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The Silver Chain

(The Silver Chain Series #1)

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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  948 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…

Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Ga
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published June 1st 2013)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★! The aloof Gustav Levi, entrepreneur & gallery owner extraordinaire takes on a protégé photographer & strikes a deal to control her career, body, mind & soul!

“Think of it as a symbol. Here’s the chain, joining us together. I know it’s a symbol of captivity. Slavery, even. But I also like to think it represents an anchoring. You know, like the rope thrown over the side of a ship.”

The Unbreakable Trilogy should be read in order:
Book 1: The Silver Chain
Book 2: The Golden Lo
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Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
This review and more can be viewed on my blog: The Muses Circle

My Review: I'm going to try not to let this review turn into a full blown rant, but I can't promise anything. I really dislike giving a book anything lower than 3 stars because no matter how I feel, I try to always keep in the back of my mind that this story is someone's baby, something they poured time and effort into. But I am nothing if not honest, and sadly, there are so many things I found wrong with The Silver Chain by Primula
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Bark (Has Atrocious Taste)
This was the oldest book on my IPad. I was determined to get it read but I couldn't do it. I had to DNF or it may have taken up all of my reading time for the next five years or so. The writing is ridiculously cluttered. Here's a little sample for your delight.

"It’s like the portrait of a different girl. Her face is pale, cheeks flushed with red. Her eyes, her Halloween cat’s eyes, are sparking with anticipation. The mouth with its pillowy lips is open, as if I’m out of breath. Those lips earne
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Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Well well well, I have a love/hate relationship with this book. At times I felt as if I was going to give up on it and at others, it was a captivating 5 star read. So, here are my thoughts.

Gustav Levi is a very handsome, dark, rich, successful businessman in London. However, he's got very deep emotional baggage he's carried the past five years. These demons he fights are all related to his ex-wife Margot. I won't delve deep as this is a very complicated storyline and shouldn't be spoiled in any
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Mei
Jun 24, 2013 added it
ARC courtesy of Harper Collins UK, Avon, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

DNF AT PAGE 50

I wouldn't rate a book I didn't finish - it wouldn't be fair.

I strated reading even if I knew it was not a book for me, because I received it through Netgalley and I feel that it was fair to give it at least a try.

Unfortunately, my feeling was confirmed - this book is not for me! I don't like a submissive-dominating relationship and here it was the case, so it just irked me more and more and I ju
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

3 but so-much-potential-for-more stars

The Silver Chain is the first book in Primula Bond’s The Unbreakable Trilogy and not a bad start to this semi-open ended happily ever after. I say semi-open ended because it is a trilogy and we know going in that the relationship will not be fully developed in the first - or likely second - book. And I’m hoping Ms. Bond doesn’t pull a last minute need to extend the trilogy beyond just that – a trilogy.

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Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

On
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Duchess Nicole
DNF. No rating. I honestly think this is just not what I'm in the mood for. The plot is somewhat scattered at first, and it takes a long time to understand each and every scene set up. Example: the beginning scene is of this girl at a train station, but instead of just explaining why she's at a train station, she describes in lengthy detail her surroundings, her state of mind, her physical well being, and then explains what happened last night, a little about her childhood, and then you're back ...more
Stacie
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Oh silly silly book. Let me summarize it for you while re-enacting the story.

Serena: I am an inexperienced photographer who has only slept with 1 guy at the ripe old age of 20.
Gustav: I am creepy vampire-esque man who waits for women outside my house.
Serena: You must have sex with me.
Gustav: You must have a drink with me.
Serena: Fine. Oops I have to go to a party and be a cock tease while thinking of you.
Gustav: You forgot your camera when you left. I looked through your pictures. I own a galler
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AH
This is a DNF review. I tried. I tried twice to read this book. I got up to the middle of the second chapter and I just couldn't do it any more. Maybe I'm not in the mood for this, maybe I just didn't drink enough wine. This book is not for me.
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

PRIMULA BOND - THE SILVER CHAIN
The Unbreakable Trilogy - Book 1
Release Date - July 4 - 2013
(AVON - Harper Collins, UK)

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After reading the blurb I was prepared for Sadie Matthews' Fire After Dark Trilogy meets Vina Jackon's Eighty Days Series. And after reading a few pages I still felt that way. And I mean that in a positive way - I loved those books. But just like with the Eighty Days Series, I'm afraid they are going to put this little round sticker on the cover of The Silver Chain Books saying:
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Jenn
I'm not even going to dignify this with an actual review. I stopped reading somewhere around the 33% mark and then just skimmed the rest. I did not like the characters or the writing style. The way the author wrote, with the heavy inner/descriptive monologues between dialogue, made it insanely hard to keep interest in the conversations. This is one series that I will not be continuing.

I have never flounced a book before, but this seriously tested me.

ARC courtesy of Harper Collins UK, Avon, via
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Anastasia シ
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, arc, authors-b, favorites
Shirley Frances
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
1.25 stars (0.25 because I enjoyed the London setting.)

I don't know where to start with this review, so I'll outline it for you.

1. The Characters
a. Serena - self-centered, immature and emotionally incompetent. I didn't like her AT ALL. When she was recounting her past, I felt for her and even understood where some of her pain was coming from. Her thoughts were scattered every which way, leaving a mess for me to figure out. Just...no.

b. Gustav - interesting man. Quiet, strong. I was intrigued to
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Paranormal Kiss
The Silver Chain is the first book in the Unbreakable trilogy by Primula Bond. It’s an okay read. I had several issues with this book. The most notable is the excessive inner dialog. The Silver Chain is told solely from the point of view of the heroine, Serena. It is long winded and rambling. The plot moves at a snail’s pace because you have to slog through pages and pages of inner dialog. So much time is spent on Serena’s inner musings that it fails to give depth to the plot, the romance, and t ...more
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
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The Silver Chain (The Unbreakable Trilogy #1) is an Erotic Romance written by Primula Bond. I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review by HarperCollins UK, Avon through NetGalley.

2.5 Acceptable Stars!
Sensual and Colorful Yet Slow and Complicated!

Reviewers Rant: I just wanted to say that I am skeptical (and frankly, tired) when seeing all these books compare themselves to the Fifty Shades or Crossfire series. I wish authors/publishers w
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Amy
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
The Silver Chain is an enjoyable read, though a little slow at times. Serena is a small town girl running from her past. She hopes to start over and make a name for herself as a photographer in London. On her first night out with her camera, she encounters a mysterious stranger, Gustav Levi, owner of the Levi Gallery. Even though he’s nearly twice her age, Serena is fascinated by him. He proposes an unconventional business deal of sorts. He will feature her photographs in his gallery and she wil ...more
Tess
Jun 28, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: 2013
I got about 2/3 of the way through this book and could not be bothered to finish. I never connected with any of the characters, truly couldn't care less about their fates. It's time for me to stop trying to enjoy erotica, it seems to be a lost cause.

It was my mistake to accept this title for review. I was uninterested in this book and struggled to finish it. There was just nothing that made me care about the characters, they felt flat and one dimensional. Without being able to connect to the cha
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Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic
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DNF @ 14%

I can't do it! I can't go on. I can't absorb anything that's going on in this book. This book is just not for me.
Stacy
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley.

Off the bat, I was happy to see that we didn't have a young business woman meet our mysterious, dominating millionaire in an elevator. Still, having a young aspiring photographer who happens to run into a mysterious, dominating millionaire gallery owner on a foggy London sidewalk isn't wandering far from the current post-Fifty Shades formula. That said, both leads were given a traumatic past (hers much more traumatic than his, really) that caused them to have t
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Wow… I'm trying to figure out what to say… Actually I know what to say, but I'm going to try and tone it down. The author has the potential to be amazing… Her descriptions are spot on good. The story itself was great. I would actually read another one of her books!

With all that said, I think this author had a couple problems.

The very last page was GREAT & it wasn't about Gustov or Serena… Just a Hi! How are you kind of thing. I actually guessed this right away for some reason, I just had a
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Lariza
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Finally finished! I was at odds with story as I began to read it; the pace was very slow and I wasn't sure if would be able to endure through it. This is the story of Serena and her chance meeting with Gustav Levi. The story has a very somber, almost ominous tone- Gustav is a dark character, hiding many things. Serena has left her old life behind for London. She sees the world through her camera lens. She meets Gustav on Halloween which is quite fitting for the story as she describes him almost ...more
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
I've been trying to read this book for at least two weeks. I've only gotten to around half way. I'm bored out of my mind. It seems to be going exactly nowhere...like a nightmare where you're trying to get to the end of the hallway where the door to salvation waits(aka me being done with this book)...and yet the more I try the further it seems. I think I could find a needle in a haystack before I could finish this book.

DNF
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
.5 bites
DNF @4%

Book source ~ NetGalley

The narrator, a woman of 20, dumps her boyfriend and leaves her small town for the big city of London. She wants to be a photographer and that’s not going to happen back in Hicksville with Billy Bob. Or whatever the equivalent is in Britain. Her thoughts ramble on in such a pretentious and annoying fashion that I had to give up or go insane. For a 20-yr-old she sure sounds like a 50-yr-old. In any case, I tried to continue but when I got to the part where sh
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Jen
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Serena and Gustav

Strange but very compelling book. Full review on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

The very first romance novel I read featured a ring that once worn by the woman would never come off. No matter how much she tried the thing would magically tighten up and refused to be removed. I was probably 13 years old and wore the heck out of that pb book. It was falling apart by the time I was done reading it. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the book and have obsessively searched for i
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multitaskingmomma
The Silver Chain
Primula Bond
Erotica/Romantic Fantasy
2 out of 5 Stars

Any comment (for me) comparing a new release to either 50 Shades of Grey or Crossfire is a red flag. One, I wouldn't want to compare my novel to these bestsellers on the chance it may be weighed and come up short. Two, it sets an expectation. Not good.

Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watch
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Dianne
The Silver Chain, the first book in The Unbreakable Trilogy was, indeed dark and dangerous with an edgy feel to it. Author Primula Bond has created a tale of damaged people who meet by chance and something just clicks between them, although the worlds they live in are so different. Serena has what Gustav needs and he in turn, gives her what she is looking for. They both have dark pasts and trust issues, so between them the silver chain is a symbol of power, dominance, control and trust, all thin ...more
Shelley
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, contemporary
Serena Folkes is a budding photographer, intent on getting her first break in London. She’s putting her traumatic childhood behind her and moving on. One night while taking photos she meets Gustav Levi. She’s attracted to him, but goes off to a party with her cousin. She meets Gustav again when she realizes she’s left her camera behind. Gustav is taken by Serena too, and he offers her an arrangement where he’ll arrange a show for her, and in exchange she’ll give him her time until the end of the ...more
Johanna Sawyer
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first by this author and I liked many aspects of this book. First the use of the silver chain was a cute idea and simple but elegant form of a collar. I liked the artist angle too, their seems to be a genre opening with this type of book. I didn't, like the chemistry between Gustav and Serena though. He chose her but pushes her away which fizzles the chemistry for her. The author goes into Serena's past but doesn't really go into Gustav. You can see what shapes Serena but Gustav bein ...more
Naomi
Jul 03, 2013 added it
Shelves: on-kindle, dnf
I struggled to read the first Five chapters of Silver Chain, before I decided that I couldn't read any more. I couldn't really connect to Serena, she was quick to go off with Gustav, even meeting him in the dark... I would've ran for the hills... it was a little creepy! I didn't really like Gustav either, seems like a weird arrangement.

Unfortunately, after reading 26% of the book, I decided this one wasn't for me.

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an hon
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Steph
The one thing I'm sure of is that The Silver Chain is not for me. I have tried on multiple occasions to complete the book, but I now recognize the futility of it. Not only was the prose difficult for me to endure, but, try as I might, I could not connect with any of the characters.

I appreciate NetGalley and Harper Collins UK, Avon giving me the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review, however, in this case, it was not a good fit and I am unable to do so. I was only able to
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“Gustav Levi is calm for the first time. A ship that’s been hurled by the storm into harbour. He’s where he wants to be. He is finally inside me, taking full physical possession. Fucking me. He increases his pace, thrusting once, twice more, his pleasure, my pleasure, this wonderful new calmness and belonging, then as the storm crashes over us, over the chalet, battering at the mountain, we come together.” 2 likes
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