for. Actually, all the characters are awesome. I am not ready to let any of them go. So this is me begging.... Please. PLEASE, Skye Callahan!!! The others characters (Raini, Ryan, and Trent...) need their stories told, too. 

So now that I look crazy and pathetic, take my advice and read these books. However, be warned, they contain subject matter that isn't for everyone including, kidnapping, rape, and abuse. 

“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.”

Did that mean there was a chance she’d see me? Or was Dr. Combs convinced I’d stalk and abduct her anyway? That was quite a laughable possibility, but some sick-as-fuck part of me considered it.

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Displaying skye callahan author pic.jpgSkye 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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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 of Irrevocable

"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

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